Back on Feb. 19, the Tallahassee Democrat revealed my column about three younger males sharing a weight loss journey.

Daniel, Kelly, and Gary had all suffered from years of weight problems. Luckily, all of them agreed to commit to a fitness and dietary plan for one full yr and to permit me to write about their progress. My expectation was that it will assist them with accountability, leading to extra motivation to obtain their weight loss objectives. 

Hopefully, it will even have a constructive impression on the group and assist others affected by the typically crippling influence of being morbidly overweight. 

Daniel, Kelly, and Gary had totally different causes for collaborating. Daniel, at occasions, felt unhappy and embarrassed. Kelly felt like he wanted to do every thing in his energy to keep away from having an enormous coronary heart assault. Gary desired to strengthen his again, knees, and hips so he might take part in additional actions together with his buddies.  

Weight loss and exercise might assist make all of this stuff potential. 

As I discussed in the final column, these males began to work out with me two occasions per week at Ability 1 on 1 Training and in addition agreed to meet with registered dietitian, Anna Jones. Nutrition, power training, and cardiovascular exercise are all important elements of the weight loss course of. 

Here is the newest replace on their progress:


Daniel weighed greater than 520 kilos throughout the fall of 2017. He was hovering between 470-480 at the starting of the yr and has just lately made a push down into the low 450s.

He talked about that the hardest factor about this entire ordeal is taking it someday at a time. Sometimes endurance is troublesome for him to cope with as a result of he needs quicker outcomes. Daniel’s objective is to attempt to prepare dinner extra at house throughout the subsequent couple of months. He has discovered that consuming out is detrimental for his weight. High calorie food and drinks are sometimes tempting to order.


Kelly’s highest weight a couple of years in the past reached roughly 530 kilos. At that point, he had a critical health scare. He turned very motivated to higher his life and lose weight.

Although it has been a little bit of a seesaw battle, Kelly is again on monitor and doing very nicely. He weighed slightly below 495 kilos earlier this yr and has just lately managed to get down into the low 460s. One of Kelly’s objectives throughout the subsequent few weeks is to exit together with his buddies rather less typically.

He believes that consuming on the weekends and being tempted by restaurant food is slowing his progress. Anna Jones has helped Kelly understand that if he eats and drinks appropriately, he can eat extra and nonetheless lose weight. 


Gary tipped the scales in the previous at 440 kilos. Over the final couple of years, he has had a pair nice months of weight loss and has additionally struggled at occasions. Recently, it has been robust for Gary to get persistently on monitor. Although he was 400 kilos the final time we weighed in, he is aware of that he can perform a little bit higher.

While Gary and I have been chatting a number of weeks in the past, he made an excellent level. He identified that the first column was titled, Sharing a Journey. He then stated, ”it’s a journey, not all the time profitable.”

Gary couldn’t be extra correct. Dropping kilos each day, each week, and even each month won’t be real looking. Consistently dropping weight, particularly in overweight people, is extraordinarily troublesome. I’ve confidence that Gary will proceed to attempt in the direction of his weight loss objectives. 

Please proceed to share any motivational tales that you simply may need. Studies have proven that help from others could make an actual distinction to these partaking in a weight loss quest. 

Please e mail Kelly, Daniel and Gary at

Phil Amsellem has an MS in Sport Psychology, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is licensed in Sports Nutrition. He and his spouse, Liz, presently personal ABILITY 1 on 1 Training. If you’ve got any particular questions or would really like to contact Phil, please go to 

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