Lost 110 lbs.

  • Jerebear

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    Aug 07, 2011 5:46 PM GMT
    Hey all, just checking in with my progress as I do from time to time...

    In case you dont know, I'm on a journey to go from being a lifelong fatty who drifted into the mid 300s in weight by 2009 and was on the edge of disability and disease. The journey started as a New Year's resolution at the beginning of the decade in 2010 and my transformation goals are for my 40th birthday in March of 2014 when I hope to be below 15% body fat and between 190 and 200 lbs.

    So at this point:

    In terms of the initial weight loss phase of my transformation I am 73% done.
    In terms of fat loss I am 59% done.
    In terms of time I am 36% of the way between Jan. 1st, 2010 to Mar. 28th, 2014.

    This is my latest vlog with progress pics:



    My current plan is:

    1. minimum of 175 g of protein daily
    2. maximum of 100 g of carbs on non-workout days
    3. full-body weight training 3 days a week, using HST principles for progression and eat whatever I want on those days.
    4. minimum of 6 servings of fruits and vegetables daily
    5. supplement with fish oil and a multi-vitamin
    6. full regular sleep
    7. no stressing about minor details

    I don't do any cardio (yet). I don't arbitrarily limit dietary fat or overall calories. I let my hunger/satiety feedback determine that. No foods are off limit or cut out, I still eat "regular guy" foods like bacon cheeseburgers and pizza, and I make no apologies for that. As long as I meet the fundamentals of my plan, the details dont matter.
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    Aug 07, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    First and most important WELL DONE.. Well done for having a plan and having the discipline to follow it instead of whining and blaming others.

    You are still in "easy weight loss" territory (I know it´s not easy, but it gets harder and harder as you get closer to the summit).

    Going forward it would be worth thinking about the "eat anything" plan. You may well have faster and better results if you limit eating anything to one or max two days a week. You should also have a think about limiting with a view to eliminating dead calories like soda, white flour and too much fruit from your daily diet. Not saying cut it all now, but be aware that before long it will get harder.

    But mostly well done icon_smile.gif
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 07, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    Thanks Lostboy! I don't disagree with a word you said, and my plan will evolve over time as needed.

    The only thing I would add is that the question "what can I change to further myself toward my goals?" will always be the secondary question for me. The primary question will always remain "what can I change that is completely realistic for me, given what I like and dont like, and that is sustainable for the rest of my life?".
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 07, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    I should also add that the "eat anything" days are not binge days. Most of the time I dont go beyond the point of satiety. Its just that the breaks are off on the carby things on those days for psychological reasons and because I do better cycling my carbs rather than steady carb restricition (its better for levels of all the other hormones other than insulin that affect fat tissue regulation, like leptin, etc.).
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    Aug 07, 2011 7:39 PM GMT
    cool... just wasn´t sure if you were still having pizza for breakfast ;)

    Remember that you can train your tastes.. you do not have to be their slave
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    Aug 07, 2011 8:25 PM GMT
    Most impressive! (I watched the video w/o the sound.) Congratulations on your continued progress, and keep it up!
    (You have beautiful eyes, that was what kept me most interested.)
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 07, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    Thanks yn2000, you've come a long way yourself since last year!
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 07, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    Thanks Buddy! Yeah, I'm lucky to have them as they were one of my only physical assets back when I was extremely fat.
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    Aug 07, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    Wow, congrats!

    I think Lostboy said it best: Prepare for a greater challenge soon.

    When you're heavier, your body has to move more weight. That makes weight loss and muscle building easy. Once the weight is almost gone, your body has less weight to move, so you have to work harder to get the same effect. This is when diet becomes more important than ever in continuing progress.
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 07, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    Thanks Paul!

    Yes, I agree, and we'll see how I manage the transistion. The good news is that the "one change at a time only when necessary" approach leaves me with alot of ammo still left in reserves. IMO, the most common source of error for most people attempting weight loss or a body transformation, comes from attempting revolutions rather than evolutions in their lifestyle.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 07, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    Congratulations,Jerebear!That is an achievement to be proud of!
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 07, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    Thanks Lincs!

    Yes, I'm proud because never did I ever think I would do this, or be capable of this, especially given my 25 year track record of complete failure on this front. But its important for me to be proud, yet not satisfied at the same time. Satisfaction would be the end of it, I wouldn't be able to keep going. Its a fine line that I hope to ride as long as I can.
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    Aug 08, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    Jeremy, your scientific method of application and adaptation has worked out very well for you. You look great and I hope you feel great. I also hope to see you reach your goal.

    A couple of months ago, my partner's father also began losing to lose weight and wanted to decrease his fat percentage after a health scare. He regularly watches your videos and is a great fan of yours. Weight loss has been slow for him. But he wants you to know that were it not for you, he would have given up long ago.
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 08, 2011 1:21 AM GMT
    Thanks Carminea!

    Yeah, I almost wish I could bottle how I used to feel, but I do remember the pain in my legs and the constant mind fog due to sleep apnea and insulin crashes.

    carminea saidBut he wants you to know that were it not for you, he would have given up long ago.


    Wow, comments like that blow me away. For me, the changes are so slow and imperceptable, so the progress I've made is not that motivating (except for times like this when I can see pics side by side). And many times I'm ambivalent about my youtube channel because I dont think I have anything special or new to say, but from time to time I'll get a comment like this, and it reaffirms why I'm doing it publicly.

    There's no doubt in my mind that I will be successful, because success is time + effort. I've committed to the effort and I've committed to the time.
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    Aug 08, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    Ahh that's awesome congrats man! Keep up the awesome work. You're an inspiration!
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    Aug 08, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    I love how you seem to be on top of everything. It just seems, smart. Great work my man. You are quite handsome!

    Also, great music choice in the vlogs!
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    Aug 08, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    Thanks so much for sharing. This can serve as such great inspiration for so many people. I really appreciate this kind of posts. icon_biggrin.gif

    Oh, congratulations! Please keep up the fantastic work! You must be proud.
  • bishop65

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    Aug 08, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    Jerebear--this is awesome! Keep up the great work!
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 08, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    Thanks swmr!
  • shred_thegnar

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    Aug 08, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    congrats on the progress so far.
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 08, 2011 1:37 AM GMT
    Thanks Mike, that particular track has a special meaning for me. 1998 was quite a year. As for my choice in music generally for my vlogs, I cant always bring the weight losses every week, but I can bring the funk! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 08, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    Thanks cityazn! I'm always slightly embarrassed to post the "hey everyone, look at me, look at meee!" type of posts, but I do it because I know there's plenty of guys on here who are not jocks, and who are maybe even as heavy as I was, and they need to know there's hope.
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 08, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    Thanks bishop! You can bet I will!
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 08, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    Thanks shred!
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 08, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidThanks for making me feel like an under achiever. Just kidding. This is possibly one of the best transformations I've ever seen and you did it all naturally on your own. Congratulations and keep us updated! You're looking great!


    Thanks trollileo! Well there's plenty of guys who look absolutely amazing who are also ex-fatties on this site, and I wouldn't dare put myself in their league. I'm only 36% done though, so who knows.