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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

#4HB Saves a life!!!!

So after posting an updated yesterday......I got this e-mail from my brother Charlie: Oh yes! I have a great story about a colleague of mine. He is 56 years old and started the 4HB plan in August 2011 after seeing my progress and success. He started at 275 lbs. and by January 2012 he was 235 lbs. and lost 8” around his waist. He became much more active….swimming, hiking and lifting weights…..activity he was not doing prior to the 4HB plan. He was in great shape and very happy. In January he had a heart attack due to a pre-existing heart condition with his aorta. He had been out on a leave of absence from the end of January until yesterday. We spoke about what happened and he told me that changing his lifestyle to the 4HB plan saved his life. The doctor told him that if he hadn’t lost that weight and hadn’t been as strong as he was….he would have died. He told me that was grateful to me for introducing him to the 4HB plan and talking to him every day about it. He now weighs 218 lbs. and he is getting stronger every day. He is so happy and blessed to be alive so that he can enjoy life with his wife and 11 year old son. It’s an amazing story and I’m so grateful to and that JT came upon the 4 Hour Body. It’s changed and helped all of us in our lives. I am happy that I have been able to pay it forward to my colleague just as JT has to all of us. Side note, I have been helping and supporting two other colleagues on the Facilities Maintenance team on the 4HB and here are their stats. - Colleague #1 – 55 years old, started on September 2011 at 231 lbs. and today is 188 lbs. - Colleague #2 – 57 years old, started on November 2011 at 255 lbs. and today is 226 lbs. Also, never take anything for granted. My colleague said that his hospital room was 120 ft. from the chapel and it would take him approximately 30 mins each day to walk one way. He found it very humbling experience. He is not a religious man, but he felt that the walk to and from the chapel to pray each day help him tremendously physically and mentally.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Long time no post......I'm back!

I was on auto-pilot just doing my thing and then the month of April 2012 hit me. I was pretty much waking up Sunday after cheat day at 230 lbs and then getting down to 224 pounds, just like clockwork. I took trips for business/pleasure to Oakland, then Chicago, then San Francisco, then Hawaii, then Eugene, Oregon. Traveling can put a strain on the food plan......but you gotta roll with it. The last couple of weeks have been crazy. While I was in Hawaii, I started cheating on Wed. and went all the way to Sunday! (5 days). I then jumped back on for Mon.-Wed, then cheated on Thursday through Saturday, back on Sunday. So for the last 2 weeks I was on the food plan for 6 days & cheated 8 days. That's the most cheating I have done in awhile. Like ever since I first started. So I found myself all the way up to 238 lbs. That's a funny way for a guy who was 299 to look at it huh? Nonetheless, It's all good. I jumped back on, on Sunday.....and despite being sick as a dog I am back at it. I am 19 lbs. higher then my lowest of 219 and 13 pounds higher than where I really want to be. So I am back at it. Understandably I could look at at as the wheels have fallen off. But why? Look how far I've come. Outside of weight loss, I just like living a better lifestyle. The food plan is a part of it. I'm just going to be patient, stay on point on the food plan, be more creative with the food (I too am a bit burnt on the foods)....I just need to find new recipes. So for those of you needing a kick in the proverbial ass!!!!!!!....Lets do it!!!!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lobster Roll!

I am just cruising along in maintenance mode. It was a great weekend because I indulged myself with some extra cheats, but what the heck, I deserve it don't i!?

That last statement is a far cry from where I was at this point last year. I was "hardcore" this time last year and I weighed 261 pounds 1 year ago today!

Today I was 231 pounds after a double cheat day and feeling great. I allow myself and extra cheat day here and there, but I would not have cheated if I didn't wake up at 228 pounds yesterday morning.

So I titled the post, "LOBSTER ROLL!"

The best lobster rol, in San Diegol can be found at the Bite of Boston off Govenor. Go check it out it is awesome stuff! Guaranteed you will most likely eat two!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Humbled

What up world!

