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Fitness / Re: my story...
« on: May 29, 2010, 12:42:42 pm »
Bro. Sam.....

To quote Antwone from In Living Color "I have just 3 words......Fa bu lious"

Ya look good and I know u feel good.  Just remember this......"Smile for the camera (even if you are wearing a tie and dress shirt)"

heh. You should have been there for the argument that preceded the tie and dress shirt, and then the battle it took to actually get said tie and dress shirt on... :)

And word cheriel, thanks yo.

Reggie,  you've seen me at my worst and now at my best. Believe it that your support helped me get to where I am. Thanks brother.

Fitness / Re: my story...
« on: May 28, 2010, 08:25:00 am »
my wife is a physical therapist at Emory with an MPT in physical therapy from UW wisconsin FYI. A few of you have met her and know what kind of person she is. She wrote that article and they put it up with those pictures at my gym here in atlanta. Anyway, for those of you who keep asking, this is my story...

Fitness / Re: my story...
« on: May 28, 2010, 08:23:42 am »
No Tricks

By Mrs. Sam Wilson

A little over two years ago my husband, Sam Wilson, was in trouble.  He weighed about 550 pounds, got winded after going up a flight of stairs, kept falling asleep at the wheel, and it’s no exaggeration when I say I was not sure he was going to make it to forty. Many friends and loved ones, myself included, tried to express concern about his health, but he wasn’t ready to make the change.

A little over two years ago Diedra, the manager at our gym, approached me, as I was getting ready to work out after work.  She told me that she and the owner were concerned about Sam; they wanted to help.  Our conversation led to Deidra talking to Sam, and her genuine, caring concern was key in starting him on an astounding transformation.

Since that day Sam has lost over 245 pounds and counting. We constantly get asked how he did it, how he managed such an incredible feat.  People, quite rightly, find him an inspiration and want to learn from his success.

People make millions of dollars every year on fad diets, products, scams which promise this kind of dramatic result.  Research consistently shows, however that these diets do not work. Here is a summary of what did work, and it has not always been easy.  It’s a complete and permanent lifestyle change.

•   See a doctor.  Get any other health concerns taken care of so that you don’t risk injury, heart attacks, etc.  Farhat had terrible sleep apnea, and without having a sleep study and getting a CPAP machine so that he can get good rest at night, none of this would have been possible.

•   See a nutritionist.  I work in a hospital and was able talk to one of the nutritionists there to get started, but a scheduled appointment with a nutritionist is a great way to really understand what you’re eating now, what a portion size is, and to work out a healthy, balanced diet which won’t leave you feeling deprived.

•   See a personal trainer.  Not all trainers are created equal.  Look for certifications like NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), ACE (American Council on Exercise), or for someone with a BS in Exercise Physiology.  Farhat has been an athlete all his life, I am a Physical Therapist, and we’re lucky to have a number of trainers among our friends to fill in any gaps.

•   No cheat days.  Cheat days start with eating one dessert, to eating a double cheeseburger, French fries and dessert, to cheat weekends, to cheat weeks to falling back into old habits.  This is not a diet.  This is a lifestyle change and therefore needs to be something you can maintain.  With help from your nutritionist, build moderate portions of foods you really enjoy into your plan so you don’t feel deprived.

•   Make a plan and stick to it. Every Saturday morning we plan what we’re going to eat for the week, then spend Sunday afternoon cooking. That way there’s no question of what’s for dinner, no excuse for picking up take-out on the way home because we’re both tired after work.  A healthy, balanced dinner is ready in less than five minutes.  And a home-cooked meal always tastes better than restaurant fare.

•   Find other ways to socialize that don’t focus on food.  This is probably the hardest thing.  Our society celebrates everything with either food or alcohol, and people tend to feel like you’re judging them when you choose not to partake. Alcohol, in addition to having lots of calories, also effects the way you metabolize food, so avoid it or treat a drink like you would a high-calorie dessert in your food plan.

•   Surround yourself with people who share, or at least support your lifestyle.  We’re lucky that we both choose a healthy lifestyle and can support each other even when our friends and co-workers are pushing brownies and “happy hours.”

Fitness / my story...
« on: May 28, 2010, 08:21:20 am »
Here is me at sdcc 2007, 550 lbs size 58 pants.

Here is me in march, 305 lbs size 38 pants.

