tshirtartist

  • About: 15 years ago I used to be REALLY overweight and to tell you the truth I am more embarrassed about my weight loss then proud of it. I mean how can a person let themselves get up to 333lbs? I have tried to hide the fact that i have lost 201 lbs because telling someone that is like saying i was a failure. I know it is a backwards way of thinking but i have a lot of shame about ever being that big. I think unless you have ever been that overweight you don't realize how alone and alienated you feel being the largest person in a room, or not fitting into to normal clothes. I have always struggled with my weight throughout my life. When i was a child my mother was a health nut and completely obsessed with her weight (and mine). I never remember her as anything but thin but she had convinced me that i was a fat kid. I was always being restricted or put on a diet. Funny thing is when i look back at old pictures of myself as a child i was normal weight. Not heavy at all. I did eventually gain weight when i was in middle school and high school and was sent to fat camps during the summer where i would lose 30lbs, get back down to a normal weight, and then gain it back during the school year. I used food as a friend, to comfort me when i felt alone. I finally found love when i was 20 years old and i dealt with all the ups and downs of that relationship by using food as my drug of choice. Eleven years later my marriage ended. Since I was thin, I couldn't blame it on my weight which i had always done in the past. That SUCKED! I always had told myself that if i was just thin..then my life would be perfect. WRONG!!! My weight went up and down most of my adult life but my marriage ending sent me over the deep end. Because I wasn't fat when my marriage ended it must be me that was flawed. At least that was what i told myself at the time. I drowned myself in food. No one was ever going to get that close to me and hurt me again. I went from 135lbs to 333lbs. I went from an exercise fanatic to not doing anything. I had given up! at least i thought i had. Then one day i went to pick my daughter up at her girlfriends house. She lived on top of a very steep hill and i had to park my car at the bottom and walk up. By the time i had got to the front door, i thought i was having a heart attack. I was beet red, I couldn't stop sweating and I couldn't catch my breath. I thought "this is insane!" i am killing myself and i have a 4 year old daughter to take care of. TIME TO CHANGE! They say it matters why we end up fat and that we are eating to stuff down some big emotions that we don't want to deal with. That's probably true but in the end for me it just all boiled down to I just didn't want to live like this anymore. I didn't want my daughter to grow up with a mom that she had to make excuses for and I didn't want her to turn out like me. I am somewhat of an extremist (It takes that all or nothing personality to get up to 333lbs) so i decided to pick a diet that was the complete opposite of the way i was eating. I was living on coffee, diet soda (i drank a six pack a day), candy, ice cream, and fast food. I chose a diet that eliminated all processed food, all caffeine, all bread and the only carbs i ate were fruits and vegetables. I slowly started exercising again. At first i could only do 5 minutes on a stationary bike but that was a start. I worked my way up to 45 minutes. I had a headache for a month and half because of the caffeine withdrawals from eliminating all the diet soda, cafe mochas and chocolate i was eating. It was a big change but the longer I went with no sugar and processed foods, i actually lost my cravings for them. My diet was made up of only whole foods but more of a paleo type diet. I felt i was headed in the right direction but i still had to make some changes. I read a book that advocated a vegan diet but was afraid that the main reason the cravings were gone were because all that protein was stabilizing my blood sugar. Still i felt it was something i had try, so i eliminated all animal products and added more carbs in the form of beans and whole grains like quinoa, yams, sweet potatoes, corn and rice. I was right the cravings came back but i fought through them and managed to lose 20 more pounds. I was down to 145lbs but i was fighting back the urge to over eat all the time. After a couple of years of being vegan I lost all desire for animal. My big problem was that slowly but surely my desire for sugar was creeping it's way back. Sugar is vegan you know. Over the next few years i managed to keep almost all of the weight off with the exception of 25lbs. The next turning point for me came during a family trip to disneyland. We were in Tomorrow land and they had an exhibit showing what 10lbs of human fat looks like and it hit me. I had 2 to 3 of those unhealthy, jelly looking things i was caring around with me. It was not ok just because it was socially exceptable. In fact i was thinking about how many friendships i had based solely on losing that last 20lbs. I think in a weird way it made me fit in. Having almost 200lbs to lose made me a complete outcast but having 20lbs to lose made me one of the gang. I decided the juice fasting or consuming nothing but green smoothies might be the answer and It was. I did a 45 day juices/ smoothie cleanse and lost my remaining weight and kept it off for 3 years with no cravings and life was good until the end of last year and now the cravings are back and so is 15lbs. So i figure it time for a reboot. It really does help reset your mind and your body.
  • Why I've Joined Reboot with Joe: I loved fat sick and nearly dead and wanted support to reboot.
  • Favorite Juice? Kale, spinach, apple and ginger