So here I am almost at month 14....and still loving and living the 4 Hour body life style. I am still in maintenance mode so no big news to report. I weighed in this morning at 230.1 pounds. Pretty much clockwork on Sunday mornings.

I did start working out again so I might be able to get down to 221 pounds in maybe a month or so.

I don't have any weight loss goals at this time. I am happy and ecstatic with where I am at.

I am happier that many of the people that I am living the life style are achieving great results. My brother hit his all time lowest weight loss. My sister in law hit her all time lowest. My wife hit her all time lowest.

Great results from many others and many new friends jumping on!

The tile of my post said "Humbled". So last night we had a party for my brother and Dad and it was a co-birthday event. I had many comments from family and friends in regards to my weight and how I looked. It may of must been the skinny shirt my wife bought me....but hey what the heck...IT FELT GREAT! AND I AM SHOUTING IT OUT FROM THE RAFTERS.....TITANIC STYLE!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

13 months later...finally sick

So I've been on 4HB for about 13 months.....and I finally got sick. I have a runny nose....and it sucks. Every since I started my 4HB journey I have not gotten sick. I don't have the full on flu, knock on wood, but I have a runny nose.

It's overall not that big a deal, but wow....I sure have felt great for 13 months. A bit slow today.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Update 1/14/2012 - Happy New Year!

I gotta say....maintenance is all good.

Right now I am still on the 4HB hardcore (kinda).....let me clarify.

*I usually have a cheat meal for dinner on Friday
*I have probably 2 cups of coffee per day

Outside of that.....I am still on it.

I still crush it on cheatdays (typically) saturday. I wish I had a more exciting update, but thats it.


The diet / food plan....is almost like "old news" I mean that in a good way. It's just a way of life now. And to build on that life is great!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1 year on 4 Hour Body, & the results are.....

.........awesome.

I have probably overused that word by now. I started my 4HB journey a year ago today on 12/20/2010. I did not know how long it would go, but I had to give it a run because it was time to lose weight. My blog has pretty much all the details of how I got here to this point and time, but besides the obvious changes which I talk about all the time to anyone who asks, there have been other significant changes in my life and other accomplishments since I started the 4HB.

*I was 299 pounds and now weight 222 pounds (77 down yeah!)

*I went from a 55 inch waist to a 38 inch waist

*I have NOT been sick one day since I started 4HB, not even a runny nose (could be the athletic greens)

*I have NOT thrown out my back in one full year. I used to throw out my back about three times a year. The exercises by Tim in the book work.

*I have new perspective on life that I started on 12/20/2010. I put my family first and who cares what happens in my career. The odd thing is I took an easier job at my company, because I wanted to take it easy and really have more time with my family. You have to keep in mind I was working 6 am to 7 pm pretty much 5 days a week and then I would put in another 5-10 hours on the weekend. It was definitely a demotion, to my coworkers, but what they didn't understand is I didn't care nor did I see it that way.What happened was I experienced the most growth in work skill sets and also received the biggest promotion of my career. Funny how those things work out.

*I got to meet Tim Ferris and many other awesome people at a private event that was put on by Tim. I was inspired by them to further push myself to learn more to educate myself more and become better. I was also inspired to write and dare I say I am close to finishing a short book.

So here I am one year later and feeling great. That is the short summary. If you read this and would like some help on your 4HB journey, drop me a comment. I would love to help. I have plenty of tips and ideas that can help. I consider myself an ardent practitioner of Tim's 4HB.

I have thanked Tim Ferris multiple times, but why not one more. Thanks Tim!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

12-3 - Damn I gained 2 pounds!!!

..before I get to why I am mad about gaining 2 pounds, here is a quick recap from last weekend.

I stayed strong and didn't cheat on last Friday (after Thanksgiving) and lost 4 pounds, weigh in on Saturday : 228 pounds!

I crushed it on Saturday and woke up on Sunday weighing 234 pounds.

So I of course jumped back on and made it all the way unti last night (Friday) and I had about 10 pita chips. I broke down a bit, but I knew I wasn't going to beat my best of 222 pounds so I delved into a mini-cheat.

