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I plan to lose 200 pounds with the help of these gadgets, accessories, and apps

I very well could be 600 pounds. I wouldn't know at this exact moment because there are few consumer-grade scales that can measure that much weight, but the last time I went to the doctor and got weighed, I had to drive to a specialty clinic where they had scales that didn't top out at 400 pounds. I was mortified (and petrified) to learn I weighed well over 500 pounds. That was three years ago.

Let's back up a bit, though. I've always been a big person, from my time as an offensive lineman in little league football, all throughout high school, and obviously well into adulthood. I've always struggled with it, and no matter how much I tell myself otherwise, I hate it.

I was the enforcer of the group.

I was the enforcer of the group.

I was pretty active and maybe even a little agile for a guy my size, but once my younger years evaporated and the hardships of life took hold, I ballooned. The stress and depression that came along with transitioning into adulthood had me binging on my comfort food and drinking more beer than the human body is likely able to handle. I'd stay up late at night snacking while watching movies or playing video games, and then wake up close to noon the next day too tired to do anything. This was a daily excursion for a solid five years.

There were numerous times in the past I sought to change that. The problem is that I was missing key components. I'm not just talking about material things like a treadmill or that hot new diet pill everyone's using to lose the gut. Some of the things are intangible, like support, a healthy mindset, motivation, and inspiration.

Thankfully, I got my first big bite of that last thing back in mid-2018 when resident madman Russell Holly shared his weight loss journey with the world. It's a truly remarkable transformation and one definitely worth reading about when you get the chance.

Unfortunately, I can't take the same exact path Russell did, but his story made me start thinking about my own health and the value I had placed on my own life up until that point (hint: it wasn't much). I started thinking about all the people and things I love and how awful it'd be to surrender them, whether it's because I'm too sick to do those things or because I'm no longer here to enjoy those people's company. I started educating myself on the real dangers of being morbidly obese. High blood pressure, heart palpitations, sleep apnea, severe asthma, back and leg pain from having to support so much weight, acid reflux; the list goes on and on. And yes, I suffer from every last one of those conditions. I scared myself on that late night trip down the research rabbit hole.

Diamond Dallas Page — the creator of DDP Yoga

Diamond Dallas Page — the creator of DDP Yoga

Searching for the answers that could get me going in the right direction, I came across a program that instantly impressed me as being something more than just a fad. It's DDP Yoga, and it was the biggest sign I had from the higher-ups that this is what I need to do. That's because I'm a huge wrestling fan, and Diamond Dallas Page — the creator of DDP Yoga — was one of my favorites growing up.

I'd only known him on-screen, but digging into this program, I found out that he was the one who helped two of my other favorites — Scott Hall and Jake the Snake Roberts — take control of their lives. Those two were beat up physically, of course, but they also had destructive personalities. Scott Hall was even confined to a wheelchair at one point.

But through copious amounts of support from the love he had for those guys, DDP helped them loosen those aching joints, regain mobility, and even kick the demons they've battled over the years. If that alone wasn't enough to sell me, I saw the very real stories of many others, including Arthur Boorman, a disabled war veteran who doctors said would never walk again. Well, he actually shattered the expectations of those doctors. Before long, he had lost over a hundred pounds and was able to kick those walking canes that he'd been attached to all these years. Now he's able to do stuff that I've never been able to do.

There are many more who have lost thousands of pounds collectively. The crazy thing is that this wasn't even meant to be a weight loss program, as DDP originally developed it to help him stay loose and nimble throughout his short and late career as a professional wrestler.

As he puts it, the weight loss part is just a really nice side effect. Those stories are plentiful, and knowing how good a person "Dally" is from the many wrestlers who have sworn by this program and been touched by his friendship as he helps change their lives got me to the checkout screen.

So, DDP Yoga is where I begin. They have a bunch of DVDs, but I've opted to go with the smartphone app (opens in new tab), which includes all of the content from the DVDs plus new weekly workouts, vitality tracking with support for heart rate monitors, meal plan tips, motivational videos, a rewards system, and you'll also get access to a community full of other people doing the same thing. It'll be perfect for me, because DDP Yoga scales for people of all sorts. Short, tall, skinny, obese, young, or old. I can't stand for much more than a few minutes and the amount of time I can walk without resting is even shorter, so this low-impact, high-cardio workout is the perfect starting point. The plan is to get to the point where I can do more demanding workouts both within DDP Yoga and of my own accord to accelerate my weight loss goals.

