Thanks to CNN, I have gotten deluged with e-mails and Facebook messages. I appreciate all of them and up to this point, I have answered every one. So for the benefit of everyone, here are some answers to your frequently asked questions:
1.) Why does the caption under your picture on CNN.com say "He says he's lost 370 pounds," which makes it sound like you aren't telling the truth about your weight loss?
This is unintentional. I know the people at CNN that wrote the piece and they meant nothing by it. The writer likely was looking for a way to link to this blog and that is how they chose to do it.
2.) You must have had weight loss surgery. What you are claiming to have done is impossible. I don't believe you.
You can either choose to believe me or not. However, there is not one single shred of evidence in existence on this planet that I have ever had any form of weight loss surgery.
3.) I had weight loss surgery, I must be a bad person for doing it. I cheated.
Even though it wasn't the route I took, I do not judge anyone. You have as much right to have that surgery as I did not to have it. That decision should be made between you and your doctor. Still, in the end, we both have to do the same thing to keep the weight off. That's all that matters.
4.) What do you eat? Send me a meal plan. Tell me what to do. I want your success.
I used to ask the same thing of people who lost a lot of weight. I can't do it for you, no one can. The journey is too long and the work is too hard. That said, I eat 6 times a day. 3 large, healthy meals and 3 snacks. Lots of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, rice, lowfat dairy, lean meats and a lot of water. I have said goodbye to fast food, restaurants, pizza delivery, vending machines, diet soda....forever. There is a price to be paid and a sacrifice to be made, but it is worth it.
5.) Have you had/will you have skin removal surgery?
Not at all. Because I have taken 3 years to lose this weight and because of the exercise I do, the loose skin is there, but it's not that bad. Besides, I want that skin to hang there, every minute of every day, to remind me of where I came from. I am also not going to undertake life-threatening surgery for cosmetic reasons, when it is just not that bad.
6.) Have you read the reader comments at the bottom of the page?
No, and I never will. People who comment on news stories on the Internet are mostly good, well-meaning people. However, there are a number of people like this who are the lowest form of life on Earth. I don't have time to bother with reading that nonsense.
There were more questions and keep them coming, but that hits the most frequently asked ones. Thanks!