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.

25 June 2008

Week 8 of C25K Training

I have been a bad blogger again. I have completed 7 weeks of my c25k training and I have completed day 1 of week 8. 7 weeks ago I was running a minute and a half at a time. Today I am running 28 minutes at a time.

My legs are getting huge and my body fat is falling away. I made a big mistake and shaved off my goatee. One of the girls I work with told me i look cherubic (like cupid) I would post picts of me but there is no way in hell I am going to post the 12 year old cupid boy that I look like.

I have had some great success since I joined the weight watchers core plan. I get plenty of protein and I have lost at least 5 pounds in three weeks. Saturday is my next weigh in and I expect to have lost a few pounds more.

Hope all is well

08 June 2008

Run Fat Boy Run Pt 2

Well this was my first weigh in day after being in weight watchers. I am not expecting to lose a bunch of weight but I need some support and Help with my life long weight management plan. My group leader Melanie is Great.

After a few weeks of some slight increases in diet I lost 4.2 pounds in one week. This rate of loss is not expected to happen long term but it was a good kickstart. I DO not like the scales at WW because I think they are off a little. My scale at home was perfectly set with the scales at Emory. But I am going to adjust my weight to the WW scales for consistency. My beginning WW weight on May 30 was 240.4. My weigh in today was 236.2 a loss of 4.2 pounds regardless of the actual figure a 4.2 pound loss in one week is too good to be true.

Also today was my completion of my longest run yet. I ran for 20 mins without a break. For my friends who are runners that is not a lot but for us couch potatoes. Thats HUGE BABY. Check back in a few days.

06 June 2008


Since my last post I went on my annual trip to Key West Florida. That was one of the best trips I have ever had. And the best thing is my fat ass could not fit into an airplane seat comfortably. Its such an incredible difference.

I met some new friends there and became re acquainted with some folks I have met before. I gained 0 (zero) pounds while I was on the island. I never over ate. I did drink a little more than I should have. The good thing about Key West is you walk everywhere so problem with drinking. I also ran everyday that I was on vacation except the day I traveled down. The day I got back before I went home I went to the gym.

I am in the middle of week 5 of my c25k training and that should be completed tomorrow. Its getting harder but I am able to tackle it better than I thought.

Last saturday I joined Weight Watchers as I feel that I need ongoing support with weight management. I do not feel that the plan at Emory has provided as much in the maintenance portion as I have in the past and there is no accountablility with their ongoing support. I decided to follow the Core Plan . I will give updates on this as I go along.

I put on a few pounds in the weeks leading up to my vacation. 7 to be exact. So I was around 239. I have reduced that to 234 this week.

Check back for updatest and thanks for your support.