DDP would tell you that "it ain't your mama's yoga" but that doesn't mean I don't need the proper equipment. I need a yoga mat and some accompanying balance blocks to keep myself comfortable while working out. The yoga kit I bought (opens in new tab) features a mat with anti-slip material on the outside and thick padding that will take it easy on my joints. The balance blocks are there to help me modify poses and workouts where bending is required. I will also use my chair for assistance when needed. (And if I were bedridden, there'd be a workout plan for that, too. It's serious stuff, folks.)

Next, I bought resistance bands (opens in new tab) to add another dynamic to my workouts. This isn't even something DDP recommends, but I've read from others who have been successful with this program that adding extra resistance when I can will help me get the most out of my workouts. This seems counterintuitive to the spirit of DDP Yoga, which stresses natural resistance therapy that uses nothing but your body to burn fat and strengthen your core, but there's no inherent reason for me not to add this spin as I'm confident I can do some of the workouts with the increased resistance.

And I don't even need this next piece of equipment to get started on DDP Yoga, but it will certainly help. It's a heart rate monitor. I've opted for the Polar H10 (opens in new tab), a monitor designed to be strapped around your chest.

Many people swear by using this monitor for accurate workout tracking as some of the wrist options — like a Fitbit (opens in new tab) or a Samsung Gear Fit2 (opens in new tab) — are said to pale in comparison. It'll be important for me to get something that can accurately track my heart rate both on-demand and over the course of a workout so I can know when I've reached my optimal fat-burning zone, so this is what I want. I will eventually buy a smartwatch with a heart rate monitor for general activity tracking, but for now, this will do.

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Next up, I need a Chromecast (opens in new tab), because I want to beam the videos from my smartphone to any TV in my home. My current TV of choice — the fantastic LG OLED B7 (opens in new tab) — works with Miracast-enabled devices on its own, but when I'm not at that TV or when I want to share the workout with family and friends, I need a solid, reliable, inexpensive, and convenient way to get those videos playing on whichever screen I fancy.

I'm opting for the standard Chromecast, which can display video at up to 1080p. I could upgrade to the Chromecast Ultra (opens in new tab), but DDP Yoga doesn't have 4K content and I'm not planning on using the Chromecast for anything else. I could also go even cheaper and opt for a USB-C-to-HDMI cable (opens in new tab), but then I would have to deal with cables and it would be a pain to operate the phone during the workout. There are also other cool things I wouldn't mind doing with a Chromecast.

The headphones I'll be using are a pair of uninspiring Sony XB650BT Bluetooth headphones (opens in new tab) I received as a gift some time ago. They're uninspiring in that they're just… normal headphones.

There's no Google Assistant, they don't offer conspicuity, and they don't have the most amazing sound signature in the world. One undisputed positive: 30 hours of battery life, which is amazing. I'll use these headphones to hear DDP's instruction clearly while being able to adjust volume and control playback. I know over-the-head isn't sexy anymore, but my ears are like two separate grand canals and there aren't many earbuds that fit. (And the goal here isn't to look sexy, even though it kind of is.)

Last but not least, I'm going to want some kind of measure of proof that all this is working. I plan to weigh myself every week to start, preferably on Mondays. The exact day isn't necessarily important to my plan except for the fact that Sundays will be my cheat day and I'll use the scale to remind me to get back on the ball that next Monday morning. As I said before, there aren't many scales out there that can read my weight, including pretty much every smart scale on the market.

That's fine: people my size struggle with this issue in all facets of consumerism so I was neither shocked nor discouraged, and it's yet another point of motivation for me. I'll go for My Weigh's 700-pound capacity bathroom scale (opens in new tab) instead. It has no memory functions and can't talk wirelessly with a smartphone app, but all I really need is that weight readout. I can do the rest. It's only $80, too, and I thought I'd have to pay much more for something that could work with me.

How you feel is more important than how you look.

At the end of the day, this is not just about my weight as a number. It's about taking control of my life and living that life better. It's about respecting my body. It's about feeling better more than it is looking better. I've already made small changes to my diet and daily habits.

I've cut out soda, beer, and empty carbs and calories from snacks like potato chips. My portion sizes have gotten considerably smaller as I eat more balanced meals which keep me satisfied longer. More frequently, I'm volunteering to take out the trash, do the dishes, or get the mail, anything that gives me another excuse to move around. And even just changing my sleeping schedule so I can wake up sooner and get more work done earlier so I don't spend my entire day tied to my chair has helped tremendously.

