10 Months. 128 Pounds Lost. The Best Transformation I’ve Ever Seen.

Move over Optimus Prime, I have a new favorite transformer.

His name is Joe, and he has the best Nerd Fitness success story I have EVER seen. 

In 10 months of following Nerd Fitness, Joe has lost 128 pounds.

This picture is from Joe’s first day – wait til you see what he looks like now. Fortunately, we not only have an interview with Joe today on how he succeeded, but also pictures of him and old emails from every month along the way too!

Although Joe followed the workout plans and diet advice in the Rebel Fitness Guide and Rebel Strength Guide to help him get these results, it’s no secret why he was successful.  He exercised regularly, cleaned up his diet, and established new habits that kept him on track.

Hopefully this inspires you as much as it did me.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I had tears in my eyes when I got an email from Joe saying he had lost 100 pounds (now all the way up to 128 pounds lost!).  He not only looks like a completely different person, but he now gets to be an inspiration to thousands upon thousands of people as well.

I have honestly never been more excited to post an article than I am today.  If you are (really) overweight, out of shape, and worried that it’s too late to get started – stop.

It will take time, and it won’t be easy, but it IS possible.

Let’s meet Joe, my new hero.

The First Few Months…

Although Joe didn’t email me until after month 4, these are the pictures he took of himself at the end of months 1, 2, and 3:

Four Months In

I got my first email from Joe back on July 4th, 2011, exactly four months after he started his journey to  a better life.  Below I’ll be sharing the emails that he sent me along with the photo for that month.

This is the first email:

Hey Steve!

Since March 4th I have been following your Rebel Fitness Guide.  I’m the kind of guy who dives into things with both feet, so starting March 4th I changed things for the better.  I’m very much still a work in progress but here is where I stand:  I went from a 3XL shirt to a solid 2XL/1XL (depending).  And pants size I went from a 54″ waist to a 46/44″ (again depending).  Not too bad for 4 months I’d say!

I’ve taken a pic every 4th of the month, and yah that’s been helpful :)

I travel A LOT for work and I like that many exercises from the Rebel Fitness Guide I can do in a hotel room (I just make sure to bring resistance bands with me).  I also loved the Road Warrior Guides that came as bonuses with the Strength Guide, those definitely helped too!

I remember one thing in particular I read in the guide that came true for me.  I was in a small town with some coworkers and there was this bakery.  I just got some water and everyone else got these sweet breads (evil sprinkled with more evil) and they were like “why aren’t you getting one?”  “Come on, have one with us”  One guy even had the nerve to say he felt sorry for me!!  I almost had a fight on my hands, but I kept calm.

-Joe

Five Months In

Hey Steve!

I’m doing well with my progress I’d say, (slow and steady wins the race! (woot for sticking with it for 5 months!))

I am currently out of town on business (as usual) and of course last night we all had some fun and I didn’t eat great.  I’ve been pretty dedicated before then so I figured a break would be okay, but I was feeling kinda bad.  Fortunately, I read the last NF email that went out and was glad it was about taking breaks and how things happen but to get right back on the horse, and of course that perked me up!  And your email today was a good boost as well!  I am getting ready to work out (clothes are fitting better and better every week, wanna keep it that way!)

-Joe

Six Months In

Hey Steve!

It has now been six months, yay!!!

Things are progressing with me still.  I am definitely out of the 2XL shirts and into a solid XL (and L in hoodie size!)  Pants wise i’m a 40/42 (quite a ways away from that ole 54).  I recently went on vacation to PAX in Seattle and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do my typical workouts due to the video game convention-ing.  As it turns out one does very little sitting at conventions and I was walking around most of that time, lol.  That and Seattle is hilly…very hilly, so needless to say I got a different type of workout in as the day progressed!

Today is my rest day so video games most of the day for me.  This month will be a challenge for me as I’ll be on travel for work 90% of this month instead of 50%.  I’m sure I’ll stay on track and get my alternate hotel workouts in!  As far as eating, counting calories and eating healthy is second nature to me now.  Me and pals went to pancake house and looking at the menu the only thing that was okay to eat was the fruit bowl, and thus that was my breakfast :P

-Joe

Seven Months

Hey Steve,

So now we are into month 7 and still kickin.

