5 Questions with Jason Jacobs

Previously in 5 Questions, Brian Valentin answered question #5 by directing us to Jason Jacobs at at Finding My Fitness.  In his own words, here's 4HB'er Jason Jacobs.

Jason Jacobs from Finding My Fitness"Jason is fat, but that's started to change.  After 15 years of yo-yo dieting, he's finally ready to get rid of the gut once and for all. He's finding his fitness little by little every day, and has been following the protocols in 4 Hour Body since December.  The weight has been coming off, but the most surprising for him is the sense of well being he has now.  He wants to help others who are starting their fitness journeys to keep going, and he finds motivation from others on the path as well."

1) What goals are you working towards on the 4HB program?

I started 4HB in December to lose as much weight as I could as quickly as I could so that I fit in my suit for my wedding in January.  I'm happy to say that by the time I had to walk down the aisle, it fit nicely.  Now I am just trying to adopt some changes to my life so I can live a long, healthy one with my beautiful wife.

2) How is your progress so far, what have you found easy, and what has been your biggest challenge?

I can't give you an exact weight loss amount at the moment because I've been in Paraguay for a month.  I can report that I've lost 2 belt holes!  The biggest challenge here is that *everything* is white carbohydrates and meat.  I've tried to stick as closely as I could to the program, but I've failed more often than not (although my intake is much smaller here).

While I'm in the States, that's totally different.  It's easy for me to eat the right food because that's all I have in the house.  I love cooking, so I really enjoy trying to make delicious meals with something from each of the three groups.  Most people are finding that Mexican style foods are the easiest, so I'm trying to branch out.  For me it's been Asian FTW (especially for the Kimchi). I try to post a new recipe each week (well, when I'm not in Paraguay).

The biggest challenge for me in the US is not being able to go out with my coworkers every time they want to.  Usually it's difficult to find something 4HB friendly in the places they like to go, but that might also have to do with my willpower (or lack of it).  Cheese is the biggest foe of mine, and almost everything everywhere has cheese. You'd think it would be easy enough for me to say "hold the cheese, please!"

3) What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just starting the program?

Don't try to do everything at once or you may burn out really quickly. Start with the food first, and be amazed at how you feel just with the diet change.  After you get used to the food, start the weight training.  Eventually everything will all kind of meld together, and you'll be fearless!  Small changes eventually yield big results.

4) What is your favourite cheat day food?

Only one favorite?  If I had to pick one, I would say probably donuts. Or ice cream.  But also cheese.  I love cheese so much...

5) Who is another 4HB blogger you think our readers should know about?

Something I found really really helpful was a cheat-sheet assembled by William Hertling that helps break down food, PAGG, and exercise for the day.  I would recommend checking out his other posts as well.

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