Guest Post from Jack Sh*t!

love2eatinpa, 23 March 2010, 37 comments
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You are all in for a treat today. I am lucky enough to have gotten a guest post out of the always funny, but very real, Jack Sh*t. If you’ve never been to his site (is there anybody who hasn’t?) you must check it out.

No Sh*t! It’s a Guest Post by You-Know-Who

Usually, when I crank out a guest post, I really feel like I should be as entertaining as humanly possible, because I’m addressing an audience that might not be as familiar with my act as my regular Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit readers.

However, when love2eatinpa asked me to do my thang over here, she requested that I expound on a comment I made on a post of hers, or as she put it: “write about what your issues used to be (the secret eating, etc), how long you did them, and how you reached the point in your life where you knew you had to a change, and how you empowered yourself with your new thoughts on what your body and head needs?”

Geez, can’t I do a funny list instead?

To be honest, these kind of deep dives tend to take it out of me. They generally take five times as long to write and I sometimes feel drained when they’re done. But here’s the thing: I really do think they’re the key to the whole deal-io.

My own journey began last Easter (or “Feaster” as I sometimes refer to it since my family was all out of town and I was bingeing like nobody’s business). I had just eaten too much (again), just drank too much (again)… and was riding that post-binge depression plunge to what felt like rock bottom (but doesn’t it always feel like rock bottom?).

No one was home, and I just sat there in front of a mirror and had a long talk with the only person that was ever gonna be able to do anything about the situation I was facing. That solitude… that opportunity to spend a little time inside my own head… apparently was what I needed for the key to turn in my lock.

I started so many diets over the years, some lasting for months, some lasting until lunch. But I never really bought in, never really pushed myself to the point of no return. As my wife Anita sometimes says, “Everything is just so delicious.”

I stumbled into the world of weight-loss blogging much the same way you probably did. Looking for answers when I wasn’t entirely sure of the questions that needed to be asked. What I found was a community of like-minded individuals that was sharing ideas, sharing feedback, sharing support.

Just the act of writing down what I thought, what I felt about these issues was a very useful exercise, but the real value came when the readers eventually found my place. Then I had a group that I had to stay accountable to, people who would be almost as disappointed in me as I would be if I stumbled and fell.

I struggled like everyone does, had good days and bad days, but I eventually caught my good groove and the changes I had made in my life… eating less, eating a little healthier and exercising regularly… had somehow just become my life.

I’ve said before that the beginning of this journey is like being stuck in a deep hole with a shovel in our hands. For most of us, the instinct is take that shovel and dig, even though digging is the last thing we need to do and, in fact, is what got us in the situation we’re currently in. The only way out is to put the spade down and start climbing. It’s not fun, not easy, not especially fast… but it’s the only way out.

I don’t have all the answers; I don’t suppose any of us ever will. However, I can tell you that it’s worth all your sweat, all your hard work, all your sacrifices. I’m down 90-something pounds over the past 10 months, and I wish I could bottle this positive energy that’s flowing through me now and give you a swig. I swear it’d make a believer out of you…

I wish you all the best on your weight-loss journey. We may not know one another, you and I, but we’re part of a community that’s bigger than us (if you can believe that). We’re part of something that’s going to help us achieve our goals and realize our dreams.

We’re all in this together.

Very well said, Jack, thank you!

One Day at a Time... Nurture myself... Awareness... Letting Go... Listen to my Body

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  1. Laurie
    23 March 2010, 6:54 pm

    Thank you for some much needed inspiration!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    he’s good, isn’t he?

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  2. Diana
    23 March 2010, 7:23 pm

    Wow. That was great! Inspiring.
    I wish you/he could bottle it too.
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Meeting a fellow blogger! =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    he’s pretty awesome. this was one of his more serious blogs, if you go to his site, you will find out he’s hysterical.

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  3. Lisa
    23 March 2010, 7:27 pm

    Who hasn’t visited Jack’s site…

    I never knew how the journey got started…

    Great post 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    when you find someone’s blog, it’s usually not when they first started writing, so i thought it would be interesting for him to tell us how he got started.

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  4. Rita
    23 March 2010, 7:38 pm

    It was entertaining in a useful sort of way!

    I think it’s when you realize that your life is just plain different, it’s pretty fantastic. And if you send time with people who have hit goal weight I think it’s infectious too. There is just something about someone owning that amazing accomplishment!

    Being new to the whole blogging thing it’s pretty incredible what kind of resources you can find really easily with a little clicking. I’m on month 3 or 4 of maintenance now and I was having some difficulties but there’s so much reassurance around if you look and blogging is one big help in itself.

    Many congrats on your success!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks! and i agree on everything you said, there is a whole wonderful world of people out there who are great resources.

