Weight Loss Video Diary – Week 11: I Don’t Know


I don’t know… that’s what comes to mind about this past week. I’m not eating well, not exercising, not doing much of anything to take care of myself…

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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. Paul Sagherian, Jr.No Gravatar says:

    there is no question that it is a tough road and i go through the same battle.
    I have been taking the time to look at whatever it is that troubled me so i fall off the wagon as it were and tell myself that in addition to the problem at hand i will create a worse problem by eating. then that always tells me oh the hell with it i will start again tomorrow and of course the problem just compounds itself.
    last night i was upset over something and figured the cure was a trip to starbucks for a unsweeteded iced green tea and a chunk of banana walnut bread (unsweeteded green tea and banana bread figure that one out)well by the time i got there i knew i would be in worse shape if i ate the banana bread so i had a large unsweeteded green tea and walked right past the banana bread walked out and felt good that i did not screw up. there is no question that i need to constantly remind myself that this is how it is and it will be ongoing.I know we all do it but take a step back and have the safe things and skip the bad things as best you can

    this week i am going to the gym with a guy in my community who volunteered to go with me and show me how all the equipment works. he works out evry day, rides his bike for three miles and then runs. i am exhauseted just watching him. but he volunteering to go with me gave me some incentive and i am feeling that if someone is there to move you along that will also be a big help in staying on track. you know like the green line in the ad i need to use that green line to stay on track with my weight. keep up the good work and have faith Paul

    • Paul, that’s such a positive step. To go out and have your mind set on eating that but then having enough will to resist it. Wow. That’s major. Those little “wins” are what will help. Take that help from that guy and try to build on it. Thanks man. I know this is all possible, I just need to get back on track.

  2. AlexNo Gravatar says:

    loose weght on video? It’s fantastic!

  3. Hey, Israel, what’s up?

    Hadn’t heard from you in a while, and I know the same goes for me. I didn’t know you were up to 70-plus lbs. gone…way to go, man! You certainly have nothing to feel down about in that respect…And I can certainly feel you on where you seem to be stuck right now. Quite a lot has happened to me as well since the last time I kept up with you here on FMU.

    Thanks to a lot of hard work and keeping up with the online weight-loss/weight-fighting program I’ve been using, I lost 100-plus pounds – FINALLY! – since January of 2010. With just 50 more to go by the late summer of last year, I seemed to be on the brink of what would be the most successful transformation effort I had ever made in my adult life. Things were going so damn good, I even entered into several transformation challenges and contests towards the end of the year.

    Then…BLAM!!! In what seemed like an instant, it all just fell apart. I had been struggling with joint and back pain for a very long time, and like the doctors I saw, I chalked it all up to being obese and carrying a lot of weight. I even expected the aches and pains of working out to be double, and knew I would probably have to give myself some extra recovery time. But when my left hip suddenly just ‘went out on me’ and I could barely walk or stand, I knew that THIS was not normal.

    By the end of last year, I finally had a diagnosis and a name for it: OSTEOARTHRITIS. Chronic, severe and irreversible. And if I thought my hip was going to be my only problem, brother, I hadn’t seen NUTTIN’ yet.

    January up until now has been a constant blur of more doctors, pain pills, MRI’s, CT’s, and every other ‘ABCDEFG’ you can think of. Having gone from 369 to a just about SKINNY 264 (at least for me), I’ve seen my weight creep back up to 278. My eating’s gone to crap, my workouts are sporadic at best, non-existent at worst, and a good, solid, eight hours’ worth of sleep at night has pretty much become a distant dream for me.

    I hope I’m not coming off as ranting, or sounding bitchy or whiny. But I really know what it’s like now to have that feeling of being lost, of having that “WTF?” kind of foggy cloud hanging over my head…all the questions about why ME, why NOW, what happpens NEXT, now that I can’t do all the things that once made me so successful?

    I just want to say hang in there, and don’t let the little setbacks get you down or fool you into thinking you can’t go all the way with this. I know each one of us has his or her different crosses to bear on our journeys to get healthy. But you can’t really appreciate how small and easy to conquer some of our most ‘difficult’ challenges are, until you get body-slammed with something that REALLY takes the wind out of your sails…

    Sam Glass Jr.

    • Damn Sam. That’s awesome. Great job on the loss. Sorry to hear about the diagnosis and the set backs. Thanks for checking in, I was wondering how you were doing and looked you up on Facebook a while back but didn’t see any updates. We can do this man. keep in touch!

  4. KelNo Gravatar says:

    I just got back on the wagon myself-from mid January til last week, I hadnt been to the gym once. I was eating what was easy, not what was right. But I called my trainer. I graveled. I explained that my job has been killing me(it has), that I have lost all that I worked for in the past 7 months. She took me back. I’m so lucky. The first day back, I thought I was gonna vomit! But, as I walked home after bootcamp, I felt better than I had in over a month. I’m ready to get back to taking care of my body!


  5. ErikNo Gravatar says:

    Israel my brother, here is an idea, i will be putting together a team for world cup, you want to be in it ?

    you have lost one third of my total bodyweight already.

    You are the man and you know that, dont ever stop believing in yourself and what you can do, your a superstar in our world you know 🙂

    • Thanks Erik. I was offered a position on another team as well but I just don’t have the skills to compete and I don’t have the time to practice. Thanks for the kind words though!

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