Guest Post: The Fotographing Fat Kid

Hello shareholders. This is the last guest post in my Rage Quit to Scotland guest series. You guys miss me yet? You shouldn’t. There have been some great guest bloggers here over the last week. Nathan, from The Fotographing Fat Kid, is pulling anchor on the series and it is up to you to determine if I saved best for last.


No, I am not Hank (I can’t grow a lumberjack beard no matter how much Rogaine I put on my face) my name is Nathan, but most people know me as The Fotographing Fat Kid. Here’s the skinny (or chunky) about me. Ever since I was… born, I was the fat kid. I have been through it all, from wearing a XXL shirt in 5th grade to a size 60 wedding suit. In September of 2010, I was in complete denial about my weight and where my life was going. That is, until my awesome wife Megan bought a weight scale from Amazon. The day we got it, we took it out of the box and I reluctantly got on. I weighed in at an appalling 357 pounds. I knew I was big, but I didn’t realize I was that big. That was then I realized it was time to take control of my life. Now, I had tried my share of weight loss attempts growing up from pills to packaged meals (that all tasted the same. Who knew that meat loaf and pudding had the same flavor?) but this time around I overhauled my life completely. This meant revolutionizing my diet, (I can count the number of times I have eaten at a major fast food chain in the past two years on one hand) working on my willpower, finding joy in exercising (falling in love with running… yes, this is possible) and establishing a support system by telling my friends to call me out if I was slacking. This also included my daily blog that documents my daily food and the ups and downs along the way. Since then, I have lost in the neighborhood of 125 pounds.

So I get a lot of questions about what tips I have for someone who is trying to drop some l-b’s and while it is a journey that is unique to every person, I have a few suggestions for someone who is new to the whole weight loss game.

My first tip is to build a community of losers. Odds are, you are not the only one who is trying to lose weight in your sphere of influence. This is not a journey you should do on your own, in fact there have been studies that have proved that you lose more weight if you are doing it with someone else (I can’t cite that statistic. In fact I probably just made it up even if it is true…). When I had tried to lose weight in the past, I had kept it to myself because I was embarrassed and worried about how people would react. Little did I know that when I reached out for that support, my friends, family and classmates (I started in Grad School) were stoked to help me stay on track and even exercise with me! It was an amazing feeling. It kept me accountable, not because I felt guilted by them, but because they kept me going. Speaking of accountability, you can start a food journal and share it with your friends. While I try to blog my food journal every day, my awesome wife Megan and some of her friends have created an e-mail chain and send each other their calories for their day along with the struggles and celebrations too. It has been a great way to hold each other accountable and be successful!

My second tip is to find an exercise activity that you love! For me, it was running and racquetball (have you tried racquetball? It is flippin’ epic!) Even before I began I started my weight loss journey, I loved both of these cardio-epic activities. With that being said, it was not without frustration. Before I started to lose weight, I would run at my local gym that was in a strip mall. I would run and have people stare at me like I was a fish in a fishbowl. It felt like people were judging me for exercising. I’m not gonna lie, it was disheartening. But when I realized that I was there for me and no one else, it truly made all the difference.

Finally, my final advice is to just roll with the punches. Since my weight loss journey has begun, some crazy things have happened. I have had a crazy old Pakistani man criticize me for not losing weight (I didn’t know him from Adam, but he felt the need to tell me that I needed to lose weight, even though at that point I had lost 50 pounds) and I have even had someone steal my shoes while I was changing in a locker room at the gym. While these are some crazy and random scenarios, life is just silly like that. Come to find out that man became incredibly inspirational to me and someone from Kuwait actually bought me new shoes to work out in! Life is crazy. That’s just how it is. But when you don’t take yourself too seriously, your weight loss journey will be all the better.

So that’s all the advice I have for you. If you have any questions for me, drop by and say hi! See you later.

I’m a fan of the following: God, my wife, the Texas Rangers, Florida State, My wife’s MacBook Pro, my friends, ESPN, and other things normal people like.
Things I don’t like: humidity and negative attitudes.

Blog: The Fotographing Fat Kid
Facebook: The Fotographing Fat Kid
Twitter: @nathan_albert

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