Well, this is embarrassing…

Well, this is embarrassing. Not only have I not blogged in over two years, I also got FAT.

The pic on the left was taken late 2010. I’m 6’6″ and weighed 265lbs at the time. The pic on the right was taken three days ago. I’m 385lbs and need to do something about it…again.

My motivation this time is different than before, though. While back then it was 90% about how I looked, this time I need to do it for my health…so my wife and children can have me around.

Let’s face it, I’m 46, and I’m sure I have a bunch of crap built up in my arteries.

I used to NEVER worry about dying. Now I worry about it every day.

I’ve gone up and down to extreme ends of the spectrum three times in the last 20 or so years. I get ripped and then balloon up. Right now I’m a balloon. The biggest balloon I’ve ever been.

I eat WAY too many sugars/carbs, especially at night. The only exercise I’m getting right now is 45 minutes brisk walks with my dogs about five days a week.

Here’s the thing: I KNOW what to do. For years I owned a personal training business. I lifted obsessively, did cardio, ate like a bodybuilder, and read everything about fitness that I could find.

My struggle is embracing/living a healthy lifestyle. And I’ll be honest, in that pic in 2010, I did a lot of things to get into that kind of shape that were far from healthy. I also obsessed over everything I ate. I was way too OCD about it all, and believe that played a part in my inability to stay the course.

I want to do it healthy this time, and in moderation.

I have a lot of things going for me…

– Like I said, I know a lot of the “how.”

You can I have a good bit of muscle hiding under all that fat.

– Even though I haven’t lifted consistently in a while, I have a ton of muscle under my fat, and I’m damn strong

– For years I’ve been prescribed injectable testosterone and HCG. But not crazy amounts like a certain dude who looks like me was known to take in a past life.

– I have a badass home gym, tons Rogue equipment, power rack, all kinds of specialty bars, heavy DBs, boxes, bands, landmine, KBs, you name it.

– I have an amazing, supportive wife (Veronica) who will cook healthy meals on the reg. And for the most part, she already eats pretty well.

– Because of the years I spent in the fitness marketing “guru” arenas, I know HUNDREDS of trainers, bodybuilders, fitness gurus, CrossFitters, powerlifters, gym owners, etc. from all over the world.

I have beautiful little children I love with my entire heart and know that if I don’t do something about my health, I’m not keeping their best interest at the forefront of my life and may end up robbing them of having me around until I’m a (big) little old man.

What I don’t have going for me…

– I write for a living, so every day I SIT on a couch or recliner writing and reading for approx 11 hours. NO EXCUSE.

– I have an insatiable hunger. Always have.

Again, that’s no excuse. So, I’m putting this post out to keep myself accountable to staying the course of a new, healthier path. And because if I don’t do something about it, now that I’ve posted this, I’ll feel like a major flake/jagoff /loser

So there you have it. This is where I’m at.

Talk soon,

Big Chris

P.S. If you have any tips on what works best for not only losing fat, but also keeping it off FOREVER, please comment about it below. It seems to me less than five percent of the people who lose weight are able to keep it off for good. I’d love to hear why you think this is.

Also, words of encouragement are appreciated (and for some reason, I feel like a major wuss for saying that. It is, however, the truth.)

Written by Chris McCombs

Just put your primary email in here and I’ll be sure to hook you up ( I hate spam too so I promise to keep it private and never share it with anyone) … I’ll see you on the other side

Comments

  1. Brad Tabert says:

    I’m right there with you Chris. 10 years ago I was a 250 lb 6′ blob with no muscle or know-how. I applied myself, and after four years, I was 175 lbs of lean, mean fat burning machine with 9-10% body fat. After six years of marriage, I am now 265 lbs of a good bit of muscle under forty lbs of fat. I need to begin again. We can do this for our little ones, for our wives, and for ourselves.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Some recommended the book The Slight Edge to me. The book makes a lot of sense. You may find it helpful. Thanks for comment and good luck with your journey, Brad

  2. Big Chris!
    I’ve been in that boat bro, you eat cuz you’re bored, then before you know it, you’ve eaten the whole box of Krispy Kreme’s! It took my wife telling me at 30 that I wouldn’t be around to see 40 if I kept on. So, I put down the doughnuts and picked up the fruits and veggies, put down the pizza and picked up the salmon and chicken. I cut all carbs and sugar from my diet and not only did I feel less lethargic all the time (because of the insulin dump) my head started to clear as well. I kind of walked around in a fog all the time because my body wasn’t getting the nourishment I needed. By my 33rd birthday I had dropped 150 pounds with no exercise to speak of and here I am another 5 years from that and I’ve kept the weight off! I went from 350 pounds at 5’11” to 200 pounds. The trick to getting it off and keeping it off is not to obsess about it, just let it happen. Spend your day making better choices and it WILL happen. Don’t get down on yourself if you fail today, just do better tomorrow and that keeps you from developing a fixation for food. You can do it,Chris! If I can, I know you can!!

  3. Chris, man… I have read every post on your blog and a ton of your content on your PT site as well. I got an email that you just posted and I had to check it out. Your writing is incredible and inspiring. I wish you nothing but the best and hope to continue to hear from you on your journey. Do it for your family, for your followers, and for yourself. ALL IN! Good luck brother.

  4. Welcome back Chris. I’m sure you’re going to find a lot of people responding in much the same way. I am 6’1″ and weigh about 225 now. Not bad, but just a few short years ago I got down to 185-190. I’m heading in the same direction that had me at 260 lbs before I started eating healthy. I was careful with food, ate mostly vegetarian, lots of fresh vegetables and fruits and I got thin. But, I started thinking, I can cheat a bit. Have a donut here and a cupcake there and sure enough I’m heading right back to where I began.

    Please blog more and maybe we can all gain some inspiration. I’m a web designer/graphic designer and I sit on my ass all day, every day as well. Hard keep moving when your work keeps you stationary.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Mike, I appreciate the post. “I’ll cheat a bit” is like the recovering coke head saying “what’s one little line gonna do? I’ve changed. I’m stronger now.”

