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.

10 May 2010

Operation Boot Camp Day One

I am about to die. LOL

OK so this is how today should have gone for my first day PT test.

I went to bed at a reasonable time of 1030 after having a nice but light dinner. I slept comfortably and woke up at 4:45 to get to the orientation for boot camp at 5:30. I was active and attentive in orientation. I completed my run without walking...I did 45 push ups in 60 seconds 30 plus sit ups and a large number of dips and felt worn out when I left...

But this is what actually happened.

I went to bed at some time after 1130 after eating a Ponce Picnic (a cheese burger, chili cheese dog and fries) at the Majestic Diner... after having a few two many VO and Ginger ales. I have no idea how many...I woke up at 2 am with glitter in my chest hair-don't ask I have no idea. I was on top of my covers in full clothes I could not go back to sleep... My stomach was having none of that.

At 5 am I got dressed and went to stomach hates me by the way. I knew a number of the instructors. So I felt worse about the fact that I was not good last night. It was supposed to be a drink or two before my 30 days of a liquor free life. Yeah that did not happen. So we started out the warm up with a bunch of squats and exercises that seemed overly gay at first... but they kicked my ass. And did I say My stomach hates me...

And then came the run... I hate running. I can't breath thru my nose easily. In Atlanta there is a road called Miami Circle which houses a number of designer showcases. The road itself has a horrible incline. I would not want to walk it much less run it. But I did. One mile. I ran down the hill and back up. One mile in 9min 25 seconds. Not bad for a fat boy that hates to run and really could not run until a few years ago. Oh and did I mention the war my stomach started with me...

Then on to the other tests... there are three. Each is how many X can you do in a minute. Push ups--not usually a problem...Sit ups... HATE them worse than running, and triceps dips. I can normally do a bunch of dips. But the stomach had other plans. I did about 36 push ups. I've done better before. I did 21 sit ups/crunches. And then all hell broke lose with my stomach... No dips for me. I'll have to time myself tomorrow after Boot Camp so I have a decent starting point to compare.

Day one I will grade myself a D. Mostly because I was STUPID and did not do what I know I should have done. I am happy about the running results. Other than that, I did not set myself up to succeed. That is all my fault. Tomorrow I'll give you some information about the log book and the eating plan... Food sounds horrible at the moment. Damn stomach and damn yummy Canadian Whisky.

And by the way the stomach is still waging war.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good luck and remember to get plenty of water, sleep and follow the plan