Once greasy and fat (350+) to plant powered half marathon winning machine! Well I guess that’s pretty much covers it I hope you enjoy the blog… That’s the truth, but how do these changes happen to a normal guy and by normal I mean one of the 2/3 of Americans that are overweight? Strangely enough it started with a group of Japanese teenage girls at Six Flags who asked to take several pictures with me. At the time even though I was well over 350lbs (bathroom scale only went to 350) my self esteem and confidence were unusually high, “so these girls clearly had mistaken me for a celebrity or pro athlete….right?” Forgetting that fact that it took a team of employees and sucking in my gut until it touched my spine to ride half of rides in the park, I left there that day with a little extra bounce in my step. A year and half or so later….. Presumably heavier although my trusty scale still only said 350, I was watching a show on MTV called True Life and the episode was about overweight college kids, I was like “I can get down with this” and then the bomb of information that changed my life! What I learned from this show was that when Japanese teenagers come to America…..wait for it…. take pictures with fat people and trade the pictures when they return home! Oh the SHAME!!! I was crushed….for a moment, then I was incredibly motivated! Now with a new fear of public judgment I knew I wasn’t going to fix this situation in front of others, so I ordered the original P90/Beachbody DVDS and started doing work 4-5 days a week solid for almost a month and having the scale show that I was actually now weighable at 340 Lbs. Once i felt good about things and started seeing results I wanted more, so i began running 3 days a week on top of the P90, all the while being completely ignorant to nutrition. I thought like most others trying to lose weight fewer calories in and more burned meant faster results. I was in the full blown starvation trap that so many people have and continue to get stuck in, I was able to do this for over a year. During which I had huge food binge weekends and then was angry with myself and this became a way to common problem. I had also dropped the P90 workouts and focused on running 5-7 days a week which lead me to become physically weak. Sure the numbers on the scale looked awesome and people fed my ego with praise of my hard work and the weight i had lost, but I knew most of that weight was muscle that my body had been feeding off to maintain the ridiculous and unhealthy lifestyle. Then the weight stopped coming off all together this led to frustration and disappointment which in turn caused me to eat. Once you come out of a starvation diet like I was your body has a bounce back where it just tries get that balance back and stores as many calories and you gain weight like crazy. My way of weight loss had become unsustainable and this is all when I realized skinny doesn’t equal healthy…. Then I found the answer to both heathy living and physical appearance almost by pure chance scanning through my Netflix, I came across the documentary Forks Over Knives.The movie stars cardiologists and a firefighting triathlete and they say the craziest thing I’ve ever heard…….”EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES!!!” So that silly stuff your mom told you as a kid was the answer this whole time? So that’s what I did…. I started to replace processed foods with whole plant based choices and the more committed I became the better I felt everyday, until I became totally plant based. This way of eating has allowed me to stop worrying about calories and portion control, it has also allowed me to train harder and recover quicker. As for for my weight loss, I threw out the scales in the house, there is nothing more empowering then breaking free of the most anxiety causing machine in the universe. I am more aware of how I look and how my training/performance feels, but most importantly I’m healthy and happy. Never give up on yourself. -F2P Chaz Bono…?