      Brother, I know ALL about it.

      Hoping you get your path dialed in on point again. I know you will if you commit to it. You may like the book The Slight Edge. Someone recommended it. I just started reading it and it makes so much sense.

  5. Man, it has been TOO LONG as your blogs rock!!! Same boat brotha! 2005 I weighed 245 and a fat ass. 2010? 195 and ripped as I turned 40 and single! 46 and remarried and back to blowing up. Working out is not as much fun and getting injured easier and longer healing. Need to get motivation back on track. (lets face it you have to be motivated and you have to do it for you!) Before it was looking good and getting the women! Now its time to get fit and healthy as we hit the 50’s and live to see the grandchildren! Will check out the book! Power in Unity!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Thanks for words and honesty, Jason. “Got married” or “Remarried” adds a lot of fat on a lot of people. Myself included.

  6. Andy Campbell says:

    Great to see you posting again Chris! I’m in a similar predicament. Was in the best shape of my life 2010 – 2012, slowly started letting bad habits creep in and then just ballooned up due to bad diet, poor/no training routine. I’m 46 as well and have similar positives and negatives and the same motivation as you to get back. I’m also trying not to be OCD/crazy about food journals, macros, etc. But I also eat too many sugars/carbs and have an insatiable hunger. I love chips. And cookies. And man did I rediscover Dr. Pepper. I’m building in some healthier habits day-by-day and week-by-week – back in to do some strength training, adding higher intensity cardio, cleaning up my diet. I already feel better and I’m not sacrificing family time like I did before. You can do it too. As for a suggestion – I am back to following the Renegade Diet from Jay Ferruggia – it worked for me before and I already feel better with the Intermittent Fasting. Good luck!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks Andy! Longtime. I’m glad you’re back at it. I want to let you I know I truly appreciate all the comments you left back in the day, when I used to blog a lot. They fired me up. Comments help me as much as my posts help anyone. So I just want you to know that. Hope life is good, whether it’s fighting fires (if you’re still doing that), eating good / training hard, or just kicking ass in general

  7. Last year I was fed up with dieting, working out and depression (which I fought tooth and nail to overcome) and committed to a life style change.

    I have an insatiable appetite, I love to cook and entertain. I hit 318 lbs 2 weeks before my birthday. I committed to start on my birthday and be really serious…. I think I had played that tune before, you know the one, from this day I am “really going to do it”. It hit me that 2 weeks from now could be too late, and faced the question, “why not start right now?!” Did I really need that one last IPA, did I need to have another baked potato? “Do it you big Puss..is the only thing running through my mind..Commit or eat yourself to death but do not put the decision off.
    Being my best support and worst enemy pulls me all over the place. I felt like a whiny child before I committed to this decision. EAT to live. I measured what I like to eat and what would keep me going and moved towards a KETO diet, supplemented with 3000iu daily of niacinimde, 5000 IU of Vitamin D and a few others. I decided the minimum I will stay on this diet is 1 year, no matter what.
    7 months later, I am down 41 lbs. I eat a steak or really good quality meat for Lunch and dinner and rarely feel like I am starving. I always used to loose weight super fast and as I aged my ability to do so was greatly impeded. I lost 20 lbs my first month and thought “I got this” and would reach my goals in 6 months of 50 lbs., but plateaued and started loose gradually. About 1 lb a week of fat. I am on the road to hit my yearly goal and realize that “I want to keep eating this way” and stay the course. It is getting easier and easier every day as I feel better in my skin, stronger mentally and feeling confidence.
    It was an AHA moment, it wasn’t a life threatening situation. I didn’t need to have the heart attack to make the decision but definitely felt the indecision was the burden.

  8. Dawn Walker says:

    Hi Chris–glad to see you posting again! I could have written your post myself. My weight has gone up and down multiple times over the years, but weight loss never sticks. Due to some other things going on in my life, I have recently gotten serious about dealing with my emotional issues. I pretty much had no choice–go in or go insane :-). Anyway, I’ve been in therapy in the past but this time I got lucky and stumbled on this terrific person who does things differently. She recommended a book to me that I feel is literally changing my life. It’s called The Presence Process by Michael Brown, and it’s a process that basically gets you in touch with the underlying emotional charges that cause things like overeating, cravings, addiction, depression, anxiety, etc…pretty much all the things caused by unresolved emotional baggage. It’s just you and the book–you work through it alone, and the book’s about thirteen bucks on Amazon. It’s helped me a lot so far. I’m about halfway through my first process and I’ve noticed that my cravings for sweets are hugely diminished. That’s not why I started the process, but it’s a nice result. Anyway, you might check it out. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it. Normally I wouldn’t post to recommend anything but your post hit my inbox out of the blue and I felt so much empathy for your situation that it seemed like a good thing to do.

    I wish you all the best–your family is beautiful!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks a ton Dawn. What you said makes sense. Going to check out that book. Just added to my Amazon cart.

  9. Hey Chris,

    Great to have you back!! I’ve missed your blogs you always just tell it like it is. Looking forward to reading more.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      And thank you for your kind words. Like I told Andy, I so appreciate all the comments you left back in the day when I used to blog a lot. The comments help me as much if not more than my blog posts help anyone. So…THANK YOU

  10. Man am I glad your back😎

  11. Natalie says:

    Oh man. I am living your story at the moment as well. Have had issues with eating disorders till one day decided to do it the right way and eventually became a person trainer. I was so successful and loved seeing the results of my clients. I was also in the best shape of my life. But little did anyone know that I was a closet alcoholic who also dealt with depression and anxiety. My anxiety got to the point where I had to quit my career as a personal trainer and have been mostly confined to my house. 3 long and agonizing years later the anxiety and depression have gotten better and I have been sober for 6 months now but I have also gone from 150 lbs of muscle who could run circles around most people to 200 lbs of laziness who was binge eating and not picking up a single weight. I also have all the skill and knowledge of getting back in shape much like yourself but I’m just struggling man. Last week I turned 37 and made a promise to get back to living a healthy life but I ended up working out only twice that week and today is Monday and I found myself sitting on the couch watching a movie and eating ice. Wth?! But after reading about your struggle there is a little comfort in knowing that even personal trainers can lose their way as well. I have all the confidence in the world that you can get back to it! We fall but it makes us a better person most of the time. You can do it, man! I am pretty sure I can do it as well.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Natalie, definitely a lot of parallels in our stories. Holding the best of thoughts for you. And congrats on getting sober. That’s huge!