FYI, some of those kids you talked to in my class last year? We put on a jiu jitsu demo at school last week. you would have been very amused, and mad at me for tying up a bunch of kids and choking them, but whatever...  ;D

all this sh*t, and then I get this email this morning. I've kept it on my phone and read it about 100 times. I think I'll always keep it there. I don't feel validated or whatever, I always operate under the philosophy you gotta do what you do because its the right thing, not because it gets you props. This email means something to me I guess because I truly cared for this kid, I wished she was my daughter and am proud of what she has accomplished. And yeah, I feel like someone has finally listened to me. Anyway, here it is, the names have been changed to protect the innocent...

Hi Mr.Wilson, its Maria, I'm sure you must remember me from Ms.Smiths class, I know we lost touch a long time ago but I just wanted to say hi and might as well say bye as well now that I'm emailing, I wanted to let you know that I joined the air force, I'm very excited about it!! and I leave this upcoming Tuesday, may 25th. I just wanted to thank you for always being very supportive of me and pushing me to do good, I finally feel like I'm headed in the right direction and when I think of how far I've come I'm reminded of you and I'm grateful for having had you as a teacher. Again thanks for all the inspiration and I hope to keep touch, you can email me back at this email address if you like.


Sorry I haven't been around the forum. Work is pretty much falling apart. 30 some people got cut today, not me, but since I have a reputation for being a "go to guy" a lot of things are falling on me. I'm pretty sure teachers who've been cut are going to not show up the last two weeks of school, which means there will be some type of violent act at some point. When I left today it looked like an alleyway in a third world country. Trash strewn about everywhere, chaos, people crying. I'm not even making that up. It's going to be a long two weeks, and I gotta do what I do because now more than ever people are counting on me. For some reason I'm looked up to as a leader, so I guess I'd better lead. Anyway, I'll check in when I can.

General Discussion / Re: I AM BACK !!!!!
« on: April 19, 2010, 03:12:38 pm »
f*ck man. Where have you been brother? Missed you.

Sam Wilson's Review

Captain America Black Panther: Flags of Our Fathers #1 (of 4)
Marvel Comics
Written by: Reginald Hudlin (damn straight)
Drawn by: Denys Cowan (like chocolate and peanut butter yo)

For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock, you may have missed Reginald Hudlin’s run on the Black Panther. He redefined the character for a generation.  Under Reggie’s pen T’Challa went from b lister to a major player in the Marvel U, marrying into one of Marvel’s first families (the X-men, duh) and sitting at the table with Tony Stark and Reed Richards.  He stepped away from T’challa for a minute, and now he’s back, back like a motherfu**er with Denys Cowan in tow. Denys Cowan? You may know him, you know, he redefined the Question back in the ‘80’s in one of that decades most critically acclaimed comic runs, co-founded Milestone Comics (Static, Hardware), had a healthy run on Batman and Detective Comics and most recently redefined the Joker for a new generation (the “Lovers and Madmen” storyline from “Batman Confidential”).  Denys Cowan and Reginald Hudlin working on the Black Panther is destiny, a labor of love, chocolate and peanut butter or Cagney and Lacey even (tip of the hat to Big Daddy Kane).  Announced this past year at SDCC (where you can frequently see the two of them walking the floor) this book has been on a lot of folks most anticipated list for awhile.  That being said, did it live up to the hype? Hell yeah it did…

So yeah, Nazi’s heads on pikes in the jungle (goddamn that was bad a**). Okay, wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Our story opens with the Howling Commandos, specifically Gabe Jones.  Gabe is our narrator (more or less), and he takes us through his history with the Howlers, Nick Fury and eventually Captain America. The set-up is short and sweet, and soon enough the Howlers are en route to Africa? Why? Hitler needs vibranium to build his transatlantic missile, and he figures a bunch of Africans with spears can’t stop him from getting what he needs. Of course he figured wrong and that’s how we got Nazi’s heads on pikes (goddamn).  Anyway, Uncle Sam doesn’t have to much faith in the locals either, so in come Captain America and the Howling Commandos.   When they touch ground Captain America makes first contact, and sees the Wakandans can handle themselves.  That’s great, but he (and America) wants them to be with the allies in the war. King T’Chaka (the Black Panther during WW2, T’Challas father) has no interest in the rest of the world and wants Wakanda to be left alone to its business.  So yeah, Captain America (and by extension, America and the allied powers) is not cool with that so a fight ensues. It doesn’t go well for Cap, and the Howlers move in to back him up but are stopped by a bunch of bad a** Wakandan soldiers who have way more than spears.  The Nazi’s haven’t given up either, and they’ve enlisted their own super soldier to retrieve Wakanda’s vibranium and yes. I’m guessing there will be more Nazi’s heads on pikes (goddamn)…

