Guest Post: Getting Started Losing Weight

Hello shareholders. Do you mind me calling you shareholders? Comment below and let me know. Moving right along…I got contacted by my buddy Andrew the other day and he told me that he had just recently started his own weight loss journey. He asked me, and I think HE thought he was kidding, if he could write a guest post on my blog. I immediately told him, “Absolutely.”  I don’t think he thought that I was going to say that. You see I want to encourage any and all folks who are taking the step to go public with their weight loss. Having him write about getting started ON MY WEBSITE is an honor! So here it is.  Please send your encouragement and motivation to Andrew by way of comments below, emails, tweets, and high fives. Let’s encourage him to start a blog as well and help hold him accountable!

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My name is Andrew Jones and I am a Fatty.

“Oh, Andrew, don’t be so hard on yourself!”, you might say. Well, that’s the thing, isn’t it? I’ve been hard on myself by becoming a Fatty. BUT ALL THAT IS CHANGING. Yesterday marked Day One of my weight loss journey. Sure, I’ve “dieted” before or eaten more “healthy” foods, but in the end, it wasn’t a lifestyle change. It wasn’t permanent. It was a Band-Aid over a shot to the jugular.

It wasn’t always this way. My parents used to be Fatties, too. And yes, they will read this. And no, I don’t think they will be mad at me saying this. We’ll see at Christmas-time. Anyway, I was always the athlete in the family. I played every sport imaginable, while they sat in the stands. I even went to a military school and remained somewhat fit though college (although I started tailing off in the last two years). I was, to borrow a friend’s words, a “lean, mean, efficient killing machine” and they were “mouth-breathing land monsters.”

And then something very strange happened. Both of my parents made the decision to get fit and DID IT. In less than a year my parents dropped weight like it was their job. And not just pounds via exercising, they started eating differently. I specifically remember spending Thanksgiving with them, looking in their fridge and wondering “Who ARE you people?” There was nothing but Greek yogurt and vegetables and…well, healthy food. I am estimating that my Dad probably has lost about 80lbs. and my Mom, about that much as well (though, being the old farts that they are, they probably won’t ever tell me).

And then I was left as the Fatty in the family. Bummer. HUGE bummer. You see, I have two beautiful kids and a smokin’ hot wife. So being a fatty with such a beautiful family makes you feel like the ugly guy they just keep in the house for charity, even though I know that’s not really the case. At least, I don’t think it is. Probably should double check on that later. I digress. Actually, the bummer of it all is that I have never really had the energy to be the kind of husband and father to my wife and children that I want to be and am called to be. God doesn’t want this for me.

So I am making the change. Gym membership. Trainer hired. Diet started. And one heck of a year in store for me. And this time next year, I won’t be a Fatty anymore. Care to join me?

P.S. My Dad has challenged me to the 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run. And yes, this is the worst mistake he has ever made. Is there a Bible verse that says I shouldn’t embarrass my father? Oh well…

Andrew Jones
andrew.raynor.jones[AT]gmail.com
@randtan

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So there you have it folks. Another person who is giving it their all to get healthy. Please show Andrew some support and comment and tweet.  Let’s encourage him to keep pushing forward.

 

 

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11 comments to Guest Post: Getting Started Losing Weight

  • Angie @ Losing It and Loving It
    Twitter: angienewton

    Awesome guest post and you are definitely not alone. I’m with you! My biggest struggle is nutrition/food. I can exercise my heart out and I love to workout but the food situation is not always pretty.

    You are a great writer, do you have a blog?

  • Chris McCulley
    Twitter: chrisamcculley

    Way to go Andrew! I am just pumped for you after reading your friggin’ sweet guest post. I’m 13 weeks in and am trying to do the same thing, but I look forward to hearing about your progress.

    And I concur with Angie above, you are a great writer. Anyways, great post and happy weight losing!

  • TooBIG
    Twitter: TooBIG

    Dude. You have just opened yourself up to a while community that is here for you. After reading that post it should be a no brainier that you need to be blogging.

    Whatever I (we) can do to help you on your journey.

    Glad you went and wanted to go public with it all.

  • Kerri O
    Twitter: KerriOlkjer

    Go. Andrew. Agreeing with everyone else. Blogging through this process is priceless.

  • Scott @ Your Inner Skinny
    Twitter: yourinnerskinny

    dude. this is great. welcome to the club. your story sounds a lot like mine except everyone in my family was and is healthy and active and I was the only one who got fat.

    Thanks for sharing your story and you’ve picked a great guy in Hank to reach out to for help and support. Good luck and kick some ass. If you’re as much of an athlete as you said you once were, your competitiveness will come out and you’ll kill it.

  • KymberlyFunFit
    Twitter: KymberlyFunFit

    I can see that you are going to give Hank Hanna some serious competition when it comes to writing fun to read posts. I wonder if my own daughter comes home and wonders who the heck put the Greek yogurt and veggies in the refrig and what the heck happened to her macaroni and cheese packages??!! http://funandfit.org/2012/04/i-want-to-lose-100-pounds/ Keep posting!

  • Andrew Jones
    Twitter: Randtan

    Ask/compliment me and you shall receive. You guys, thanks for the encouragement. Oh, and also, I launched my own blog (see link above). Would love for you guys to follow it. Would be nice to know I’m not just talking to myself. However, you are not allowed to read it unless you first check in to this blog, pay your dues to Hank, and then read mine. Feel like I owe him something… 🙂

  • Laura Williams
    Twitter: girlsgonesporty

    This is fantastic! It’s totally fine to embarrass your dad – I’m sure there’s something in the Bible about that…as long as it’s done from a spirit of love. hehe. You will be successful, just keep at it!

  • AlexandraFunFit
    Twitter: AlexandraFunFit

    You can’t call yourself a Fatty anymore. Now you have to start calling yourself a Fitty or a Buffy. You’ll become what you say you are. And I agree, you should start your own blog. People like to help other people and be encouraging. And keep you on track on the harder days. Congrats!
    http://funandfit.org/2012/04/i-want-to-lose-100-pounds/

  • Andrew Jones
    Twitter: Randtan

    @ Alexandra: thanks for the feedback. Keep in mind though that I have a sick sense of humor and drip with sarcasm. So the whole “fatty” stic is really only because it’s catchy and most people, though they may think it, never actually use the term. My other nicknames include “Chins r’ us” and “Manzilla”, which, if I’m honest, is kind of hurtful. I mean, my skin tone is nowhere near that green and I haven’t smashed a building in Tokyo for ages!

  • Awesome post, both the regular and the guest blogger! It all starts with day one, then goes to day two. Jan 1, 2011 was my day one– a day my life changed from being the fat girl to the runner girl. I will challenge both of you to the Tybee 1/2! 🙂

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