  12. Chris!
    Missed your mug! Glad you’re back and holy shit dude, owning your schtick! I’m so proud of you for that because that is one of the hardest things to ever do! You are HUMAN!
    Be consistent and you will be right back on track. Find the things you LOVE to do again and go for it! If you don’t know what those are anymore, try something new every damn day!
    Welcome home!

  13. This post is amazing! We can all do it together . Consistency, Discipline & Understanding… gotta stay the course. Team Work makes the dream work, let’s do it!

  14. Natalie says:

    Ice cream not ice. Sorry

  15. Susanne says:

    Hi Chris- me too! Life gets better and the extra 40 pounds came quickly. I’m starting to read and follow the book Eat to Live, and so far, losing about 2 lbs a week. It’s spring in California and the fruits and veggies are amazing. I sit Mon-Fri too. Now I need to get back to the gym. I heard someone refer to weight training as changing your body composition, as opposed to losing weight. I’m eating differently to lose weight. I’m getting back to the gym to change my body composition. You need both to look the way you want. And getting healthy is helping me get my family and friends healthy too.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Susanne, thank you for the comment.

      I like this: “changing your body composition, as opposed to losing weight”

      Much more empowering

  16. Sounds like a lot of us need a support group to get thin again. And, I’m not a weight watchers kind of guy!

  17. Hey Chris – Welcome back! I’ve missed your blog.
    I’m also on your journey to lose some weight – menopause is kicking my a$$ – so I’m here cheering you on, too.
    As to what works, the shortcut answer appears to be: no shortcuts.
    I’m doing Weight Watchers with a virtual coach and writing down every stinking thing I eat with the little iPhone app thingy.
    And I have one goal this week – looking it up and writing it down BEFORE it ends up in my mouth.
    Next week, next goal.
    And yes, I’m hungry, but it’s not killing me.
    Frankly, I’ll remember (fill-in-the-blank reason for why you want to be healthy) more than I will remember not having that second glass of wine last Friday at sushi dinner or getting up at 5 a.m. (!) to hit the gym before work.
    You CAN do this. Articulating “why” is the first step, and you’ve already done it!

  18. I remember how much your blog inspired me. I showed it to lots of people. I’m sorry to hear about your problem but am glad you want to do something about it.

    You know there’s lots of diets but in long term they all work the same if you persist… The way I see it you have two options that would really work. First, very risky and unpleasant, get a stomach surgery. My cousin lost 200 pounds this way. Second way – super safe – find a neuro linguistic programming practitioner and talk to him.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Appreciate the tips Predi. I would definitely lean toward the NLP deal over the surgery.

  19. Hey Chris, I was so glad to see you make this post today!
    Just by cooinsience I’m also, as of today, trying to get my shit together too. Been trying to get back in shape and get more focused for months (actually my whole life! haha) and last night I decided today was the day. It must be a spring thing.
    I’ve been fighting a bad smart phone and social media addication for a good 6 months. Taking all my time and the rationalizations for that carry over into everything else in my life. Mentally/emotionally I’m doing great, better than I’ve ever done but my physical, finantial and personal power are all at all time lows. So this morning I got up, jogged at the beach, hit the gym, downloaded some good audio books to help me, started planning my diet, etc…. and then you’re email came through! I’m gonna be right along with you my friend and I very much look forward to reading more of your blog posts and seeing your progress.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      That’s so awesome Josh. We’re on the same cosmic wavelength. I know all about the smartphone, social media addition, too. Nasty stuff. Kill it, bro!

  20. Jamie Anderson says:

    Pleased to see you’re back!

    I’m in the same boat. Life gets in the way. We get busy with work, house renovations and kids, and something gives. I’m still trying to work that one out. It’s mostly to do with work and working stupidly long hours.

    We all know what we’re supposed to do, but why don’t we do it? I’ve been seeing a counsellor – it’s like emotional fitness training. It’s helped a lot. Have you considered something like that as part of your regime to get back in shape? I had a habit that was formed at a young age, and with things happening, it’s triggered that so it drives the wrong behaviours. Lots of emotional eating. Sometimes we need to push the reset button and need help to do that.

    Somewhat selfishly (and probably overly simplistic), you have to look after yourself first. Everything else will fall into place.

    I’m looking forward to this journey you’re on.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Thank’s Jamie. A therapist who helps with those kinds issues might be a wise idea. I used to go to a counselor, LOVED the guy. Maybe I’ll hit him up. Thank you!

  21. Jeff Beal says:

    So glad you’re back brother! I went from 230 and 290 and back for years at 6’2″. What works for me, is during the week keeping the diet super clean and hitting the gym then Saturday and Sunday just eating out or enjoying things that aren’t that great for you. Since I’ve done that I’ve been able to maintain a fairly solid 235. Word of caution. As I’ve gotten into my forties I’ve noticed I need to put down the fork early Sunday afternoon! Great to hear from you. You got this!!!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Awesome Jeff. You’ve made a huge transformation. I commend you and appreciate your wise words

  22. It’s not embarrassing, Chris. You’re human and gaining weight is pretty normal, it happens to all of us. I am 27 now, three years ago I was stuck with work (sitting for ten hours, sleeping for less than four) to achieve something big in life – and I made it, with certain price. I was mocked and called out because I was always someone stuck with hours in gym or martial art, sharing advice on healthy life and fit body but in 2014 my body was totally opposite of that.
    When I look back,I may have failed my promise to keep myself active forever but in exchange I got something – my full time dream job – and I was able to return my body in shape with hard work etc…
    Don’t hate on yourself, you inspired many of us and it’s time you do something for yourself. You know the drill.
    I quit smoking two months ago which I’m very proud of and currently pushing myself with workout and healthy lifestyle because I fear I might gain weight since food is more delicious now, haha.
    So, take it from someone much younger but with shitty past – life is throwing bumps only to those capable of dealing with them. Keep your head up and stay awesome!

