"Up and down. Up, and down. People would be amazed at the changes in the guy that crawled out from underneath the hundred extra pounds. The first time I lost weight I lost fifty-seven pounds, the next time almost seventy. But the siren call of Mcdonald’s, Pizza, and Chinese Buffets would always lure me back.
I loved to eat! I always had a little belly, even in grade school. Middle school was the same, and I would get picked on some, but I still had friends and it wasn’t too bad then. In high school I had a gut, but my senior year I worked as a waiter and slimmed down to a trim 180 which wasn’t bad for a six foot guy.
I managed to hold my own my first year of college, then a series of health and romantic setbacks led me to run off to college as I tried to escape my problems. It was a small denominational college, and there was lots of down-home country cooking in the cafeteria. My weight jumped up about twenty or thirty pounds-and boy, did I hear about it when I went home to visit.
My world really fell apart the next year with family illness and the subsequent loss. I stayed home and went to work at a series of high-stress, low-paying service jobs. Food was my comfort, and my old fast-food friends were always there for me.
I quickly packed on over a hundred pounds, and looked and felt miserable. I finally pulled myself up by my bootstraps, and lost the weight taking a fat blocker and by exercising, but then slipped back when I had another setback.
A few years later, facing my twentieth high school reunion, I lost again, slimming down sixty pounds. Then, when the reunion was over, I gradually slipped back into old habits and got fat again. A few years later after a bad health scare I was able to lose again, but gradually slipped back. I tried a weight loss center, but they just couldn’t meet my needs.
I finally joined a gym, but didn’t know what I was doing. I really was just blundering around and didn’t have much hope by then after battling my weight-and mostly losing the battle for over fifteen years. To be completely clear, I’d tried many things by then. I tracked every calorie I ate for years, on and off, and got so tired of it I finally gave up. I was jaded with all the new diets that seemed to come out every week.
I was at the gym one day and heard about JT and thought at first his program was too good to be true. I went to see him, and it’s been amazing! I started off strong and lost a few pounds, then slipped back into old habits. The first time I gained, he sat me down and we had a long talk. He told me I had to make up mind. Either deal with being obese and the problems that came with it or do what it took to get it off-and keep it off. I was tired of being morbidly obese and tired of being on high blood pressure medicine and insulin. My self esteem was in tatters and I’d resigned myself to a lifetime of being fat and dying young. So I told him I’d give it my best shot for a year.
That was six weeks ago. The results have been amazing! I lost fifteen pounds-in one month! The workout is rigorous, and I’ve had to change my way of eating completely, but whenever I feel like it’s too much I always ask myself two or three questions.
If the workout seems like too long or too much, I ask myself, what else would I be doing? I would be sitting in front of the computer, on the internet, usually after stuffing myself at a Chinese Buffet, getting fatter, looking at a bunch of stuff I’ve already seen and doesn’t matter.
If I feel like I don’t want to do the routine or do food prep, I ask myself, how many days do I have to do it? The answer is none, if I don’t want to. I do this because I want to, no one is making me do it. And how many days do I have to do it? Just one. Today.
I want to add one more thing. JT doesn’t give you a cookie-cutter diet and exercise regimen like everybody else out there-he has you get blood testing and then puts together a diet tailored specifically to YOU. That was one of the obstacles I faced….there are a million different diets on the internet and they all say they are the right ones.
With his regimen, I know what to eat, when to eat, how to cook it, and how much. NO GRAY areas-which was always my problem. I think anyone that really wants to lose weight and keep it off should give it a try-just be aware it IS a lifestyle change but it is SO worth it!" - John Fuller