September was hard as I was out of town all but 4 days!  I stuck with it as much as possible and I did very good I think.  October will definitely be good as I’m only gone one week instead of the normal two.  My pants are now 40/38, and I must say it was pretty awesome fitting into those 38s.  Shirt size are now XL/L with L slowly becoming the norm!

I did actually weigh myself a week ago, which I was scared to do, but I was like ‘sure what the heck’.  Turns out I now weigh 210, so I’ve lost about 100lbs so far.  As my friend put it “you lost two of my little girls!”  I’ve started adding about an additional 20 minutes of exercises focusing on my abs each session because I don’t want that extra skin stuff to get out of hand as I lose more.  I’ve noticed a difference and I know it’ll take time to firm that all up, so things are on the up swing there.  I’ve included a couple more pics, can’t wait to see what this month yields!

Recently, I had to run from my car to the post office cause it was raining and I gotta say, making it there and not being out of breath was pretty cool :P

-Joe

Eight Months

Hey there!

I didn’t forget its been a month already!  Yah, time is flying, and I’m still traveling and staying on track!

I’m continuing to do well, I’m mainly a Large now and I am a 36/38 in pants, so woohoo!

I did weight myself again, and I’m down to 200, so a total of 110 lost after 8 months :)

-Joe

 

 

Nine Months

Heyo!

We are now on month 9!

Thanksgiving was a trial to be sure, but it was moderated for the most part, heh.

I am now in a Medium/Large, so that’s rather cool.  I think Medium is a happy place, so we’ll see.  I am a solid 36 waist, so that is a triumph unto itself I think!  34 would be ideal, so I’ll still be trucking on!

I weight 195, which is pretty awesome and things go well!  I’m slowly raising my calorie intake while still sticking to a mostly Paleo style of eating.  I am still working out a consistent 4/5 times a week and things are tightening up, slowly but surely!

-Joe

Ten Months

Hey Steve!

Month 10!!!  Two more months and that makes a whole year of eating healthy and working out :)

I’ll preface my update by saying ‘Thank You’!  Your website and guides really really helped me this year.  I honestly never thought I’d be able to get down to the size I am now.  I’ve been a heavy guy my whole life, and going to a store and being able to find clothes that fit is a new experience for me!  Going from a size 54 waist and size XXXL shirts to now is full of awesome!  So again, THANKS!!!!

December was quite tough to get through, and I did cheat a bit!  But I did minimize the junk as much as possible and managed to get in 4/5 workouts a week, so I’m still on track!  I’m more Medium than Large, but it all depends on the fit of the shirt, those darn fitted shirts still work best in a Large.  I actually fit into a 34, but it is a bit snug, so I imagine I’ll be good soon.  My goal is definitely to fit in a size 34 waist by the time my 1 year comes up.  I’m 182, so lost 3lbs since I last wrote ya, but I think that’s partially due to the fact that December was full of holiday parties, lol.  128lbs lost so far.  Diet is still mainly paleo style (mainly…ha) and I can’t wait for the nice weather to return so I can start running!!  New side pic included!

-Joe

How it happened

Steve: Thanks for answering these questions man – I know a LOT of readers will be interested to hear how you were so dang successful.  So let’s start at the beginning – describe a typical day for you before you decided to make a change.

Joe: My typical day when I’m at home usually involved going to work in the morning, eating lunch at one of the surrounding fast food places, and grabbing snacks and soda during breaks. Once I got home I would sometimes order pizza for dinner or warm up some sort of frozen food I had in the fridge. I would then just game the night away. On days I was on travel I would head out to work, and the rest of my day was filled with eating out and hanging out back at the hotel.

Steve: I’d guess that lifestyle sounds incredibly familiar to a huge portion of NF readers.  How many times prior to this had you tried to lose weight?

Joe: Only once seriously, but that didn’t last long. I had other minor attempts that, looking back now, could hardly be qualified as a serious attempt, haha.

Steve: Fair enough.  Looking back, was there a specific game-changing moment that you decided to make changes? What inspired you to get started?

Joe: I think the real moment I decided to make a change was when my clothes were starting to fit too tightly. I was already in a 3XL and size 54 pants, and even though that was pretty big, I really didn’t want to get bigger clothes. Clothes shopping was tough enough, heh.

