Unbeknownst to me, around the same time I was beginning my weight loss journey my overweight friend Chris in Charleston started his journey as well. He started at 357 pounds and quickly started losing weight with a lifestyle change similar to mine — until he uploaded this picture to his Facebook account.
He was in the hospital — with gallstones.
His drastic weight loss was 100% to blame for sending him to the emergency room. It frightened me, but honestly and perhaps naively/ignorantly, 344 pounds scared me a lot more than the possible risks/dangers of losing weight quickly.
I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV — even if I did, the acting would be worse than Caddyshack 2. Therefore, none of the information (or information I link to) on my blog should be construed as medical advice. 344Pounds.com is the open, honest documentation of my weight loss journey — nothing more.
And in case you were wondering, since his surgery Chris is back to losing weight again. He’s lost 53 pounds and weighs 304 pounds after 19 weeks.
Posted by Shawn Tyler Weeks on April 20th, 2009
I’m going to post updates quite a bit, so follow me! I won’t post on the blog again until Monday, but I’ll be posting tweets throughout the weekend.
Posted by Shawn Tyler Weeks on April 18th, 2009
55 minutes, plus 2 for cooling down, equals 818 calories burned at level 18 on the elliptical. I really appreciate everyone who participated in the pledge.
I said I’d take pictures, but I lied. I bring you video instead:
I also said we’d be on level 19 after this, but I lied about that too. We’re going to go ahead and just skip 19 and go to 20. That’s the machine’s max level.
How bout them apples?
Posted by Shawn Tyler Weeks on April 17th, 2009