Day 200 and 60lbs lighter

Day 200, 60lbs less

October 19th. What a big day it was. We elected a new Prime Minister in Canada. It was also day 200 on my journey back to health. Day 200 was also a milestone day for me as I hit my 60lb weight loss goal.

I am writing this blog to hopefully inspire others to take the steps to better health. It’s not an overnight thing. It takes time. Make small changes and stick to them. Don’t try and do it all overnight. It’s ok to ask for help or support. I was joined the fat sick and nearly dead group on Facebook. While I don’t personally juice, It’s an amazing group of people with lots of support. I have also been blessed to have great friends and family to support me along the way.

For those of you who think you can’t do it. I’m here to tell you to believe in yourself and you can do it. Last year I had my 4th heart surgery ( A congenital condition I was born with). I am also a insulin dependent diabetic. If I can do it anyone can. the key is small steps every day and build on it.

200 Days ago I seen my cardiologist for a annual checkup after surgery. My blood pressure was up and he wanted to put me on another pill. That was my light bulb aha moment. I came home and told my wife I was going to make a change and started my journey.

200 days ago I was on 100 units of insulin a day, now I take 14.

200 days ago I was the heaviest sibling (brother) in our family. Now I am the lightest .

200 days ago I could not miss a single night with my bipap machine for sleep apnea or I could not function. now I wear it 2-3 times a month.

200 days ago I barley had the energy to walk a block. Now I get 30-60 minutes of exercise in each day. It may be walking or biking or swimming and I have recently added low weight strength training.

I gave myself a year to lose 60lbs and I did it in 200 days. I will take the rest of this year and life to continue to get in better shape. I have lost 11 inches off my waist alone and went from a size 40 jeans that were tight to a 34 jeans and needing a belt.

How did I do it? by slowly adding exercise into my routine, but more importantly by changing my diet. I have cut out most of the processed crap that comes in a box. I have increased my fruits and vegetables and eat sensibly.

I feel 20 years younger and am now in the best shape of my life.

Have a great day everyone and don’t be afraid to make small changes towards a better life.

Here are a few before and after shots

Day 12

 Day 12

Day 200

Day 200

Day 12

Day 12

Day 200

Day 200

No Excuses

This 60lbs of potatoes represents what I used to be carrying on my body. It’s crazy when you look at it that way. no wonder I was so tired.
Day 200


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39 Comments

  1. Speechless. Proud. Relieved. What a great write up demonstrating the differences of then and now-200. You had the chance at 2nd life and you took it.

    I am so proud to say “Hey…I KNOW that guy!!!” You absolutely rock my friend.
    Jerry

  2. Brian what a transformation! I’m so happy for you, you put in the work and it payed off. Congrats!!!

  3. Andrea Coxford

    That is amazing … the pictures tell it all … WOW! You are my inspiration to continue the healthy changes that I have made this year! Congratulations, my friend!

    Andrea

  4. Beth Phelps-Lambert

    Wow Brian . . . congratulations! So wonderful to see such a happy outcome to your story. Keep on Keepin’ On!

  5. Linda Duncan

    Brian; you are so inspiring! I love the demonstration of the 60lbs of potatoes! I have been looking at the Fat, Sick and nearly Dead site for awhile now. Gonna have to jump on board!

  6. Diane Cotter

    Sweet Baby Jesus in the Manger ……that’s freakin’ awesome Brian. So proud and happy for you. 😀

  7. Like everyone else, I’m speechless as well! I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that you have made these changes in your life….it takes courage, and determination, and you sir have lots of both. Don’t stop now, this new life of yours is just beginning!

  8. Joey Garces

    Awesome job

  9. Joleen lapointe

    WOW! I am so proud of you cousin! You have set and accomplished a goal that most people give up! Continue your journey. You are doing and look absolutely fabulous! And good for you to blog about this to try and help others! Congrats cuz! Keep it up:) xo

  10. Wow that’s freaking amazin’ Best regards! MFP Hutchin88

  11. Melisa

    What did you eat? Can you give me a general week run down.

    • Melisa if you want to email me I can send you some more info but most days for breakfast I will have 3/4cup(prepared) steel cut oats with 1/2 cup of berries, cinnamon and almonds. I also do eggs with spinach or a green smoothie. those seems to be my 3 go to breakfast meals to start the day.

      I hope that helps 🙂

  12. Suzanne

    You are an inspiration my friend! Continued health and happiness!

  13. Jason Hamilton

    Brian – Heart surgeries, broken legs, diabetes, vertigo, – You have been hit with some serious set backs. Laying in bed last year with the weight of all these issues it seemed like a distant fantasy ever regaining a quality of life you have today. Let alone coming back and being in better shape then all your friends. You have really reached down and forced a second chance at a new life free of the health limitations you have been dealt. This is the best I have ever seen you look in the 35 years knowing you. – Congratulations on survival when grim, the new life you have a head and the inspiration you have given everyone!

  14. Mildred

    Brian, you did a great job in your journey. It inspired me to continue my journey.

  15. It’s been awesome to see your posts on facebook becoming more and more packed with energy over these last 200 days, Brian!

    Great achievement that you definitely can be proud of!

  16. Terry Roy

    Brian I met you after your last heart surgery on a photo walk. So I have not know you all that long. But what I do know is you are an amazing man. You come from fighting for your life to a road to recovery and improvement. You are an inspiration to anyone who has struggled to overcome anything. It is awesome that you are dedicated to your own well being. You took the challenge and are a successful at your goal. CONGRATULATIONS BRIAN. You are also a great friend who I’m so happy for. You lived some of your dreams this summer. I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more than you. Keep on getting better Brian. Thank you for our friendship

    Terry

  17. Maryline CARRIER

    Hi Brian, first (please accept my apologies for my english > I’m french).
    Congratulations for your lost of weight !!
    even if you were sick it had been hard to start and keep straight to your goal.
    I have seen the film “fat, sick and nearly dead” for one year now. I was immediately convinced that juicing will be the correct thing to do not to be sick anymore, it takes me 6 month to spare the money to by a juicer. Then I tried few juices but I disgust all of them so I fall. I try again 3 months later with receipts found on internet, but it tested also not good. ( I have to precise that I’m allergic to apple so, I can not use apple in receipt or my throat becomes big and I cannot breath anymore).
    Today I’m decided to start even if I dislike the taste of my juices, but I don’t know how to start without falling.
    Could you please tell me more about your experience.Thank you very much.

    • If you can’t juice maybe try green smoothies or calorie counting. there are many ways to get to your goal. The big thing is being conscious of what you are eating each day. If you have a bad day don’t give up. Make the next meal a better one.. Don’t think of it as a diet or you won’t stick with it. It has to become a lifestyle change. Make small changes daily and build on that.

      Here is a simple recipe for a green smoothie that I have made. It’s on 250 calories

      1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
      1/4 avocado (you can freeze them)
      1 cup water
      1 tsp cinnamon
      1 tbsp hemp hearts
      1 tbsp ground flaxseed
      hand full of spinach or other greens
      3 inches cucumber peel on
      1 tsp turmeric
      6 florets of broccoli

      this is what I have made before but don’t be afraid to experiment to see what you like. Try cutting out processed foods as you go and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables

      • Maryline CARRIER

        Thank you very much for your answer and your advices. I’ll try calories counting and smoothie. I’ll let you know when/if I’ll get my goal.
        m(^_^)m

  18. Wow, Congratulations!! That’s a great visual too
    Thank you for sharing your story!

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