  23. Big Chris,

    I’ve always had mad respect for you. I respect you even more after this post. I find myself in the same boat but I’ve never actually gotten into shape. Only part way before I fall of the wagon. Keep us updated and you’ll get through this. You got this, bro.

  24. Great to see that you’re posting again, Chris! I was just looking at your site last week to see what was going on! I’m in a relatively similar boat, as I am facing having to lose about 20 lbs. In looking at the other comments, I feel sheepish about saying 20 lbs, but here’s the thing, I have never had to lose weight in my life and it’s a completely alien idea to me! I have always been thin, always been able to plow through food and have always been very active…got married 2 years ago and my husband is an amazing cook and I’m more sedentary now, although I work out daily, it’s clearly not enough! It’s a challenge, and I intend to create my best healthy body again, and have fun at it! Crazy what happens when you’re not paying attention – and having fun! It’s easy to be distracted, and I’ve had to adapt good eating habits – and I have 50 years of unhealthy ones! I love all the responses you’ve gotten and it feels like one big group hug, I wish you the best and I look forward to hearing about your progress while I”m working at it myself! Cheers!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey thanks for chiming in, and for your honesty and kind words.

      THIS: “Crazy what happens when you’re not paying attention”

      Tell me about it. Funny (tragically sometimes) what can happen when you’re not present for your own life.

  25. I googled “how to get your shit together” a couple days ago and found your blog. I’m so happy I did. In addition to fixing my insides, I’m also working on my outsides. I’m a 5’7″ female, and was up to 200 lbs after having my kiddo I’m down to 165 and am working to somewhere around 15% BF, wherever that lands in the poundage department. PLEASE keep blogging, I will watch for progress updates and will stalk you on Facebook if we don’t see them. Accountability, homie!
    The way I am eating is pretty much just watching my macros and allowing myself goodies if I am willing to cut out other things throughout my day. I had no idea this eating philosophy was a THING until I saw IIFYM somewhere on Facebook. I guess I’m doing their thing but it worked for me before I found ’em.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Thanks for letting me know Anna. Thinking good thoughts for your and know you can reach your goals. (=

  26. My humble opinion: Intermittent fasting. For life. I have been doing it for about 3 months and the health benefits are amazing. The weight loss is slow but steady. I have read about 5 books on the subject, but “The Obesity Code” by Dr Jason Fung, “Delay, Don’t Deny” by Gin Calhoun Stephens, and “AC: The Power of Appetite Correction” by Bert Herring are my faves. This is a way of life. Not a diet. That is the problems with all diets- if we don’t stick to them, we will always gain it back (plus more).
    Missed your web presence!! Thank you for being so honest- it is inspiring always!!!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Thanks, Alison. Actually, my wife does a lot of intermittent fasting and I know a lot of people who’ve enjoyed a good deal of success with it. Appreciate your input

  27. Bill fisher says:

    Wow. Good to hear from you again, though sad about the circumstances. I just turned 58. At 52 I was over 250 and very out of shape. Then one day I just stopped the sugar and Cheetos and started CrossFit. Been sticking to it all this time and so far keeping a much healthier weight despite eating a lot (cashews are a favorite snack). Also dropped soda for coffee. Can’t say I’m Superman, but I scored as #16 out of 32 people in my box in the CF Open this year, which is pretty ok for a life-long couch potato (software dev). Best of luck and keep us posted. BTW I’m in San Clemente.

  28. Great to see you blogging again. I, too, have spent an adult life of yo-yo weight gain/loss. At 48 I now sit at 280 lbs after gaining 50 lbs following a knee injury a year ago. I train hard but my diet always lets me down. My consolation is that I know I can lose the weight I’ve gained because I’ve done it before. The key for me is to find a way of making the ‘why I’m doing this’ stay at the forefront of my mind which lessens the chance of me falling off the wagon (so to speak). In the past I’ve used journaling and photos to do this; I should do the same again because it worked.
    Like you I have good reason to be more healthy, my family means everything to me and I’d like to enjoy my time with them for as long as I can. Stay strong!

  29. Use the Tim Ferris book 4 hour body s a template.
    Simply put, 4-5 eggs for breakfast, chicken/fish and veg for lunch, chicken/fish/meat and veg for dinner.
    1 cheat day a week and it’ll fall off you.
    Sure there are others but this works.

  30. First, as a mother and wife, kudos for taking stock of your health and deciding that it is the right thing for all of you for you to do what you can to live longer with your family.
    As a nutritionist and public health professional, you’re right that a very small percentage of people maintain long term weight loss goals. However, the reason is quite simple: temptations are all around, some of which are even masquerading as healthy. So many times people think something is healthful, when in reality, it’s not. But because there’s a stigma surrounding being healthy, as if you’re giving something up or going without, it’s really hard to not give in to junk. Besides, the junk is literally DESIGNED to be damn tasty. It hits all those brain pleasure centers: high fat, high calorie, salty, sweet.
    The trick to staying on track is literally all in your head. If you see this transition as a positive, as though you’re undoubtedly not missing a thing, you truly won’t miss it.
    I became a vegan many years ago and people ask me often if it’s hard to not get donuts and lunches with my team at work. The honest answer is no. It’s not at all hard. That stuff literally doesn’t even register as food with me most of the time. As soon as you break that idea that you’re ‘giving up’ something, it becomes 100% easier, and it keeps getting easier everyday. I promise.
    I’ve been reading your blog for ages and if you ever want to chat, it’s what I do. I’m a health educator/ nutritionist. Stay strong amigo! It’s always worth it. Much love~ Sandy

  31. Virginia says:

    Some programs have “cheat days.” Some times they turn into cheat years… Lol! Just like the rest of us who lose, then gain, then lose again, you appear to be human (and with a beautiful family). 🙂

    It is wonderful to have you back! Keep on writing, working and helping us out in the meantime. We really missed you!!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Awe, that’s very kind of you. I’ve had best results with just one cheat meal. Anything about that I seem to get little results. Probably because I can consume a lot of damn food in a day.

