Jess “TooBIG” Perreca Jr. talks about his involvement with Personal Trainer Food and his 2 month weight loss of 60lbs on the program. Jess goes in depth about the program and what it means to him to be blessed with a sponsorship from the Personal Trainer Food Family.
Personal Trainer Food Month 2
I’m proud and ecstatic to let everyone know that Personal Trainer Food is sponsoring me again for a 2nd month of their weight loss program. This company is truly amazing, class act and truly want to see me succeed. The Program as I’ve stated before just fit me and my busy lifestyle. Always being not he go I don’t have to worry about not eating healthy. Food Prep is simple I just choose what I’m going to eat. Pop it in the microwave and boom! Great tasting food in less than 3 min. I know I sound like a commercial for them but I have to admit if the food sucked or if I got bored eating the food I wouldn’t have even last the first 28 days. I want this relationship to continue with them and as I build success it success for both of us. So stay tuned on my journey as PTF is truly going to be a part of it. I have my first official weigh in on the program on Sunday and I’ll pop in for a quick post to let you all know my results. You’ll want to check in trust me. I’m also going to show a secret on Sunday as well but some of you investigators might find it before then….lol
Being a part of the Personal Trainer Food Weight loss Program family has been a blessing. I’ve even been hooked up with a Personal Trainer Food coach (Mike) I have to thank him too as he’s been a pleasure to talk to and I’m always excited for his call each week to let him know just how pumped and awesome I feel.
Sunday will be a good day and I still have a few days to lose a few more.
Catch you all back here on Sunday….
So 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
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.
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.
— PersonalTrainerFood (@TrainerFood) January 8, 2016
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.
I’ve been working hard as of these last few months in my weight loss journey. Below is my weight loss journey Documentary video. This is just the beginging of whats to come in the future to my blog and my YouTube channel. Please click the video link above and sub to my YouTube. in all my previous attempts and weight loss, I was one to just talk and tell my story. My goal this time around is to show you all the hard work and dedication i’m putting in. Thanks goes out to my PT, Ryan for putting this together. Stay Tuned as there’s more to come.
Back when I started this Weight Loss Journey on March 3rd 2014, I didn’t think I could last posting only a monthly weigh in. I am what you call a scale whore. I’m always weighing myself daily if a scale is around. It’s a good and a bad thing all at the same time. The first two months on this Weight Loss Journey, I was dropping big time weight. Just look at my numbers here. I also had an issue where the scale that was being used was not correct and my friends at Old Will Knot Scales hooked me up with a new better scale for my results. The reason I knew the scale was off was that when I had a BIA test done about a month ago, I weighed in on a medical scale at Total Health Systems and found that when i thought I had already lost like 93lbs was actually not the case. I didn’t let it bother me too much. I mean 100lbs in 2 months after I had thought I lost 75 in the first was not that hard to carry out. It didn’t really turn out that way. I didn’t really lost the 75 like I had thought. Today was my 3 month/90 day weigh in and the numbers are below. I’m very happy where I’m at and am looking at hitting my 1st goal of 10olbs down with next months weigh in. If you would have told me that I would lose 100lbs in 4 months, I would have said you’re crazy. I’m working hard on this guys. I’m doing the best that I can and the best I’ve ever done. My goal from here on out is to lose 15lbs a month and anymore is a bonus. I want to get to my goal weight in 2 years or less. I want to get to around 250-275 and then work on really figuring out what I want to do at that point. No Sugar No Grains has changed my life. Garage Muscle & Ryan my personal trainer have changed my life and when I look in the mirror, I can finally tell myself “hey you’re changing your life and keep it up.”
Start 568.5 March 3rd 2014
3 month weigh in: 481.8
Monthly Loss : 18.8
Total 3 month loss -86.7
Only 13.3lbs away from 1st 100
I’ve had more of them bad then good. I have been known in my past weight loss journey to be the constant one to abandon any type of success that I get. I’ve also been known to use the excuse that life just gets in the way.
I have a history with losing weight. One that stems to the good old fashion shake diets to the fad diets to the commercial diets. There’s a few that I’ve passed on but most of them I’ve dabbled in from time to time. Trying to tweak and find what works for me.
