Back on The NSNG Podcast 

Real quick update post. Back on the NSNG podcast with Vinnie & Anna 

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Extreme Weight Loss

Extreme Weight LossSo I was looking at some past archives of email and stumbled across this one dated 3/16/12 and came across an email from the casting crew @ Extreme Weight Loss

We just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for applying for Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.  At this time all of our finalists have been notified.  We wish you the BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY…WITH OR WITHOUT CHRIS’ GUIDANCE, with one small change each day moving forward, you can succeed in meeting your goals – YOU ARE WORTH IT! 
Thanks again for everything!
The EMWLE Casting Team

I remember this night. I was with a friend of mine at a local bar watching the Michigan State Spartans in the national Championship for NCAAB. I was a nervous wreck. I was constantly looking at my phone or looking to see if a new email came in because I was in the final stages of the Casting Process for Extreme Weight Loss TV Show. I had gone through the open casting process and then moved on from round to round. That night I would have a huge set of emotions that I really don’t think I’ll ever be able to truly explain. It made me psst. I blogged about it. Not an extreme bashing of the show but I was just mad at the process. I had tried again the following year and made it to call backs again but didn’t hear anything after that.

I was devastated. I was looking at This show but more importantly Chris Powell as filling the void of a past mentor.

You see when I was younger I had a person that wanted to help me, not just me but many others. His name “Larry Coker” Larry had lost a significant amount of weight and I mean a significant amount. He wanted to do good and I believe his intentions were good. He mentored a bunch of us kids that were young and obese. Them fame set in. A possible radio gig and a book deal was looming and Larry stopped showing up to weekly meetings. We’re all on the news, when on Kelly & Company (local Detroit TV Talk Show) Us kids were really involved in this. We had no idea of his motives at the time.

I had lost about 70lbs and was getting noticed by my peers in school, I was moving faster and able to do more things on the ball field, baseball was and will always be my love. Bust when he stopped showing up there was nothing else that could feel the void.

I believe I still hold this grudge after all this time. Why? There was never an apology. He had to have others say sorry Larry had other obligations and couldn’t make this weeks meeting. In fact I don’t even know what happened to him and for some reason often times I wonder.

The reason I’m saying all this is. I feel some of this contributes to my weight. I’m afraid of success because I don’t want to be “Larry Coker”

I can lose weight. I’ve proven that to myself many times, but when I start reaching and coming close to goals that lead to a form of success, I bounce. I sabotage the thing. Kinda like what was done to me when I was younger.

Now some of you will say “Jess, You’re full of shit” “All of this is inside your head.” My rebuttal to that is you’re right. This is in my head. As much as there are things in others heads that cause them to be alcoholics, or addicted to drugs. It’s a disease. Let’s not get obesity twisted. However I do have the choice to fix it.

I’ve never been able to rise above this. It’s a constant struggle. I have plans that I will be the mentor that this man could not be. Giving the opportunity I will help kids looking for an answer, I will help people, I will not give up on them. It’s too important.

This post is my promise that when I become the success story instead of the statistic, I will be in anyone’s corner that needs me. Present time as well.


Personal Trainer Food – Week One

Personal Trainer Food - Week One

Personal Trainer Food – Week One

I have to admit. I do very well with structure. I do well with a plan and not when I have to plan in the moment when it comes to food. That’s why I have fallen in love with Personal Trainer Food in just one week. There’s been a lot of times in the past that I’ve thought I found something that would work and I will admit a lot of the times I vanished from the scene of the crime and a lot of the damage was done on my own doing. I couldn’t sustain shakes. I sustained #NSNG (No Sugar No Grains) but found myself in a predicament when my work schedule and routine changed over a year ago when I started The job at Stewart. This however is real food. Real food that I get to eat. Not processed. When this 50lb boxed of food showed up I felt overwhelmed and I thought what did I get myself into. Now I look at it like this is what 28 days of food is supposed to look like. Then I imagined 28 days divided by 7 days divided by 2-3 pizza’s a week and the rest of the days finding something to eat and not only sabotaging myself but also my wife and family. Personal Trainer Food gives me more flexibility than I could have ever hoped for. It has been my routine and it has been my fuel (literary)

Personal Trainer food makes really good food. I think that’s why I’m stoked about this journey. If I didn’t like the food, you all know I would be the first person to tell you. When it comes to my opinion and my review on something they’re my own. I do not sugar coat anything. Class example is that shake thing I was doing. I’m very honest and this company is class act in the only short one week period that make me feel wanted and appreciated and they genuinely want to see me succeed and I want nothing more to succeed with them.