I woke up this morning and was feeling great because I was at 226 pounds!

It is about 5 pm and I am MAD!!!! I spend the whole day at my son's flag football tournament (they won and I thoroughly enjoyed it)....but damn it kind of put a crimp on my cheat day. I had my donuts..but a Subway Sandwich isn't like cheating......

So in any case, back to why I am mad. It is 5 pm and I have only gained 2 pounds. I have been cheated out of my cheat day so far. I will make it whole tonight!!! It is on like Donkey Kong!!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

11/25 - After Thanksgiving update

What a feast! Boy did I feel like #$@^&*% at 10:30 pm last night though. I showed absolutely zero restraint yesterday during my families' Thanksgiving feast.

That was the plan though and no big deal. So here were my stats:

Since my last post I have been in maintenance mode, I typically have weighed in Saturday morning at 222-224 pounds.

Thursday morning I woke up at 226 pounds. This morning (Friday) I weighed in at 232 pounds. 6 pounds of damage is normal for me......so what am I to do the rest of the weekend?

Here was my plan for the weekend. Definitely jumping back on the 4HB on Sunday. I was going to go for it on Thursday and then play the rest of the weekend by ear.

It's Friday morning about 10 a.m. and I am on my 4HB routine. I had my protein shake (whey protein isolate + athletic greens). Then I had my protein bar with a cup of black coffee. Now I am just exercising my mind by reading e-mails, blogs, tweets and doing some writing.

I have already decided that I am going to enjoy my cheat day on Saturday....but what do I do today? Not sure, but going to play it by ear. I have to be careful not to get lulled into a false sense of feeling great, because I feel awesome after my 4HB breakfast. I have to remember that I put on that 6 pounds yesterday. Too much feeling great could result in a complete meltdown over today. If I woke up at 238 tomorrow....I would be #$%^&*.......so lets see how it goes.

There is my update peeps........catch you later!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

11/5 update - In maintenance

This mornings weight was 224.1 pounds.

If you look at my lowest weight it was 222.6 pounds. The last couple of weeks I have had some extra cheat meals here and there, nothing crazy, but I am amazed at the maintenance of this food plan.

Let me clarify extra cheat meals:

*On Friday night I have had a cheat meal the last 2 weeks. If I know I won't break my lowest weight I have a cheat meal, but I don't go into cheat mode...which means I don't gorge myself.

*I have the last 3 weeks I have done double-cheat-day on gone for it on Sunday as well (just not as crazy).

*Over the last 3 weeks I have also had 2 cheat meals during the weekday

I really wanted to see what the effect was to my body and myself when I add these meals back in. Here are my observations:

*My energy has actually decreased a around those extra meals
*My weight has been pretty stable
*I am up to 232 on Monday morning and then drop down to 222-224 on Sunday morning

I don't have anything too exciting, but I am still diligent in analyzing what I eat and reviewing the effects.

Have a great cheat day everyone!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Maintenance in full effect

Its been a long time since I've blogged and updated. Here is the update.
*On 10/6 I weighed in at 222.6

I was down 77 pounds, my best ever....but headed to Las Vegas that Thursday. I held on all day Thursday, but definitely did a double cheatday that week.

*On 10/13 I weighed in at 224, not as good but it was a Thursday and I was headed to Eugene, Oregon for some family fun time. I went on a 4 day cheat (wow). I planned it no big deal.

*So today 10/22 I weighed in at 223.....after crushing smashburger last night on a Friday.

I weighed in yesterday am at 225, so I did not anticipate losing any weight today off my previous best so I went for the early cheat meal. So I laughed at this mornings weigh in.

I knew this month was going to be about maintenance based on my travels. I was on the road just this past week for 3 days...and I stuck to strict 4hb.

I feel like a CSI when I eat now. Everything I eat I look at first and think how it effects my body. I analyze it , I think if it's good or bad, taste, carbs, weight effect , will it slow me down , etc. Ten months in I feel like a food scientist, but I am keenly aware of how food effects my physical body and mental state.

