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All right fat boys... Lets discuss a HUGE (no pun) Concealed Carry Issue... Are you tired of nobody taking you very seriously as a "fighter" and "sheep dog" because you are fat? Don't you just hate when fit guys opine that you'd be better off using a treadmill as the next best piece of equipment you could use to make you better at being a defensive carrier.

You know something... They are right!!! You will be a LOT better off giving yourself enough self respect to use the self discipline you have within you to better yourself for those around you. You know what else? I'm saying this to myself.

I'm a fat guy.

A couple years ago, I lost 100 pounds through diet and exercise but I've gained most of it back. Went right back to my old eating habits. My family deserves better. If I'm standing next to your wife (husband) during the next bank we happen to be standing in when it gets robbed, wouldn't you want the best of me to be there should I choose to fight? There is a reason fit tests are required for all law and military enforcement.

Lets do this together.

I chewed Copenhagen for 20 years and quit cold turkey with a full can in my pocket. Haven't touched nicotine since January 1 2012. I'm an alcoholic. Used to drink 1/2 gallon of Whiskey (Canadian. Americans never did figure out a good recipe) every 2 or three days, every day for 12 years. I quit that cold turkey March 1 of 2015. I'll never touch alcohol again. I have the will power and strength. I just have to put it toward diet and exercise.

Here is current fat boy Todd. This picture was actually circa 2015 but I only look 5 years older. Every bit as ugly and fat today as this picture.



Here is me in 2016



It does suck that I let myself go again but the only thing I can do is fix tomorrow. I have no room to talk. I just want better for my girls, better for me, and better for those around me. I won't be posting and boring you all with a lot of updates, but any one of you feel free to P.M. me with a kick to the nuts to help make sure I'm doing my part.

Thanks and good luck,

Todd
 

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You can do it. You've done it twice already. Just gotta make the decision to be stronger than your weakness.

It seems to me I smoked forever. Heavily at times. Four years now or going on four years smokeless. I figured I was going to feel pretty stupid if I died from something I didn't have to die from. All that money spent up in smoke and then spent again, up in smoke trying to stay alive. Good grief, dying might be tough without beating myself up over it. So I quit. Bought myself a few more years.
I liked smoking.
 

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Ex-really fatman now just fatman here. Down from well over 300 to 240. Can do without the cake and ice cream. A good drink is my downfall. It's a work in progress.
 

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Almost everyone who "goes on a diet" will regain every bit of what they lost, plus usually some more. This is fact.

OK: Technically the word Diet means a list of what you eat and drink. But it has come to mean a temporary loss of most of the things you really enjoy eating and a list of foods and beverages that you are not fond of (or hate?). How awful!

What you need to do is find whatever food-lifestyle plan that is right for you personally and make a commitment: Like an old fashioned marriage vow, not the temporary ones of current society.

Where do I get the right to lecture y'all like this? For most of my life I was a yo-yo dieter, until I got so sick that I actually was dying. Then I finally got to the place where I tried a plan my neighbor had been trying for two years to get me to "do." This is not a diet, but a way to eat right for ME! And I lost the weight but most important, I regained my health. And the weight has stayed off for over 12 years so far. I no longer even want to eat (most of) what made me fat all those former years! In fact, a lot of things I used to love now make me almost gag when I think about them! I am not bereft of foods I love: I have found substitutes that are every bit as delicious and satisfying. It takes study and dedication, but YOU CAN DO IT ALSO!!!!
 

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Almost everyone who "goes on a diet" will regain every bit of what they lost, plus usually some more. This is fact.

OK: Technically the word Diet means a list of what you eat and drink. But it has come to mean a temporary loss of most of the things you really enjoy eating and a list of foods and beverages that you are not fond of (or hate?). How awful!

What you need to do is find whatever food-lifestyle plan that is right for you personally and make a commitment: Like an old fashioned marriage vow, not the temporary ones of current society.