  32. Hi Chris, I’ve been following the Ketogenic lifestyle for 1.5 years and not only did my right knee pain and left thumb pain go away, I no longer crave carbs every second of the day and I’ve reduced my appetite tremendously (like you, I used to have what seemed to be an insatiable appetite). I’ve​also reduced my triglyceride levels from 195 to 65 which I’ve never been able to do in all of my life. Please feel free to reach out to me if ever you need help. I wish you all the best on this journey and thank you for your transparency!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      That’s incredible. Funny, my right thumb is jacked up from using it to maneuver through my iphone. I’ve heard some great things about Keto. I know Chris Bell is a super into it right now and it’s helped him a lot.

  33. Jorde Davis says:

    What you’ve done is push your body past it’s metabolism every major athlete or military man does this. I’m sure your a lot of muscle. Now what happens to Army men is that they cannot push their bodies to the same point as they once did. I have this problem two. I was a cut 200 5% body fat. My injuries since than it is impossible to push myself that hard again. I was 300 recently now down too 270. Well my depression involved serious alcohol abuse. I also pushed myself hard while living on the streets so when I came home my 220 frame blew up with the help of an allergic reaction to an anti-psychoitics. I would buy a food steamer if I were you. They are inexpensive and the healthiest way to eat. Mine is a double dockers so I can do meats on the bottom and Veg on top or wild rice. I lost 40 pounds in 3 months training Systema Basics taught by Vladimir Vesiliev in the book “Let Every Breath” . I was 240 swimming 4km+ a day lifting weights at home I started with 10 pounds and worked them hard until I felt ready for 20’s than worked them hard until I moved to 30’s full bench working front and back could do backfly’s up too 15 reps. To lower your heart rate and eat away your cholesterol first supplement Garlic take as bottle suggests. Second Hawthorn take one twice a day no more than 500mg dose, rieshi mushroom same, Cordyceps same, b-vitamins 50-100mg complex 1 a day, Fish Oils 2-3 two doses daily, Ginseng Korean red or for a less potent effect white, green or white tea, Ginseng improves liver function 30%. Walk at least 10,000 steps. And it’s important to not take protein powders on the mixture. Because many have additives. Also 500mg of L-Arginine.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      hey Jorde, I really appreciate the tips. I take meds for OCD and they definitely helped add a lot of fat

    • @Jorde Davis —

      Intrugued by your “allergic reaction to anti-psychotics.”

      Imo, anti-psychotics are most-accurately-categorized in the same way that Ralph Nader described the Corvair: “unsafe at any speed.”

      I was put on anti-psychotics during two periods in my 20s. One period was from August of 1973 to sometime in May or June of 1976. The other period was from October or November of 1977 until sometime in February or March of 1978.

      This was a mistake on at least three counts:

      1. I didn’t need fixed, because I wasn’t broken.
      2. They made me worse instead of better.
      3. Even if you have mental dis-ease, these chemicals aren’t a healthy choice of treatment.

      That’s a thumbnail sketch of my experience.

      Anyway, weight gain was part of the experience. The last pill-ing REALLY made it hard for me to lose for many years. I shot way up — and, then, had a set-point I might reach, but it was like a yo-yo.

      When I began to take off weight, I was 59 or 60 years old and wasn’t even trying. I’m now 64 1/2 and have lost even more.

      My relationship with food is that I don’t feel guilty about anything I eat. There are no “bad” foods. Sometimes, I really pig-out. Most times, I eat in moderation.

  34. George Wright says:

    Dam I’m so glad your back. Stay positive and just make better choices with the food. Weight loss will happen brother.

  35. Great to see you ‘back’ Chris!
    Thank you for sharing where you are at and your journey.
    I have struggled with similar all or nothing type behavior.
    I am working on this middle ground now and it sure is challenging!
    The middle stuff feels like wearing an itchy wool turtleneck sweater! UGH
    Working on mindset and self-care/love is where it’s at, right?
    And after a lifetime of not much of that, it takes time and practice.
    Much luck and good vibes your way and I look forward to keeping up with your journey, you are always very inspiring and motivating!
    Best,
    Adrienne

  36. Andrea Hecker says:

    Feels like I’m just saying the same as everyone else. Struggled with weight for much of my life. 5′ 7″ at age 15 and 220 pounds. Lost 70 pounds in one year by just growing 2″ using Slim Fast and eating better. Then 4 years later found myself bulimic all through college because I never dealt with the “why/baggage” of being addicted to food. Found my wonderful husband and had 3 kids in 4 years and most of weight stayed off.

    I turned 40 and my mom died 3 years ago and WHAM – I put on 30 pounds in just 4 months. I’ve tried many times over the past couple years to get serious about getting the 30 pounds off. Guess it wasn’t my time. I decided on what would have been my mom’s 80th birthday to get real. Started SlimFast again on April 3 and I’m down 7 pounds. Slow and steady wins the race, right? I’m not adding exercise yet. I want to get the weight off first. And I’ve heard many many times, that weight loss is 80% what you eat and 20% exercise. It’s funny how NOT doing something that makes you lose weight — not eating too much. Having the willpower to walk away from whatever it is that entices you.

    My friend was starting a new job and she was nervous. Her husband told her, “You can do anything for a year. Just give it a year.” Well, I told myself that, but in a smaller time frame: “You can do anything for a month. Just do Slim Fast for a month and see the results.” And now, my appetite has decreased for sure. I don’t miss eating like I thought I would. And I don’t hold myself to strict rules because that sets me up for failure. I use it as a tool to help me. I’m not going to follow the rules of someone else, because I will fail.

