The Weighting Game

27 06 2012

Okay scale, I don’t like you and you don’t like me either so let’s get one thing straight – I need to have dropped some weight by my next acupuncture appointment on Friday. I refuse to go two weeks in a row with weight gain even if it is just a pound or so. I’ve been jerking around with the same few pounds for over a month. Now this weight has to begin to drop again. I’m eating right, I’m eating less, I’ll be on the treadmill, lifting and doing yoga. I will make more time for better self-care. I will make time to get enough rest. I can do this. We can do this together. We can become friends again, can’t we? Two more days to go. Let’s make a deal. I’ll work hard and you be gentle…okay??

The Yo-Yo Effect

21 06 2012

I think I have put on and taken off the same 10 pounds three times now. I just can’t seem to break past the 70 pounds lost mark. So besides acupuncture and exercise, I’m adding a 3 day juice fast. I’m hoping that this will finally break the plateau I’ve been balancing on for a long time now. So far today though… zero weight lost but no weight gain either. There is something at least in maintaining. It may take a long time but I’m moving forward. I will not let momentary setbacks discourage me. There is something gained within the struggle that can not be gained without it.

From Pro Wrestling Icon to Fitness Guru – Diamond Dallas Page Reveals How Yoga Can Change Your Life

1 05 2012

When I decided to write this blog over four months ago, it was solely a way to stay focused on my goal of losing 200 pounds while reversing some serious health issues through a dietary lifestyle change and increased exercise. If it helped to motivate someone else than that was an added plus. I never expected to promote anybody’s product. That being said, if I find something that works for me, I am going to tell you about it. DDP Yoga has been that something. I’ve only done it for about a month now but it has helped me to lose some weight, gain noticeable strength, become much more flexible as well as significantly reduce a nagging shoulder pain issue that I’ve had. I know that the results I am seeing with this program so far are only the tip of the iceberg but in only four weeks, the results are impressive enough that I can’t help but espouse the many benefits to anyone who will listen to me.

I want to make it clear that I’m not a paid affiliate. I bought the program just like everybody else has. I have no stake in this other than to pay forward the kindness of others who have helped me along the way. It’s all about learning and information sharing.

One of the great things about blogging and the internet in general is that people you would not normally have the opportunity to communicate with, become much more accessible. I recently had the good fortune and the great honor to speak at length with the creator of DDP Yoga; a pro wrestling legend turned fitness guru – Diamond Dallas Page. He continues to help me tweak my lifestyle change so that I get the most out of it. I hope that the extensive information contained in this interview will benefit my readers and will help you determine if this program could benefit you (and believe me – it can and will) as it continues to do for me and the many others who are using it.

Click here for the: audio interview with DDP

If you’ve listened to the interview and feel inspired to use DDP Yoga to help you become your best self, you can save 10% on the program or on anything in the DDP Yoga store for the next 24 hours by putting in the promo code: JGEE

If you do get the program, drop me a line and let me know how it’s going. You can post public comments here or drop me a private one at

Arthur’s story – a DDP yoga testimonial


30 04 2012

And so begins week 19 of my switch to a plant based diet and an increased exercise regime. This week I stayed the same weight which keeps me at 62 pounds+ lost. This is not good. It means that I’ve only lost a pound in two weeks. I have about 135 pounds left to lose so this is no time to stall out. It’s my fault though, I didn’t make the time to do as much exercise as I should have and I haven’t been taking in enough water. I’ve eaten too many cheat meals with bread and my body has been deprived of sleep because I am way over committed with different activities. All excuses but still a formula that adds up to failure. It creates a difficult environment for trying to maintain my weight let alone lose any.

The real fear though is failure. I lost a lot of weight once about 9 years ago. In about six months, I lost 65 pounds by doing a 30 day cleanse/fast followed by eating a mostly vegetarian diet. I believe that the fast further damaged my slow metabolism and eventually I went back to eating the wrong foods which resulted in my gaining all of the weight back and then some – probably an additional 45 pounds or more. And so that is the reality of these types of things, people lose weight and people fall off their program and gain it all back. I don’t want that to happen again so I must really force myself to stay determined and live the program that I have set up for myself. I want to push through the barriers.

I was fortunate to speak with current fitness and yoga guru, Diamond Dallas Page, at great length yesterday and we discussed my predicament. His advice was to eliminate wheat from my diet as it is highly processed in the foods that we eat. He said that at my age and weight, my body has difficulty breaking wheat down. He also suggest increasing his DDP Yoga workouts to 5 days a week for the next several weeks until it becomes more of a habit. If I do this, I should start seeing major results. So, I’m going to flip the script and see if I can get the weight loss working for me. If not, you will be witness to a failure of epic proportions. Fun either way, right? Stay tuned!

