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Mike Huckabee: Dying From Obesity?

Heaven forbid this is not the case as I personally am a fan of Mike regardless of his political views. Former Governor Huckabee and I met last year for our film when his weight was significantly lower.

Our Interview With Mike Huckabee

He and I met in regards to his book about his journey through weight loss and his success with implementing great new health initiatives in his home state as governor.

What an inspiration this man was.

Last night, the dreaded obesity curse reared it’s head as I watched Mike Huckabee on “The Jay Leno Show”. It looked as though the dream was over for Mike. His weight was significantly returning. I asked myself… had he failed? Did he disappoint all of his fans, let alone himself?

The answer is a resounding NO.

Mike and I suffer from many of the same problems with emotional eating and stress. We both at times felt that we had found the greatest success at dieting and weight loss, but ending up gaining a good portion back as more then 98% of Americans do when dieting.

I  wonder how devastating and embarrassing this is for a public figure of his stature. For a while, when I was gaining my weight back, I refused to return to any restaurants or places where people knew me.

On the other hand, Governor Huckabee  has not gone into hiding with his head down. He is out there on his show on Fox News every week and I respect him so much for doing so.

I truly believe that Mike and I will both find a way to rid our weight in a positive approach. The hard work surely will not have an immediate result, but it will be for our long term well being and happiness that goes along with it.

So Mike, if you are reading this… please know you are not alone and that I respect you more now than I ever have.

You will find your way in this battle of obesity, along with most Americans one day.

You have found thin once and you will again.

Best of luck to Mike and everyone out there who is in this battle as well.

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Tony Horton and P90X: The Great Weight Loss Tool

I know most of you have probably heard about P90X or about the man behind it, Tony Horton. After hearing all the hype myself, I wondered if this man could live up to the new craze.
Tony Horton of P90X talking with film producer, Barry Roskin Blake
After our latest trip out to Los Angles, I must admit that he certainly does. Tony easily puts me to shame at the age 52 when it comes to his health, not to mention that the man looks like he’s almost twenty years younger. His physical prowess is amazing and he can do things that I have never seen anyone capable of.

As far as the weight loss angle goes, it’s merely impossible to shed your extra pounds if you really dedicate yourself to his program.

The great thing is not to look at it as a diet but just part of your daily life.

What effected me the most throughout our interview, was that he made sense of it all. The lightbulb went off in my head that being healthy wasn’t to be looked at as maintaining a temporary diet, but rather a necessity to your lifestyle. Being healthy seemed nothing less than common sense for me.

Now I must admit, I’m not the type of guy who watched his P90X videos. I figured there was no way a guy my size would ever be able to do what he does. But to my surprise, the program can be modified to help you at any size. Tony even gave me a demo of how he has people over that are over three hundred pounds that have had personal miracles thanks to Tony and their own hard work.

You and I are not the only ones that Tony helps to get back in shape. He has worked with dozens of celebrity clients and is one of the top guru’s in not only L.A., but the entire country.

Personally, I wasn’t sure of what to expect from a guy as famous and loved as Tony.
Within two minutes, he had me on the floor with laughter. He was a real person with common sense when it came to health and compassion when it came to training. He was the real deal.

I just watched the raw interview yesterday and could not believe how good it was.

Forgive me if I sound a little biased, but I can’t wait to finish this film so I can share this experience (among our other surprises) together with you all, on the big screen.

So thank you, Tony, for helping to make “Finding Thin” a film that can only be better with you in it.

Most importantly, thank you for giving me hope, and for making sense of this (now) seemingly nonsensical obesity epidemic.

Will Ferrell And The Office Take On Obesity

Will Ferrell excitedly talking with the rest of The Office crew

Will Ferrell Guest Staring In "The Office" In Order To Take Over Steve Carell's Position. Photo by Chris Haston – © NBC Universal, Inc.

NBC’s television show, The Office, finally took on a real subject last night with a great performance by recent guest star Will Ferrell.

Warning: Small Spoiler Alert!

DeAngelo Vickers as played by Will Ferrell Smiling in at his desk in his new office

He can lose 200 pounds, but he can't resist the sweet taste of some delicious cake! Photo by Chris Haston © NBC Universal, Inc.

Ferrell’s character, DeAngelo Vickers, brags about how he lost over two hundred pounds. And because he “beat” obesity, Vickers proclaims he was unstoppable and could take on any obstacle or situation that would come his way.

Well, it all sounds great except for one thing; the question of how he accomplished the weight loss was never really explained.

However, a very disconcerting issue that hits home to more than 90% of America was addressed. While sitting alone in the break room, Ferrell’s character suddenly took notice of Dunder Mifflin’s office vending machine. Filled with nothing but sugary addictive treats, he suddenly starts to fight the temptation of struggling with his old habits and desires. In the end, he finally manages to fight off his urges and walks away.

Towards the end of the show, Ferrell’s character didn’t hesitate to take the first big piece of a cake during an office party. Naturally, everyone gives him that typical look that all people give to dieters. It’s that look that makes you feel like you’ve committed a moral sin whenever you eat anything that isn’t copacetic with a Weight Watchers diet.