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    Rita Reply:

    Not to mention funny as all get out too, I mean that Foghorn Leg Horn post? Classic!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    agreed!!!

  5. Julie - Big Girl Bombshell
    23 March 2010, 8:10 pm

    Thank you for having Jack answer those questions! He is SO RIGHT about a community that’s bigger than us! No matter what our issues are or where we are in our journey we can always find someone like minded, struggling AND succeeding…. Jack you share insights and truths whether funny or REAL!
    .-= Julie – Big Girl Bombshell´s last blog ..Looking at What’s Missing =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i agree, the community is awesome, julie. unbelievably supportive.
    thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Kimberley
    23 March 2010, 8:44 pm

    Excellent guest post! Thanks for having Jack over to spread his message!
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..My Week Challenge Update #1 and Week #12 Goals =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks and your welcome! =)
    and thank you for stopping by!

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  7. Jody - Fit at 52
    23 March 2010, 8:54 pm

    Got to love Jack! Thx for bringing him here!!! He is so full of wonderful info whether he is being serious or funny.. there is always an important message.

    Jack, you wrtie: I can tell you that it’s worth all your sweat, all your hard work, all your sacrifices.

    I have been at this a long time & it is worth it!

    Thx to you both!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Being THIN – How Important Is It? =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    he is a very talented man! though i don’t wish food issues on anyone, i’m glad he is in our “community.”

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  8. Sandra
    23 March 2010, 9:14 pm

    I needed this today. Glad you had Jack come by and visit.
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..Going Within =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i’m glad it helped and i’m glad you stopped by. =)

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  9. Sean (Learn Fitness)
    23 March 2010, 9:35 pm

    Thanks for the great guest post. I really like when people share what got them started. It gives insight into how low a number of us got yet we still decided to make a change. Thanks Jack, your inspiring!
    .-= Sean (Learn Fitness)´s last blog ..Less than perfect but very focused =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i totally agree that hearing how a person got started is always so inspiring.
    thanks for coming by, sean.

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  11. chris
    23 March 2010, 11:04 pm

    I am glad to have read Jack’s blogs over the last months.
    The support I get is amazing. Without it, this whole deal would be much more difficult.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i totally hear you, he is awesome.

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  12. Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl
    24 March 2010, 8:32 am

    I love Jack Sh*t. And I loved this post. And lastly I love the weight loss blogging community. Awesome.
    .-= Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Jogging with my husband & bike riding to work =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i agree across the board! =)

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  13. Alicia
    24 March 2010, 9:20 am

    I didn’t know about his blog – so glad he wrote a great guest post! Thank God for the blog community and the support it provides!
    .-= Alicia´s last blog ..buzzin’ for buble =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    He’s usually hysterical and relevant at the same time, you should check it out.
    And amen to the support of the blog community!

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  14. karen@fitnessjourney
    24 March 2010, 4:12 pm

    Very interesting analogy with the hole and shovel. Weight loss is just one area where that would apply.

    Thanks for the post Jack!
    .-= karen@fitnessjourney´s last blog ..Jillian Michael’s New Show to Premiere in June =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    only jack and his crazy, yet amazing brain, would come up with that analogy! =)

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  15. Ameena
    24 March 2010, 4:56 pm

    Great guest post! I’m off to check out Jack’s site after I post this comment…

    To answer your question, Maya wouldn’t eat my Moroccan concoction…I’m not really that surprised!
    .-= Ameena´s last blog ..A Moroccan Memory =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you will love his sight, he’s hilarious.

    so you make something different for maya then?

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  16. POD
    24 March 2010, 8:04 pm

    “Feaster” just about killed me. Funny!
    .-= POD´s last blog ..Spring Training =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    he should be in show biz!

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  17. My Lipstick Life
    24 March 2010, 8:54 pm

    I totally relate to Jack’s “Feaster” revelation. I too am a secret eater.

    Thanks for letting him share on your site & I look forward to joining you in this journey.
    .-= My Lipstick Life´s last blog ..What if I Stumble? =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i was a secret eater for 30+ years, so i totally know where you are coming from. i’m glad his post resonated with you and though i’m not glad you are a fellow sufferer, i’m happy to have you aboard on this journey!

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  18. Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42
    26 March 2010, 1:12 am

    It’s nice meeting you, Mr. Sh*t. You are a fantastic writer.

    I’ve had that shovel in my hands; I kept digging because it was there. I kept eating because it was there. Time to stop shoveling in the food.

    Strange, in many ways I’ve begun to climb out, but I haven’t let go of the compulsive eating entirely. It sure would be easier to climb if I would let go of that shovel.
    .-= Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42´s last blog ..C25K Report – Week 5 and Gratitude =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    he’s pretty great, isn’t he, gina?

    i’ve been there with the shovel. it’s a great analogy, isn’t it?

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