Noah McMillan’s favorite jacket fits comfortably now.

That’s thanks in large part to McMillan’s change in both exercise and dietary habits. A regular at the STAUNTON-AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA, pursuing fitness goals is something that McMillian has been desiring to do for a while.

Then two things made the need feel more urgent.

First, he found out his wife was pregnant.

Second, he didn’t like the way his rain jacket fit.

“I had a nice (Marmot) rain jacket that I had just gotten,” McMillan said. “We were checking out some things in Boston, and we had a lot of good food up there. Anyway, I was zipping up the jacket and I was having a hard time. I was like, ‘Man, this just fit five days ago.’”

McMillan was ready to make changes. It started with eating more meals in smaller portions throughout the day. It also included avoiding sugar.  He works out regularly at the YMCA, 30 minutes of cardio followed up by targeted work on specific muscle group.

He’s seen a significant loss.

“I was actually the heaviest I’ve been in my life, which was 280,” McMillan said. “I’ve lost 30 of those pounds. I just weighed myself today.”

The biggest difference isn’t measurable on a scale. McMillan just feels better, and feels ready to be an active father.

“Once my daughter is born, I’m sure I’ll be able to enjoy all this work I’ve put in,” said McMillan, also a passionate musician. “Being able to run and play with her, I’ll be a healthy dad.”

McMillan still has more goals in mind.

Eventually, he’d like for the Marmot jacket to fit loosely.

“I feel great,” he said. “I feel healthier. I feel ready to keep moving in this direction. Eventually, it (the jacket) will be baggy.”