    Blessings to you! Can’t wait to follow your journey!

    BTW: Like Anna wrote above, I also found your blog by Googling “how to get your shit together.”

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Thank you for your honesty, Andrea. Wishing you the best of luck with your journey. And yeah, a lot of people seem to find this sight searching phrases like: “how to get your shit together.” Haha

  37. This short outline worked for me! Hope you find it usefull👍

    AIR Fat Loss Plan

    1. Measure everything! What gets measured gets managed.
    Daily weigh in, calories, macro nutrient,micro nutrient….
    2. Fasted HIIT cardio every day.
    3. Four resistance workout rotation! Push, pull, legs, core.
    4. Supplement with testosterone, creatine,multivitamin, omega-3’s.
    5. Superfood shake first thing in the morning after cardio work out.
    6. Plan your meals in advance.
    7. Add in healthy behaviors to crowd out the bad behaviors.
    8. Eat un-processed food, not too much, mostly plants.
    9. Drink 1 gallon of water per day minimum.
    10. Eat three times for performance/ one time for pleasure.
    11. Work around your injuries. Don’t let your back, knee, neck, be the reason you don’t work out.
    12. Get good quality sleep and rest. Which will be more difficult when you’re trying to make lifestyle changes. You will be restless in the evening.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Much wisdom here, Rick. Funny, all stuff I know but the reminder helps SO MUCH. Thank you, man!

  38. Wow Chris, so glad to see some writing from you again! I’ve followed you for years and always enjoy and appreciate your powerful words of advice. Similar stories here of weight gain and losses over the years. Last winter I was about thirty pounds overweight. I started a high fat low carb moderate protein ketogenic diet in late January and by late March dropped all thirty, with the help of a little exercise thrown in. I’ve always had an insatiable sweet tooth but that’s finally fading with the HFLC way of eating. I recently, after much reading on the subject, incorporated fasting and intermittent fasting into my routines with great success. There are some great podcasts on the subjects that I find really motivational.
    I really fell off the wagon this past weekend with friends and family in town for my youngest sons high school graduation. I’ve found my body really longing for the high fats, that really satisfy hunger, again. I’ve been fasting for the past 16 hours or so and won’t eat again until later this evening, almost 24 hours, to reset my system. It’s really working for me.
    You’re a strong man, in more ways than one. You got this Chris!

  39. Jennifer says:

    Hey Chris! Glad you’re back!
    I’ve been working towards some improved body comp after have some setbacks after my dad passed away and I went on a 2 year hiatus from caring much about health and fitness. Progressing some, but man, after 40 it’s a LOT different, so I’m here to share what helps after turning a certain age…
    #1 Self compassion- I can point two very good reasons your priorities changed over the last few years, and that’s a really good thing! Understand that you got where you are by paying serious and extended attentions to three girls (two kids and a wife) that really needed you to be there and do that. If you were being super concerned about your own body-comp and looking in the mirror all the time, it just wouldn’t jive with changing newborn diapers, bringing your wife a cup of coffee, entertaining a toddler while your baby nurses, or doing any of the other million tasks that a good-guy does when his family is growing. So good for you for having your priorities in line! Be kind to yourself, seriously.
    #2 Intermittent fasting- just helps. It’s not a big deal. Eat from 12 to 8, that’s it. Drink lots of water, obviously.
    #3 Heart rate variability- use it to judge how hard you’re allowed to work on any day. When we were younger, we could (would, and did) beat the hell out of ourselves with almost no consequences. NO more! Since you’re coming back, keep an eye on your heart rate to give you fool-proof evidence of how hard you can train on any day. Be gentler on the system than you were before, seriously. Allow the systems to heal and you’ll reap greater benefits. Recovery is everything now.
    Best and thanks for all you do! You’ve totally got this.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Awesome, I really appreciate the sage advice, Jennifer. And self-compassion, yeah, that’s a biggie

  40. Greg Rodzenko says:

    Chris-

    Glad you’re back.

    Echoing some of the other comments, I’m in the same boat weight wise.

    The big thing is that you have the mental tools, to have previously organized all of the exercise and food stuff. Motivation wise, there are those three young ladies who need/want you around for “a few” more years.

    Situation here: multi-sport endurance activities from age 14 – 51. Went from 185 > 240 lbs, at 5’ 11” during age 51-61 (present). As you’ve noted, the older we get, the blood test numbers and etc., become a much bigger deal as to our health.

    My plan is to do a 60 day juice fast to get the major body systems where they’re supposed to be, then resume my previous healthy eating as the norm; also to transition back to cycling, rowing, and the new one, competition kettlebells.

    There’s enormous power in groups of humans headed in the same direction……

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Awesome, Greg. You’re like me in that you know exactly what to do. Glad you’re getting to it again

  41. Hey Chris, glad you’re back I’ve always enjoyed reading all of your posts, I can relate to just about all of them especially this one.
    After spending a couple of years (2010 -12ish) downing all of the beer I could. I went from 170 lb scrawny guy to 238 pound beer gut. Around 2012 a friend introduced me to the gym and I became addicted. Dropped all bad habits and ate right just like any bodybuilder would. Managed to get down to 180lbs at around 8% bf in aboit 9 months. Soon after that 1 cheat meal turned into 2 and so on, still been eating all the right foods and hitting the gym regularly… along with all the bad foods which now results in me being a strong fat guy back up to 240lbs instead of strong shredded guy at 200 which is where I should be. Anyways I’ve been trying to get back on track and seeing this post really helps with that motivation. Looking forward to hearing about your progress inn the future.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      John, I appreciate your honesty. I know all about one cheat meal turning into two and so on. You can do it again bro. It’s all up to us. That’s the best part.

  42. PAUL BROOKS says:

    Your obviously going in the right direction man…keep up the good work

  43. Great to see you blogging again, Chris! Your writing has been such an inspiration to me, and I return frequently to re-read posts you’ve written and get my mind back to a good place. You’ve helped me and so many of your readers, I hope you feel nothing but support coming back to you!

