Monday, September 04, 2006

BACK TO SCHOOL


I got on the scale today and gained 2 pounds in 2 weeks. Now I'm back to 258 and it's time to go back to school.

10 comments:

Jonathan said...

BACK TO SCHOOL! What a great way of looking at it. I got your voicemail, thank you. I've been thinking about using Labor Day as a new jumping-off point, too, since it's one of those major signposts of the year. And "Back to School," yeah, that pretty much sums it up! Back to discipline, back to accountability, back to working now for a better future. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Your so fat, when you sat in class, you sat next to everybody!!! From what your saying, I can only imagine what you look liked in school. You sound like you got your PhD from Porkchop University!!! after doing your general ed at Kentucky Communitity College...Kentucky Fried that is. Why go back??? You've taken all of the classes. You might have learned some great study habits but missed all the classes on good eating habits. Can't you go sit in on a third grade class in California somewhere and learn about the four basic food groups. You're just like all the others...WHINERS

Abs in Arizona....Kenny

Anonymous said...

Jeff, I am not sure you know how many followers you now have over in Sweden. We are counting hundreds... Your blog and your fatman-channal has inspired so many over here. Now almoust everybody is on junk food. It´s cool to be heavy! You have given fat people the curage to eat even more. It´s so increadible. Thank you! Now we can all walk together on the Jeff Rhoad
Peace man

Anonymous said...

Jeff, you are an amazing person with an incredible amount of courage and determination. Please do not let idiot losers like Harold and the swedish guy get to you. They are pathetic. You are truly an inspiration to others who choose to lose weight the right way, by diet and exercise. You prove that with determination, it can be done, and that is an awesome message. In a world of quick fixes with all too many taking the lazy, unmotivated approach of gastric-bypass, you are a winner. Those people will be forced to live with a lifetime of health problems and the knowleage that they are quitters. In your case, you look forward to a lifetime of health and happiness and knowing that you can and did accomplish your goal. I wish you the best of luck and prosperity and thank you for your genuine encouragement to others.

Stephanie
Dallas, TX

Anonymous said...

Hello Jeff, I want to wish you a wonderful journey on your road to the new you. I have been a registered dietician and working in the medical field in So. Cal. for 39 years now and think what your doing is great. A fun way to monitor your progress and count the steps with others around the world. I wanted to share some knowledge on one of your readers comments. Stephanie is right. The "gastric-bypass" surgery as most know it, is not only dangerous, but also could lead to life threatening problems due to gastrointestinal disorders which pop up later in life. Those include Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Esophogeal Disorders and GERD, and obviously Gastroduodenal Disorders. We're just not sure, and only time will tell. The long term effects of this surgery are NOT known and anyone having it is taking huge risks to avoid hard work because they lack determination!! You're on the right Rhode and I commend you for that. There just isn't a lot of people out there like you. Good Luck.
Lawerence

jeffrhodes said...

Lawerence and Stephanie,
Thanks for the positive comments. When I was 360 I said that if I wasn't 310 in 8 months I was going to go under the knife,so I would be using less knives on my food. If I had not lost the weight I still believe Surgery would be better than weighing 360 at 6 3 while being 4 years shy of 40. I didn't want to create a website called www.400by40.com
Your absolutely right though Lawerence that there is no long term studies on Gastro-Bypass surgery because it is so new. Many health and life insurance companies will not cover you if you have had it because of that newness.
However, I have frieneds who have had it and they are very happy with it and have had few complications. I don't think any less of them for their choices. I think we can all agree that people, no matter how they lost the weight, can benefit from a lifestyle of healthy food choices and plenty of exercise. However, always consult a doctor before beginning any new program.
FinalFifty,
Jeff Rhodes

Anonymous said...

Jeff,
I commend you for all of the hard work, determination, and stress this website has seem to put you through. I would motion to say that your life experiences from being overweight have molded you into a genuine individual and character. I am a student at Duke University. I vehemently disagree with Stephanie from Texas comments. If she knew anything at all, she would understand that obesity is directly related to genetics. Most people understand this. Jeff, I know many people like myself, who have thyroid problems and struggle on a daily basis. It's right in front of you Stephanie. Children with overweight parents are unusually overweight themselves. Why do you think people usually resemble their parents Stephanie? Just about anything can be linked to genetics, people. Our DNA carries our unique biological make-up. Take a science course. Better yet>>>>>READ A GENETICS BOOK. A simple one can be borrowed from your local library. Sorry for coming off so mean, but it has nothing to do with laziness, my fellow Americans. Biotechnologists along with geneticists have proven the importance of the self replicating structures of cells called chromosomes which hold the DNA. goduke.com TEXAS SUCKS!!!
Todd

Anonymous said...

Todd - to put it nicely you are an arrogant idiot. How can you claim I don't know anything about obesity? Let me share my story with you. I have an indentical twin sister named Megan. Growing up I loved to play sports and was very active. Megan chose to watch T.V., sleep-in, and overeat all the time. Guess what? At twenty five I am 5'6" and 125 pounds. Megan is over twice my weight. She suffers from extreme obesity and I have to listen to her whine about how she needs this "surgery" to get thin. As far as I am concerned, she chose to be obese. Genetically, we are identical. I chose to be active throughout my entire life, playing sports, cheerleading two years at the University of Texas, etc. Megan chose a sedentary lifestyle of television, chocolate, and laying around. She refuses to be active and takes no responsibility for anything, especially her obesity. So for you to suggest Todd, that obesity is mostly genetic is absurd. Get a clue. I just wish I could motivate her to do something like Jeff is doing. It is refreshing for me to see someone special like Jeff to take control and make a better life for himself. I told Megan about Jeff and what he is doing and that with a little motivation she can do it as well. She always thinks I am making fun of her weight. That is not the case, I want my sister to be healthy and happy. I am so scared she is not going to listen to me and go forward with the bypass surgery. I print out every article I can find about the risks of the surgery and how many people actually die from it to try to dissuade her. I just pray she listens.

So Jeff, thanks again for your great message. You are an awesome guy and a great inspiration to many. And sorry if I rambled on. This whole issue with my sister just gets me a little emotional.
Please keep up your great work and if you are ever in Texas, you better look me up for lunch!

Steph

Anonymous said...

Final Fifty, you do have a neat web page. I am glad that exercise and diet is working for you. My siter Stephanie gave me this site. I have tried dieting for six years with no luck. I lose ten and then gain it back. Stephanie says I am fat because I am lazy. She is a liar. Did she tell you she is anerexic? She always talks about my problems but never about hers. She is mean to me. She scares me and tells me I will die if I wont lose weight and exercise. She also says I will die if I get my surgery. I have gone to counseling and the doctor says it is pretty safe. What do you think? Are your friends doing good, loosing weight? Please tell Stephanie to leave me alone

Megan.

jeffrhodes said...

Megan,
You need to decide for yourself on the surgery. Talk to your Doctor about the pro's and Con's. My wife got the surgery and lost 100 pounds. I lost 103 pounds naturally. In Sept. 2004 I told myself if I was not at 310 pounds in 6 months I was going to get the surgery. I do not think any less of you if you get it. Talk to your Doctor. However, remember you sister loves you and is worried about you too!!! If you get the surgery you still need to eat right and exercise. Take care Megan.
Final Fifty,
Jeff Rhodes