This book is the sh**. Sorry, I have no other words. Reginald Hudlin speaks to the fans, and goddamn does he speak well.  I mean seriously, Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos, Cap, the Black Panther, the Red Skull and Baron Von Strucker heading for a big showdown? Drawn by Denys Cowan?  Yeah. Nuff Said. By the book, by the eventual trade, put the cover art as your iphone wallpaper, screw everything else. Classic storytelling is back yo, and it’s about goddamn time.

Wktf’s Reviews

Superman: Secret Origin #5 (of 6)
DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns
Drawn by: Gary Frank
Cover by: Gary Frank

Johns’ and Franks’ reimagining of Superman’s origin continues with this issue and, with the Man of Steel already having made his presence known (in classic a classic Christopher Reeve helicopter save), Metropolis still is undecided what to make of this strange red and blue flying man. Even when saving citizens and firefighters alike from a blazing inferno, in typically spectacular fashion, the public still is uncertain what to make of the Man of Steel or his motives.  Clearly, though, Big Blue has a number of fans, primarily his new pal, Jimmy Olsen, the only one able to get Superman photos.  Much to Luthor’s anger, the Daily Planet has begun to push the public over to Superman’s side.  And now Lois Lane and Superman are finding themselves more and more comfortable in each others’ company, in this case much to the chagrin of General Lane who’s volunteered to partner with Luthor, kind of like signing a deal with the devil, toward a common goal.

With this issue we see the creation of another of Superman’s most important and dangerous foes, but with a slightly different twist that is both alarming, in terms of an encounter with Lois at the Planet offices that that turns brutal, and presents a great moment for Clark to intercede in a heroic way while still maintaining that incredibly goofy and innocent face that Gary Frank so beautifully renders.  Here, as well, we see Lois begin to realize that there’s more to Clark than first meets the eye and, as General Lane turns his sights on Superman, we’re treated to the first moment where Superman begins to lose his naiveté as he’s forced to strike out and defend himself.  Frank’s use of shadows here present a very different Man of Steel, one who’s not only menacing but also can be a real threat.

But, as with all the prior issues, the real highlights of this issue and series continue to be the beginning of Luthor’s hatred toward Superman, the beginning of Superman’s friendship with Lois and Jimmy, and the absolutely uncanny way Gary Frank is channeling Christopher Reeve in his portrayal of the Man of Steel. I love the way Superman’s just figuring out how to carry himself as the hero he will become. As I’ve stated before, with this title Johns and Frank have shown how truly talented they are, as if anyone needed proof of this for either of them. A story that’s so well known to all of us, and feels as old as the Bible, has become fresh and new, something we can look forward with every installment. And that’s pretty damn impressive.

The Lone Ranger #21
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by: Brett Matthews
Drawn by: Sergio Cariello
Cover by: John Cassaday

Though Dynamite promised they wouldn’t publish Lone Ranger stories until an arc’s installments were all under wraps to ensure more regular monthly publishing, issue #20 seemed to take forever to hit the shelves.  Fortunately, this issue is right on schedule and thankfully so.  We’re still in the midst of this “Resolve” story arc which promises to be the most terrifying conflict both The Lone Ranger and Tonto have faced since teaming up.  And, this is a horror that’s literally been in the making since the series started a few years ago.  Seriously, conflict reveals itself in multiple channels for our heroes. Leading up to issue #20, both John Reid (The Lone Ranger) and Tonto received a bit of a shock as Reid’s widowed sister-in-law revealed to whom she wanted to give her heart. Despite hints Matthews and Cariello had been dropping, it turned out not to be whom we all expected. In addition to this conflict of the heart, our heroes are being framed for the murder of a lawman.

And, probably related to this problem and the most dangerous problem for our heroes and their loved ones, Butch Cavendish, who was responsible for the Lone Ranger’s origin, has tracked him down to take vengeance for the trouble our two heroes have been causing him. Butch ambushed and murdered Reid’s father and brother, along with the other Texas Rangers in their troupe.  He’s a brutal, cruel and sadistic killer, and he’s set his sights not only on Reid’s sister-in-law but on her young son, too.  Sometimes, in comics as in movies, the most terrifying scenes are the ones taken off camera.  Unfortunately for those concerned, that’s every bit the case here.