Where do I get the right to lecture y'all like this? For most of my life I was a yo-yo dieter, until I got so sick that I actually was dying. Then I finally got to the place where I tried a plan my neighbor had been trying for two years to get me to "do." This is not a diet, but a way to eat right for ME! And I lost the weight but most important, I regained my health. And the weight has stayed off for over 12 years so far. I no longer even want to eat (most of) what made me fat all those former years! In fact, a lot of things I used to love now make me almost gag when I think about them! I am not bereft of foods I love: I have found substitutes that are every bit as delicious and satisfying. It takes study and dedication, but YOU CAN DO IT ALSO!!!!
I didn't go on a diet, either. I changed my diet. Then I added exercise. Twenty-one months later, the weight is still coming off.
 

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Ex-fat man here. Weight loss is very doable.
With no judgement toward our very fine, caloric-gifted forum family members, I concur, Mike. That said, I'm always enthusiastically inclined to be a member of a support team. As a former smoker and a former overweight human, good habits are our friends (and so are we).
 

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I wouldn't want to fight a big man, that's a lot of weight he can throw around. I've seen what a big guy can do if he uses his weight to his advantage, it was devastating for the skinny guy that underestimated the big guy.

Not saying you shouldn't lose weight.

Congratulations on quitting drinking. My mom drank herself to death, we tried but we couldn't get her to quit.
 

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90CBAF93-3299-47CA-BF2C-A9331F682F06.jpeg I was 365 in the first pic, (I’ll never cut my beard off again, and as cool as a mustache is, they are’t cool on me).
D479CEB5-06DC-4D57-A072-EFD4C48D3E17.jpeg (orange flannel) I lost about 90#’s before I started to put muscle weight on; can’t go by the scale anymore.

No, no one ever questioned my fighting capabilities, I’m typically in the tippy top end of the classes attend and am often called on to demonstrate a training iteration for the class.

I carried a fighting sized gun AIWB exclusively the entire time, G19 or 17.

If someone wants to underestimate me I will be thrilled to take advantage of that; I do not fight fairly anyway. I’m still fat, but way closer to where I need to be, about 40 or so more to go now.
 

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At 6" and 240 my doc says I'm obese. I feel normal and don't feel overweight. I could lose 20 lbs and feel good but last time I was down to 200 lbs I had people asking me if I was OK.
They'd ask if everything was going OK and if I was sure I didn't have the Big C.................
 

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Thank you all, and awesome job!

I’ve always been a real healthy fat guy. I’m a region champ and state placer wrestler in high school. I’m not on any meds, no high blood pressure. Just healthy as a fat horse. But that’s going to change one of these days if I don’t get a hold of it. I hike a lot. I hunt a lot. I’ve always wheezed into areas most people won’t go let alone fat people because that is where the elk like to hang out. And I’ve been in some serious dust ups and have managed to come out on top. Back in 2013, I was buying a jug of whiskey at the local liquor store when I whatched two pipe liners violently attack a senior citizen for no reason. I just followed them really mad just trying to be a good whiteness so they wouldn’t get away when they decided to attack me. I was just getting off work and wasn’t carrying. I’m thankful I wasn’t because I would have started shooting when I took the steel toe boot to the head while I was severely laying on a beating to the main offender. I went from pissed to life threatened pissed after that and both their heads ended up being bounced off the pavement. The main offender spent the night in the hospital out of the deal and I guarantee he can feel the storms coming in his left shoulder. It was a bad deal and they both ended up with violent felonious records. I got a phone call from the county sheriff and town C.O.P. thanking me for standing up for the senior. Point being, definitely don’t attack fat guys. Especially fairly athletic ones. But I definitely need to figure out a lifestyle that is more conducive to being alive for a while longer. I have 3 daughters, 9, 7 and 2.. I want to be there for them.

I’m motivated by your success stories and words of encouragement. Thank you.

