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.

07 October 2009

Day seven of OctoberFAST is complete.

OctoberFast has been very effective. I posted that I would give details about my OctoberFast Diet.

I am essentially cutting my Caloric intake to no more than 1500 Calories per day. I am Eating Small Meals thru-out the day. I am eating lots of vegetables. Sweet Potatos, Tomatoes, Onions, Broccoli, Green Beans, Carrots, Asparagus, and Squash. Others are allowed of course. I am using Liquid Meal Replacements as Breakfast and Snacks. A minimum of one and maximum of three. Each of these are 170-180 Calories. So they can take up some of your daily calories but they can be a god send as well as they can are perfect sweet treats.

I have two full meals. The meals consist of either a bison patty or a chicken breast along with two or three veggies. Essentially I can eat whatever I like but its easiest to if I use my calories to fill myself up. One of the keys to the plan has been Sweet Potatoes. They have about 170 Calories for the large ones. And they fill you up.

So here is an example of a day on OctoberFast.

Liquid Meal Replacement- 170 Calories

Chicken Breast- 270 Calories
Veggies 2 Cups - 100

Liquid Meal Replacement- 170 Calories

8 oz Bison Patty- 340 Calories
Sweet potato 170 Calories

You'll Notice that this is only 1220 calories and I believe that you must at least consume 1300 to 1500. So this gives you a little play. Maybe you want a small salad with dressing. Maybe you want another shake. maybe you want some guacamole or even a small amount of cheese. Or some cottage cheese or sour cream. The main idea is to use VEGGIES as much as you can. Especially Sweet Potatoes and Carrots. They are filling.

Drink a lot of water.

In my next post I'll discuss the activity portion of OctoberFast.

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