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  • NikkiG120

    4 years ago

    This is really amazing.. I've been big all my life and recently I was up to 243. That was my weight with two kids in me--but i thought I was okay. Life open my eyes. Congrats on the weight loss and on maintaining it.

  • Stephanie

    4 years ago

    Wow, I just read your profile for the first time. Until now, I've just been reading and sometimes responding to your comments. YOU are the inspiration. What an amazing journey you've been on. Not a good one because it was accompanied by so much pain, but certainly one with a great outcome. I cannot imagine that you were ever 330lbs. I have a friend in my town who lost a similar amount, mainly through exercise, and despite losing almost 200lb, she's still quite large and has needed surgery to get rid of the many folds and aprons of skin she had but still looks like most people's before photo. Sadly for her, even though she's become a truly fantastic personal trainer, she still thinks like a very obese person and has terrible problems with self esteem, confidence and worrying about what other people think of her. I hope you don't feel this way. You, like my friend, are an amazing woman who has achieved an incredible result, even if it will always be a work in progress x

  • tshirtartist

    4 years ago

    thank you Stephanie! Yes unfortunately I was definitely weighed 333lbs but I feel like I was someone else back then. I don't think I think like a fat person most of time anymore but that fat girl is still in there sometimes. I kind of treat her like a little girl that needs love. I too had to have some surgery to remove loose skin. Some areas like my thighs they were unable to do that much about, so I don't wear shorts above my knees but I guess that is a small price to pay. I have a scar that runs all the way around my body where they removed skin which I consider a reminder everyday of a place I will never let myself go again. ;)

    How is your reboot going? Did you forgive yourself for the prawns and get back on track? I watched fat sick and nearly dead 2 and super juice me which really has remotivated me! I am on juices and smoothies and plan on going until Christmas Eve which I I hope will put me back down to my goal weight of 132lbs.

    Keep going Stephanie...you (we) can do this! ;)

  • Suesblues

    4 years ago

    Hi T-Artist, thank you for the group invite! hmmm, with the groups, I think I'd better not spread myself too thin while getting thin.. but I will certainly check in!

  • tshirtartist

    4 years ago

    no problem. ;) totally understand!

  • Suesblues

    4 years ago

    heya TShirt.. thanks ;) I like your intro story and your introspection.. :) I kept reading to find out how it ended..

  • tshirtartist

    4 years ago

    thanks suesblues! It hasn't ended. :)

  • tshirtartist

    4 years ago

    This was the answer for me...

    Name obstacle.....i over eat

    Why is it an obstacle....because it has become a habit

    What am I going to do....change my habits

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    4 years ago

    Your new profile ... you look great!

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  • tshirtartist

    4 years ago

    thank you! That was taken a year and a half ago. I was at my goal weight (20lbs thinner).

  • tshirtartist

    4 years ago

    My word for the day is ACTION!

    well today there is officially 29 days until thanksgiving and my goal is to lose 15lbs by then and then another 8 by Christmas which will bring me goal weight! I have done all the planning but now is the time to set the plan into action!

  • TC

    4 years ago

    Great post. I decode it also as "All talk.. Now it's time for ALL action" :)

  • tshirtartist

    4 years ago

    exactly! I am such a great planner but now time to DO! ;)

  • jjsmeta4

    4 years ago

    Here's the acronym for ACTION...from The P.A.U.S.E. Program: "A Creative Transformation Is Occurring Now!" The question I ask myself each day...what creative tool can I use now/today to transform me? Enjoy the Juice...JJ

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    4 years ago

    hiya RObin, just wanted to test whether we could post to your wall.

    You might have your settings set as only as friends as opposed to phblic.

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  • tshirtartist

    4 years ago

    Got it! I will check my setting though. I probably do have it set that way. Thanks for checking! Btw great news about your pants being too big! How much weight have you lost?