Steve: You started following the Rebel Fitness Guide, and then moved on to the Rebel Strength Guide. Were most of your workouts done at home – body weight? Or did you do free weights?

Joe: Yup, all of my workouts were done at home. I did start off with just using my body weight against me, but then I invested in some free weights too. My current ‘home gym’ includes a pull up bar, dumbbells, a rubber balance ball, and resistance bands.

Steve: The first time I had heard from you was after four months and you had already succeeded; how tough were those first four months?

Joe: They were pretty tough. Although I was committed to this and had focus, it was still tough sticking to working out on a regular basis and eating healthy. It got easier after about month 3 or 4, at that point healthy was more of a habit for me. My friends made it easier though, they didn’t make a fuss or anything when I started eating healthy when we all went out to eat. Even my MMO pals encouraged my workouts!! Of course there are always those other ‘friends’ who do make a fuss and put down my healthy eating habits, but all that did was let me see them for who they really were.

Steve: That’s so great Joe, congratulations man.  Looking back, what was the toughest change for you to make?

Joe: I think at first the toughest change was finding time to workout. I just looked at my schedule and realized that there was more than enough time to workout, I was just looking for excuses. Now I can’t imagine more than two days going by without working out.

Steve: What was the BEST thing you did for yourself through all of this? A cleaned-up diet? A workout habit?

Joe: Yes and yes! Cleaning up my diet and developing a workout habit were two of the best things I did for myself. I watch my calories everyday and now I work out at least four times a week.

Steve: I know you took pictures once a month. How often did you weigh yourself? Did you take any other measurements?

Joe: I basically just took pictures once a month and that was it. I weighed myself when I started, but I didn’t weigh myself again until about 6 months later. I tracked my progress by those pictures and how my clothes fit me. Fitting into smaller sized clothes was really a great motivation!

I tend to buy one outfit that fits a size too small, then when I fit into it I know I made progress.

Steve: I freaking LOVE that idea – you then always know exactly how you’re progressing and have something to work towards.  Now, you have a pretty interesting job that requires you to travel a LOT for work.  You’re traveling two weeks out of every month, right?  How did you maintain your momentum despite traveling and eating out?

Joe: I travel quite a bit for work. I’m an Information Analyst, and I travel to different organizations and evaluate their operations. I think traveling actually helped me out a bit. Traveling allowed me to have a variety in my workouts. Obviously when I’m on the road I don’t have access to my home gym, and I suppose I’m still not quite a ‘public gym’ person just yet so hotel gyms aren’t for me.

But I do have a variety of workouts I do in my hotel room and I always travel with my resistance bands. Your hotel workout is definitely a big help when there isn’t a lot of time for me to dedicate to working out! I do eat out quite a bit when I travel, but knowing this I had to look up the nutritional information for a lot of restaurants. I always watch what I eat and order the healthiest things on the menu. In situations where there is no healthy options I go to a grocery store and stick to fruits and nuts. A lot of convenience stores even have hard boiled eggs for sale, so those are a big help too!

Steve: The fact that you had this success while traveling two weeks a month is what impresses me the most.  Your physical appearance has changed…what else has changed about you?

Joe: My energy levels have increase and in general I feel a lot better. I live on the third floor of a building with no elevator so getting up those stairs is a breeze now! I go on long walks without breaking a sweat and that makes going to comic-cons more enjoyable!

Steve: I think you just gave up with the new tagline for Nerd Fitness: “It makes going to Comic-cons more enjoyable.” So what about these days – describe a typical day for you now.

Joe: My days now involve eating a healthy breakfast, and going to work. If I snack at work I snack on cashews, then I go grab a good healthy lunch. I get home, maybe have some more nuts then get to working out! After a good workout and a protein shake I usually eat a chicken breast, or fish, with spinach and some fruit and then game the rest of the night away. When I travel I make sure I know where to go to eat healthy, I bring nuts with me to snack on if I get a little hungry. When I’m finished with work I get a hotel workout in, grab a healthy dinner and then game the rest of the night away!

Steve: It’s good to hear that even though you’re a different person, you still do what makes you happy – play video games like a boss.  What are your goals moving forward? What kind of awesomeness do you want to do in your new body?

