body transformation at the 50% mark, lost 130 lbs., the leanest I've been in 22 years

  • Jerebear

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    Feb 22, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    Hi RJers

    I'm checking in to the forums, as I do from time to time, to update you all on my progress.

    First of all, to all those who have messaged me with support, encouragement and even some compliments icon_biggrin.gif over the past two years: Thank you!

    This started on New Year's of 2010. The scale said 334 lbs., but I was even fatter than that earlier in 2009. I had been severely fat my whole life, and spent my 30s as morbidly obese. My fitness level was absolute zero. My mind was in a constant fog from a combination of sleep apnea and the insulin roller coaster. I sat for all of my awake hours, it would hurt my back to stand for more than 15 minutes, and even while sitting, I would lean on an armrest for support. I experienced re-occuring numbness and pain in my legs and I was expecting to be one of those scooter people in a few years.

    On that New Year's eve, I committed to a 4 year, 2 month and 28 day time frame (to my 40th birthday) to transform my body. I didnt commit to anything else specifically, just to the time frame. The only comparison to the kind of total body transformation affecting all systems in my body was puberty, and at that time I had the help of the most powerful hormones I would ever have working for me, and even then, that process took 4 or 5 years to complete. So this would be no different.

    The long time frame allowed me to reject the diet and fitness industry's 40 year track record of failure in controlling the obesity epidemic. I could also reject all my previous strategies in my own 20 year track record of failure. I could experiment, do one change at a time, judge its sustainability and my ability to incorporate it into my real life, and not some fantasy ideal. I could wait for the diminishing returns on that change until I did the next one and so on.

    Today I'm 204 lbs. and 24% body fat. I have no health problems whatsoever and I'm unrecognizable from the person I used to be.

    My goal is to get to and sustain 15% body fat and as much lean mass as I can realistically attain within the time frame. though I may want to continue to gain lean mass beyond the time frame (its addicting, as I'm sure you all know).

    My latest progress pics are in this video. The pics start at the 3:15 mark, if you want to skip the talky portion (the intro to this video is a montage which is pretty cool too).

  • jmanorlando

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    Feb 22, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    First congrats on what you've accomplished so far. So many times people put in 10 or 30 days and then say it doesn't work, your video confirms that consistent effort over a long period of time yields results.

    Here's to continued success and happiness.

  • honeybadger

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    Feb 22, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    Wow! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experience. you look great!
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    Feb 22, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    You look fantastic, great job! You're a great looking guy and a terrific study in discipline and diligence but now's not the time to rest on your laurels; it's time to really dial it in so that by Halloween you can rock that gladiator costume I'm sure you have stashed in your closet.
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    Feb 22, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    Wow! Awesome job! Keep up the great work!
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    Feb 22, 2012 4:37 PM GMT
    You are a true inspiration. Here's to comfort, health and happiness you have brought to yourself. Good job!

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    Feb 22, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    Looking good. You can tell by watching the vid that your posture, energy, and attitude have all increased for the better. You even seem to have a sparkle in your eye. Good work and keep it up! You rock!~
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    Feb 22, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    Amazing! Congrats!!!!
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    Feb 22, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    Hard to believe it is the same person!!!!

    Truly AMAZING!!!!!!!!

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    Feb 22, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    WOW!!! Great Job! Thanks for your updates. I look forward to seeing them. You have done a great job with your transformation and are a great inspiration to me. I just started my transformation this week after having some severe leg problems for the past year and a half and am looking forward to a better body and better health.

    Oh....did I mention how great you look?
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    Congratulations for such an accomplishment. I actually feel like I need a better word here than just 'congratulations'. You can go ahead and change your profile now, because you are no longer "overweight" at all!
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    WTG, congrautlations, kudos to you. Keep at it!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • pelotudo87

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    Feb 22, 2012 6:31 PM GMT
    Good work!
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    Feb 22, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    hey Jerebear,

    what a wonderful story you have to share, such an inspiration really. Your candour and honesty and approach really are motivating and inspiring. I'm really impressed and I wish you all the best in this journey and all that will follow.

    I'd be interested in hearing more about what motivates you... is it being healthier, and if so, to live longer, live better, feel better, feel sexier, get laid more?? Curious what keeps you going, I'm guessing it's probably a lot of things, but I suspect it's also critical in keeping you focused and on track.

    Congrats buddy, you deserve to be proud and happy.
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    Feb 22, 2012 6:45 PM GMT
    That is so awesome. Good for you and you look great!
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    Feb 22, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    Keep up the great work!!!!! Wow!
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    Feb 22, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
    wow it just gets better.. I was wondering where you went

    off tangent.. I'm looking out your window and thinking you must live near where I did back in the 80's near 10th and Royal
  • Jerebear

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    Feb 23, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    Thank you all for your congratulations! Honestly, its very much appreciated.

    Eagermuscle: There's no laurels here, I'm only half done. Maybe not even that, depending on what I ultimately decide about what I want to do with my lean mass.