  • Flossie

    4 years ago

    How are you going? I struggled yesterday, perhaps because I was not working, and had too much free time. I am bored with my juices. The colour is awful, not enticing. Day 2 , been busier, so better. No bad headaches so far.

  • Flossie

    4 years ago

    Thanks for being my buddy later this week, tshirtartist. I have just spent today having a "blow out", and feel rather sick about it all. I have a wedding in 2 Saturdays time, and got into panic mode. Now I know I will suffer as my first 3 days will be headaches as I detox. When will I ever learn??? - See more at:

  • tshirtartist

    4 years ago

    I wish I could say I don't know what you are talking about but have been there way too many times. Even as recent as last week. :( don't beat yourself up! We will reboot and get some clarity.

    I do the same thing when a big event is coming up and just go into anxiety mode because I want to feel I look my best and run to food for comfort. I know that is the total opposite as what I want to do but when has that stopped me. ;) Best thing we can do is let it go and move on. A few days rebooting and we will feel wonderful!!! ;)

    I am actually going to start today. You motivated me and I figure why wait. I am here with you Flossie!!!

Discussions

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  • Juicing & Plant-Based Whole Food Society - Eat & Drink Plants!

    Members: 176

    Latest activity: 01/26/2018 08:08 AM

    Thanks for your interest and support. My intention is to create a group that goes beyond a classic 3/10/15/30/60 day reboot regimen into a reboot juicing/eating lifestyle shift. No need to re-gain pounds and re-do hard-earned rebooting efforts. I have reversed all disease, diabetes, chronic ailments, and have maintained and sustained a 150 pound weight loss with Daily Reboot Green & Rainbow Vegetable Juicing and a Plant-Based WholeFood eating lifestyle. (WFPB - means whole food plant-based ingredients, plant-based foods as close to their natural state as possible). . Please see the original feature at Reboot with Joe success profile at: http://bit.ly/1czS3JJ .

    And the Two Year Anniversary Success Profile at: http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/reboot-success-story-dan-miller/

    There is also some behind the scenes footage, a video testimonial and a Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead commercial spot to view at ---> http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/rebooting/dan-miller/

    I completely understand and empathize where you all might be coming from - I have so been there and done that. The hardest part is just making the decision to commit to your self. It seems that once you make the decision to overcome confusing eating habits and make a change....the quick results and new found energy pumps you up to follow through, prevail and find success.

    After watching my beloved Joe Cross & personal saviour Phil Staples in www.fatsickandnearlydead.com and with further reading of Dr. Fuhrman's "Eat to Live", "The China Study and WHOLE" by T. Colin Campbell and, watching the recommended "Forks Over Knives' documentary, I discovered that eating plant-based wholefoods and drinking green vegetable juices will in fact aid you to overcome highly addictive hyper-palatable foods like animal-derived products, dairy, fats & sugar and to overcome poor eating habits like; the excessive consumption of animal protein products, oil & cholesterol, refined sugar, high sodium and other nutrient deficient junk food, all which led to my obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and my wife's battle with osteo-arthritis and auto-immune diseases.

    Be sure to review all the posts below starting on page one through to the present... there are videos, viewpoints, comments, pictures and links to aid you in your personal journey to lose weight and gain optimum health with Reboot Vegetable Juicing and a Plant-Based WholeFoodist attitude. I could make a number of suggestions while undertaking a reboot juice feast regimen or simply incorporating more fruits & veggies (whether juiced, blended or eaten whole) into your daily meal planning. First of all – Be Kind to Your Self! It took many years and lots of poor food choices to become overweight – It will take some time to lose it. Your body must be allowed to come into balance with phytonutrient dense plant-based foods. There will be plateaus during your weight loss journey – you’ll think nothing is happening, but it is. ************Avoid the scale to avoid disillusionment.......... Clean out your pantry to avoid temptation.****************

    The weight will come off with reboot vegetable juicing and a plant-based food choice – but must be allowed to integrate and work with your level of conscious nutrition.

