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.

23 June 2010


This morning we bypassed the park and boot camp met at the Atlanta Kick Studio's on Miami Circle.

I really enjoyed the workout today as I did last month. In 45 mins I got my as kicked. I really have a major problem with lifting my leg up high. I am just not that flexible. I need to look into ways of becoming a little more flexible.

15 June 2010

Operation Boot Camp Day 2

Today was our first day in the park for June. It's hot in this place. I cannot believe just how hot it is and it really changes the workout.

Last month we sweated a lot and we got wet from the dew. There is very little dew on the ground but I was drenched with sweat today. My shirt weighed at least 5 pounds more than it did when I started and I was ringing the moisture out of it all morning.

The workout focused on legs with a few exercises for biceps and backs. I'll have to say I was very glad it had less cardio than normal. Hydration is key in this heat.

I've never liked energy drinks (they are full of sugar) but after the workout I bought a Powerade to replenish electrolytes. It made a huge difference. I'm going to try out a few different kinds. Gatorade. G2. Powerade. Powerade Zero and see how each works for me.

Tomorrow is homework day. I'll let you know what I decide to do.

I'm also going to try out the Esporta Health Club today. It's a few blocks away from my new apartment. I'm moving in a few weeks.

14 June 2010

Operation Boot Camp Pt. Deux Day 1

I have to say I'm impressed with myself. Day one of boot camp for rookies is a PT test. I did not realise that the experienced campers could skip the PT test and there is a workout provided for the veteran campers.

Because I was not able to complete boot camp last month. I definatly wanted to do the PT test.

There are 4 categories. A mile run. Then a minute of each of the following. Pushups. Situps. And tricep dips. Pushups I improved by a few. Bench dips I was exactly the same and situps I went from 6 to 36. I'm happy. But my biggest improvement came with the mile run. Last month I ran a mile in 9:26 today I ran it in 8:36. I could not be happier. Last month it was 65 degree and no humidity today it was 83 and relatively high humidity.

Fat boy is learning to run. And all thanks to Operation Boot Camp.

13 June 2010

Operation Boot Camp Part Deux

The last week of OBC did not end as I wanted it to. And that was all beyond my control. Tomorrow begins my second month of Boot Camp. In the last two weeks since I last went there have been some improvements. I have worked to increase my running speed and I have hit the gym hard working my abs.

We will see how this pays dividends this time around. Have a great weekend. And look for my posts about OBC PD.

02 June 2010

Walking Pneumonia puts the breaks on Boot Camp

Many people may be aware of traditional pneumonia, which is a serious infection of the lungs. If a person gets regular pneumonia, they will need hospitalization in order to get themselves healthy again. And yet, there is a type of pneumonia that is as harmless as a flu. It is called walking pneumonia. What is walking pneumonia? Walking pneumonia is a relatively minor lung infection that is caused by the Mycoplasma pneumoniae organism.

And the fat boy has it. I have been suffering with this Saturday of Sunday. I seem to be getting better and I am still working but I am not able to breath so running has been put on hold.

I cannot tell you the anger I feel at the moment. There are only two days left in Boot Camp and I am pretty sure I will not be able to go tomorrow and I doubt seriously that I will be able to go the final day which is Friday. Failure is the feeling I have but I can't really help what I am going thru.

I have signed up for the class beginning in June 14th so I will continue my blogging then If I am not able to complete this Camp.