It's only been a few months, and I can already feel the results from those minuscule adjustments. I no longer loathe standing up to go get a drink of water. I can bend over without fear of hurting my back or knees. I don't wake up feeling like crap because I spent the previous day scarfing down value meals and dangerous amounts of sugar. I even managed to chase my nephew around the house full sprint the other day. Imagine what I can accomplish if I pair what I've been doing with more intense levels of activity and a proper diet. Just thinking about it has me feeling all tingly inside.

I don't know how much, exactly, I weighed when I started and I'm not sure where that number is right now, but I wake up every day feeling better than I did the day before, and I never want that feeling to end. I want to be that happy guy you see above again. That's why I'm dedicating the rest of my life to living the best of that life I can. Join me next week here on Android Central as I go over some of the cool things I'm doing with my diet to further help that cause.

35 Comments
  • Good for you, dude. Keep it up!
  • You got this!
  • Best of luck man! One suggestion though -- don't do a cheat day. Instead, maybe one cheat meal on the day you had in mind. In my experience, having a cheat day can really enforce the habit of being able to eat anything and everything that day, which can really hinder any progress you've made that week.
  • I agree. Enjoy a good cheat meal completely guilt free. I have found that when I have an entire cheat day, the next day I feel like i lost alot of the progress and momentum I had made during the week before. But I can enjoy a good cheat meal and it is just a weekly reward for the discipline I have been living with. It helps that my breakfast and lunch is the same thing pretty much every day so I dont think about what I eat for those days. When I come to a cheat day, I end up eating the same thing for the first 2 meals just out of habit.
  • 😎😎😎I agree, definitely a cheat meal not a cheat day & put that work in at the gym also make sure you count your calories,I count mines in my head after a add up each meal,I only eat 2 meals a day first meal at 4-5 pm!good luck, remember it's a lifestyle!😎😎😎
  • Don't even do a cheat meal. It's easy to fall back to old, comfortable habits. Although my BMI is within it's average range, I was still diagnosed with diabetes. That means reducing the carbohydrates I was usually consuming. To date, I have not had a donut, sugary soft drink, can7, cookies, cake, brownies.....And all the other junk co-workers bring in to share. I don't do cheat anything as I wish to live healthy in my later years. Working at a hospital, I see the chronically ill. These are people who did not care for themselves and are now suffering. We all die, but my wish is to not suffer.
  • Cheating means one has not learned and committed to disconnecting the pleasure circuits between the brain and the mouth/ tongue/jaw/stomach areas. Eat for fuel, not for pleasure.
  • All power to you my dude. Its a fine goal. It just freaks me out that you could be my twin. If I needed a stunt double when I become a super famous actor, I'd call for you.
  • Stick with it. You got this! Hope to hear some great updates soon.
  • I just wish I could lose a quarter of what you plan to.
  • You can do it too. Do me a favor, spend every morning telling yourself you are what you want to be. ("I'm healthy, I'm in shape, I'm...whatever") Don't even commit to getting there. Just say it as if it is already true. You may find that your sub-conscience will start directing your conscience to do things differently. I do this throughout the day. I found myself eating healthier and running. Anyone who knows me knows I have always hated running and I have lived off of fast food since my high school years. The thought of eating healthy and working out has always made me cringe until I started lying to myself daily. It may all be coincidence but it is worth a try if you are truly unhappy with your current self. This stuff goes a lot deeper, look up "I am Affirmations" if you want to learn more about it. It takes a little leap of faith, but the mind is a very complex system. There is a reason why people make decisions they don't internally agree with. We ask ourselves all the time, why we did or didn't do something that we know we should or shouldn't have. It is our sub-conscience making of these decisions for us. I believe we can program it to change our desires. If you try it, stay committed and the key is to talk in the now. NO MORE WISHING! Always think and try to feel as if the outcome has already happened. " I feel so good now that I am healthy" not "I can't wait until I get healthy" or "I want to be healthy". I know it sounds silly but it is the key to convincing the sub-conscience to make the changes to align to the reality that you want. Good luck if you try!
  • Just remember you are not a failure untill you quit trying. Weight loss is a process. But you are only human and once in a while you are gona mess up. Dont say I'll start again tomorrow rather once you stuff down that cheeseburger and shake get immediately back on your program. Dont waste time with remorse. Like with anything you get better with practice. Just never give up. God bless you.
