About Me – Before

Summer 2010

I’ve always been a fatso.

I’ve never truly been ‘fit’. Looking back, I was never ever happy with my shape or my abilities. I was a reasonably good hockey player for most of my childhood through high school, but I could never run fast or even jog for any amount of time. I only ever kept my weight down by doing training for hockey or doing boxing and kickboxing, but my diet was a disaster. I ate tons of carbs and drank barrels of soda, beer and alcohol. At my worst, I was 325lbs (147kg, 23st). At about 6’3″, I carried my weight reasonably well. When I told people that I was 300+ they always replied “Wow, really? You don’t look it.” That was the best compliment I could receive.

The truth is I’m pretty fat. I’ve got a huge gut, a FUPA and big man titties… it sucks. Running remains difficult simply due to the pendular motion of my boobs. I’ve got fat upper thighs that rub together a bit when I walk. The only thing I’m lucky to have avoided is a loose turkey neck and flabby underarms. Right now I weigh about 295lbs though, my doctor’s scale says I weigh 285. I don’t have that in my house to check constantly, so I’ll have to go with my home scale which says 295.

My health problems have varied over the years. I’m currently on 2.5mg of Lisinopril for my high blood pressure. I’m lucky that I only need that one medication, but I do suffer from multiple other health issues: joint pain, occasional hemorrhoids, asthma, psoriasis, eczema, and a bunch of other things that I’m forgetting. The high blood pressure is the show stopper though. I’ve had high blood pressure since about 1996. I’ve tried controlling it with many different medications. Propranalol was the beginning of the end for my healthy weight. As a beta blocker, it made me very lethargic and lazy. Once I finished high school, I stopped playing sports and my weight just ballooned from about 225 to 260. At one point, I started seeing a nutritionist and got involved with boxing and cardio kickboxing and my weight dropped to about 230. Though, as fate would have it, my gym closed after the owner died of a sudden heart attack and I was sidelined again. At this point, my weight slowly barreled into the 300s.

I have a pretty sedentary job. I sit behind a desk all day. I leave my house around 7am, walk a mile to the train, commute for an hour, get to work, leave around 615pm, walk back to the train and get home around 730pm every night. I’ve had a sedentary job pretty much always. My current work has free lunch, a stocked pantry and all the crap food your heart could desire. Wanna sit down and eat a gallon bucket of Goldfish? We’ve got about 5 of them. Want to eat 40 granola bars? Go right ahead, there’s plenty for everyone. Now, on the plus side of things they do offer HEALTHY alternatives. Mixed nuts (no peanuts), fresh fruit every morning, greek yogurt, tons of water choices and a salad option at nearly every meal. However, with all the chips and candy around, it can be difficult to keep your hands out of it when you’re feeling run down, depressed or just having a craving.

My family life is in a constant state of health changes and dietary trials. My wife has also been battling with weight for some time, but that’s her story. But she’s one to try nearly anything to lose weight. She was even featured on the Martha Stewart Show while taking one of their cleanses. She’s had some success in weight loss, but continues to deal with plateaus. I try to go with whatever she is doing for weight loss stuff. We even tried one of those apple juice cleanses where all we got to eat was apple juice and some sort of powder for 2 weeks. I honestly can’t even remember all the different things we’ve tried because it’s all just a blur of “eat this, not that”. We’ve tried Weight Watchers, calorie counting, no-fat, all-fat, certain carbs, no carbs, all carbs… you name it, I’m pretty sure we’ve tried it with little to no lasting results. We want to lose weight and be healthy so that our 3 year old isn’t running circles around us. We’re raising a kid the way we wish we were raised. He drinks water, he eats most of his vegetables, he eats some meat and he still breastfeeds occasionally.

I’m of the mind set that as long as you eat somewhat right and exercise, you’ll lose weight. Unfortunately, my exercise could use a boost. I walk between 1 and 5 miles a day depending on the weather and what time I get out of the house or work. I have a hard time finding time to exercise. I prefer doing it in the morning, but so does my wife, so sometimes we were at odds for who goes when. I’ve lately been interested in running and jogging. I’m getting better at it, but my weight still holds me back.

Now we’re going to try the Primal Blueprint. I’m enjoying the idea of eating this way. I’m sure there will be some challenges.

I think that’s where I should leave off with this. I hope to start the 21 day challenge soon and update this ‘about me’ section.


Starting Weight – 300lbs (5/28/12)

Stomach – 54″

Pant size – 44-46″

Chest – 53″

Total circumference at widest point – 60″

May 31, 2012

12 thoughts on “About Me – Before

  1. JPT says:

    Great blog! & Best wishes…I hope you have the success you’re looking for! 🙂

  2. Josh says:

    I lost tons of weight with a paleo style diet and I didn’t really even exercise much the first year. Good luck to you, my life has changed completely and I will never go back to a standard American Diet (because being fat sucks!).

  3. Good for you, Jared. I’ve been doing low-carb / Primal / paleo for a while now. If I can help (answering questions, offering encouragement, etc.), let me know.

    I’ll be back often to follow your journey.

    Work strong and work hard,

    New John

  4. Tracey Cassara says:

    I wish you luck with your life change. I became Paleo almost two years ago but not for weight…my health and energy stunk. I was having vertigo, finger joint pains, memory fog, tired all the time, IBS…just a host of problems. Being an RN I have a decent understanding of medical issues..I went to three different doctors. Not one could give me a straight answer about what my problem was. I stopped going to doctors and realized if I wanted to feel better I was going to have to change my lifestyle. That’s where Paleo came in. In one week my neck pain vanished and my stomach was worlds better…fast forward two years…I’m CrossFitting. At 46 I feel great and know none of it would have been possible without this life change. You aren’t on a diet…you are changing your nutritional intake to eat food that will feed your body. After two weeks the cravings for crap will subside and you will enjoy fresh unprocessed foods. Love yourself enough to care what you eat. As they say…it all starts with food. Good luck! BTW I have a page on facebook called paleo and exercise for the everyday person. Feel free to join and add your experience I’m sure people would love to track your progress!

  5. Kelly says:


    Best of luck to you. IMHO you are on the right tract to wellness and weight loss. I look forward to watching your progress. Following a paleo/primal lifestyle has given me my life back and gotten multiple autoimmune issues under control. Right before I read your post I had read an update from PaleoMom that you might find inspiring as well. Her blog rocks with lots of great posts and recipes. http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/06/my-120-pound-journey-to-paleo.html

  6. Debi says:

    I KNOW you can do it… I did and am continuing with the Primal lifestyle because it just makes sense. All that arthritic pain, depression, headaches, etc. have gone away. Possibly due to finding out I’m gluten intolerant and probably a lot to do with always preparing my own food. Its a great lifestyle and works even without the exercise. I, too, want to become more fit, so the exercise is slowly creeping into my lifestyle. It’s not easy being Primal, but it does work. Keep up the good job! I’ll keep following you… post even when you don’t feel like it… you need support and the only way to get it is to put yourself out there. 🙂
    good luck,
    Debi (BabyPT)

  7. kbeth says:

    Good for you and good luck! Paleo/Primal is life changing in ways that will surprise and amaze you. Can’t wait to read about your journey.

  8. Cathy says:

    Good luck!! I know I feel so much better and I can control my diabetes going primal. Oh, and kudos to your wife for still breastfeeding, that close bonding relationship will help your child be more independent and confident besides his parents feeding him well and wanting to be healthy. 😀

  9. Marni says:

    Good luck to you!! I’ve been primal for 5 months now. Stick with it, and you won’t regret it. If something isn’t working, just don’t give up!

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