Weight: 618 lbs
Body Fat: 69%
Waist Size: 70
Weight: 265 lbs
Body Fat: 18%
Waist Size: 40
Over the last 3 1/2 years I have lost 370 pounds, for a total of 1,260,000 calories burned over and above my daily intake. I am driven to be the first person who weighed more than 600 pounds and transformed my body to less than 10% body fat and compete in a bodybuilding contest.
I have had more than 9 pounds of skin removed from my body and need about 9 more to finish what I started. So far I have removed 6 pounds off my stomach, 2 1/2 off my chest, and 1/2 pound off each arm. Next I will have skin removed from the back of my waist, my upper back, and then my legs to complete my transformation.
Why I Got Started?
To lie down and die, or stand up and fight, that was the choice that I had to make. It sounds like an easy choice, but when you weigh more than 600 pounds, the choice to stand up and fight is the path of most resistance. The two questions that are asked of me the most are:
- What motivated you to change your life?
- How did you get to be that size?
Now that I run a health club and workout everyday I am faced with my own demons everyday and I spend hours analyzing my lifestyle and eliminate the things that contributed to my own self destruction. I accept full accountability for what I did to myself, for I recognize there were many times I did things I knew were bad for me, and I did them anyway.
I have been Big John since I was 10-years old, but I never was able to play football until I was in high School. By the time I was 13, I was over 300 pounds. I never dated in high school and to make things worse my prom date was in love with my best friend, with whom we double dated.
I managed to graduate in the top 10% of my class and I weighed 265 pounds. I started an office job and over the next 3 years I ballooned up to 618 pounds.
I tried every diet from the Optifast liquid diet, Lindora, Calif., Weight Watchers, Cabbage Diet, Atkins, and numerous medically supervised programs. The yo-yo effect these diets had on my body ruined my metabolism. I was suffering from chronic High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnea, diabetes, Gall Stones, Cellulites of the legs, and chronic joint pain.
| What Is Sleep Apnea?
A temporary suspension of breathing occurring repeatedly during sleep that often affects overweight people or those having an obstruction in the breathing tract, an abnormally small throat opening, or a neurological disorder.
These were the easy symptoms, the hard parts were the emotional and social problems, for I was extremely lonely, I had no clothes that looked good, I didn't fit in chairs and I broke many.
A series of horrible events took place at the same time, starting with spending a week in the hospital with a severe case of Pancreatitis. Then a close friend was getting married and I didn't go because I was ashamed of the way I looked and did not have appropriate clothing, followed by losing my job and my best friend.
| What Is Pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis describes the condition of inflammation of the pancreas that causes mild to severe pain in the abdomen. Pacreatitis is not a common afflication. The most common causes of pancreatitis are gallstones and frequent and excessive consumption of alcohol (80% of cases), and less common causes are drugs or medication. The onset of pain in the abdomen region usually occurs within a day of binge drinking or eating a large meal.
I felt it was the end of the world, but it eliminated all my outside obligations, and that's when I made working out my job and life.
How I Did It!
I knew I had to make a complete lifestyle change and I needed to see results fast, for at 567 pounds I had one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I started doing 2 workouts per day in the pool for a month, and then started circuit training before my pool workout.
The fact that I was so out of shape actually benefited me, for after each workout I would pass out for about 2 hours, I was able to keep this up for 80 days straight. I lost more than 100 pounds and for the first time in 15 years I was mentally and physically strong and I believed that my goal weight of 299 was attainable.
Amazingly LA Fitness sports clubs hired me to be a membership counselor at the weight of 465 pounds. This career change set me up for a level of success I could never have imagined, for now I had a personal army of trainers assisting and educating me to improve my quality of life.
This turned out to be the best decision of my life, for it kept me in the gym and I had a formidable group of people to emulate. I managed to get down to 260 pounds, but I had an enormous amount of loose skin and not enough muscle.
I started training with Body Builder David Yeung the son of famed Bolo Yeung, and he rebuilt my damaged shoulders, and improved my muscularity exponentially preparing me for plastic surgery.
| Yang Sze:
Yang Sze, better known as Bolo Yeung, born in Guangzhou, China, July 3, 1938. A 1-time competitive bodybuilder and martial arts student of Bruce Lee turned martial arts film actor, cast mostly as the villain. His best-known appearances are as Bolo in Enter the Dragon and as Chong Li in Bloodsport with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and he has starred in many martial arts B movies.
Over the next year and a half I had 2 surgeries removing 9 pounds of skin.
My next surgery has been schedule for 2/23/06 to remove the skin from the back of my waist. This procedure will take my waist from a 42 to a 34.
I currently run a 45,000 square foot sports club in Oregon, and I spend my days helping people find the motivation to change their lives. I have a fiancee and I live a healthy life of abundance, I eat healthy, workout everyday, and try to learn more about how the body functions. I just want my body to be the best that is humanly possible.
- MuscleTech: Gakic
- Thermo Gain
- Celltech Carb Control
- Green Tea Extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 piece of dry wheat toast
- Coffee w/Equal & nonfat milk
Post Workout Snack:
- Tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread
- Grilled chicken breast
- Steamed brown rice
- Brussel sprouts
- Spinich salad
- Chicken breast
- My famous honey mustard vinaigrette
( see below)
- Deli slices
- Honey mustard
My Famous Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
| Balsamic Vinegar
2 tb spoons
2 tb spoons
Put all together and wisk into salad.
Sample Training Week
The most important ingredient for training is consistency, stick to your program for 6-8 weeks and then change your format. Since I workout everyday I do one muscle per day, to failure then not again for 1 week. First exercise is 4 sets of 10 as heavy as possible, then each excise after is 3 sets of ten last set to failure.
- Lat pulldown
- T-bar row
- One arm smith-machine row
- Wide-grip pull ups
- Bent-over barbell row
- Horizontal pullup
- Leg extentions
- Straight-leg deadlift
- Leg press
- Hip abductor
- Hip adductor
4. Biceps & Triceps:
- Straight bar curl
- Seated dumbell curl
- Hammer curl
- Front-double bicep cable curl
- Bicep curl burnout
- Smith military press
- Dumbell front lateral raises
- Dumbell side lateral raises
- Bentover dumbell lateral raises
6. Abs (every other day):
- Stability ball crunches
- Lying leg raises
- Hanging leg raises
- Oblique crunches
Suggestions For Others
The key to success is consistency, and a complete change of lifestyle. Too often people try to influence results rather than influencing thinking. Everything we do is learned, so educate yourself on how the body works and what it will take to change yours.