Joe: I do have a little more weight I want to lose. Ideally I’d love to have a size 32 waist and once I hit that I think I’ll  focus on maintaining my weight and working out. I do want to take up running when Spring arrives and maybe some other physical activities (maybe something gymnastics related?). But right now building my running skills has really caught my eye!

Steve: I know there are TONS of Nerd Fitness readers right now who are at your “Day 1″ (or heavier).  Do you have any words of advice for those folks? What can you say to those people to help themselves make changes?

Joe: I suppose I would say to anyone starting out that it may seem tough or impossible, but take it one week at a time. Time flies and the YOU that exists one year from now will thank the current you for all the good you’re doing for yourself. I never in my life imagined that I could make the lifestyle changes I made, but here I am today proving my old self wrong.

Never be afraid to ask for help, because no one is an island.

Don’t let nay-sayers get you down and don’t pay any attention to people who try to belittle your efforts, even if they say they are doing it playfully. You can make changes in your life for the better, just always keep in mind what your goal is.

Two great sayings I keep with me are: “Don’t sacrifice what you really want for what you want right now.” and “I may not be there yet, but I’m one step closer than I was yesterday.”

Steve: Love those quotes.  Let’s get all introspective here – Is there anything about the new you that the old you would be surprised to learn?

Joe: I think the old me would be surprised to find out that I find working out kinda addicting! Old me would also find it odd that I offhand know how many calories are in a majority of foods and that I look at the nutrition label of everything I buy at the grocery store!

Steve: What’s been your diet strategy? Healthy eating? Paleo?

Joe: I am definitely a calorie counter! I found there are plenty of free apps and websites that help with keeping track of calorie intake, so I take advantage of that. When I grocery shop I always look at nutrition labels, always! A majority of what I eat does follow the Paleo style of eating. I almost exclusively eat meats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Once in a great while processed foods find its way into what I eat, but I minimize that as much as possible. I also drink water almost exclusively….except for the occasional adult beverage, haha!

Steve: Do you have a favorite healthy meal?

Joe: I like cooking lots of chicken breasts early in the week cause I’m just that lazy. My favorite healthy meal includes chicken breasts with spinach or asparagus. I also love having berries as dessert, blueberries being my favorite!

Steve: You’re still gaming the night away.  What are you currently playing, and what kind of games do you love?

Joe: Right now I’m playing tons of Skyrim, though in general I love RPGs and anything Dynasty Warriors.

Steve: Star Wars or Lord of the Rings?

Joe: Star Wars!

Steve: Do you have any other nerdy passions or pursuits?

Joe: Aside from video games I love comic books. I’m definitely a fan of the new Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Teen Titans and the Green Arrow. I think what draws me to the Green Arrow is that he doesn’t have super powers, he just got as good as he is by training.

Steve: Any famous last words?

Joe: I buried my fortune underneath the….

Steve: Haha! Thanks Joe!

Why was Joe successful?

He took pictures!  In my opinion, the best way to track your progress when it comes to getting healthy is taking pictures.  Sure, I’m guessing Joe didn’t like what he saw in the first picture of himself on that first day, but it showed him his starting point.  Each month, he could compare his new pictures to his old one to make sure he was heading down the right path.  Because you live with yourself every day, it’s often tough to see changes – pictures can certainly put things into perspective.  If you’re getting started, take that before picture!

He didn’t care about the scale.  Some people step on the scale every day, and it works for them.  Joe didn’t step on a scale for six months, and by that point he had already lost 100 pounds.  This will depend on your personality, but the scale might not be for you – your weight fluctuates daily, and some days/weeks it might even go up.  If you’re building muscle and eating right, the scale might not move at all…but your body composition CAN change.  So, try to have another metric along with stepping on a scale, or hell…don’t even worry about the scale!  Just put healthy habits in place, put your focus on getting stronger, and have pictures or measurements to track your progress. 

He educated himself.  Joe now knows the calorie content of every single thing he eats.  He researched restaurants he was going to eat at while traveling for work.  He knows how many calories he needs to consume on a daily basis to have enough energy for his workouts and still promote fat loss.  Yeah, some of these things probably took quite a bit of work up front…but I’d say it’s been worth it, eh?