***huge DDP audio interview coming tomorrow!

Wrestling with my Weight

24 04 2012

And so begins week 18 of my switch to a plant based diet and exercise regime. This week I lost another pound bringing my total weight loss to over 62 pounds. It was nothing short of a miracle to lose that pound this week because at one point I was several pounds up. My schedule was so packed with things to do that my discipline became severely tested. I had two pro wrestling photography gigs (including the great honor of photographing the 2012 Wild Samoan Cup) which meant late nights editing pictures. So on both nights when 2 or 3AM rolled around, I got hungry. My food choices weren’t always the best. But really, anything to eat at that time, just isn’t wise. I also only got in a DDP Yoga workout twice last week. Luckily snapping 1300 pics is no easy task and requires a lot of crouching so by the end of the second night I felt like I had done several back to back Yoga sessions. One thing I’ll say for the yoga, it helps me stay in a crouched down position for a heck of a lot longer. My flexibility is definitely improving.

One of my favorite pics from this past weekend:

and this one:

I’ll be spending the next two days driving down and back up the eastern seaboard of the US for work. Should be interesting to see how I can maintain a plant based diet while on the road like this.

The Diamond Cutter

3 04 2012

One of the really wonderful things about doing this blog is the interesting people I get an opportunity to meet.  From talking to you the reader to interviewing people like Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, together we will find a way to better health and wellness.  Many of you are already far along this path and are living roadmaps for a person like me.  Others are just beginning the journey.  But no matter where you are, we are all on the journey together.

Over the weekend it was my extreme pleasure to receive two phone calls from  3 time former world heavyweight wrestling champion, Diamond Dallas Page (DDP).  If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you’ve realized that I am a giant pro wrestling fan. So it is not everyday that someone gets the privilege to speak with one of the truly greats in the industry.  Truth be told, I was trying to line up a future interview with DDP as I had recently been reading about his hybrid yoga plan that had really been changing people’s lives.  I had read wrestling great, Chris Jericho, say that the program had been successful in helping him return to the ring after a several year hiatus.  I had read that other wrestlers like Kane, Mick Foley, The Miz and Perry Saturn were using it as well as many indy wrestlers.  I had also heard that it was changing the lives of many average folks like you and me.  I had sent an email of inquiry to DDP’s people.  I never expected for the man himself to actually pick up the phone (while he was away, busy at Wrestlemania weekend) and call me – two days in a row!

DDP told me that he had been reading this site.  We talked nutrition, exercise and shared our individual stories.  While I was really looking for an interview, I was also interested in the program and wondered if it would be beneficial to me.  We spoke about that too.  DDP doesn’t mince his words.  He said that if I would work the program sincerely and put effort in, he and a network of people on Team DDP Yoga (a support website) would be there to help me along the way.  I decided that I was all in.  It would be a great tool in my expanding tool kit and after watching some video testimonials on line I thought that i could really have some success with it. It’s not every day someone gets the personal phone number and email address of one of their idols.  Plus, it would be something fun to blog about.

So I put my money down and the program is in the mail on the way to me.  It was not gifted to me. Like everything in life – the things that are worth something need to be worked for.  I try not to do anything half-hearted and I want to continue to make the necessary changes to take my life back.  I think that this can really make a big difference.  Watch this video and see what I mean:

The greatest transformation in fitness history! from Dallas Page on Vimeo.

Pretty amazing huh?

This blog is going to continue to be about many things.  I will continue to embrace a multi-disciplined approach to obtaining my goal.  Along the way, I’ll be trying acupuncture, traditional yoga and other modalities that I’m interested in.  But you will hear about this program, and as I have done in the past, I will shoot straight and tell you if its working for me or not.  But because I’m going all in, I definitely expect to see awesome results with improved flexibility, muscle tone and weight loss.

The other good news is that DDP agreed to do the interview and that will be physically happening on April 16th, with the interview itself being posted soon afterwards.  DDP’s people have graciously allowed my readers to get 10% off of anything they order between now and 24 hours after I post the interview. The special promo code is JGEE

Yes I have my very own promo code! Sweet!

While there is a commission based affiliate program, I’ve decided not to be part of it. For the integrity of the blog, I will get no monetary reciprocation for blogging about this. It’s all about getting better health and wellness. See you on the path friends. Buckle up, its going to be a great ride!

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