    I’ve similarly been where you are now, and, interestingly, the most helpful advice I received for moving forward was from you! You wrote a blog titled “Why I Train No Matter What”, that I thought really nailed it. I’m 52 now, and definitely feeling the aches and pains from a life that hasn’t been exactly kind to my body. But when you push yourself to train, everything gets better — your body, your outlook, your diet, your overall state of well-being — it all gets better! But, Father Time also throws down some barriers that can challenge your motivation. My advice to you is to follow your own advice: re-read “Why I Train No Matter What”, and pay attention to the “cheat” you used — when you don’t feel like working out, or are otherwise just lacking motivation, just tell yourself “Fuck it, I’ll just go in and do a few light sets today” — works every time!

    Good luck, Chris! Stay real, keep writing, and keep pushing yourself and your readers!

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Robert thank you sooo much for this. I wondered if anyone would bring that post up. Somestimes it can be a struggle to live up to my own posts. A big reason I post them is remind myself of what’s important and work through my own shit. Good call on the “cheat” … thanks again Robert

  44. Six weeks ago the doctor told me that I’m diabetic. So was my dad. He dropped dead because he wouldn’t respect his blood sugar. All I could think when the doc said that was, “I do not want to wind up like my dad.”

    I’ve cut my blood sugar in less than half in the time since. I’m making lifestyle changes. No more Pepsi. Sugar-free creamer in my coffee. Portion control, like having more protein and fewer carbs. If I’m going to carb it up, I try to do it early in the day and even then I limit the portions.

    But despite how much I love to keep my butt in the chair and write, I need to get it out of the chair and do more stuff. Those changes are coming slower and I need to work on it.

    The doctor and I agree. I’m not on a diet. I’m not undergoing an exercise plan. I’m making lifestyle changes. And I’m going to have to keep this newer, healthier lifestyle if I want to stick around to enjoy life.

  45. Hi Chris

    I have missed your blog and posts. If you need anything contact me http://www.LivingRightWithBillCortright.com I lost 123 pounds and have maintained it for 35-years. I have traveled the world lecturing on stress, personal development and wellness. There is no right diet you have to see how your body is recuperating, processing food and most important handling stress. I can read this thru your blood work. Connect and I will help you out ‘no charge’ but the deal is you get back to posting and do what you do…motivate.

    Bill Cortright

  46. Ahmed Sabit says:

    Hey man, I found your blog and started reading your blog posts about 2 years ago. I was really disappointed to find that you stopped writing blogs. 2 years back, I was at a really bad place in my life. Reading your blog posts helped me a lot man. I can’t thank you enough. You’ve been the only reason I started going to the gym. I’m 17 now, and I’d always been skinny. You motivated me to lift weights and now I’d say I’m in pretty good shape.You also motivated me to read books, meditate, learn the guitar, go swimming, play golf, hit the gym. I can’t thank you enough bro, you lifted me from a time in my life in which I had suicidal thoughts. So much love for you bro. Keep pushing and I know that whatever problem you have right now, you have everything in you to obliterate it and move past it man. Good to see you back, and please keep writing more because your writing is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Much love bro- Sabit

  47. Michael says:

    You got this. Thanks for writing again, Chris.

  48. Wes Minyard says:

    Hey Chris,

    My name is Wes. I’m from Lubbock and a friend of Larry L’onis. Shoot me an email. I have the answer you’re looking for

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Wes, I hate email. Post here if you want (as long as it’s not a pitch for something, of course) Thanks, man.

  49. Tiago Nascimento says:

    Glad to have you back, Chris. I really miss your posts always so inspiring. I know you’ll do what you got to do, and doing so you will emerge even better than before.

  50. Justin Pierpoint says:

    Man, I’m back to checking your site every morning for new articles.

    I *love* this post. Shows you’re human, like the rest of us. So many of us are in a similar position that you are now. If we all work together to take straight forward, achievable actions we can ALL move towards where we’d rather be.

    Chris, your situation now is a gift. It will allow you to inspire and help so many people.

    Now get after it.

    Biggest respect,

    Justin

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Love you’re attitude Justin. Thanks for the kind words. I hope do some short posts in the near future

  51. Hey Chris,

    I’ve been thinking about you for a long while and was really into your work a few years back. And then you vanished..

    I’m super interested in hearing what you’ve been doing all this time and although you probably know more about health and fitness than I do, I’d love to chat sometime to see if I can help in any way. I coach dads online full-time at fitdadnation.com and most of my clients are 40+ year old fat dads..

    Let me know if you have any interest in chatting sometime..Hope you’re good, my man.

  52. By the way, I wasn’t pitching you on coaching or anything like that. In all honesty your work has helped me over the years and I’d gladly offer up my help for free. If you’re interested of course..

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Hey Steve. Hope you’re good. I haven’t really been in the finess industry for someone. I spend most of my time writing these days (a few books I’m working on). Fits my introverted personality. One is about my buddy’s life, he had a weed trafficking biz doing almost nine figures a year, now he does 90 million a year legit in the legal weed industry. He’s led an insanse life. Think the Wolf of Wall Street of WEED meets Catch Me if You Can. I’m writing a book for another friend/client that can be likened to Fight Club meets The Goal. And then at night I work on my own crime novel which is like No Country For Old Men meets John Hart’s The Last Child. So that, and hanging with my fam, is where I’ve been bro. Thanks for asking (=

  53. Bro….i didnt know you were so tall.

  54. Chris,
    I have read your site over the years from time to time. I love and respect the honesty of this post. I understand and have been in a similar situation. The best decision I made was to enlist Dr. Kashey two years ago. It’s so much more than setting up nutrition. I can’t quite explain how much I have learned and worked through different things through Dr. K’s assistance. The rest of the RD team has pushed me as well in other ways I never expected. Hang in there! Feel free to ask questions if you have them.

