Friday, January 6, 2012
My Weight Loss Video: Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks to everyone that checked out or shared the video about my weight loss journey. The response has been overwhelming. I cannot thank you enough. It is the most intensely personal and honest portrayal of my weight struggle that I could make.
Many of you have sent me a lot of questions, so I thought I would post an FAQ for all to read.
1.) Where did the idea of the 'pants flag' come from?
Everyone that loses a lot of weight always has the "before" pants that they use to take pictures and benchmark their progress. It just so happened that I still had the custom-made dress slacks with the 74 inch waist that I was wearing in a lot of my "before" photos. I was trying to think of a clever way to feature them in the video and the pants flag idea just came to me. I am sure many of the people on the beach that day had no idea what I was doing running up and down the beach with a giants pants flag.
2.) How did you make the video? How long did it take?
I used an iPhone 4 to take most of the pictures and all of the video. A Blackberry Curve was used to take the pictures in the hospital. It was all edited, assembled and uploaded to YouTube with an Apple iMac G5 and iMovie '09. I worked on the video over the course of maybe a month.
3.) Where did the music come from? How did you record the voice over?
Since YouTube doesn't allow copyrighted music (or does allow it, but throws up ads all over the place,) I just used the public domain music loops that came with Apple Garageband. I recorded the voice over in my car with the iPhone 4 voice memo app.
4.) Come on. You didn't really lose all that weight on your own. You had to have surgery or something. You're obviously lying.
No, I really did. But for proof, just look at the time line. It has taken me more than a year and a half to lose 270 pounds. If I had weight loss surgery, I would've lost it much faster. I have nothing against people who decide to have weight loss surgery, it just wasn't the right option for me.
5.) Are you going to have surgery to remove the excess skin?
Absolutely not. I've actually purposely slowed down my weight loss to give my body time to adjust. I've also been lifting weights to try and fill out the loose skin a little better. I know that the excess skin will always be there and I want it to be there, for one reason: to serve as a reminder of where I came from.
6.) Where did you get the idea for the famous quote at the beginning of the video?
There's quite a story behind that quote. It comes from the late Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford commencement speech, at about the 12:09 mark. Originally, the quote I was going to use was "In war, there is no substitute for victory" (WW2 General Douglas MacArthur.) Then, it was a Gandhi quote. Then it was Winston Churchill. Then I saw Jobs' speech and identified with how almost dying really motivates you in ways you never thought possible. I had originally used a longer quote, but came up with the finished product you see in the video.
Feel free to drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for watching my video and reading my blog!