Brian

  • Location: 14469
  • About: I did the 60 day Reboot and lost 68lbs. I juice daily and at 9 months I have lost 96 lbs. My family started telling me that I needed to help spread the word about Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, Juicing and eating Raw Food. My story began in February of this year. I live in western New York and it was one of those snowy days. I was out shoveling and attempting to move some heavy snow. I suddenly became very winded, I had some chest discomfort and I was wondering if this was an onset of a heart attack. To bring you up to date, I was at that time 53 years old, suffering from chronic back and foot pain from an injury and I was very obese. I stand just shy of 6 foot tall and weighed in at nearly 375 pounds. Over the past 10 years I had let myself go following a couple of bad relationships, career changes and the injury in December 2008. I had become my own worst enemy. I had started to not care or better yet pretended to ignore what was happening to me. As I got fatter and I denied what I was doing to myself, I became depressed and sought comfort in food. I stopped looking at myself in the mirror, no pictures, no weighing myself, no Doctors visits, made up excuses to not visit family and friends. I missed my own children's Graduations, Weddings and Grand Children's births. I became a house hermit. Yet I could not see because I did not want to see what was happening. I could no longer find clothes that fit and had to start ordering from the Big & Tall websites. I was nearing the 5x shirt size and 58 inch pant size when I hit rock bottom. After the chest discomfort past and I was able to catch my breath I went home, cried, prayed and attempted to forgive myself. I have had weight problems all of my life and I have gained and lost 80-100 pounds 3 times. in my 20's, 30's and 40's. I had used fad diets, starvation and prescription appetite control medications. But I never changed me. When I returned to work the following Monday I wrote a letter to the University Health Services where I work. You will see that letter below. My first step . While I was awaiting my Doctors visit in 2 weeks I started to review some of those " Food Documentaries " yeah like that's not made up, sales pitch, one sided hype shows. I happened across " Fat Sick & Nearly Dead " by Joe Cross. I watched it and saw some guy talking about healing the body from the inside out and giving the body natural food juice to detoxify the body of the poisons it had become overwhelmed with and allowing the body to reset itself and loose weight. What ? What was that ? Oh yea, I had seen all those Hollywood Stars and Fitness Fanatics touting "Juicing and Detoxifying" yeah right here's another $100.00 for crap. But I kept watching and Joe lost weight and explained how the body was able to do it just the way it was designed to do. Then Joe met up with a truck driver named Phil. Phil was younger than me, close to the same weight and was suffering through the same mental and emotional baggage as me. He was a house hermit, he was embarrassed for his family, he was ignoring the issues, he was simply just waiting to die...! Oh my God...it was me....I started to cry. I continued to watch the documentary until the end. Joe had lost 85lbs in 60 days on nothing but fruit and vegetable juice and he helped Phil loose over 90 ponds in 60 days on nothing but Juice. I watched it again and again and cried each time. Rock bottom hurts, especially when you hit face first.
  • Why I've Joined Reboot with Joe: I was going to do this. I had to do this or I was going to die. This meant that I had to finally admit to myself life was slowing spinning out of control. I had to admit to myself that I was morbidly obese, I had to admit to myself that I had done this to myself and take full ownership of it. It meant that I had to tell my family,children and friends what I had done to myself and to them. I had to ask for forgiveness. From them and from me. I had to face up to the fact that I didn't love me and deal with all those memories of the fat childhood, teenage bullies, unfulfilled love and affection and realize that I am worthy of love and being loved. The next day I bought a scale and weighed myself...ownership ! Next I ordered my Juicer. Then I told everyone and I mean everyone. Family, friends, co-workers, clerks at the store anyone that would listen and most of all I stood in front of a mirror and I told myself that I was going to do this. I told them about the documentary and what I had felt and how I had cried. I asked them all for there support and prayers and asked them to support me and offer me guidance. I told them that I would post updates and send them out and I needed them to write me back. I watched the documentary again. I started to ease in with Fruit Smoothies. The Juicer arrived....this was it. Damn there was no going back. I own this body and its this way because I did this to myself... Now Man up or roll over and wait to die. My adventure has just begun:
  • Favorite Juice? My version of mean green
  • Food temptation? Sugar,Sweets
  • Birthday: Dec 12

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  • OnTheRoad

    3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. My heart broke as I read it. What an amazing inspiration you are!

  • Brian

    3 years ago

    Just and update for my 3 year anniversary re-boot. Drum roll please....23 lbs in 29 days and I wasn't as strict as my first re-boot. I am now at my lightest weight I was about 15 years ago. I am Walking 5-10 miles a day and that's all non-work related. On the weekends I try for 10-14 miles. There are and always will be "Juice haters " the ones that think we are crazy and I just smile and say " I was almost dead and now I'm loving me ". The Thinner Trekking Bear !

  • Hollie S

    3 years ago

    I nearly cried reading your story! Wow! I'm glad you found the strength and motivation to start juicing and to stick with it!

  • Elias Fenn

    3 years ago

    Wow - amazing journey of recovery Brian. So glad I happened to find your profile. Peace and blessings...

  • Brian

    3 years ago

    Hello to all my family and friends that have helped to encourage me and motivate me. 3 years ago this month I was very sick mentally and physically. I had given up on my life, my health and my family. I weighed almost 400 lbs and I could barely walk. I had shut myself off from the world because I was so embarrassed of what I had become and then I hit rock bottom and decided I didn't want to die..so I stared to take control of my health. I started a juice detox program after watching the movie Fat Sick & Nearly Dead and then I started to walk. I was barley able to walk 1/4 of a mile but that was the step that I needed. So today , this day I share with you all...how far I have traveled.....6000 miles. My life is mine once again and my health is fantastic. I have lost 118lbs so far and it's great to be alive...my thanks and love to you all...

  • Brian

    3 years ago

  • Maribel

    4 years ago

    You are an amazing inspiration... you look so so so AWESOME!! I bet you feel a ba-zillion times better.

  • NobleOne

    5 years ago

    hi Brian your story has push me to stay strong and go forward,l just started today is day 6 all your before story apply to me,can you be my friend l can turn to for help and support? lm 355lbs now

  • Dezi87

    5 years ago

    I read your posts and all I have to say is wow!! Good job!! I started at 286 in aug 2011, took until my daughter was 1 years old to get down to 220 which was aug 2012, I made it to 203 in July 201. I went back up to 226 in 10/13 and I just started my 30 day juice feast On Jan 3 2014, I technically started Jan 2 but I screwed up and ate brownies the first night. I've been just juice since the 3. Today is day three, I weighed somewhere around 217 at the start of this and I want to do a 60 day jiuce feast and lose a least 60 pounds!

  • Dezi87

    5 years ago

    I meant to say July 2013**

  • LizzieB

    5 years ago

    Wow Brian, what an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your journey!

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  • Reboot Success Story

    Started by Brian, Last reply by Sick'n'Tired on 2013-11-20 11:11:51

    Number of Replies: 2

    Trying to spread the word to others, looking for Stories and Recipes

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