As I mentioned in a earlier post. I’m sticking to my guns and will not show my weight loss till the month has passed and going forward I will be doing monthly weigh ins. I’ve also added a Starting pic from Xmas showing me at the 561lbs mark and will upload progress pics as I see fit.

My wife, work, friends, family are all supportive of this full effort to really preaching my motto. I mean I put it on a t-shirt didn’t I. Life will always give you hurdles and obstacles that you have to maneuver around. Over, under & so on. Instead of crying about it. Do something about it. Get mad. I’m mad, Because all those pains and issues should be the reason not the excuse for why you’re doing what you do.

I ask that all of you really follow me on this one. Check in with me. Ask me how I’m doing. My mind is good now. As I talk about things going forward on this journey, I’m going to get personal with myself.

A lot of people think that it can be so easy to lose the weight and I think a lot of those people are the ones that never had to face 561lbs in the mirror. I have monsters hidden that no one or only very few even know about. So forgive me if in my posts in the future I bring up some of my past. I’m only doing it to help me and make those around me understand what it’s truly like being me. I’ll let you step in my shoes but you’ll never fill them.

Happy Holiday’s

happy holiday'sJust wanted to post real quick Happy Holiday’s to everyone and  that Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays. Spending time with family & good friends is good for the soul. The girls had a great Christmas and We enjoyed spending the day with Amy’s (Wife) family. Looking forward to getting together with my side of the family next weekend.

I’m looking forward to next year and what the new year brings. I’ve made a decision to attend FitBloggin this year where I haven’t been the past 2 conferences. I’m also looking forward to jumping on the Personal Trainer Food Recon Program and my food should be here a week from today. Stay tuned to that as I’ll be documenting the whole process and giving you all my thoughts. I really think it’s going to kick-start my routine.

Everyone knows I can lose weight even myself. I’ve done it time and time again. My issue is that when success hits I find an excuse to ruin all my hard work. My goal for 2016 is to learn someway some how to fight through that. FitBloggin is 7 months away and my goal is to be 399lbs when that time arrives. I won’t say my current weight just yet as I’m putting all that together for PTF Recon program and tracking my progress.

I wish everyone a very happy holiday and an exciting new year.

Giveaway of Gear & New News

Wow, this all seems foreign to me. Where have I been? Have you still been losing the weight? What happened?

These are all valid questions and I will answer them best I can and then get into some positive new news.

I’ve been around and quite. I was in the thick of things as far as #NSNG and was rocking when I took a nose dive when my job changed and log hours and bad habits creeped back in on me. Along with the stress came a layoff and that sparked another dive. So quick answer, I’ve not been losing weight. In fact I’ve gained all my hard work back and some. I haven’t been at the gym and I’ve been killing myself again with the food and choices I’ve been making.

Now comes some positive news. I’ve landed prob the best job I could have asked for. 2 months in I got promoted and it really feels like a family and home. Homelife is good as well. I’m really enjoying life at the moment with the exception of my health. I recently had some nerve damage in my left leg that all I can compare it to is imagine your thigh being asleep and tingling for 24 hours. This has died down and same as always the doctor advised me to lose weight.

Now comes present right now at this moment. I was approached by the company Personal Trainer Food to join their RECON program. Link in my sidebar. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. A program with all ready prepared food that is #NSNG approved. I’ve checked the meal plan and it rocks! Food I like and they take the guess work out of making the food. I’m an on the fly kind of guy and this program matches that lifestyle. I’m ecstatic with the partnership with Personal Trainer Food and will be documenting my journey on their program and providing updates. Please check them out and if interested they’re giving all my readers a 75$ discount on the program for the whole month of January. So stay tuned for updates.

