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Inspirational Video About 621 Pound Man Losing Weight

If He Can Exercise, So Can You

You know exercising is good for you, but some days it's hard to motivate. The next time you feel like skipping out just because you don't feel like it, think of Jeffrey.

I love how when he goes to the gym, everyone there is so supportive and nonjudgmental. Did you see how they all greet him with such happiness? It must be really encouraging for him to feel connected to the people there and know they're rooting him on. He even teaches water-aerobics classes. I tell you it's really changed my mind about having an overweight trainer. What an inspiration.

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alethia037 alethia037 9 years
wackdoodle, maybe I am just an overly positive and optimistic person, but I still congratulate you for losing weight, even if it may have been rectifying an error. I am not trying to insult you in any way by saying this... I think that there are a lot of people in this world who can't realize when they have made poor decisions or when they have done something "wrong." The fact that you had the self-motivation to do something about it, to me, is inspiring. I understand how people who are putting efforts into bettering their lives could be hurt and insulted by this video. I can certainly understand your earlier point as well that there are SO many people that do work out and are trying to make a positive change in their lives, but you wouldn't necessarily know it if you passed them on the street. Maybe if the people on your websites did post here and others could see their thoughts, 'ordinary' people would see that there is no need to pity them. I, for one, don't... I am proud of any person who does anything to improve their lifestyle, no matter what size they are. My Mom is 55 years old and 115 pounds... last year she started walking every day just because it is healthy, not to lose weight. She actually gained a couple of pounds of muscle! My best friend is close to Jeffrey's size. He has been overweight pretty much his entire life. He has never tried to lose weight... he doesn't watch what he eats and he doesn't work out. He doesn't think it will make a difference... that he is already 'too far gone' as he puts it. At some point, about 10 years ago, I stopped pushing to help him get healthier, because he asked me to. I have never once pitied him, and I have never once thought myself superior to him. I don't care how he looks, I don't care what people say about him. I just don't want to lose my best friend any earlier than I have to, and I know his wife and family feel the same way. That doesn't mean that we pity him, it means that we care about him. I sent him Jeffrey's video yesterday, and he was angry at first... not at the video itself, but because of the promise I made him. And then, he came over and we went for a walk. For the first time in 20 years he wanted to exercise. Today, we are going to put together a program for him. To me, the inspiration in Jeffrey's video is that it may have added years to the time I get to spend with my friend...
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
*glad they aren't posting responses here
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
There was no inspiration for me alethia307. Some people are just self-motivated. I would say that self-anger, survival instinct and my aggressive nature were my reasons for losing the weight. Being obese wasn't my natural state of being - it was a reaction to stuffing my grief and deciding the best way to do that was to binge-eat instead of talking, taking control and telling people what I really thought. And I find it insulting that people would think that I am inspiring because I rectified an error that I made. It's patronizing and condescending. It's like the comment Biden made about Barak Obama being "bright and clean"...oh that's right I forgot black people are "dirty and dark". It may have been "meant" as a compliment but it shows that someone considers themselves superior to someone else based on appearance or a superficial stereotypically beliefs - shallow. As for the assumption that someone greater than 639 pounds would see Jeffrey and go "if he could do it I can" your missing the point. They may already be exercising regularly or are trying however realize that at a certain point the body cannot physically support over a certain amount of weight upon two small legs. Again, just because "you" don't see an obese/MO/SMO person out at the gym doesn't mean they aren't exercise or trying to be active. And after a quick poll on to websites that I work with that deal with the MO and SMO about what they thought of this - you should be glad they are posting responses. They weren't inspired, they were for the most part insulted, angered and further hurt. Again, the fear that they're efforts however small are in vain because they common person sees them as an object to be pitied.
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
I think it is inspirational when ANYONE wants to better their lives and works hard at doing so. wackdoodle, did you ever think that maybe a morbidly obese person watched that show and decided to change their lives for the better? That maybe somebody larger than Jeff saw that video and thought that if he could it, they could too. Who knows, maybe Jeff inspired someone to add years to their life by getting them off their couch and into a more active lifestyle! Congratulations on cutting your BMI in half, I think that is inspirational as well... and, maybe you would like to share what YOUR inspiration was?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
And oh yeah I used to be morbidly obese BMI of 50.2. Now I have a BMI of 24. And I have and counsel friends who have BMIs higher than my old BMI of 50.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
What's so inspriational? Other than non-obese people assuming that all fat/obese people are lazy and do not work out and being surprised that the allmighty Oprah captured one on film. Jeffrey is not the only obese person to work out, he's not the first and he won't be the last... and it's patronizing to say "Oh the fat guy is so inspiring." People feel "inspired" by overweight or fat people at the gym because they feel superior to them - "hey my 5 pounds is nowhere near as bad as what that beast has to lose." Sorry to be blunt - but it is true. All of this "so inspirational" stuff is self serving dribble. I would hazard to guess this man doesn't want some skinny people using him use their "thinspiration". Here's the real deal - if you had seen this man on the street not on Oprah - most if not all of you would have assumed that he has or had never sit foot in a gym in his life - let alone that he's as active as he is. So applaud yourselves for thinking "wow one fat guy actually works out" when many obese people actually work out and you never see them and they aren't on Oprah.
apinkpony apinkpony 9 years
Very inspirational!!! If he can do it, I can do it! Whenever I go to the gym I feel a bit out of place, a bit awkward, feel like I can push as hard or go as far as some of the other people... but hey, I'm working on it!
katie_c katie_c 9 years
go jeffrey! that is an amazing video. such determination. hugs all around.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
What great motivation! I always feel encouraged when I see overweight people at the gym. It makes me feel so inspired that they are doing something good for themselves. It really gives me no excuse to not work out, lol.
hlewis hlewis 9 years
This is such a great motivation! I was just thinking I'm going to skip my workout, but if he's going 5X a week, so can I!
JudyRie JudyRie 9 years
Oh, wow, if that's not motivation, what is? He's already lost over 100 pounds - is that right? Good for him. I'd like to hug him too. I'd like to forward this to everyone I know who claims they can't lose the weight, that it's "just genetics." If he can get his butt in the gym, so could they!
joghog joghog 9 years
Nothing makes me happier or inspires me more than seeing overweight people at the gym! I wish I could give this guy a hug! =0)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow that is such an inspiration, I wish him much luck.
nikolem2 nikolem2 9 years
Extremely motivational. Thank you for sharing this.
marcella marcella 9 years
That was inspiring... thanks for sharing.
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