Todd
 

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At 6" and 240 my doc says I'm obese. I feel normal and don't feel overweight. I could lose 20 lbs and feel good but last time I was down to 200 lbs I had people asking me if I was OK.
They'd ask if everything was going OK and if I was sure I didn't have the Big C.................
Take your doc's definitions with a grain of salt. Standard measures such as BMI (body mass index) make NO allowance for body shape (somatotype). I'm mesomorphic with a 48" chest and 35" waist - try buying a suit off the rack with those dimensions! But when I was over 200 pounds, I got the tsk-tsk from the doc with the admonition that I was obese. Now closing fast on 70 and at 195 I get the "nice work, you're not obese" message. I don't think he ever looked at me big-picture wise but instead just went by "standard" advice.
 

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Take your doc's definitions with a grain of salt. Standard measures such as BMI (body mass index) make NO allowance for body shape (somatotype). I'm mesomorphic with a 48" chest and 35" waist - try buying a suit off the rack with those dimensions! But when I was over 200 pounds, I got the tsk-tsk from the doc with the admonition that I was obese. Now closing fast on 70 and at 195 I get the "nice work, you're not obese" message. I don't think he ever looked at me big-picture wise but instead just went by "standard" advice.
Totally true. Maybe 12 years ago I was running a lot of 5k’s, I weighed 210 which is obese on the chart for a 6’2” male, there was no fat on me and people constantly asked if I was sick.
 

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...And speaking of "a grain of salt," if you want to lose weight, reduce your sodium (i.e., salt) intake.

Due to a minor heart issue, my cardiologist and my GP conspired to put me on a low-sodium regimen, and my wife is aiding and abetting them (and me).
Sodium helps you to retain fluids in your body tissues. If you reduce your sodium intake, you will lose some amount of body-tissue fluids.
If you lose fluids, you will lose weight and bulk.

My wife keeps track of my daily sodium intake, and with her help we are able to keep it down to below 2,000mg. (That's about one teaspoon of salt.) Usually, I can keep it below 1,500mg.
The result is that I have lost 30 pounds in about two months. I've gone from 220 pounds to between 185 and 190. (That's fully dressed and armed!)

Every so often, I go on a small binge: I've gotten intake up to 2,700mg of sodium in one day. But I make up for it by cutting back for a couple of days immediately afterwards.

No barbecue. No "fast foods." No Japanese food. No Korean food. Very limited Chinese food (a dish of sweet-and-sour meat and vegetables is OK). Most store-bought salad dressings are out. One slice of bread a day. No bagels.
Read the labels. Do the arithmetic to find out how much sodium you're taking in. Keep a record: A helper is good, to keep you honest.

Keep in mind: It works. So learn new habits.
 

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...And speaking of "a grain of salt," if you want to lose weight, reduce your sodium (i.e., salt) intake.

Due to a minor heart issue, my cardiologist and my GP conspired to put me on a low-sodium regimen, and my wife is aiding and abetting them (and me).
Sodium helps you to retain fluids in your body tissues. If you reduce your sodium intake, you will lose some amount of body-tissue fluids.
If you lose fluids, you will lose weight and bulk.

My wife keeps track of my daily sodium intake, and with her help we are able to keep it down to below 2,000mg. (That's about one teaspoon of salt.) Usually, I can keep it below 1,500mg.
The result is that I have lost 30 pounds in about two months. I've gone from 220 pounds to between 185 and 190. (That's fully dressed and armed!)

Every so often, I go on a small binge: I've gotten intake up to 2,700mg of sodium in one day. But I make up for it by cutting back for a couple of days immediately afterwards.

No barbecue. No "fast foods." No Japanese food. No Korean food. Very limited Chinese food (a dish of sweet-and-sour meat and vegetables is OK). Most store-bought salad dressings are out. One slice of bread a day. No bagels.
Read the labels. Do the arithmetic to find out how much sodium you're taking in. Keep a record: A helper is good, to keep you honest.

Keep in mind: It works. So learn new habits.
^^^This was pretty much the same result for me!^^^ I learned in Cardiac Rehab the salt is evil in many ways that we don't realize! People who are diabetic should also be low salt/ no salt which will worsen their diabetic problems. (I am not diabetic.)
 
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