    Free yourself from added eating stress and change the way you approach it. Forget dieting and just start a process of "Incorporating ~ Eliminating". Start incorporating a larger quantity of (cooked or raw, juiced or blended) plant-based whole foods like: green and rainbow color fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans-peas-legumes, nuts & seeds . Start eliminating and weeding out the SAD diet foods like: drive-through junk & hyperpalatable fast food, animal products (meats, seafood, shellfish, eggs), animal-derived products (dairy, butter, cheese, ice cream, whey, casein, lard), oil fat/sugar/sodium-laden processed, refined and packaged foods. .........>There is over 40 years of research supporting that a WholeFood–PlantBased (WFPB) eating lifestyle will rejuvenate & regenerate your whole body, will alleviate chronic annoying symptoms, and reverses degenerative diseases like: obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Reboot Juicing is a tool to discover and compliments a shift to including more plants into your daily eating habit.

    ------> Not only is plant-based whole foods the healthiest way of eating that has ever been studied, but it’s far more effective in promoting health and preventing disease than prescription drugs, surgery, vitamin and herbal supplementation, and genetic manipulation. A PlantBased Reboot Juicing lifestyle entails; No counting calories, No drowning in minutiae about what to eat or what not to eat --- just simplify and make wise health-promoting choices........ DRINK Vegetable Juices & EAT Plants!

    This group is open to all exploring extreme weight loss with reboot vegetable juices and incorporating more plant-based nutrition. I have found that combining Reboot Juicing with a Plant-based whole food eating lifestyle has worked for extreme sustained weight loss and achieving optimum health - the results have been phenomenal.

    Follow my posts or chat your questions or comments here on this Reboot with Joe community "Juicing & Plant-based Society" group or, join the FaceBook discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/WholisticWeightLoss https://m.facebook.com/groups/473614985990920

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    I'd be more than happy to share more tips and techniques and address any specific concerns. For a more personal story-line, please see my website/blog on my complete reboot journey attaining extreme weight loss and optimum health: http://www.envirohealthtech.com/weight_loss.htm

    .....> I love talking Juice and health-promoting plant-based eating. Relax & Enjoy - Eat & Drink Plants!

    ---------> Healthy Regards to all, Dan Miller & Elisabeth Rae ---> Proud & Honored Reboot Ambassadors

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    Just click on my name to check out my profile wall for more postings, videos, and viewpoints.... or follow this link with a copy/paste ------>

    http://community.rebootwithjoe.com/profile/danmiller-erae . .

  • BabyBoomer Juicers - Eat & Drink Plants!

    Members: 22

    Latest activity: 06/03/2015 05:11 PM

    Are you over 50? This is our time. There is hope for those who are over 50, overweight, or sick & tired, and suffering from degenerative disease and chronic ailments. Dispel diet and health care myths. Achieve optimum health with Reboot Veggie Juicing and a Plant-based whole food eating lifestyle - without the need for excessive medications, surgery or invasive medical treatments. No need to spend your senior years in a hospital or expensive care facility -- don't buy into sickcare - take your health into your own hands and find true health care with daily Reboot Juicing and Eating Plants.

    My wife Elisabeth (age 51) and I (age 53- soon to be 54) have always been health conscious individuals but, like many, failed to recognize diet and nutrition related to our own obesity and chronic health issues. Until recently - I have always struggled with my weight since grade school - but now with a strong advocacy for plant-based whole foods and a veggie juicing lifestyle we have collectively lost 185 pounds and regained our health by alleviating a long-list of chronic and debilitating ailments. We cleaned out our pantry and cleaned up our lives.

    I started Reboot Juicing as a last resort because I tried everything else. Even 20 years in the Health & Wellness field did not address overwhelming food addictions and obesity. After watching FSND - I got the 'kick in the pants' I had been missing and have sustained weight loss of 145 pounds since August 2011 and continue to juice daily and eat a plant-based lifestyle ever since.

    Please see Success Profile from Sept 2012: http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/dan-m-changed-his-life-in-more-ways-than-one-he-now-makes-juice-instead-of-bacon-and-cut-his-grocery-bill-in-half/

    My wife inadvertently lost 40 pounds just preparing and eating my new plant-based recipes - within 3 weeks of adopting vegetable juicing and plant-based foods her debilitating osteo and heart complaints began to reverse and after one year abstaining from animal products, dairy, eggs, refined/processed foods - we have both regenerated and gained optimum health.