I’ve also spoken with Vinnie & Anna again and that Podcast should be up in a few days and I’m back to blogging again. All very good things. It does feel good to be back. Gear Giveaway Gear Giveaway

Now on to some goodies. I want to giveaway a a few Gear shirts to some of my loyal readers And its as easy and leaving a comment on this post. Even if you’re a new addition to my blog everyone is included. On Monday night I’ll post a few winners. I’m also giving away a few shirts on my Periscope as well @ Around 2PM today EST so stay tuned to that as it;s right around the corner.

Thank you all for your continued support and let’s make this a year to remember.

Is this thing still on?

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New Job, Stress, & Getting Back On Track

So to give everyone a much needed update. It’s been awhile and I feel awful about it. I’ve taken a new job with a new company. After a long 9+ years with the same company, I’ve decided that it was time to move on. I had to do what was best for me and most importantly for my family.

I’ve been working a lot lately and the stress levels have made it difficult for me to stay totally on track. As much as I try to preach my quote” Stop making life the excuse, make life the reason” it can be followed all the time with some exceptions. We’re all human and there’s just times that if not totally 100% perfect, you still have to remember what’s important.

I worked a total of 112 hours in about 7 days. Yes you read that correctly. with driving back and forth to work, stopping for a break here and there and to eat and not always the best choices it didn’t leave much room for quality sleep if any at all.

The gym routine that I’ve been so passionate about has been put on the back burner because of this too. But this is only temporary and then it’s back to what this blog is all about & what this mission is all about.

I had a moment when I wasn’t sure that I made the right decision, I have to admit it was only a moment. It was out of pure frustration, I kept my composure and knew that the people that put me in the position I was in at that moment needed me. I wasn’t going to let them down. It’s not what I’m about. I didn’t let life get in the way, I didn’t make life the excuse to up and quit right then and there.

That my friends is progress in it’s own, and for that I’m very proud.

Learning more and more about yourself in a journey like this make all the hurdles more important.

more to come. Hope everyone had a safe and exciting 4th.


Help Me Help You – Have I ever Helped You?

I got a trolling email from someone about a week ago were they were talking themselves up stating how many people they’ve helped in the weight loss community and asked me who have I ever helped? Have I ever Helped You? I’m not here to say that I have this amazing Army, but I do know just how much all of you have helped me along in this journey and I honestly thought to myself, have I ever helped you. Please rate, comment, subscribe, and re share this video on Twitter & Your Facebook pages. Let me know just how much I’ve helped you as much as you have helped me.
Thank you to all of you that have ever helped me along they way and showed your support. It really means a lot to me.

Help Me Help You – Have I ever Helped You?

The Scale Doesn’t Lie Vlog Post 3/2/13

Well as you’ll see in this video, I gained since the last The Scale Doesn’t lie Vlog Post. I’m not proud of it but it’s all part of the process. I made some bad choices well knowing in advance what I was doing. They weren’t the wrong choices as there is no right or wrong in this it’s learning how to be consistent. I didn’t resort back to bad habits as far as binge eating or overeating it’s just my meals were not the best.

I’ve since corrected this and now I’ve been heading back in the gym to really kick into gear my total body transformation. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again. 2013 Is my year and “Nothing Works, Unless You Do”

the scale doesn't lie

Last Week: 448.0

This Week: 453.0 + 5lbs Total lost 70.0lbs

All Weigh-Ins Sponsored By Old Will Knott Scales

Signed On With RPM Networks Maker Studios

rpm networks maker studiosHey all, Taking the weekend off from posting and doing a video this week. I’ll catch up next week with you all. super busy and things are jumping with my me & my youtube channel.

To fill you all in a bit. I have signed a one year contract with RPM Networks Maker Studios. Yeah the Guys that bring you all the videos from ShayCarl, Kassem G, Lisa Nova, HimRawn,

Those are just some of my favs. I’m small peanuts and not even on the same block, let alone neighborhood as those guys but they did see something in my as far as the weight loss community goes and want to help me reach more people on my journey.

So check out RPM network & Maker Studios rpm networks maker studios

This means a lot better content from my channel, better branding of the channel and better overall quality.

I’m also going to be getting myself back in the gym full-time and kicking some major ass and hope to bring the camera with me to show you all of it.

This blog may switch to mostly videos but from time to time I’ll also be posting content. I’m serious about documenting this journey everyone.

Only good things to come. Stay tuned. Go Subscribe to my Channel.