Dear Jen from The Biggest Loser,

Okay, so I got your blanket email yesterday. You know, they are getting much more clever. You got my name (instead of Jared) and everything. So for that…WELL DONE MAN! 🙂

But let’s face it. I have no idea who you are just as much as you have no idea who I am. I do not watch The Biggest Loser. I never have. It is not for me. I did write about it in my very subtle post called “I absolutely hate The Biggest Loser”.

Anyway, I am not here to talk about all of that. Instead, I want to tell you a story that has been bothering me for a couple of weeks now. I have kept my mouth shut, but I think I need to kind of get it off my chest.

I do not read many weight loss blogs these days, but I read one a couple of weeks ago that was short and sweet. A blogger who has a lot of courage and strength has been struggling a little lately. Hey, don’t we all struggle? Maybe not with weight, but with life. Well, I would like to think we all do.

So she got on the scale and it was a little more than she expected. She wrote a post not asking for advice but rather stating she has gained a little weight and she knows what to do to get it off.

Well, the funny thing about any blog post is that people want to interpret it in their own way. So people were commenting and giving advice. I have been losing weight for over 30 years now. There is nothing new out there. Most people know what to do…..the hard part is doing it.

Well, one comment got me. it was from someone who has found some success over the last couple of years. She wrote “EAT LESS MOVE MORE”. Eat less…..move more. Simple, right? I mean, that is all it is, right? After that, she wrote “IT’S JUST THAT SIMPLE”.

Is it that simple? It seems like success stories want people who are struggling to know it is that simple. When you are losing weight, the weight loss world makes sense, right? You are the smartest person in the world when you find some weight loss success, right?

Do not get me wrong, I am a success story. I lost 221 pounds in a year….173 of that in six months. I have spent the last three years gaining muscle and although I have put on 45 pounds I would say that a good portion of it is muscle. I know how to lose weight…for me. I know what motivates me. I have dealt with tragedy in my life and still know that I have to be healthy for my family.

But weight loss is not that simple. Why do success stories say that all the time? It is a lot of hard work. You mind will play tricks on you. There are going to be foods that you think you can stop eating that you just can’t. There will be days when you will convince yourself that you do not need to work out. There are diet plans that just will not work for you.

A good amount of people know what they “need” to do to lose weight. The formula is simple. But man, I still wake up at 4am because I “need” to workout before work. I still watch the foods I put in my system because I “need” to. I will always struggle. I will fall. I have known this for so many years. Thirty years of a food addiction is not cured by a weight loss. It is not cured by a motivational quote. What is cured is knowing why I am worth it.

And I want people to know that when they come to my blog or social media outlets. My blog was never meant for the successful. You could dispute the way I lost weight all day because no two people lose weight the exact way. My blog is meant for the person who has given up hope. In the big spectrum, I am not special. I have a normal job. I have a normal family. In fact, the only thing that is not normal about me are my cray cray thoughts that 18-22 year old women love on Pinterest.

Weight loss is not east but worth it. It is not simple.Well, not for me at least. But I would like to think there are more people like me out there.

Anyway, I hope you find success in whatever you are doing. I think you are selling an app for a smartphone? Not sure, but I will say your success is great. I am glad you got healthy, but honestly, you were pretty in both your before and after pictures.

Remember my name though. I have a feeling I will do something special by the end of 2012.


Tony Posnanski

CEO of The Anti-Jared

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