Sunday, February 12, 2012

300 Pounds Of Joy!

Greetings, and welcome to Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy!

I decided to name my blog after a song sung by one of my favorite musicians, Howlin' Wolf, which you can listen to below!



What do I and this blog have in common with this song? 300 pounds, that's what!! No, I don't weigh 300 pounds. I need to lose 300 pounds! Yes, I said I need to lose 300 pounds!!

Jeeze Louise!!! Just how fat does a person have to be in order to need to lose 300 pounds?? For me it was 486 pounds. Part of me is embarrassed to ever admit that. My actual weight has long been a closely held secret. Those who know me in real life have always known I'm a big man. Few knew just how big though. I never told anyone just how much I weighed. Why would I? I've always carried my weight well and people would be shocked to know just how much I weighed. Those who know me on-line had no clue what I've weighed. I have only joked about being bigger than "your Daddy's Buick" and if pressed for a number I often said I weighed 700 pounds. Nobody ever believed that number and that was the point. It was a light hearted way of skirting the issue, and at least I wasn't trying to lie and tell them I wasn't fat, right?
My journey to lose this weight started in early 2011. I was having gall bladder issues, and with all the other health problems in my life I realized something had to change. I wasn't going to live very long and what's worse, I wasn't going to enjoy the time I had left very much if I didn't make some radical changes.
So I did. This blog is going to talk about those changes.

I still have a ways to go, but I've been at this steady for over a year and a half now and I've learned some things worth sharing, and I think I'll have learned even more to share as I continue learning.  It has been a joyful journey so far and while I haven't reached my goal yet, I have a new outlook on life and am looking forward to the rest of my journey and the rest of my life!

Would you like to follow along with me?

-Norm  (aka John Smith)


  1. Hey, good luck man. I feel your pain. I need to lose a lot too.

  2. Glad to see you blogging, not-Norm/not-John. I'll be following along and wishing you well.

    --MmmCarbs from McD forum

  3. Looking good, Norm! I'm looking forward to following your blog.

  4. Hi. I've been following your progress through Lisa on Facebook.
    I'm proud of your progress. I've lost 25 lbs. just by knowing a few of your food changes.This is the easiest I've ever lost weight.
    Do you plan on adding recipes later?
    That would be cool!
    You are truly an inspiration!

    1. Thank you!! I am pleased to know that I've influenced people I didn't even know about! I could include some recipes for what I'm actually eating, but to be honest, because of the amount of weight I have to lose I keep my diet very simple. For example, breakfast is always the same, and dinner, while different every day, is always one of just a few meals I rotate. I'd be happy to share these basic recipes though, and I could steer people towards the places on the net where there are good recipes for a starch centered diet.

    2. That would be great! What do you eat for breakfast?

    3. I eat oats and barley for breakfast. To find out how I cook them and more about the other things I eat you can click on "What I Eat" next to "Home" towards the top of my blog page.