He refused to accept an excuse to miss a workout.  When starting out, Joe didn’t think he had enough time to work out.  And then he realized that he DID have the time, he was just making excuses and telling himself he was too busy so that he could skip workouts guilty free.  Once he stopped accepting excuses and told himself that missing a workout wasn’t an option…all of a sudden he found time in his busy schedule to work out!

He stayed consistent while traveling.  Joe travels two weeks a month for work; so, he had to find a way to stay in shape while traveling.  Although the hotels and restaurants might be different with each trip, he still had his “constant:” hotel room workouts, healthy snacks, and the healthiest option on any menu in any restaurant in the country.  Like the previous reason, he refused to accept “I’m traveling” as an excuse to skip workouts and eat poorly…and all of a sudden he found that he could both exercise and eat healthy no matter where he was.

He rewarded himself with things that rewarded him back.  This might be my favorite thing Joe does.  When Joe buys new clothes, he buys one outfit or pair of pants that smaller than the others, as a goal to look forward to.  When he can fit into the smaller stuff comfortably, he knows he’s made progress, and it’s time to repeat the process. 

He put his focus on establishing good habits.  Joe took his life one day at a time.  During his first few months, there were plenty of instances where eating right and exercising was the LAST thing he wanted to do…but he did it anyways.  As we all know, an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion – so Joe forced himself into motion and built up momentum.  Now, exercising and eating right aren’t even thoughts in his mind…it’s just what he does!

He had a plan.  I’d like to tell you that there’s some magical formula in the Rebel Fitness Guide and the Rebel Strength Guide that gave Joe the power to succeed, but then I’d be lying.  Here’s the big secret: they’re quality programs with specific workout routines and diet advice presented in a nerdy fashion that happened to resonate with Joe and his philosophy.  Because he made a financial investment in his well-being, it was an easier decision to say “I should really follow through with this.”

Personally, I don’t care WHAT plan you follow, as long as you follow something and work towards improving with each workout.  Get started with the free Angry Birds Workout or Beginner Bodyweight Routine if you’re not looking to spend money and start building your own healthy habits and momentum TODAY.

Questions for Joe?

Remember that there is ALWAYS hope

A better life is waiting for you if you are willing to put in the time necessary to make it happen.  And yeah, Joe has been busting his butt for 10 months to get these results…but he now has 60 years worth of living to enjoy his new life.  In the business world I believe they call that a good investment.

I hope you are as fired up now as I am after reading this article.  Although I haven’t asked him about it, I’m sure Joe can chime in with answers to any other questions you might have about his tremendous success!

So, if you have any questions for Joe, leave a comment and we’ll make it happen!

-Steve

PS – Obviously, these results aren’t typical - Joe worked his ass off to transform. On top of that, we all have different genetics, metabolisms, and lifestyles that can affect how our bodies react to diet and exercise, both positively and negatively….

That being said, he’s a normal dude, with a normal job, a normal life, and he travels frequently for work.  If he can do it, so can you.

PPS - In case you’re curious, here’s an update I did on Joe a year later. He’s still kicking ass :)

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  • Kellie Davis

    Beautiful story. Simply beautiful! 

  • http://nvracleanbreak.tumblr.com Amanda

    Congratulations Joe! You’re doing beautifully! You inspire me. :)
    P.S. Yes, SOPA does blow.

  • Sarah

    Great job Joe!! 8^D (Plus, I bet you are an inspiration to many)  If you’re ever having an off day, come here and check out all the congrats you got 8^D  Keep on keepin’ on!

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  • Pat Lucas

    Joe. 
    You kept at it like a machine. So impressed, Steve is right, these results aren’t normal at all. How did you keep your willpower and motivation up at the beginning? 

  • Chelsea Conlin

    Lookin’ good, man! And probably feeling even better. :) Really amazing job and congrats on the hard work!

  • http://twitter.com/bowhite Belinda Thomson

    This is such an awesome story. I love the format too – first-person narrative, Q&A, then analysis from Steve. Way to go Joe and Steve!

