Fight4Phat: Looking back while fighting forward


It’s been a slow week on purpose — well — for a couple of reasons. And, it’s all been on purpose actually. One, I needed to give my body a rest from the strict diet. Don’t worry I am not binge eating Skittles and Rockstars instead — I’m just following a less strict version of last month’s diet plan.

Then, secondly, I am preparing for my run this weekend. I am running my first ultra marathon — the Antelope Island 50K — here in Utah. I want my legs to be fresh come Saturday morning — and I don’t want my body going into the run starved or too calorie deficient. I’ve got a freaking 50K to run!

But, that doesn’t mean it’s been a bad week. Actually, it’s been pretty good. This past week marked the sixth anniversary of me starting this little journey of mine. It’s hard calling it JUST a weight-loss or running journey — it’s a journey about life.

It’s also been a week of reflection — setting new goals — and looking toward the future. Both near and distant. Both running goals — life goals — spiritual goals — financial goals — etc., etc., etc.

Then again I do that a lot. It keeps things fresh and I feel like I am progressing forward. The last thing I want to do is feel like I am stagnant. I’ve done that too much in my life. That’s one reason why I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions and goals — well except counting my bananas for the year — I am at 824 as of today — I digress.

Goals and resolutions should be a year long practice. Every month, week and day brings something new — a new opportunity, a new challenge or a new adventure. How do you prepare and tackle those without resolution and goals?

Anyways — I feel like I am writing a post I should probably save until the first of the new year. So I should stop there.

But, right now, I am just excited about Saturday. That’s been the focus and understanding what I am about to do. I have some of the same thoughts and feelings I had when I ran my first marathon. There’s a lot of excitement going on — while a considerable amount of fear as well.

But, honestly, I love the mixture of both of those feelings. I miss it. I used to get that feeling before my races early on into my journey. Especially the marathons. Sadly, race starts have become somewhat routine so it’s harder for that feeling to manifest itself.

Don’t worry though — I’ll be feeling it a lot come Saturday. Hopefully it just won’t make me hurl.

I joke. But, not really.

Anyways — looking forward and excited for Saturday and beyond!



If case you missed it — yesterday was the sixth year anniversary of the beginning of my weight-loss journey. But, as I wrote yesterday the journey — really — hasn’t really been about the weight — as it’s been more about living life.

The weight has been a bi-product about how I’ve learned to love and respect myself.

Still, though, hard to believe it was six years ago that I made the decision to live MY life! Time flies!


The following is the progress of my 12 week program. During weeks 1-4 I am following my ‘fat flush’ plan that I wrote about earlier. I will discuss my plans for the remaining weeks in a couple of weeks. I am still formulating the plan with my trainer.

WEIGHT – 273.8 / 272.00 = -1.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2 / 24.0 = -6.2
BMI – 32.7 / 32.2 = -0.5
WAIST – 47.25″ / 46.5″ = 0.75″
ARMS – 18″ / 16.75″ = -1.25″
THIGHS – 27″ / 27″ = 0.00
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″


There are LOTS of numbers above, for me I like the simplicity of just seeing the progressive simply from week to week.

Here’s my weight-loss from week to week …

10/12/15 – 277.8 (N/A)
10/14/15 – 273.8 (-04.0)
10/21/15 – 272.0 (-05.8)
10/28/15 – 272.8 (-05.0)
11/05/15 – 272.2 (-05.6)
11/12/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/19/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/26/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/03/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/10/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/17/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/24/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/31/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)


No matter how far you are in the journey, it’s always good/fun/inspiring to look back at how far you’ve come.

Here are some classic pictures of Fat Josh —

Betty Whites Funeral 015
If you’re wondering — yes, this is a funeral I had for my parakeet. I was lucky enough to get a service in, mainly because my Mom wanted me to hurry and get it into the garbage before I stunk up the house. I promise my Mom has a heart.
Birthday 039
Me and my sister, Jess, on our birthday back in 2008. This actually might have been the highest I’ve ever weighed. Well beyond the 400lbs. threshold I reached in November 2009.
SUU Graduation 2009 088
My roommate and great friend — Jon — and I on graduation day at SUU. Don’t let my smile fool you — I wasn’t happy. It was actually one of the worst days of my life.


Yes, this is my quote. I won’t lie — I hate quoting myself — it seems a tad narcissistic, but I had a lot of positive comments about the quote from my post yesterday that I thought I’d make it into a meme.

It’s the best way to live life, right?



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