This title’s been one of my favorites every month it comes out. Not always the most action packed (but with plenty of action on enough occasions), this book’s been long on plot and development, characterization, and relationship driven storytelling. This issue happens to take the story, tension and trauma and ratchet them all up to exponential levels.  Matthews is driving the story hard now to the point of desperation.  And Marcelo Pinto’s colors are every bit the hero that Crariello’s pencils are, capturing the explosive brilliance of a sunrise, the dry graininess of the desert, the dark muskiness of a cave, or the muted tones of these western towns. All in all, this title continues to be one of the most satisfying comic book packages of any publisher.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Marvel Comics
Written by:  Jonathan Hickman
Drawn by: Dustin Weaver
Covers by: Gerald Parel and Dustin Weaver

The currently running and consistently brilliant Marvels Project mini-series takes us to the very beginning of the Marvel Superhero Universe.  But this ambitious title goes that project one better, taking us to the very beginning of the Marvel Universe, toggling from the early 1950s period from which the tale is being told, to as far back as 2620 BC when, in ancient Egypt, an organization formed from the heroic actions of one man who determined to lead his men against a world devouring horde known well to X-Men fans, stating, “This is not how the world ends!”  From that generation to the next, an organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. stood between humanity and its greatest threats (including, it appears, a pre-modern era encounter with a certain world devourer).

Bringing important historical figures, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo, and adding characters like Nathaniel Richards and Howard Stark, fathers to our own Reed Richards and Tony Stark, Hickman is spinning a wondrous and mythic feeling tale that reinvents S.H.I.E.L.D. from the super spy agency we’ve all known it to be today to something whose origins feel even grander and cosmic in scope.  The drastic time jumping as we move back and forth between various inflection points in S.H.E.I.L.D.’s history might be confusing or unsettling if it weren’t for Hickman’s incredibly tight plotting, narrative and dialogue.  Hickman’s been getting props for his work on Fantastic Four but this effort is on a completely different level as far as I’m concerned.  And Weaver’s art is just spectacular, taking Hickman’s story and elevating it to a level of importance and grandeur.  Di Vinci’s flight into the sun, reminiscent of Icarus’ tragic flight, is just awesome as is the final page and teaser for the next issue.

I haven’t been this excited about a new concept and title in a very long time.  Maybe not since Nova or Tomb of Dracula made their respective splashes back in the 1970s.  I’ll stick with this exciting and high concept running title at least for as long as this creative team stays on it.  Most definitely, this is my pick of the week.

General Discussion / Re: sam wilson is back
« on: March 07, 2010, 03:29:10 pm »
sorry, I'll put some up...

General Discussion / Re: sam wilson is back
« on: March 07, 2010, 04:43:02 am »

word brother. give us an update as to your chica situation as well. Again, as I said, foxy chicas love a winner, and yes, you are a winner. It only gets better the better you do.

I have some pics on my facebook, maybe I'll post them here. I'm at 230 total lost right now. I probably just won some contest at my gym, who could loose the most weight from jan 5 to march 5. I lost 14 lbs, I think the next highest was like 6. I'm ass deep in training right now, rolling BJJ and muay thai with some cats. in addition to everything else.

reggie, how many days a week are you working out? Have you seen a nutritionist or anything?

Hudlin TV / Re: 24: The Chronicles of Jack Bauer
« on: January 20, 2010, 06:07:15 pm »
I'm in love with red haired FBI agent (sigh).
I think I know the person she's based on.

? For real?

Hudlin TV / Re: 24: The Chronicles of Jack Bauer
« on: January 20, 2010, 02:34:10 pm »
I'm in love with red haired FBI agent (sigh).

General Discussion / Re: sam wilson is back
« on: January 18, 2010, 11:33:37 am »
stay with it jesse, thanks for checking in. Any more dates?

I can't stop. I'm down almost 225, 1 pants size away from my 18 year old pants (circa 1993). Size 58 when I started, almost at a size 40 now. Started training BJJ 1 a week and MMA 1 a week, in addition to the cardio and weight training. I've been busy, but It's been going pretty good. Had some injuries, but my wife is a physical therapist. I tweak my training and my diet as things change. I've been stuck inbetween pants sizes since September, but I'm almost where I want to be.

Sports Talk / Re: The Cheetah Woods Mistress Tally
« on: January 05, 2010, 03:43:50 pm »
and that's enough. Locking it.

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