Not Just a Weight Loss Blog

I originally created this web site so that I could lose weight and get in shape. So you could say it was a weight loss blog. It has since then morphed into something else. It’s not about losing weight anymore, although I do have a some more weight to loss. It’s now about being healthy, happy, and in control of my life. I have lost weight, met new people, and learned many new things. All thanks to this blog.

The last six months have been eye-opening. I always knew I could get in shape and get in control, but I had not seen it or felt it. Does that make any sense? What I mean is that I hadn’t envisioned it until now. Losing weight was always this distant, unachievable goal. Every year was a let down. Thanks to this blog I have now dropped a significant amount of weight and feel like I can manage my diet and exercise in a healthier manner than before.


The main theme of this blog may seen like it’s about weight loss, but it’s not. It could more easily be classified as a health blog. Or better yet, a life blog. Yeah, I like that much better. A life blog! About my life and all the stuff I deal with, some of which has to be weight loss, fitness, and nutrition. So this isn’t only a weight loss blog folks. I used this blog to propel myself into accountability and support. Guess what? It worked! Go search the web for bloggers that have a weight loss blog and a constant that you will find is that they have been able to be held accountable by blogging. The support you receive is also phenomenal. Everyday I log on I think of all of the other folks that are in my shoes working away towards their goals. I read their blogs and happenings, and it’s nothing short of inspiring.

This is a life changing stepping board…Hop on.

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About the Author

My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. johnNo Gravatar says:

    Not only that, but I wonder if a lot of those folks who have stopped maintaining their blogs have also given up on their fitness journey. It is sad, so many that were around when I began have just disappeared without even a final post goodbye.

    • IsraelNo Gravatar says:

      That’s a possibility. Maybe they just got too busy.

    • SJNo Gravatar says:

      Just started my journey again last week. I’m 5’3 and 149 pounds. I keep trying but always end up falling off the wagon. Any tips?

      • Start small. Accomplish little things. Are you happy with yourself? If the answer is no, then do something to make you happy. It’s going to take some commitment and fortitude to lose that weight, but it gets so easy after a while that it becomes habit. Start off with controlling your eating and replace bad choices with healthier ones.

  2. I’ve only had my weight loss blog for a short time, but already I feel the same as you. Having a public audience helps to motivate me to stay on course.

  3. CoopNo Gravatar says:

    I started out about 3 years ago just tracking my workouts, times, etc. using Blogger. It has worked quite well. You can easily see how many workout you did per month, check your progress, etc. And all for free.

    You are right on in your writing that there is a lot involved with weight loss. It may be nutrition, motivation, exercise selection, psychology…you are getting results so you must be on the right track.

    Plus, you are helping others…way to go.


  4. I think it’s so cool you’ve got this blog and you’re turning your life (and health) around for the public to see. Kudos to you my brother! You are well on your way to being a very fit dude. Keep it up!

  5. Health NutNo Gravatar says:

    Good for you! I’m glad blogging has really galvanized you to take control of your life. Right now, my problem is blogging too much. hahahahha

  6. GlenNo Gravatar says:

    Its great to hear that your blog and your life have evolved. keep up the good work!

  7. Jimmy clarkNo Gravatar says:

    This is my first time on this blog and I really like the content ; ) Have you guys checked out yet? It’s mainly for healthy weight loss, but they also get into some great nutrition and exercise advice.

    • IsraelNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jimmy, feel free to subscribe and / or stop by each day. I have seen daily skinny in my stumbling of the net, but I bookmarked it too.

  8. The awesome part you may want to take note of is the added Accountability you now have. You have an entire audience encouraging you and Almost Forcing you to be consistent in your quest! Having people around you in the process of achieving any goal is such an important factor in your accountability to your own process.

    I was watching the Celtics/San Antonio basketball game today and a large element of the commentator focus was on how Kevin Garnett is making the Celtics a great team because of his leadership and his encouragement for the team to remain accountable to themselves…although his skills don’t necessarily hurt! Keep it up. We want to see that six pack before the year is up!

  9. Mel TNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the great post Israel. It’s awesome to read that blogging has helped you, and others, stay on track.

    I suppose it also gives you another area of support which wouldn’t have been there before. Blogging could actually be a great area to get into for those who just don’t have a strong support network at home etc – I hadn’t even thought of that before.

    Best wishes, and keep up the good work!

  10. jim jonesNo Gravatar says:

    This is so great to hear. Keep up the great work

  11. I found your blog while poking around the internet looking for a few inspirational blogs that would help in my weight loss journey. I see you have over 3000 subscribers so you must be very inspirational!

    I’ll stick around here and hopefully learn a thing or two. Thanks!

  12. I love those inspirational blog… it just keep me going and going

  13. KristenNo Gravatar says:

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

  14. Body FitnessNo Gravatar says:

    nice blog ..very inspirational to me..

  15. KennyNo Gravatar says:

    I have started on my own journey recently and found that having “buddy’s” to share with do help in the process of losing weight and gaining health. I have always been “the fat kid” and I have gotten to a point in my life now that I am not going to be that anymore. I have realized I can be “big” and healthy. I have had some success in turning some fat into muscle, seen the results and have been inspired to never go back. Something in my mind has clicked (finally) to not want to look just fat, but toned. Muscle definitely looks better than fat. I have been able to lose 27 lbs in 8 weeks with working out and changing my diet. My kids are also looking at more healthier food choices and I hope they never have to be battling the bulge in their lives. That, along with my getting healthier, would be the best I can ask for along this journey. Keep up the good work, and blogging, you never know who it will inspire! Your website mentions “FREE” Fat Man unleashed shirts? Hook me up! LOL It will be an awesome shirt to wear to my gym! I noticed the size options, I can actually fit into an option (2XL) now!!! LOL It feels great to lose weight!

