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.

27 December 2007

Day 98 Phase One complete

Final weight after phase one is 233.8 pounds.  As of last week I adjusted my weight in clothing.  Traditionally I weighed in in shorts but due to the weather I will now do this in jeans.  This added about 3 pounds to my weight.  I have lost 54.6 pounds with this adjustment.

My next phase adds food back slowly over 7 weeks.  The first week adds 2 oz or protein one cup of veggies and one cup of fruit to the mix and I give up one shake per day.

14 December 2007

Day 84 Weigh In

This week I lost 2.5 pounds for a total weight loss of 56.4 pounds since September 21 2007.

I first started my weight loss journey on December 9 2006 after I figured out that I was bigger than 309 pounds.

Total loss since December 2006  79 Pounds.  

I have two weeks left in my 1st phase of the plan.  

10 December 2007

December 9 2007

One Year ago today I sent out a text message to a number of my friends announcing that I was officially fat. Well I had been fat for a while but at that point I weighed in at more than 300 pounds. I weighed in at 309 actually. That was the beginning of my drive to get smaller.

I am Excited to announce that after a year I have lost more than 75 pounds. My most recent weigh in clocks me in at 233.5 pounds. This is a loss of 76.5 pounds in a year.

Otherwise 2007 has been a fairly difficult year. The mortgage industry which I have been a member of for more than 8 years has faced some huge problems and the industry has changed to the point that it's just not as enjoyable as it once was.

06 December 2007

December 6

Another week closer to my goal.  I have lost another 2.3 pounds this week for a total of 53.9 pounds.  I will be updating my picts this week.