  55. Hey brother. A friend of mine sent me the link to this article because it resonates with me so much. I was in a VERY similar spot as you. My weight numbers were lower than yours, but only because I’m a lot shorter than you. I was just about 250 lbs at 5’9. I had very little muscle. As a former athlete who used to work in a gym and train on a daily basis, I was heartbroken when I realized how bad it had gotten. I decided I had to make a real change because of my two kids and the fear that I would not be around for them. After trying a bunch of stuff myself with no success, I ended up finding a nutrition support group and hired them to help me. I’ve gotten the best results of my life and am still improving every day (down to 215 currently). I do not work for this company and I get nothing for recommending them to you. I won’t even post who they are on here because I don’t want to come off the wrong way. My suggestion is to put the decision into someone else’s hands. That way it takes the thinking out of it and you only have to do the work. If you’re interested in finding out more about who I used shoot me an email, Fulton bjj at gmail dot com. (No spaces and an @). If you’re not interested no biggie but it’s a great idea to find an expert and let them guide you. Eventually you’ll have things down and be able to do it on your own again. But where you’re at some extra help would probably help you out a ton, especially in the beginning just getting back on track. Be well my friend and good luck.

  56. Chris,
    What an amazing story! It’s amazing how life changes and things become different. Like you said, you know what to do and how to do it, but making that lifelong change for your “why” is the most important part.

    Your story was shared in a group that I’m currently in myself. I’ve had my own fair share of struggles with food and wasn’t building a quality of life from it as I wanted to, sort of like in your case. I have kids who look up to me. I though I had the gym figured out, nutrition figured out. I was working towards my goals, but I was unhappy doing it. I was unhappy when I reached every goal because I didn’t look or feel how I expected to when I got there. I was causing damage to myself mentally physically and emotionally. Worse off, I was letting it effect my family and my kids.

    I found through life long friends a company called http://www.relentlessdietetics.com who have not only changed hundreds of lives and the relationship with food, they’ve helped me and many others create lifelong processes and habits that are achievable, sustainable and can be applied for life that improve your fitness, quality of life, stress with food and let you enjoy life the way it should be; stress free.

    The goals we had were not goals. It seems like the “finish line” just came to you through the process. The people associated with the RD family are some of the most genuine and supportive I’ve ever been associated with.

    I really recommend reaching out to Relentless Dietetics. Reading your story, I was waiting to get to the end and read a final paragraph on how it turned all around with the RD program!!! Well, I guess that chapter has still yet to be written…. if you need anything or help finding the group please let me know. I’d really love to see you turn it all around.

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Thank you Garrett, I’ve heard great things about Nic and his RD program. If I do one, that would probably be the one. Thanks for sharing your expereince

      • Chris I’m glad that Garrett mentioned RD. That’s who I also work with. Definitely a home run and life changer.

        • aw shucks.

          The truth is that everyone is obsessed with tactics and methods….

          We just want to work with you to determine what is most pragmatic and what your personal roadblocks are.

          Also… if you can get shredded without suffering…why suffer?

          Its a strange, massochist, fitness indistry thing….like people identidy with their suffering.

          We keep quality of life high, and, if we do our job….you quit stressing about the finish line and it just comes to you 🙂

  57. Dale Cathcart says:

    Seen your story in a feed like few others have already mentioned. Swallowing the honest and personal accountability pill is a tough thing to do, but it is most definitely necessary if you want to actually change for the better. So I can fully appreciate your honesty in this post and it’s seeing things like this that continues to inspire me to be as open and as transparent as possible. Like a few others I also am under Dr Trevor Kashey’s (relentless dietetics) nutritional guidance and over the almost 3 years I have grown and learned so much about myself. I started wanting to just not be fat and to get shredded. But as time went on I started to notice that the process I was learning was just a catalyst that was bleeding into other aspects of my life. The coaches as well as the members over at RD inspire me everyday, to want to continue to just be a better all around person. The Quality of life mindset is one of the biggest benifets I’ve gained over the years. I’ve learned and still learning to be happy with the process and life as I live it and stopped stressing over and worrying so much about the end goal/results. Like I said I started for selfish reasons, but came out years later a truly better person, father and partner. I would highly recommend relentless dietetics, but regardless of the path you choose to becoming a better “you” I wish you nothing but success! Again thanks for being so honest 😊

    • Chris McCombs Chris McCombs says:

      Awesome. Thanks for sharing and for your kind words. I’ve heard a lot of great stuff about this program and plan to look into it

  58. Adamu Larry says:

    You are for real Keep it up

  59. Hey, I applaud you for being real and laying it out there. Life is peaks and valleys, ebb and flow. I lost a ton of weight and was 3rd in the women’s rebok triathlon a few years using Tony Robbins Get the Edge program. I ended up on his infomercial between Mark Burnett and Serena Williams as the token regular person. Years later I was embarrassed I’d let about 25 of the 55 come back. However, who are we kidding… just need to dust yourself off, climb back on the horse and go for it. I am the size I was in high school now due to a medical error where they punctured my esophagus in three places and ended up with a feeding tube nothing by mouth for 1/2 a year. Not a recommended way to lose weight that’s for sure! We all know.. eat smarter, eat less, and get moving… you’ve got this! Obsess and focus on the gain of great health and vitality rather than what you need to lose or lack. You are an amazing writer and I’m glad to see you posting again! Get that calendar out and a big red marker and go for the three week habit of something healthy. If you do it, I’m ready to get back to the gym myself, I’ll join you and If I were a guessing girl, I’ll bet there’s others that would join in on a “21 day red marker calendar challenge” towards some new habit 🙂

  60. Hi Chris. Thanks for the honest posting and picture. I was diagnosis with diabetes with a couple of serious complications a few years ago. Your posts were one of the things that helped me lose 50lbs and get it under control without medication. The other days I was at the doctor and I have gained 40lbs back and my blood is a fucking mess … really depressing. I’m sorry you are where you are but it tells me we are all human and shit happens … even to the strongest of us. Time to get back up from the mud and go at it again. I’m with you in spirit and good luck!

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