“Do you know Jillian Michaels?”
“What about loose skin?”
“How much water should I drink everyday?”
I get asked questions like these every day.
Funny thing is….I was 420 pounds in 2008.
Hello, my name is Tony. I am a life long dieter. I have done them all. Atkins, Zone, pills….Atkins. Sorry about saying that twice, but I have done that one more than once.
The problem is when I would lose weight; I would gain it back…and then some. That is until I almost lost it all a couple of years back.
You see, my story is not about wearing skinny jeans. It is not about being able to put on a seatbelt. Wiping myself in the bathroom. Taking showers.
I would go to sleep and feel numbness in my arms. I would cough blood for no reason. I was killing myself.
I was also hurting my wife. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that. I am married to a wonderful woman. We met a few years back.
Anyway, in February of 2008, I decided to lose the weight once and for all. My doctor suggested gastric bypass surgery, but I was too scared. Instead, I did something a little scarier. I decided to join Weight Watchers. Yikes!
After the first day, I knew I would lose over 200 pounds. Do you ever have that feeling? The one where nothing can get in your way. Yeah, that was me.
Right after I started to lose weight, I made a blog. I called it The Anti-Jared. Jared from Subway was the only person I had ever known who lost over 200 pounds. He did it with sub sandwiches. Although I am a chef, I did not want to lose weight by eating subs.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that. I am a chef. I have been in restaurants for over 10 years. I have been a Chef, Managing Partner, and Manager at a few restaurants. Still am to this day.
So I blogged and lost weight. I lost 221 pounds, right down to 198 pounds. Then I decided to gain some muscle. I changed what I ate and I then hit the gym harder.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that. I love working out. I go six to seven times a week.
So here I am now. Every day I push myself to be my best. Still keeping off the weight. Still building muscle. Still happy I can put on a seatbelt.
I write about a lot of different weight loss topics. I try to write about my past experiences. What I write helps me out a lot, and I think it helps others. The biggest thing about weight loss is that we should all know we are in this together. We struggle, but knowing we all struggle makes it easier.
Well, I need to run; I have to feed my son.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that.
Lets save that one for another day.