A few years ago I would be introduced by Jessica Gottlieb (Professional Mommy Blogger) to Vinnie Tortorich (Celebrity Trainer) who preaches No Sugar No Grains on his Podcast. I talked about my struggles with my weight and how it affected my life and how I wanted change. He and his Co-host Anna Vocino both new that what I was doing wasn’t going to work. To be honest so did I but I wasn’t ready.
Fast forward a few years later to present. I can now admit that I have found what works for me and what my body has agreed with. On March 3rd 2014, I turned to the No Sugar No Grains lifestyle. I hit it hard and in addition to that my friend from high school Ryan Spiteri who owns in own gym in Madison Height, MI called Garage Muscle Athletic Group reached out and stated that he wanted to help save my life. I decided the time was good as any to change my lifestyle.
It’s hard for me to sit and type this cause from my perspective it seems like Déjà vu all over again. Jess loses a lot of weight, falls off the wagon, and gains it all back plus some.
I’m not perfect by any means. This is however my comeback, this is my weight loss journey and I feel better than ever about the choices I’ve made and the process I took to do get here.
I didn’t think that my weight loss journey was ever really going to succeed until I had something to offer to the community and people that look at me for support in their own journey. I never took success seriously. I wanted the story without writing the book.
I always tried to do this for someone else or something else. Never for myself. I tried to make my main focus and motivation on something or someone else instead of myself. I went about it all wrong. I’m being very selfish this time around and if that means sacrifices with my family and friends because working out is more important or eating right to me is now more important than that’s the approach I have to take.
This is a journey and one that I’m finally doing for myself. The reward will be a longer and healthier life with my wife and family. Success that I always knew with the right tools I could carry out and finally the determination to not quit or give up.
To date I’ve lost roughly 75+lbs since March 3rd with another weight check in on the 31st. I’ll be updating the site with more results.
I’ve learned so much about myself and what I never really thought I could do in the past couple of months and I thank the people involved for giving me the tools to do so.
I always said I would be back and after taking a year off from blogging, I can finally say that I’m back. back to contribute to the weight loss community
I now live by my own quote
“Stop Making Life Your Excuse, Make Life Your Reason”
Unbelievable again to the sponsors of this years FitBloggin. The swag was out of this world. My highlight really of the trip was the McCormick trip and I wasn’t originally signed up for it. They treated us like kings and queens and they need to be recognized for it.
Reebok: Another huge sponsor this year and gave us a free pair of shoes from their Real Flex product line (I forgot to add them in the pic)
Egglands Best: I absolutely love their eggs and they do all the work for you with their already peeled eggs.
Popchips: Back again this year with the crazy outfits and pics. Their new line of tortilla chips are awesome and the sweet potato chips are the best.
Attune foods: Also back again and once again one of my faves.
All the sponsors were absolutely great and so generous with the free handouts this year. I had to get creative packing to come home.
Stay tuned as in the next few days I’ll be doing a special smaller swag bag giveaway for a lucky person that couldn’t be at this years conference
Sometimes when you start believing in yourself then others follow. Sometimes you just connect with people who truly genuinely care about you and want to help out.
That's where Old Will Knott Scales comes in. As all of you know it's hard to find scales that go up to 500/550
Their site has it all. They even have doctors type scales or the ones that I remember seeing in the gyms/weight-rooms of your local high school or local gyms that go up to 500lbs. I need to get me one of those at some point. I know I'll never need a scale that goes up that high ever again but I do and always need a scale.
I've gone through plenty of them and they always seem to break. I try to save money & I spend less. I guess you get what you pay for. When I was looking for another scale I came across the Old Will Knott Scales and instantly fell in love. Their selection is like no other and their scale finder is one that I've not seen any other site offer.
This leads me back to the beginning of this post where some people even strangers will support you and all you have to do is ask for help sometimes for someone to reach out.
I sent Old Will Knott an email letting them know of my journey and seeing if they would be interested in sponsoring my journey.
The email I received back was one of true support one that showed me they cared and wanted to Help. It was personal and not just yeah sure well help or sure but you have to do this, this & this. It was geniune and real. It simply made me smie.
They offered to send me a scale to help monitor my weight loss & are giving me thier full support on my journey.
I am very thankful to have them as part of my team. If and when your in the market to pick up a new scale, please go through them knowing that they back your journey just the same.
Thanks Will & The Staff @ Old Will Knott Scales. It's greatly appreciated.