  • http://twitter.com/AlphaLackey Charles Mousseau

    I’d disagree about the “don’t use a scale advice”.  Just make sure you take your weight daily at the same time, and use a 30-day moving average, and you WILL see steady progress almost daily once that first month of ‘buffer data’ is in.  Plus, when you’re first starting, you get the initial weight loss rush which is good for padding the stats ;)

  • Tobias Mullinax

    Frick wow! I’m so happy for you man.

  • http://lifebeforethebucket.blogspot.com Adrian Waller

    Wow, wow, wow. Congrats, Joe. You’re inspiring beyond belief (even to a super skinny guy like me!).  

    I laughed at the SOPA quip at the end. 

    And I’ve been taking pictures over the last month or so every week, but I still haven’t seen much progress visually. Been Angry Bird-ing like crazy, and I’m not going to give up, but when you can’t see much difference in the Before-After department, it’s a little discouraging, but then I remember that a month REALLY isn’t that long.

    Anyway, enough of my rambling. Thanks for this interview, Steve. It was inspiring.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Simply fantastic. 

  • http://www.optimisticwellness.com/ Josh Lipovetsky

    My Mind = blown. That was an amazing post.

    Joe…dude…WAY TO BE!!

  • http://twitter.com/prettycanhurt Debra Wilson

    Wow. What an amazing transformation! Even more amazing is the amount of hard work he had to have put into this! Very inspiring!

  • http://toobig.net TooBIG

    Absolutely awesome. Wish I had the money for the program I’d buy it in a sec after reading this. Being able to work out in the comfort of my own home or hotel room at any time and get results is really what I need. Gotta find a way to get a copy.

  • http://justfeltlikeblogging.wordpress.com/ Laszlo

    Great job, Joe! Congratulation for your success! Keep it up!

  • Jax_BabyJeep

    Absolutely fantastic job Joe! Keep up the great work!!! #NF rocks!

  • http://TwentySomeone.com/ Chad DeVillier

    Dedication is a day to day battle, and Joe fought harder for his transformation than I probably ever have for ANYthing.

    A million congratulations to you, Joe, and to our fearless leader, Steve, because of whom stories like this are not only possible but, as Joe demonstrates, oftentimes inevitable.

  • Joseph Blanton

    Joe!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dude! Seriously?! What you’ve done is nothing short of amazing! I’m fighting the battle myself, and that’s exactly what it is, a battle. Some days, I eat the Bar, and some days, the Bar, well, the Bar eats me, but your success story is the perfect reminder that we are not victims of circumstance. You earned your body. I’ll earn mine.

  • Guy With The RA64

    -slow clap- Flawless victory… ^_^

  • Anonymous

    Hello all!!  This is Joe :)
    Thank you all for the kind words you’ve posted, it really means a lot to me!  I have to admit, I was pretty nervous a day before the article went up, but i’m very glad I did it and was able to share my story.  I still have goals I want to reach and much work ahead of me, but with the Rebel Army at my back i’m unstoppable!! :D

  • Anonymous

    <3

  • Anonymous

    :D

  • Anonymous

    As far as extra skin goes it does get better with time.  Mine has greatly improved since 5 months ago.  Tips that i’ve been following to help with it is to 1) eat a low fat diet 2) workout with weights and work those abs! 3)moisturize daily 

    If you keep a lookout for sales you don’t have to spend more at the grocery store.  The money I’m not spending on random snacks, or soft drinks and other unhealthy foods can go toward a possibly higher grocery bill :)  I know personally I haven’t noticed much of a difference.

    I’m definitely not perfect, so I have fallen prey to yummy desserts and pastas a couple of times in the past.  I always try to keep it to minimum though, and never let it get me down (props to Steve for that, lol)!

  • Anonymous

    I cannot wait for C2E2, comic-con ftw!  and yes, i’ve always wanted to cosplay, but what to cosplay as…

  • Anonymous

    Thanks!!  I know my video game role model is Altair from AC :) 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, they are always appreciated!!

    I stay/stayed pretty darn strict to eating healthy.  There were a few times that I broke the routine and had something unhealthy, but I had to learn not to beat myself up.  I didn’t let it defeat me and I just continued on with my healthy routine the following day.  There are some favorites that I know I can do without (sniff…goodbye gummi bears) but there are others that if I do have, I have in very very small quantities (mmmm pizza).   

