Legends of Weight Loss

January 22, 2008 · 17 comments

Someone commented on here recently that I was a legend and an inspiration.  OK, I’ll accept that when I do things like run two miles I might be an inspiration to some, but a legend doesn’t eat cookies like I’ve been eating cookies.  A legend doesn’t polish off the damn Williams Sonoma peppermint bark like I just did.  I’m FAR from a legend.  I may never get there.  I dream of one day even being able to wonder if I could be a legend.

There are legends out there though.  Here are some of my Legends of Weight Loss:

Pasta Queen (Jennette Fulda) from Half of Me.  It was her blog that inspired me to start this blog.  Half of Me was the first entry in my blogroll.  I love reading the older posts in her archives, they are very inspirational.  A few years ago she weighed 372 pounds and in a little more than two years she had shed half that, down to 186.  She’s a legend in my eyes not just for that success, but her great writing.  Her upcoming book Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoiris available on pre-order.

Shauna Reid from The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl.  Like PastaQueen, Shauna lost half of herself too, from 351 pounds down to 175.5.  She blames Nutella for her weight gain.  I can relate to that.  She’s got archives going back to 2001 when she started.  That’s commitment.  That’s legend material.  Plus, she has a book out too.

Jan B from Just a Mom, That’s More Than Enough.  Jan started her journey last year at 272 pounds and just recently marked her most recent milestone at 160, for a total loss of 112 pounds.  I love how open Jan is, including posting pictures and sharing other intimate details.  People need to see that sort of thing.  She’s a legend for sure.

Tony from Guess How Much I Weigh.  There are not nearly as many guys out there blogging about weight loss as are women.  And most of them don’t have the success Tony has had, going from 288 last January to 214 this December.  2007 Fatblogger of the Year Tony is a legend to me for his results, his dedication and his humility.  I think he’ll hate me calling him a legend, but there you go Tony - you are truly an inspiration.

There are others, but that’s a good start.  These four weight loss bloggers are inspirational and deserve to be called Legends.

Who are your Legends of Weight Loss?

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Cammy January 22, 2008 at 6:29 am

You’ve got two of my favorites up already: Pasta Queen and Diet Girl. I had the good fortune to be seated with them at a BlogHer luncheon last year, and they were both incredibly kind and funny women. I plan to buy both their books for offline reading.

My daily inspiration is Moon. (http://marathonmoon.blogspot.com) In addition to being a personal friend, Moon is remarkably dedicated and determined, and I’m blown away by her accomplishments. Last year she set a goal of running a marathon and she saw that goal realized just last week. In style, too, I might add. An amazing young woman with a bright and shining future ahead of her.

dietgirl January 22, 2008 at 7:13 am

thank you so very much, you legend you :)

Comrade GoGo January 22, 2008 at 10:52 am

Oh man, Dietgirl and Pasta Queen are absolutely two of my very favorites, too! Those are definitely two women who can write up a storm, posting things that anyone on this road can relate to.

Tony January 22, 2008 at 11:40 am

I’m not feeling much like a legend this week, but thank you.

Thanks too for introducing me to some new inspirations.

And a belated congrats on reaching the 2 mile mark. You’ll be amazed at how easy it easy to run that first mile now that you have gotten over the psychological hump.

Keep up the great work.

John T January 22, 2008 at 1:33 pm

You write about some of the greats out there. But, I want to echo your sentiments on Tony. In his comment to this post you see the honesty, transparency and integrity that I respect in Tony. He is my inspiration when things get tough, or when I get down on myself.

We should print T-shirts…. WWTD?(What would Tony do?)

Andrew January 22, 2008 at 5:19 pm

How about Steve v4.6? I find him very inspiring.

Mary January 22, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Those are some of the great ones, at least some that I have noticed in the last month of blogging.

Steve v4.6 January 22, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Great post John. You list people who have taken control of their lives and have pressed forward- and that is the stuff of legend. I, too, look to them (and you and a few others like Skinny Guy, for example) for inspiration.

My hat’s off to all who are making the effort and I wish you the best.

Vilma January 23, 2008 at 11:21 am

Great post John. Pasta Queen is definetly up there for me. When i’m having a bad day, I like to visit the sparkpeople motivators that have had success in this journey.


Kyle January 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm

PQ is hilarious! I looooove her blog!

And I’ll definitely have to check out some of the others you mentioned. As for legends, I don’t really have any. Nobody that I know in real life has weight issues. I guess I’m proud of myself and of my 50 lbs lost…if that counts for anything…but I definitely am not a legend, hahaha :)

Diana the Scale Junkie January 23, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Thanks for this collection of legends!
Where the hell is Barbie, is one of my great inspirations. She lost 245 pounds and reading about how she still struggles makes me feel so normal!


John January 24, 2008 at 9:27 am

A legend, eh? I see someone has a high opinion of you. HA!

Skinny Guy January 26, 2008 at 10:22 am

I read Pasta Queen and Tony regularly and will be checking out Dietgirl and Just a Mom soon. The only problem with finding so many great blogs is keeping up with them all!

Israel January 27, 2008 at 2:38 am

all these blogs are on my daily rss. sometimes its gets to be too much to keep up with.

Daissy February 1, 2008 at 1:23 am

Honestly speaking, this is blog is the first blog I visit regularly which talk a lot about healthy life and weight control. I never think about controllig my weight before read some of your post. And now I do. So, you are my legends of weight loss.

That Grrl February 3, 2008 at 11:57 am

Anyone managing to lose weight and keep going with it is a hero. I’m in the middle of back sliding. I blame it on stress with my job but I know it’s still me making choices. So good for you and keep going. :)

JanB February 16, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Thank you for considering me a legend, LOL, this past month has been so hard, I feel like I am treading wet concrete. But it’s a struggle that we are all in and I have always found tons of great stuff on your blog. Thanks for writing so much great stuff!

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