  • You have a very noble goal Quentyn. I have personally lost over 200 lbs. I will say that the most important thing is to find a partner to hold you accountable, and be there for you. They will pick you up when you are down, cry with you when you want to, and encourage you to keep going when you just want to quit. My wife and I did it together (she's lost 235 herself), and I know I couldn't have done it without her; she would say the same about me. The second thing is to take selfies. Lots of them. At least once a month, if not once a week. Having a picture to do a side-by-side is valuable when you hit a plateau. The scale is an evil thing, and I wanted to throw the darn thing out the window more than once. I will say that while plateaus suck, I have found that's when I am actually slimming down more, that's why the pictures are so important. I would get more comments from coworkers when the scale wasn't moving than when it was. It was weird. My only explanation is that weight loss seems to be like kids growing. You know how kids will sort of chunk up, and then shoot up 3" overnight, and slim down? It's like that with weight loss. You will lose weight, and clothes may not fit any different, you don't look a lot different. Then when the scale stops moving, BAM, your pants are falling off and you really shrink. Good luck to you man, you can do this. Keep your head in the game. Weight loss is 80% mental.
  • Thanks for sharing this. Please post updates!
  • Rooting for you man!
  • Fasting or only apples until you can - plus water coffee tea etc zero calories - in alternative days or 2 days plus 1 with exercise everyday will make it faster.
  • Keep up the good work! I am on my own weight loss journey: currently at -103 lbs after 16 months. My one suggestion to you is to get on the scale every day without fail. It will be your motivation to stick to your guns and resist the temptation to cheat. I've managed to reduce my cravings by having "cheat bites" instead of entire meals (but never "days"). Something as simple as a teaspoon of nutella or a palm of mixed nuts keeps me from diving in the deep end. Don't ever quit. You can do this!
  • But don’t really take the reading. Average the last 7 days and look at trends. Too many swings day to day. It is about the continuous progress looking every day will discourage you
  • I weigh myself everyday for the discipline of it but I only track it weekly because of the day to day variations.
  • I agree. Look at the trends and keep the faith. The daily measurements give you the confidence to know your body's reactions better.
  • #1 DDP is legit. #2 Refined carbs are evil. #3 Check out r/keto on Reddit. #4 THRIVE!
  • Great sub. I started May 19th at 324lbs. Currently at 235lbs. Keto and IF (somedays OMAD).
  • Wonderful, and congrats on your success thus far! I struggle with weight issues so I fully understand. Can't wait to watch your journey! Thanks so much for sharing
  • Hell yeah. YOu can do it!
  • You got this bro! I'm on my own mini journey to drop 36 over the next few months. It's mostly mental that will get you, so do what you can to stay encouraged and never do cheat days if you can manage it. Also, definitely look for healthier alternatives to your favourite dishes. You'd be surprised at how far sugar free, vegan, and the like options have come along taste wise!
  • Cut the carbs and sugar and hit the gym. Doen deal!!!
  • Congrats. I’m starting as well. I have about 100 lbs to lose myself
  • Use whatever you can to motivate you. If that's techy gadgets then go for it. Anything that makes you want to move more is a good thing. I like my tech too and a Garmin Fenix 5 was top of my list when I started running/losing weight again. Then every month or so it's new running shoes or clothes, new bluetooth headphones, new accessories, new phone...anything you can muster to keep you going. My wife is going demented that my super cheap running activity is actually costing so much but it works for me. 53lbs I've lost since June last year and currently training for a Marathon in May. I'd also HIGHLY recommend Myfitnesspal app too. It just works. Be honest with you food logging and your weight will drop consistently
  • Why hasn't "Big brother " required Cigarette type warnings on bags of sugar?
    Sugar kills more than butts.
  • You're right on.
  • Following. Weight loss is physical and more importantly mental. Your commitment was the key hurdle and the rest will follow, it'll take time but patience and perseverance will win out. Good job and you're a real inspiration.
  • Awesome, keep it up. I started Keto and Intermittent Fasting on May 19th. I started at 324lbs and I am currently at 235lbs. Finally started seeing a regular doctor.
  • Thanks for sharing and inspiring. I will be tuning in and following .
  • While I'm "only" around 210lb or so, I'm still overweight for my size (5'4"). My biggest things that deter me are lack of motivation and a general dislike for fruits & veggies (I'd like to think it's because I'm a "supertaster" but a lot comes down to the texture of certain foods being very unappealing). Cutting down portion sizes of what I DO eat could help, but keeping motivated is always something I've struggled with. On the bright side, I'm cutting down on the amount of soda I'm drinking and am substituting water when I can (just bought a Sodastream and am trying to do at least one bottle of filtered water per bottle of cola - and am considering some other healthier syrups to mix in.
  • It's a journey... There are wrong turns occasionally. Just keep it up, dude. I'm rooting for ya, and myself, being on the same path that you are.