    • Israel LagaresNo Gravatar says:

      Kenny, thanks for contributing. Great story and you have inspired me with it. As far as the shirts, I am waiting on the next batch.

  16. SarahNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats on your success. I have recently decided to turn my life around and become healthy. My only issue is that I has very sensitive skins so I got a BUNCH of stretch marks. This may sound stupid, but they’re not just little pink lines, they run from my ribs to below my belly button, the whole way up my sides and above my boobs and they are dark purple. I’m excited to lose weight, but I am discouraged to show people my skin. I saw that you have a few on your stomach ( nothing compared to mine ), but what do you plan to do about it? Does it bother you? Will you feel weird with your shirt off with a 6 pack and stretch marks? Anyway, you look great and keep it up!

    • Israel LagaresNo Gravatar says:

      I’ll treat them as war scars. They will be a sign of my victory! Stretchmarks usually fade to light overtime. I wouldn’t let that discourage you.

  17. SarahNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, I actually agree with the war scars part. I guess it’s just hard being a girl with all these stretch marks. I kind of feel like when I am actually comfortable enough to wear a swim suit again that anyone who has an issue with my skin can screw themselves because I have worked so hard. Again, congrats on your success, it’s really inspirational.

  18. RobNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Israel,

    Just wanted to congratulate on your blog. People who come here will be helped, motivated and inspired reading it.

    Is wish you coninued luck on your journey

  19. ClenbuterolNo Gravatar says:

    The idea around social events and entertainment is that it is a people event, not an eating event even if it may seem like it

  20. hi there i came by today and really love the reads , i just statred my life changing transformation blog myself and have been looking for motivation and blog buddies…thanks again

  21. OkNo Gravatar says:

    I started working out since 5 year ago. The first few years i was really motivated, I’m in the gym 4-5 days a week and dieting like a real body builder. I haven’t gone to the gym about 7 month by now because i injured myself while lifting massive weight without warm up…Reading your blog got me thinking, even though i can’t go to the gym but i still can eat healthy, live healthy, stay healthy……..


  22. AndyNo Gravatar says:

    I just started reading your blog and its truely inspiring. keep blogging.

  23. Azman ARNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Israel,

    You have a serious following here. Very informative.

    I was at 99kg or more for so many years. I was not worried because I was healthy.

    I became concerned after seeing 3 of my friends of the age 40 to 45 hospitalized for heart problems. All have the same problem – overweight.

    That changed me. I went to an exercise frenzy. After a while, the will to reduce weight died down.

    In February this year, I started worrying because another friend had to undergo heart surgery. Wheww. I dont want to be in the que. Don’t want my turn.

    I finally heeded the advice of my late father, something he told me 20 years ago. And this December, I had lost 15kg. Now I weigh about 84kg. This means, I lost 1.5kg per month.

    The main things that I did were very simple & natural:
    1. Sprinkle a kitchen spice to my hot drinks 3 times a day
    2. Reduce my sugar intake by 50%
    3. Do an ancient Javanese exercise each morning for 10 minutes.
    4. 2,000mg of Omega 3 everyday.

  24. GeoffreyNo Gravatar says:

    I started my weight loss plan last year. I used to weight 82kilos. One thing I found about losing weight is, DO NOT set a goal weight and say “I wanna lose 20 poundS in one month” cause it will only lead to disappointment. But rather focus on your eating habits and changing your daily lifestyle. Running or Jogging is the most effective weight loss program. All you need is a good pair of running shoes. Dividing your daily meal into 5-6 smaller portions will keep your metabolism working all day. Now, 6 months after I am now at 67 kilos. Cheers!

  25. jackieNo Gravatar says:

    losing weight can be difficult, But it will help you in the long run, Because your healthier and increase your how much longer you live. You can lose weight by starting a timed schedule say like 10 mins aday, like running/walking. Another tip is to eat healthy and drink a glass of water after a meal not before or during it will make you feel full.

  26. KathrineNo Gravatar says:

    This is a great site you have here, it is good to see so many people participating in this conversation. Losing weight and being healthy really is a lifestyle choice that people have to commit to and learn how to stay motivated. Having a support system is really important as well.

  27. DerekNo Gravatar says:

    I think too many people are hung up on numbers, I like to use the mirror as my guide. Of course you can’t see day to day progress, but people that weigh themselves every day end up getting sooo depressed when they end up gaining even a couple of pounds back!

    I say, little by little every day is the way!

  28. Mr.GampilNo Gravatar says:

    Very inspiring, thank you

  29. andrewNo Gravatar says:

    i think ultimately weight loss HAS to be about getting healthy and being happy.

    because otherwise– food will = happyness– and it’s just going to be a downward spiral of weight loss and weight gain.

    that spiral stuff is exactly what happened to me. your blog helped me get out of it.

  30. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, man. I really like your message! Do you recommend any weight loss shows on TV? I think most tend to focus too much on losing weight, rather than living healthfully, but Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition seems to focus on living the right lifestyle. (It’s new, so here’s the episode I just watched if you want to know what I’m talking about:

    I’m glad I stumbled across your site, so if you could reference any more resources like yours it would be greatly appreciated!

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