    Beneful: You're close, I'm a little up the street, in the twin towers between the patullo and the skytrain bridges.

    Speedobuddy: I want to respond to this and I will in a seperate post...
  • Jerebear

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    Feb 23, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
    speedobuddy saidhey Jerebear,

    what a wonderful story you have to share, such an inspiration really. Your candour and honesty and approach really are motivating and inspiring. I'm really impressed and I wish you all the best in this journey and all that will follow.

    I'd be interested in hearing more about what motivates you... is it being healthier, and if so, to live longer, live better, feel better, feel sexier, get laid more?? Curious what keeps you going, I'm guessing it's probably a lot of things, but I suspect it's also critical in keeping you focused and on track.

    Congrats buddy, you deserve to be proud and happy.


    Speedobuddy:

    I dont believe in motivation. Motivation is fleeting, whereas the treatment for a lifetime of obesity has to be a permanent treatment. There were a thousand reasons for wanting to lose the weight (sex wasnt one of them, I've had more than my share, most of you all would be amazed to find out how many guys out there are freaky for the fatties), but there was one good reason not to lose the weight and that is because there would be no point in doing it, because I would fail at keeping the weight off, and when I regained it all and more, I would be worse off for even trying.

    The best study of weight maintenance that I'm aware of says that only up to 20% of people are able to permanently maintain a weight loss of 10% of their original body weight. I would imagine the stats are much worse for those, like me, who have to lose close to 50% of their body weight. So basically there are no effective permanent treatments for the disease, other than remaining on a starvation diet for the rest of your life (like my father, who is 83, has been doing since he lost weight at 17) or having surgery on your stomach that forces you to remain on a starvation diet for the rest of your life. Diets cause so much metabolism destruction that people will regain all their weight if they attempt to ever eat like a normal person again.

    I'm not a low-carber, but the low-carbers are half right. They are right in that obesity is a disease of disregulation of the fat tissue, and that you have to do things to affect the hormones that regulate fat. If you fuck with the body's thermostat of the hunger-satiety feedback by arbitrarily restricting calories, then homeostasis will eventually come back and kick your ass. Where the low-carbers are wrong are their prescription which focuses solely on insulin. Insulin is one of about 30 hormones that regulate fat, and it is one of the main anabolic hormones for all tissues, not just fat tissue. Simple restriction of carbs to control insulin reduces lean mass, and causes the same metabolic damage as calorie restriction.

    My approach this time has been about using my engineering background to engineer a solution. Its a complex problem with a complex solution, but bit by bit, by reseach, by measuring everything, and by experimentation I'm assembling the solution.
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    Feb 23, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    Fuggin amazing man. Wow.
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    Feb 23, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    Congrats man! I love stories like this.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 23, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    You're an inspiration.
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    Feb 23, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    Jerebear said
    ...I'm only half done. Maybe not even that, depending on what I ultimately decide about what I want to do with my lean mass...

    I dont believe in motivation. Motivation is fleeting, whereas the treatment for a lifetime of obesity has to be a permanent treatment. There were a thousand reasons for wanting to lose the weight (sex wasnt one of them, I've had more than my share, most of you all would be amazed to find out how many guys out there are freaky for the fatties), but there was one good reason not to lose the weight and that is because there would be no point in doing it, because I would fail at keeping the weight off, and when I regained it all and more, I would be worse off for even trying.

    The best study of weight maintenance that I'm aware of says that only up to 20% of people are able to permanently maintain a weight loss of 10% of their original body weight. I would imagine the stats are much worse for those, like me, who have to lose close to 50% of their body weight. So basically there are no effective permanent treatments for the disease, other than remaining on a starvation diet for the rest of your life (like my father, who is 83, has been doing since he lost weight at 17) or having surgery on your stomach that forces you to remain on a starvation diet for the rest of your life. Diets cause so much metabolism destruction that people will regain all their weight if they attempt to ever eat like a normal person again.

    I'm not a low-carber, but the low-carbers are half right. They are right in that obesity is a disease of disregulation of the fat tissue, and that you have to do things to affect the hormones that regulate fat. If you fuck with the body's thermostat of the hunger-satiety feedback by arbitrarily restricting calories, then homeostasis will eventually come back and kick your ass. Where the low-carbers are wrong are their prescription which focuses solely on insulin. Insulin is one of about 30 hormones that regulate fat, and it is one of the main anabolic hormones for all tissues, not just fat tissue. Simple restriction of carbs to control insulin reduces lean mass, and causes the same metabolic damage as calorie restriction.

    My approach this time has been about using my engineering background to engineer a solution. Its a complex problem with a complex solution, but bit by bit, by reseach, by measuring everything, and by experimentation I'm assembling the solution.

    It's official - YOU are the one to watch.
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    Feb 23, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    Um Holy shit icon_smile.gif Great job! Keep at it! icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 23, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidThat is amazing. Who needs The Biggest Loser when you have yourself? I've really enjoyed watching your transformation or at least the stretch that I've been around to see.


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    This is so AWESOME!!!!! Loved the video... You look great!