Category Archives: The Chef

Sometimes you bite the bear….

Back from Chi-town, I felt pleased about how I planned my meals and stuck to them.   I was really looking forward to doing the work. Mack scheduled four workouts for the calendar week, and with the diet modifications we were slowly implementing I was able to break the sound barrier (300 lbs) by July 4th.

I started to settle into a rhythm between working out, a modified diet, and living a normal life.

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Workouts Day 1 & 2 – Snail Power

Katie Mack walked into Pata Negra and tasted Jamon Iberico de Bellota from my hands.  I swooned over the ham candy and she reacted as if something foreign was being introduced to her palate.  It was clear that I live to eat and that she eats to live.  This was an important moment for us as later on we would try to meet somewhere in the middle.

When Mack came over to my apartment and shocked me with some life changes I would have to make, I was not ready to hear what she was saying, even though deep down inside I knew she was right.  First, I needed to trust her, then I needed to have faith in myself.  Again Mack reminded me of my motivations for changing my life.

Fast forward four months from the decision to make a lifestyle change, and I am prepped to meet my trainer for a second time.

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Man in the Mirror

Now that hopefully you’ve seen the Mack & Mateo episode, I plan over the next few blogs to fill in any missing pieces that could not fit into the story during the 43 minute episode.  A lot transpired over four months.  I appreciate all of the facebook and instagram requests.  Many of your questions about the process will be answered in these posts as I try to chronicle my fat to fit journey.

The first step in trying to institute change in your life is to take a serious look in the mirror.  Almost as a daily and nightly ritual, I look in the mirror and ask these questions.

What do I see?

Did I do my best today?

Do I want to change?

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Fit to Fat to Fit Journey Post Show Big Ups

Now that you have seen the show, you must know that none of it could be possible without the hard work and dedication of all the members of the production crew who spent countless hours chronicling and filming the journey.  The struggle is real for everyone!

A Special Thanks to Helen for always pushing me psychologically and helping me to figure myself out.

Super Kudos to Mira for stepping in and doing a great job for the closing shoot while Helen was doing her thing.

Big ups to Johnno for making me look so good on camera with the slim angle lens.

Props to James for catching all the nonsense that came out of my mouth and finding creating ways of attaching my mic to my girth.

Shouts to Rohit, Maritza, Michelle, Shannon and Alex for all the little things required on those long shoots.

And sexy peanut butter mercy buckups to the indefatigable Queen Bea for her absolute professionalism and dedication to the project.  I couldn’t have asked for a cooler person to film the day to day nuances of my life.

Attached are some judo practice pics!

Also, let me know what you think about the show.  I will try to fill in the blanks in the coming month, as you can only get a slice of what happened during that four month pie from the show.

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