John Jorgensen Drops 217 Pounds and Several Medications!

John Jorgensen Drops 217 Pounds and Several Medications!

  • Name: John Jorgensen
  • Age: 48
  • Starting Weight: 407
  • Ending Weight: 190
  • Transformation Starting Date: 7/3/17
  • Transformation Ending Date: 7/3/19
  • Instagram: @john_c_jorgensen

Before John's Transformation

I was on high blood pressure, cholesterol, and anti-depressant medications. I suffered from frequent seizures and never slept more than two hours at a time due to sleep apnea. It hurt to move or do anything.

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If I was at the grocery store and needed something on the bottom shelf I had to come back if I didn't have my kids with me.

The Moment John's Life Changed

There were two things.

I was out with an ex-girlfriend and my shoe came untied. I was looking for somewhere to prop my foot up so that I could do the contortion act that was required to tie it. She squatted down in heels and a mini skirt and tied it.

Most embarrassing moment of my life; 45 and couldn't tie my own shoe.

Next day I was at the mall with my oldest son. He was shopping for clothes. Standing next to him I noticed the difference in size between us. The decision was made. I changed everything that day.

John's Diet and Workout Approach

My initial diet was really bad. I was not eating nearly enough and almost quit because of it.

Three eggs and four pieces of turkey bacon for breakfast, a pouch of tuna and a protein shake for lunch, and baked chicken breast, brown rice, and broccoli for dinner. Over time I started to figure out how to make things I liked healthier, and I started eating more.

Initial workouts were very simple. I lifted weights three times a week (machines only) and walked on the treadmill for 20-30 minutes.

Three days turned into five. About a year and a half into my weight loss I started to use four-day-a-week resistance/cardio while the other three days were bodyweight/cardio.

John's Struggles

Broke up with my girlfriend when I hit about 320 pounds. She didn't like that I was getting smaller, hated that I went to the gym every day, and I was no fun because I "ate funny."

Lost most of my friends for the same reasons.

Most Important Thing You Learned?

Have patience and let the process work. I learned that I am capable of much more than I thought. Most importantly I learned how to eat properly.

Biggest Mistake?

Impatience. I tried to go too far too fast. Listened to a lot of bad advice.

A Typical Day of Eating

  • Meal 1: Proats.
  • Meal 2: Eggs, beans, rice, and salsa.
  • Meal 3: Rice, vegetables, chicken with some hot sauce.
  • Meal 4: A protein source, potatoes, bag of frozen vegetables.
  • Snack: If I have a snack it's usually plain air-popped popcorn.

Words of Encouragement

Don't give up; it takes time. Figure out what is going to work for you. Do a lot of research because there is so much bad information out there. Be consistent and trust the process. Oh, and have fun with it.

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Marcus - August 7, 2019

Absolutely awesome article! This reminds me of the process and motivates me to continue on this journey. The format in which this article was well written and clear. Thanks for the email and motivation.

Greg Dasenbrock - August 7, 2019

Great job John!

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