  • Anonymous

    Don’t give up!!!  And no more BS self-talk!!  I remember reading once “If someone else said to you all the bad things you tell yourself, would you still be friends with them?”  So I always keep a positive mindset, and look in the mirror and say ‘Good Morning’ to the sexy beast that stares back at me :) 

  • Anonymous

    Awwww Thanks auntie :)

  • Anonymous

    Everyone’s great comments have definitely fueled my fire for pushing foward :)

  • http://twitter.com/amoderatelife oystergirl

    Congrats man, you look awesome! I am into the fit lifestyle but my hubby needed some encouragement and I showed him your photos and it really inspired him cause he has a way to go! Keep going and I wish you well on your maintenance phase! :) Alex

  • Anonymous

    It was a struggle in the beginning for sure.  But I think everyone needs to find their ‘carrot’ to put in front of themselves and go after.  I’ve always loved myself, and thought very highly of myself, but I wasn’t comfrotable with myself.  And I think that sums up what my ‘carrot’ was.  I wanted to be comfrotable walking all day at a Con, trying on clothes, etc.  Now that i’m in a physical state that I thought i’d never be in, I think my ‘carrot’ is seeing how much farther I can go.  Right now my specific goal is to be able to do a chin-up, and right now that is what keeps me going :) 

  • Anonymous

    Amazing! You look like a completely different person.  Congratulations on your progress and getting on the road to health!

  • James

    Freaking hell I’m a lazy SOB.  Great job Dude!

  • pro sound and vocal editing

    Great man!!! Be proud!

  • http://www.qwitr.org Tony Fuentes

    HOLY COW SH**! Just got around to reading this and I’m all super re-motivated! Awesome, awesome story Steve/Joe. Very well done. 

  • Bodyworkslubbock

    Inspirational story of weight loss success! Joe has really the determination in achieving his goals. The journey is not easy and not an overnight process but he definitely succeeded. He is an instrument of weight loss to others.

  • Paurullan

    Congratulations Joe!

  • http://www.goradde.com Goradde

    nice beard.

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  • http://onehouseonecouple.blogzam.com/ Lisha

    That is by far one of the most awesome blog posts I’ve ever seen or read! woohoo joe! I can’t believe how much weight he lost and how fast! And I agree with him about not stepping on the scale. For myself, I think more about how I see myself in the mirror, or how tight my pants feel! ;)

    ~Lisha

  • http://www.pt3fitness.com/ Will

    Joe,  you’re not just an amazing success story.  You are a wake-up call and an inspiration to all those who think it can’t be done.  Well done, brother!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-J-Morton/100000995584020 Aaron J Morton

    good job here, it is always great to see when someone puts the effort and gets the rewards.

  • Luneowl

    This is a great story of how perseverance and clear goals are so effective in getting into shape. I’m going to take a page out of your book and use PAX East as my inspiration. 
    As of right now I can fit into an XL t-shirt and by PAX East I’d like to be able to wear a Large. That’s 11 weeks away so I think it’s doable! I’m already eating Paleo so that’s taken care of; now to take the next step. I took my first “before” picture and did my first body weight workout tonight. Thanks for the inspiration to start on my own path, Joe!  

  • Al F.

    Joe – great job! Personally, I’m down 148 pounds in 15 months.  Love the idea of the buying one size lower.  I’ve found that eating healthy is a little more expensive and takes much more planning.  The real expense seems to be clothes.  Instead of needing to buy new stuff every 6 months becuase the old stuff was too small, I am needing to buy new stuff every month or two becuase everything is too big.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TyganSak Sidney Sak

    Awesome Job dude.  It’s inspiring to hear how others can completely change their lives by staying committed.  It’s amazing what he had done in 10 months took me years to achieve.  You can see me results at http://www.healthyhop.com/motivate-me.php#/

  • http://www.facebook.com/starryskye81 Christine Wetzold Brandt

    Awesome, AWESOME job Joe!!

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  • http://www.marcellachamorro.com/ Marcella Chamorro

    Commendable! Personally, I try to substitute cravings for sweets (like Gummi Bears!) with fruits. Jam-packing with sugar. But I try not to overdo those, either. Again, congrats and keep on truckin’ !

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