My Story and The Plan

Hi, my name is J Brian (group responds HI J BRIAN). I am FAT. I have been for most of my adult life.

I will be A Fat Boy No More.

Three years ago I started a journey to become A Fat Boy No More. And since September 2007 I have been publishing my success and failures. This Blog follows me from the day I first started my weight loss journey and it focuses on the everyday struggles that people with weight problems have.

Prepare yourself for a very real and very challenging event in my life. I commit to being as honest and as clear as I can be in the webpage to chronicle my ongoing battle with my weight. The pictures can be explicit.

After 12 years of being bigger than I should be... ok lets just be honest. I was not big I was fat. I have been over weight and muscular for most of my adult life. But the muscular part has been over shadowed by a large layer of fat on my body. I've eaten too much and I lived a sedentary life. In December 2006 I weighed 320 pounds. The morning I weighed myself and saw that I was over 300 pounds I essentially went into a deep depression that day and I am sure that I ate another 5 pounds worth of food. But that night I decided that enough was enough. My weight problem had become more than just an appearance problem it became a health problem, a self esteem problem and it was starting to affect my business and income. I had to do something. And I had to be held accountable. Technology is a good thing. I decided I had to put it out there. I started texting everyone in cell phone saying "Officially a fat ass now I weigh 300". I had been lying forever and telling people that I was 250. And no one questioned it.

The first step I took was to hit the gym and cut my calories. I looked on webmd and found out how many calories there where in a pound (3500) and decided to create this formula to determine how many calories and how much extra exercise I had to do to lose 60 pounds by May 27th. My annual trip to Key West Florida. By February I had lost 25 pounds. On a plan that was essentially the same thing that Weight Watchers teaches you. Then life hit me. After being so good I just got tired of it. I had no real support structure. And so I just relapsed because I was on a diet. Not a life change. But between March and August I essentially maintained my weight loss. In April I got a part time job working in a restaurant as a bartender. Everyone thinks I was crazy to do that but the truth is I just needed something to make me active. I needed to get off my lazy fat ass and be active. I gave up sweet tea and I stopped eating beef for the most part. I chose bison. Which taste so similar and has a familiar texture but had half the calories. Nothing else really changed.

But I did not lose the weight I wanted. When I was in Key West I looked like a beached whale and I felt horrible. I have a picture from that trip that show the folds of fat on my back. I was so depressed after that trip. So I essentially just maintained until late July when my best friend Michelle told me that a guy we both worked with a few years back had lost a lot of weight thru some medical weight loss plan.

I kinda brushed it off. I was looking into Lap Band or some other surgery. Then another friend of mine saw Brad as well and said Brad has lost a lot of weight. So I called Brad and he told me about the plan thru Emory Hospital. I went to an info session on the plan and decided to enroll.

Before you consider any type of surgery please look into medically managed weight loss. IT WORKS. Your doctor or the Bariatrics department of your local university hospital can direct you. Too many of my friends had surgery and lost a lot of weight and regained it. Even with a smaller stomach you can eat ice cream all the time and gain it back. I have a friend that just did that.

So this is what I did initially. Follow my blog posts from the beginning and see the transformation.


Don't give up today because you fucked up yesterday.

30 November 2007

November 29 Post Turkey Day Weigh In

Well I expected to lose nothing this week do to my decision to enjoy the holiday festivities and one of my best friends birthday.  I still lost .2 pounds.  Not bad for the amount of food I consumed.  I am loving my workouts still.  I have 4 weeks left on the most strict form of this diet.  

21 November 2007

November 21

As you can see I posted some new picts Thursday.  We had our weigh in for this week on Tuesday versus Thursday do to the holiday. I lost an additional 1.5 pounds in the shortened week.  I will be having Thanksgiving dinner with friends as I planned if i had lost 50 pounds our more.  I have lost a total of 51.4 pounds.  

It has been a great journey so far.  I have reshaped my body thru exercise and this incredible diet.  I have 5 more weeks til I am back in a normal eating environment.

Happy Thanks Giving

15 November 2007

day 56

I lost 4.5 pounds this week for a total of 49.9 pounds.  I am very exited.  I have 6 weeks left in the liquid only stage.  Food I am heading back to you baby.

14 November 2007

Day 55

This week seems to be better than last week with the actual weight loss. It is still slower than it has been but I expect my loss to be between 3 and 5 pounds. This will put me past my goal of losing 50 pounds by Thanksgiving.

Last week I also had little opportunity to workout and this week I have made up for it.

Expect updated pictures Thursday or Friday.

I am doing 400-500 crunches a day. Walking at least 100 calories off a day on the treadmill.

08 November 2007

Week 7 Results

This week as I predicted.  I had a slight weight loss.  I lost one pound.  For a total weight loss in 49 days to 45.4 pounds.  according to my doctor this is normal and she would be concerned if I continued to lose at the rate I have been.

06 November 2007

Day 47

Weight loss has slowed down. As expected. Still having really good workouts.

More to come.

02 November 2007


I did not realize this until after my post yesterday.  I have tried to minimize what I call transitional clothing.  Or clothes that I wear as I am losing weight.   I started off wearing polo style shirts in size XXL, now its XL.  I had to buy new underwear as I went from an XL to an L.  But something really odd happened this week.  I bought a pair of Calvin Klein in size 40 that were too big. And designer clothes NEVER are sized big for men. 

I had no shorts that fit me so I bought a pair of camo long shorts in size 40 last week. When  I started in september I was size 44 and they were tight.  Yesterday my size 40's were lose.  So back to Ross and Target I went.  Well folks I bought two pair of size 38 shorts and a pair of size 38 jeans regular fit. I have lost more than 6 inches in my waist. In September I wore size 44 loose (essentially a 45) jeans.  

I am now in a size 38!!!

I remember when I was 20 and I went into my size 40s my step dad told me that was too big.  He was not nice about it either.  14 years later-  38's I have returned!!!

01 November 2007

Day 42 Week Six Results are in.

This week I lost 6 pounds.  My total loss to date is 44.4 pounds.  This is in 42 days.  My Blood Pressure was 100/61.

Good workout and cardio today.