My name is Brian Flemming, but no, that’s not me. That was me two years ago. I was 625 pounds, I was a chronic alcoholic, I consumed about 7,000 calories per day. I was a bit of a shutin, I worked deadend jobs, I was going no where. I was depressed. It was bad. I was 29 years old and I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life and I really had no goals, no ambitions and it was probably the worst time in my life. It just went like.
That for almost ten years. I drank at nights and people didn’t really know when I was drinking, you know, a fifth of vodka per night. Everything is very challenging, very hard on my joints. A lot of things I couldn’t do, I couldn’t go to certain restaurants, I couldn’t fit in certain chairs, I couldn’t go flying somewhere. I was very limited as to what I could do, and my life and my world was very small because of that. It took me 29 years to figure it out, but I met the right person and my life turned around. I was playing a tutorial game.
Called Draw Something, completely randomly got matched up with a person named Jackie Easton in London, England. One day, I spilled everything, I told her how much I was drinking and how big I was and she got angry with me. She yelled at me and I found out at this point that she has something called Mytonic Dystrophy, it’s a form of Muscular Dystrophy, and she doesn’t take her life for granted. She saw someone like me throwing my life away and she wouldn’t have it. On October 13th, 2012, I quit drinking cold turkey, and it’s been.
GFA 2015 Brian Flemming Conquering Obesity
A long road since, but I lost ‘0 pounds in 18 months. I didn’t set out to really. I didn’t think I was going to lose that much weight. I was on three different blood pressure medications, and I eventually got down, so I’m off of all my medications now. Cause all I could do was walk in place for five minutes at first, I did that every single morning. Next thing I knew, I was doing it for an hour at a time, you know I could get my first mile.
And then my first two miles. I used to play saxophone as kind of a form of stress relieve and now, it’s running. I’m an avid runner, I’m a advocate for health, I run a weight loss group right now that has 10,000 members from around the world. We help to inspire each other. My old pants are a size 60 waste. I am now a size 38. Oh my god! Life has never been better, it can be done. You know, it takes hard work and perseverance, but it can.