That's the update.....,I'm off to enjoy the rest of my cheatday!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

76 lbs lost! Great come back week!

After last weeks subpar results, I was back on track. I can't say I did anything special out of what I ordinarily do because I didn't.

A quick recap on subpar:

9/17 weigh in: 224.3
9/24 weigh in: 227.8
10/1 weigh in: 223.3

So you can see I had a 3 to 4 lb gain last week. I considered it no big deal and just went on with my 4HB program. So today's weigh in was great because I hit my all time low.

I've been on this about 9.5 months and lost a total of 76 pounds. What I am most proud of is that I have spread the word of my success and it has led to over 25 of my friends and co-workers to jump on board as well.

As soon as I post this I am off to the DONUT SHOP! You can catch my pictures of my cheat day on instagram (jtamoe46) or twitter @jtamoe46

Calling the 4 Hour Body a life changer would be an UNDERSTATEMENT for me!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tough week, but........

This week was a tough week. So certainly not the great news I like to write on Saturday's. The bottom line is I weighed in at 227.8 this morning. I was 231.8 last Sunday after hitting an all time low of 224.4 on Saturday.

So that was a net gain of 3.4 pounds. What happened.......I had a cheat burger and fries and onion rings on Tuesday...had business guests in town and I was helping to host. Then I had some cheese in some beans, hey I was starving! Lastly I had some desert on Friday.

Once I hit Friday morning at 228, I figured I would have something later anyway.

So like I said, I can choose to be bummed or I could choose to enjoy my cheat day and get fired up for next week. I choose to enjoy cheat day and get busy on Sunday!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Down 75 pounds total & got that 1 pound this week!

THAT FELT LIKE THE TOUGHEST 1 POUND IN MY LIFE! THIS MORNINGS WEIGH-IN WAS 224.3 !!!

My goal was to hit 224 point anything. So that puts me at 75 pounds down total over 9 months!

Sunday's 232.2 pound weigh-in (post cheat day)
Monday: 229.8
Tuesday: 227.6
Wednesday: 226.6
Thursday: 226.2
Friday: 225.2
Saturday: 224.3

For me this week it was about hitting that 1 pound. I have been in this range for some time maintaining. Keep in mind my original goal was 250. I know this is going to sound silly, but I really wanted that 224 because it sounds so much better that 225. 224 has kind of a 220 ring to it while 225 has a 230 ring to it. I know it sounds stupid, but mentally it feels great. When I put that goal out there earlier on my blog I wanted to hit it!

You should see the grin on my face as I get ready to post this and drive off to the DONUT SHOP! Have fun to my 4HB crew, my bro Charlie, sis Sina, and cuz Devo who are about to partake on a hike up a mountain......I would join them (LOL), but I would rather much go to the Donut Shot! To make myself feel better I will buy them a couple and they can eat them later......IT IS CHEATDAY AFTER ALL....WE CALL IT FREEDAY!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday 1/2 way point check in!

So I used to blog randomly at random times. I blogged on Saturday morning and last Sunday morning. Now I am going with the 1/2 point update.

My last blog gave you Sunday's 232.2 pound weigh-in (post cheat day)

Monday: 229.8
Tuesday: 227.6
Wednesday: 226.6

My goal is get to 224 point something. Usually my best weigh in is on Friday. I got a good shot this week at meeting my goal. Nowadays I don't get the wild swings I used to, but I've reached my goal already so now I'm just driving it down further. Some small knits I added in was I've worked out at the gym twice this week (I haven't done that in about 3 months). Nothing crazy but I go pretty hard on the elliptical for 28 minutes and then some light weights.

I still do the crunches at home on the bosu ball and the cat vomit, but if I go to the gym then I take out the kettle bell.

I am doing at least one cold shower per day and no almonds and no CHEATING on the food whatsoever. Saturday will be here before I know it and a number of ideas come to mind!!!!