    Please see the Two Year Reboot with Joe anniversary Story from Sept 2013 at: http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/reboot-success-story-dan-miller/

    If you are further interested in more personal details of our journey to optimum health, please, feel free to view my website that has photo updates and other tips and techniques, FAQs, recipes and links: http://bit.ly/15WA7Gm .

    Click on my Name and view more posts and comments, or join my other groups here at RebootwithJoe.com or follow my posts or chat on Facebook at: http://on.fb.me/136cc6V

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    Healthy Regards, Dan Miller Reboot Ambassador

    Juice On! Juice for weight loss. Juice for Health. Juice for Life. Eat & Drink Plants!

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    Who am I? See more at: http://community.rebootwithjoe.com/profile/danmiller-erae-154588

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  • Thank you, JOE!

    Members: 174

    Latest activity: 01/06/2019 01:35 PM

    CELEBRATING HEALTHY CHOICES: Welcome to ALL rebooters (new; and those who have been with us for a longer time. Also those who are maintaining or transitioning as well as total juicers and modified rebooters). This is a wall on behalf of Joe (and his staff) who have helped thousands gain back their health and happiness by showing us that plant based food matters. Success stories and thank you/s galore. ... I will be the first to write on this wall.

  • Buddy to buddy!

    Members: 28

    Latest activity: 06/15/2016 01:44 PM

    HI, My name is Lizane, I'm French Canadian, I'm married, have two children and now have a grandson and a little girl on the go. I'm 45 years old, diabetic on insulin and overweight. I decided to create this group for people who are looking for someone to buddy with along the journey of rebooting. Sometime help, encouragement, story sharing or just a simple joke can do the trick in helping others. We might have different reasons why we do this but we are all in the same boat. Losing weight, wanting to be healthier, changing habits and learning everything that we are looking for is a hard working process. Please join me if you are there to kick the beast once and for all!

  • Juicing "REBOOT" (8/1 for a 10 days)

    Members: 16

    Latest activity: 09/01/2014 05:09 PM

    This is a 10 day juicing reboot starting on Friday 8/1/14 to support each other before, during, and after our reboot. Join in on the reboot.

  • A JUICE FASTING CHALLENGE / month of September, 2014

    Members: 86

    Latest activity: 01/06/2019 01:35 PM

    This group is for anyone who wants to do a serious juice fast for the entire month of September. My only request is that there be absolutely NO FOOD TALK. (Juice ingredients are perfectly fine.). If someone is struggling, it can run them right off the rails - and we don't want that. Whether you're young or old, timid or bold, have much to lose or a little....or just want to clean up your body, mind and spirit...ACCEPT THIS CHALLENGE.

  • Eat To Live 6-week challenge

    Members: 10

    Latest activity: 05/23/2016 01:28 AM

    From Septemer 14 until October 25, I'm doing the six-week challenge set out in Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book Eat to Live. I won't be weighing until I'm finished. Please join me in the next leg of my journey. The daily guidelines are: - 1 pound raw veg (minimum) - 1 pound cooked veg (minimum) - 4 fruit (minimum) - 1 cup cooked dried beans, lentils or legumes - 1 oz. unsalted raw seeds/nuts (maximum) - 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds To make this a holistic experience for myself, the six weeks will include increased exercise for my body, more reading for my mind and meditation for my spirit. If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse. PLEASE...NO FOOD TALK THAT IS NOT OUTLINED IN THE EAT TO LIVE PLAN!

  • Modified Juicing

    Members: 21

    Latest activity: 05/23/2016 01:27 AM

    I'm going to be doing juice, smoothies, soups and salad on an ongoing basis if you'd like to join me. My only request is that there be no discussion about food that is NOT plant-based.

  • Smoothies, juice and salad until Christmas!

    Members: 42

    Latest activity: 05/23/2016 01:28 AM

    I thought since the Holidays are coming up as well as the end of the year and I would rather start the year off on a positive note then as a desperate resolution, I will do nothing but juices, smoothie and salad until the end of the year. I know just juices alone would give me faster weight loss but I am trying to focus on health and not just weight alone as well as something that is sustainable for the long haul. I would love company and support if anyone else is interested? Join me and we can encourage and support each other. :)

  • The Healthy Bunch

    Members: 91

    Latest activity: 07/19/2017 01:58 PM

    This group is all about sharing our progress and thoughts and of course supporting each other along the road to getting a healthier life. Everybody is welcome to join us!

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