45lbs Lost and More Loss to Come

I’m reviving this site and the podcast.

Back in 2013, at my highest weight, I was 372lbs. I didn’t take any photos of myself on the scale when I weighed that much. However, when I was a bit lighter, I did shoot a video of me on the scale weighing in at 366lbs.


In the fall of 2013, I lost 45lbs effortlessly. When people say, “The weight just fell off,” it sounds like an improbability, but that’s what happened with me. I wasn’t working out consistently. I didn’t change my eating habits that much. The main thing I did was stop ordering so much takeout. I do remember being really happy during those months—not because of the weight loss, but because I was in the flow of my life and things were going well.

That all shifted in 2014. Oh my gosh. Both emotionally and financially, 2014 was an extremely stressful time. Oddly enough, I didn’t gain weight. I also didn’t put effort into losing more.


So, here we are. It’s the middle of 2015. On the one hand, I find myself proud of sustaining my 322lbs and not getting back up to the 370’s. Then I have to give my head a shake and remember I’m still carrying a ton of excess weight. I figure now is the time to get back to losing it.

The first goal: 299lbs by July 7th.

I’m getting the podcast up and running again. I’m looking forward to interviewing more people who have gone the distance and changed their bodies.

I plan on doing short YouTube updates.

I’m working on a book about green smoothies.

I want to keep updating this site and see how it could grow.

ESM Podcast: #10: 115lb Weight Loss Success Story—72 Year-Old Betty Lou Sweeney


Like so many of us, 72 year-old Betty Lou Sweeney spent years battling her weight.

As a child, she lived in several foster homes and endured abuse. Those childhood wounds, along with the stresses of life, fueled a sugar addiction that lead her to gain a great deal of weight. At her highest, she weighed 250lbs.

After spending years dieting and then gaining the weight back (plus more) as well as dealing with various serious health issues, at age 69, Betty Lou knew she had to make a choice—either lose weight and get healthy or die.

On her own, she began to slowly lose weight, but when she connected with personal trainer Dave Candra at her local gym things began to dramatically change. Over the course of three years, Betty Lou lost 115lbs, and became healthy and strong—so strong in fact, in 2011, she broke the world’s record for holding the plank position for 36 minutes and 58 seconds.

Within this interview, Betty Lou tells of how she lost the weight, how much exercise has changed her life, and offers inspiration for us all.

Enjoy the interview…

Time: 67 minutes

Betty Lou’s Web site

Betty Lou on Facebook

Betty Lou on the Huffington Post

Video featuring Betty Lou:

ESM Podcast: #9: 116lb Weight Loss Success Story—Laina Harris

Photos By: Troy Wayrynen, The Columbian Newspaper


It’s been awhile since I posted an interview, but I promise the one you’re about to hear will make up for my long absence.

With all my past interviews, each person I spoke to had lost a huge amount of weight and was either at, or very close to, their goal weight.

This time, I interviewed a woman, Laina Harris, who has lost a great deal of weight, but is still very much committed to the process of losing weight and getting healthy.

Last year, after the death of her mother, Laina began to approach her own life differently. Weighing over 400lbs, she realized her weight was keeping her from living a full, and content life. She began by changing her diet and walking around her neighborhood. Doing both has lead to a passion for both fresh, whole foods and long, challenging hikes. Also, in the midst of her weight loss, her local newspaper is publishing articles detailing her progress.

To date, Laina Harris has lost 116lbs. As you listen to her speak, you’ll hear how the weight loss has lead to many life gains.

Enjoy the interview!

Time: 77 minutes

Laina’s blog.

Laina on Twitter.

Laina on Facebook.

The Columbian newspaper articles profiling Laina: May, 2012, July, 2012, and September 2012.

ESM Podcast: #8: 110lb Weight Loss Success Story—Lisa Eirene

It has been ages since the last episode of the ESM podcast. My excuse is that it’s been a busy summer. However, I’m back and have several new interviews coming up including the one you’re about to hear.

On her blog, Lisa Eirene says reaching her highest weight of 255 lbs was because of “unhealthy food choices, sugar addiction, medications, laziness, and depression”.

In 2006, after her doctor warned her she was pre-diabetic, Lisa focused on, not just losing weight, but also easing herself off of the several medications she was taking.

It took her two years to lose 110lbs. In the midst of her weight loss, she became passionate about eating healthy and becoming more active, and athletic, than she had ever been.

Enjoy the interview.

Time: 57 minutes

Lisa’s blog: 110pounds.com

Lisa on Twitter

Lisa on Facebook