Show ‘Em How It’s Done: Amazing Loser Jeremy Fidelack
As tempting as it is to believe that you can shrink down overnight with the help of a magic pill, the reality is that weight loss is a long hard slog and there are no quick fixes. Sometimes you’ve just gotta do what you’ve gotta do, even if that means saying no to all the food that tempts you. That’s exactly what this week’s Amazing Loser found out when he knuckled down to lose 87lbs after realising he was in the worst shape of his life…
- Name: Jeremy Fidelack (ask him anything on Talk)
- Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Job: IT office worker
- Height: 6’3″ (190cm)
- Age: 34
- Highest weight: 265lbs (120kg)
- Lowest weight: 178lbs (80.7kg)
- Plan: Calorie counting
How did you get to the position where you needed to lose weight?
[blocktext align=”right”]”I was shaving YEARS off my life”[/blocktext]
What negative experiences did you have of being overweight?
One of the things that really bothered me was how much I would sweat. I got comfortable being overweight, but the perspiration soaking through all of my clothes anytime I had to do some physical activity… that sucked. I’d walk across the street on a hot day and have to hang my suit jacket to dry.
What made you decide to change?
[blocktext align=”right”]”Perspiration soaked through all of my clothes anytime I had to do some physical activity”[/blocktext]
What made it different from the times before?
I think that I was able to justify other small embarrassments as just being a bit overweight. I’d be comfortable swimming shirtless in public. But the tricycle race made me feel like I had no endurance anymore. That’s when I started thinking of myself as a fat guy.
How did you do it?
We already had a treadmill and bowflex (a type of home gym) in our basement collecting dust. So my only excuse was making the time to exercise.
Bargain! What kind of exercises do you do with all of that equipment?
- Push ups
- Bench press
- Sit ups (bench, inversion)
- Chin ups, pull ups
- Overhead Triceps (bench)
Did any other equipment help you to lose weight?
I like using technology and found that collecting data is really useful. I logged my weight every day using a Withings Smart Scale. I tracked my workouts with an app called Endomondo and my Android Wear watch captured my heart rate while I worked out.
I used MyFitnessPal to track my calorie intake. I even tracked my sleep using my watch and an app called Sleep as Android. All of this data is tied together in Google Fit to show how things are going. I set daily and weekly goals.
The data Jeremy collected throughout his weight loss journey
- Breakfast – 3x coffees with milk or creamer, no food
- Lunch – by 11am I’m starving, and eating leftovers (big bowl of pasta with some meat, no veg).
- Dinner – HUGE serving of food for supper. Meat and potatoes or something similar.
- Evening Snack – Cheese, chocolate, beer.
- Breakfast – small cup of yogurt, black coffee
- Lunch – bag steamed rice, vegetables, chicken (prepared, frozen)
- Dinner – big piece of meat, lots of vegetables, and a salad with croutons
- Snacks – practically nothing, but frozen grapes help with cravings
What about the beer?
My wife has always been very supportive. Whether it’s cheering me on, letting me change the family’s meals, buying equipment or taking responsibilities off my plate so I can spend time exercising… she’s been amazing.
You’re Prime Minister for the day, what one law do you bring in to help others who are obese?
- Diet changes are more effective than exercise, but they are both important to overall fitness
- Don’t drink your calories
- Find what works for you, stick with it in your way, and take accountability for it yourself