This weeks guest is Gary Stotler from Laramie, Wyoming who has lost 170lbs. One day right before his son’s first birthday he got on the scale, saw just under 400lbs, and said to himself, "I’m on a fast track to a heart attack by 35 and if I don’t do something I’m not going to make to see my kids make it to high school let alone graduate, graduate college, get married.” Since then he has completely transformed himself and is now an ultra distance runner.
He has an incredible story and I hope that you enjoy our conversation.
Find out more about Gary at his blog at https://outrunyourexcuses.wordpress.com/
This week we do something a little different and the interviewer is now the interviewee. Tim Kaufman had pitched the idea to me for him to do an interview and as me some questions about my journey. I hope that you enjoy this weeks interview and to connect with Jason on FB visit https://www.facebook.com/jason.cohen.399041
This weeks guest is David Clark who lives in Lafayette, Colorado and has lost 160lbs. David has experienced the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows in life. David at one part of his life was homeless and at another was the owner of a 8 million dollar company. Eventually David became a 320lb alcoholic and drug addict and would drink an entire bottle of scotch and take 6 or 7 vicadins a night. He has since turned his life around and raced some of the hardest ultra-marathons around. His accomplishments including running badwater, leadville multiple times, running across the united states, and he is also the author of "Out there, A Story of Ultra-Recovery".
He is an incredible inspiration and I hope that you enjoy our conversation.
David's website - http://www.wearesuperman.com/
Buy David's Book - https://www.amazon.com/Out-There-Story-Ultra-Recovery/dp/1499721196/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1478184462&sr=8-3&keywords=book+david+clark
This weeks guest is Justin Lacy from Dexter, Missouri. At the beginning of 2015 Justin weighted 500lbs and has since lost over 200lbs. He said that he wad always been a big kid and at the age of 12 or 13 he was already reading diet books. Before he changed his life he said that he would goto McDonalds and get 4 McDoubles, 3 McChickens, fries, and a soda all on the way to get something else from another fast food place. In 2015 he made a promise to himself to change his life and become the healthiest person that he knew. One thing he said that really stood out to me was, “You have to love yourself enough to make a promise like that, that’s something that I probably never did before was love myself enough to care about myself."
Since we have talked Justin has lost an additional 25lbs and is now up to 225lbs lost.
Connect with Justin on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/jlacy03
Here is my conversation with Justin and I hope that you enjoy it.
This weeks guest is Susan Farrell. Susan is a Cardiac Rehab Nurse from Macomb Township, Michigan. At one point Susan was in a wheelchair, on 26 medications, developed diabetes, and at one point was given less than 5 years to live. She says that she was depressed, anxiety ridden, and says that she was a science experiment with doctors throwing medications at her. Susan even says that she had about a year of her life that she doesn’t even remember. Since then she has lost 80lbs and is now helping others through through both her personal and professional work.
Here is my conversation with Shannon and connect with her at https://www.facebook.com/shannon.b.farrell
This weeks guest is Brad London who lives in Mobile Alabama. Brad says that he is a proud member of Whole Foods Market. He previously weighed 230lbs and has lost over 75lbs. Brad says that he was fortunate to not be on any medications but knew that his health was headed that way. After having an opportunity through Whole Foods to do a week long immersion program with Dr. Joel Furhman, brad took his health back and now weighs 150lbs. We talk about his journey, his goals, and much more.
Here is my conversation with Brad and I hope that you enjoy it.
Shayda Soleymani is from California and previously weighed 240lbs. Shayda talks about how she had previously been on a ton of diets and at one point in time a doctor actually told her that, “it would take herculean efforts for you to ever lose weight and to maintain that weight loss”
Since then she has lost the weight, kept it off, and is even now been able to get off her diabetes and cholesterol medicine (which was much to her doctors surprise.
In talking about her life now she said, “I’m happy, i’m back to wearing light and bright colors, i’m back to being myself again. It’s just emotionally, mentally, physically, everything has changed. It’s just nice to be out of the dumps."
Here is my conversation with Shayda and I hope that you enjoy it.
