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Offline Sam Wilson

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« 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.



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« Reply #1 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.”

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« Reply #2 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...

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2010, 12:22:19 pm »
Sam, that is simply amazing!  :o

Congrats on that wonderful achievement, I can imagine how proud you must be. Wow.  :D

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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2010, 01:49:35 pm »
Sam what a wonderful story. Major congrats to you and your wife because it is a lifestyle change. It takes alot to share something so personal with us. I hope it helps to motivate us (me). I can't tell you how many times friends ask me to write them scripts for weight loss drugs looking for the "easy" way out. No such thing.

Your story is a beautiful one to not only to read but to see.

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2010, 06:14:59 am »
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)"

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2010, 08:41:27 am »
I've been lucky enough to meet your wife and I know what a wonderful lady she is.  But her writing this article is incredible.

The pictures are amazing.  You have completely transformed yourself.  You continue to be my hero.

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« Reply #7 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.

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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2010, 03:22:18 pm »
Sammy,
You look FAB U LOUS!!!!!
I am SO PROUD of you!
Kudos to you and Mrs. Wilson for the incredible transformation.
I am inspired!

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." --Aristotle, Greek philosopher

Доверяй, но проверяй

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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2010, 04:45:00 am »
Sammy,
You look FAB U LOUS!!!!!
I am SO PROUD of you!
Kudos to you and Mrs. Wilson for the incredible transformation.
I am inspired!



so you forgive me if I can't order two deserts anymore?  ;)

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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2010, 12:02:40 pm »
Less weight, more hate!

By the time Sam is finished he will be able to star in an article on anger management as well! 8)

All jokes aside, your success is remarkable and it is a point of inspiration for me to train harder this Summer, Lord willing.

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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2010, 04:11:59 am »
Sammy,
You look FAB U LOUS!!!!!
I am SO PROUD of you!
Kudos to you and Mrs. Wilson for the incredible transformation.
I am inspired!



so you forgive me if I can't order two deserts anymore?  ;)

That depends.
Are you gonna eat the rest of that?
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." --Aristotle, Greek philosopher

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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2010, 05:47:13 am »
Congrats on your major weight loss

But what up with your 2nd pic?? Look like you wanna kill somebody, LOL.
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« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2010, 05:56:09 am »
Congrats on your major weight loss

But what up with your 2nd pic?? Look like you wanna kill somebody, LOL.

You're just getting to know the man. 

When he says "hate is my motivator", he's not just being cute.

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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2010, 09:36:20 am »
congrats 2 sam!  kudos!   ;D
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