Unfortunately for Ferrell’s character, taking that first piece of cake was an ultimate trigger. After eating the first piece, he ended up throwing it in the garbage out of pure disgust and disbelief in his lack of willpower. It triggers the battle between his mind and his body over the cake; he’s grabbing pieces of the cake with his hands and ends up throwing them into the garbage in a repeating power struggle over the delicious yet unhealthy treat.

This kind of outbreak is almost always indicative of food deprivation and poor dieting, not to leave out what I truly believe sugar addiction can do to a person.

Overall, I applaud The Office for creating an episode that brings such a real and serious health issue to the public light in an entertaining way.

Be sure to check out this and other recent full episodes of The Office.

The Journey of Finding Thin

It has been a very long journey completing the film. Personally and professionally, it has been the most challenging undertaking of my career. I have been so fortunate to have a cast ranging from Jillian Michaels to Mike Huckabee, The FDA, Weight Watchers and hundreds of others.

When I started out, we were “a nobody” and it was very hard to get people to come aboard.

Now the big names keep coming and I will be traveling the final ten states out west that we have not hit in our search for truly, finding thin.

The reason I started this quest was to find the magic answer and to be honest, up until this week I wasn’t sure that I had yet.

But now, perhaps I have found the answers to the questions of  the ambiguous title, “Finding Thin”. Of course you will have to wait for the film to come out as the answers will indeed surprise and hopefully help you on your personal journey for long lasting weight loss…and most importantly, a long healthy lifestyle.

For most of the movie, I was putting on weight but now I seem to have that under much better control. I have the support of the best cast and team that I have ever worked with. I would never want to do another film without them. I have made many real and loyal friends, team members, and great interviews that I can really count on.

All the celebrities, trainers and authors that have come aboard to help have created a mind-blowing revelation that I can’t wait to share with you.

One of the biggest things was trying to find the real people from the pretenders. Sometimes true talent and sincerity is very hard to come by but I feel very confident that I have found it.

This movie showed me that there is a support system out there, including all of you online reading this blog right now.

If I can help just one person with this struggle to get healthy, then I have something to be very grateful for.

We didn’t take any outside funding for this movie in order to keep our impartiality and integrity and I am so proud of that accomplishment. There aren’t many films of this magnitude that can say this.

I will guarantee you that this will be one of the biggest films on weight loss and I am so proud to share it with you.

Let’s all keep joining together to fight the fight against this dreaded disease of obesity. I know we can beat it.

So please know that there is hope out there and please share your thoughts or suggestions to us.

The ‘Finding Thin’ team and I are eager to hear and help all of you in any way we can.

The More You Starve The More You Lose

I thought for sure over the last few weeks of editing our feature film, that it was okay to skip or forget meals. If anything I figured I would end up with fewer calories and probably lead to weight loss.

Well that idea went out the window pretty fast. I found myself getting slower and weaker and by the time we finished at around nine at night, I would just eat whatever was around. Healthy food or not, it was just easy and I would just go right to bed afterwards just to start again the next day.

The team and I have been working on a seven-day a week schedule and I really love the creative process. What I haven’t loved is getting so tired that it started to put me to sleep on the couch.

So when it came time to listening to the almost a hundred experts and celebrities from over the last three years, it suddenly all really made sense.

Practice what you preach. If I add that lunch plus a snack or two, not only will I keep up that energy, but also I will make better choices throughout the day. I also found that my metabolism started to kick in more and the weight loss jump-started again.

I had always thought when I was a kid that if you were overweight, you could easily go for days without eating. When others would talk about starvation, I would simply look at myself and think there was no way that meant me.

Well, lesson learned. You must feed the mind as well as the body to achieve a functioning system.  No matter what my size may be, this works for most living creatures.

So the next time the team breaks for lunch, so will I.

 

Big People on the Big Screen

Growing up in America, I was one of many under the false assumption while watching the various films and movies that always featured larger-sized people as stupid and meaningless stereotyped roles. The heavy are portrayed in sitcoms and movies as either the “funny, lovable big guy” or the “evil lecherous enemy in an action films”…this was, and still is, the way of the world.

There certainly hasn’t been any leading role out there for a specific heavy actor, as evidently they would not embody the real America that we all have come to know.

Yet, slowly but surely I’ve noticed certain celebrities stepping their feet in the spotlight. Oprah is on an untouchable level…and other celebs such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Moore, Elizabeth Taylor and Jennifer Hudson are making a hefty paycheck for numerous roles.

Oh, but that’s right, Ms. Hudson is now thin so she doesn’t count anymore.

 

What does it take for larger-sized people to be considered equal to their counter-parts? Are we not on the same playing field because of our body size and/or shape? Is that not considered a form of prejudice?

Personally, I am finding a secret to “thin-hood” is having societal compassion and acceptance for all, regardless of ones weight. Full-figured actors-especially in today’s society-would depict a true to form reality and story on the big screen.

The big screen is for big people too.