You see that guy up there?  That used to be me.  About 3 years, 44 Big Macs, 20 Whoppers, 60 Pizzas, an infinite amount of Trans fat, a wife, and 6 month old newborn baby ago.  That guy looks somewhat healthy; but is far from it.

Let me tell you my story….

“For all of my adult life I’ve had to make an effort to keep my weight in check.  Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people that can just eat whatever I want and not gain weight.  Much like a lot of people, I’m an emotional eater.  Food had slowly become my drug whereby which I satiated myself with.  Without even realizing it, I stood by and watched myself balloon to a whopping 284 pounds.”

I’ve been going to the gym, off and on, for the past 8 or 9 years (probably more off than on to be honest).  I’ve tried almost every mainstream diet program out there (Southbeach, Atkins, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, etc.).  Now let me let you in on a little secret (cue drum roll)….  THEY ALL WORK!!  They all use a very complex, incomprehensible formula as the foundation of their program: burn more calories than you consume and weight loss will occur (less some medical condition).  What I had to realize was that the problem wasn’t the diets, metabolism, genetics, or the fast food industry for being so accessible, the problem was me.

I don’t like working out; and I love food (there, I said it)!!  Sure I like how I feel after I work out and the results that follow; but I don’t actually enjoy doing the work.  I want the results without actually having to give up or do anything: If only that were possible.

While my diet was one area of my life that I knew I needed to change, because the results of my bad choices produced an outward showing, there was another area of my life that also needed immediate attention, that unlike weight gain may not necessarily produce results that are visible to the eye: that is, going to the doctor.  Men in general don’t go to the doctor like we should, and African-American men are among the worst of this statistic.  Needless to say I’m not getting any younger, and my health is just not what it was a decade ago.

So, over the next year (and hopefully indefinitely) I’ve decided to challenge myself: absolutely no fast food for 365 days (this includes restaurant chains and sub shops), to go to the doctor for regularly scheduled checkups and exams, and to consistently go to the gym at least 3 days a week.  I am determined to do all that I can to see my children grow up, and I realize that has to start with the man in the mirror: ME

So I invite you to follow me, support me, challenge me, and most of all I invite you to JOIN ME, on this journey of becoming a healthier me.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician nor do I play one on T.V.  Please consult your doctor or health care provider before embarking on any weight loss, nutrition, or exercise program.  All of the information presented on this blog is for entertainment purposes only and should not be substituted for any advice given to you by a licensed professional.


  1. I nominated you for the Inspirational Blog Award…keep up the good work! http://willowandbee.com/2013/03/17/thank-you/

  2. Hi JAson,

    Just found your blog! Looks great. I’ve not had a chance to have a full read yet but will bookmark it for later!

  3. Jason, I’m so glad you’re blogging again. I nominated you for an award. You can view it here…http://diaryofahouseelf.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/and-the-award-goes-to/ … Seriously, don’t worry with blogging about it. Just take it and run with it. Take care!! s.

  4. Congratulations! I love your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. yomicfit.wordpress.com
    That being said, I will not be offended if you don’t want to follow the rules 🙂
    I just hope to share your blog with others.

  5. I wish you the best of luck- you can do it if you stay faithful to yourself. Self discipline is the hardest thing for most people, myself included. I stopped eating fast food years ago and now only indulge once in awhile. Once you’ve cut something out and retrained your brain you won’t even miss certain things anymore. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I look forward to your progress 🙂

  6. I have nominated your blog for the Blog of The Year 2012 Award. For more information you may click the link to my blog http://quitusingexcuses.com/2012/12/27/what-an-honor-to-be-nominated-for-the-blog-of-the-year-2012-award Congratulations!!!

  7. Smart Fit Chicks · · Reply

    Hey there! Saw that you’re following our blog…THANKS!:) You’re story is inspirational, and we wish you the best of luck!!!

  8. Happy Holidays. Your writing have inspired me so much, even though we have different physical problems your tips and motivating posts has helped me. I’m here to pass my Very Inspiring Blogger Award to you. Pls. check it out if you got time 🙂 https://artisticmilestone.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/421/

  9. Hi, I nominated you for the Liebster award! Come see the post for more details! http://caseofthemunchies.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/liebster-award/

  10. Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Please go here to read about this award! Thank you!

  11. […] or both.  Penny at The Why About This   brightens your day with inspiring thoughts and music.  No Fries for 365 is more physical kind of inspiration blog charting progress on a journey to […]

  12. You are inspiring! Don’t give up!

  13. Don’t give up! You are inspiring and you can do this! Thanks for following my blog.

  14. It’s great that you made this blog, it shows how determine you are so I’m sure you’ll win, I’ll be rooting for you!

  15. hai… I have nominated you for the sunshine award….

  16. Hi there, thanks so much for checking out my blog. I’m definitely going to follow yours, it looks great, and your story is really honest and inspirational, I’m totally on board and I’m also trying to make sustainable changes to my lifestyle. I wish you the very best of luck and I can’t wait to read more.
    Come visit us any time at smashedalice!

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