Connect with Shayda at https://www.facebook.com/shayda.soleymani
This weeks guest is the inspiring Marcus Cook from Houston Texas. Marcus was previously 489lbs and has lost 211lbs. He is now a triathlete and is now training for his first 1/2 ironman. We talk about his journey, the importance of having people around you who will encourage you, and how he always has a goal set in front of him. Thanks so much for listening and I hope that you enjoy our conversation
Connect with Marcus at www.facebook.com/Marcusdcook
Follow his BIG TO LITTLE journey at http://bigtolittle.com/
This weeks guest is Kim Capella who has lost 65lbs. Kim is a food blogger from Atlanta Georgia and has a great blog that can be found at thecoconutdiaries.net. We talk about her struggles and triumphs with an eating disorder, depression, and so much more. One piece of advice that Kim had for others that I really enjoyed was this. " make sure that your goals for weight loss are coming from a good place and that you are truly trying to care for yourself, your future, and give yourself something good.” Thanks so much for listening and here is our conversation.
Connect with Kim at thecoconutdiaries.net
Josh Howard is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has lost 269lbs!
We talk about his weight loss surgery, skin removal surgery, and so much more. One of my favorite things that Josh said was this: “For me it was all about future. It was I wanted a great job, I want to have a smoking hot wife, and kids. And I want to be able to see my kids."
Thanks so much for listening and connect with josh at facebook.com/joshwhoward
This weeks guest is Dave Wiskowski who has lost 80lbs. Dave struggled with depression and by the time he was 34 years old, he had settled into a sedentary lifestyle. Since then he has become a competitive runner. Dave said that the things that he felt in one run far exceeded 5 years of therapy. As I am posting this Dave is about to help someone run from California to New York to break a Guinness World Record, as well as raise money and awareness for the organization Mighty Milers which gets kids moving and helps prevent obesity and illness. We talk about this and much more and thanks for listening.
Connect with Dave at https://www.facebook.com/DaveWiskowskiPlantBasedUltra/
This weeks guest is Chef AJ who is an author, tv host, and chef who has lost over 60lbs. Chef AJ said that she was obese since the age of 5 and by the time she was 11 she weighted 160lbs. We talk about her struggles with anorexia, bulimia, her journey of recovery with food addiction. She now runs an amazing weight loss program to helps others which we also talk about.
Connect with Chef AJ at eatunprocessed.com
David Roden has has lost over 175lbs. At his biggest he weighed over 410lbs, would drink 15-20 diet cokes a day and estimates that he was eating 8-10k calories a day. We talk the people that helped him along the way, his struggles with depression, and about the two skin removal surgeries that he has had.
Connect with David at https://www.facebook.com/david.roden.35 and http://journeyto220.com/
Debi Van Dyne is from is from upstate New York and is in the middle of her weight loss journey. She has lost over 55lbs, and is looking to loose another 120lbs.
We have a great conversation about her journey, where she is currently at, and where she is headed.
Connect with Debi at https://www.facebook.com/MissDaisysPlantBasedLife/
Josh LaJaunie is from Thibodaux Louisiana, has lost over 200lbs, and now is a competitive ultra distance athlete.
We talk about his recent races, his everyday struggles, and so much more.
Connect with Josh at his website https://joshlajaunie.com/ and FaceBook athttps://www.facebook.com/josh.lajaunie
Josh Cox weighed 265lbs at the age of 14. He struggled with eating disorders, cutting, and bullies. After a life altering event as a Freshman in high school Josh decided to take control of his health, loose his excess weight, and went on to become a competitive bodybuilder. Josh now is a personal trainer in Santa Rosa California
Josh's website is http://timetorebel.com/ and connect with him on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/AllLevelsTraining
Walter Juarez is originally from Argentina and now lives in New Jersey. Less than a year ago he almost drowned in a pool due to his excessive weight. Since then Walter has lost over 100lbs and now swims a half a mile each day.
Connect with Water on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/walter.travel
Connect with Adam on facebook at www.facebook.com/adam.sud.5 and through his website at www.sudbrothers.com
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