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03-30-2009, 11:49 AM

The story of FresnoBeeDude is very inspirational. He was living his hopes and dreams and was training for a Triathlon when in September 2009 he drowned and passed away. He was an inspiration to many. I hope you read his story and look at him as an inspiration.

RIP Steven, you are missed.

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A forum member just emailed me asking how I did it. I thought I would copy/paste my reply here. Maybe my story can inspire others? I don't post much nowadays on 3fc as I as just really busy between work and working out. Check out my myspace at www.myspace.com/edudeebonserf and don't forget to check the transformations pics

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Ok....here we go. How did I lose the weight? Determination/motivation/willpower. I have the desire to be "normal". I also want to live.

Let me explain.

Sometime in 2005 I had myself weighed on a truck scale (no vehicle, just me standing on this scale). Twice I was told I weighed 550. That put me in denial. Surely, the scale wasn't calibrated properly? Plus, with my "small" weight compared to a bigrig, maybe I was standing imprperly (not centered, etc). Just making excuses.

December 2005, I made a New Years Resolution. I will no longer eat fast food, and lose this weight. I am tired of being a quarter ton. I had low self-esteem, zero sex drive (who wants to be with a 500+lb man?!?!? - In my mind I saw that, years later I see couples who weigh around this). I bought a scale that went up to 550lbs off of eBay. On January 1st I officially weighed in at 510lbs. I signed up at the local gym. Did the exercise bike 10 mins a day (i got pooped, I figured that was good enough). I took OTC pills (trimspa, etc), ate 1 meal a day. In Jan/Feb an old friend and I decided to organize a 20 yr grade school reunion. I did not want my classmates to see me this large. I needed to lose as much as possible by May. I did lose 30lbs for the reunion. Around Feb I fell sick with the flu. I cancelled my gym membership.

Unfortunately during this time, I started to lose my vision. My eyesight became increasinly blurry. I blamed this on my lifestyle. Work 8 hrs a day at a computer, come home play 8 hrs a day on my computer. When sleeping, I would wake up with no feeling in either one of my feet or hands. In May I became VERY thirsty. I would drink, drink, drink. Unfortunately that made me pee, pee, pee! I got so tired of urinating, I tried to stop drinking water. My mouth would become so crusted/dried up, I needed water. It was a constant battle. By this time, the only way I could see is if the object was right in front of my face.

When I came back from my vacation/reunion, I checked myself into the health clinic. I told the nurse, "I think I have diabetes". After a couple of tests, we learned I was diabetic. I was also informed at my blood sugar/urine ketone levels that if I had waited 1 more day, I would have gone through a diabetic coma and died. I was admitted to the ER to bring my glucose under control. I spent 5 days in the hospital. The nurses brought me literature on diabetes, the diabetic food exchange diet, etc.. I was told to limit my caloric intake to 1800 calories. I got a pat on the back, and "Good Luck!"

When I was released from the hospital, I was determined to learn everything about everything. I purchased tons of books on Amazon and started to educate myself. I read books on diabetes, on dieting/nutrition, weight training, weight loss success stories. I visited my Doctor for the 1st time in July. I told him I wanted to go back to the gym, but didn't know what I was doing. I needed his advice. He suggested that I use the machines. One day work on my back, one day on legs, one day on chest/arms. Do 30 mins a day of cardio. I had no idea what all that equipment did. I asked a couple of people at the gym to show me how to use it. They were MORE then happy to guide me. I had no idea what to do, I just pushed/pulled for about say 5 mins or so. Eventually I paid a trainer to give me a better routine. I stuck with the routine for several months. During this time I took a interest in weightlifting. I wanted to learn more. So I thought I would seek out the expert. I bought Ahhnold's bodybuilding encyclopedia and read that sucka from cover to cover! I paid for another trainer session. She basically had me increase my reps/sets.

In the meantime, even though I was at my second home (the gym) on a daily basis, I strived to push myself fitness-wise. 5 months after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, I registered for a 5 mile walk for ADA. Took 2 hours and 5 mins. I did this at 386lbs (yes 386, I was, what my doctor commented as, losing the same weight as if I got "the surgery"). My feet were burning.

After that I continued walking. Walked 3 miles a day to work, in the summer, in the heat. A friend at work told me about a friend of hers organizing a weekly walking/running club (people evidently were training for a 1/2 marathon). I asked to participate in this group. I showed up weekly, I would walk more then I did the week before. By the end of summer I was able to walk 13 miles. After a couple weeks, I learned that the person who organized this club was a personal trainer. I told her my situation. I told her that I was getting bored mentally/physically of doing the same old stuff daily. Initially she agreed to come to my gym and help me out. Instead, she got me into her gym, and gave me a couple months of personal training. She taught me how to push myself, about form, about exercise, etc. A seed was planted in my little brain at that time. I too, wanted to become a personal trainer. She gave me the guidance I needed for this.

I have a drive to become "normal" It may seem narcissistic but after learning what the "perfect" measurments are for a man (eg, anything more then a 40" waist you are at risk to getting diabetes, etc), this is what I set my goals at. Initially I wanted to be less then 200lbs, but because of my bodybuilding lifestyle, that is not possible. I am now wanting to be at 17% body fat (fitness level).

By the way, due to my desires to lose the weight, I am not on any medications anymore. My levels are constantly in the "normal range" (this includes cholesterol, etc).

November 2007 I walked that 1/2 marathon. I ranked 2nd place for my age group, and 135 out of 204 for the walkers. November 2008 I RAN that 13 miles in 3 hrs. I am constantly pushing myself in these events. I recently completed a 45 mile bike ride with my girlfriend (the friend who introduced me to that person who did the running club - I finally asked her out this past December) She/I have the same goals. She has done 5 century bike rides, as well as triatholons, and other events. We have done 5k/10k's together as well.

The trainer and I have become very good friends as well. She advised me on who to seek out my personal training certificate. I passed my test This January. I am currently studying to become a Lifestyle Weight Management Consultant. At 36 yrs old, I am going back to school in the fall to take up physical education.

Besides the appearance, I have changed in many, many weighs, er ways inside and out. That new years resolution was the greatest decision I ever made.

I do have a 14 page blog on myspace going over my advise on how to become successful. Common sense type stuff. The blog started small, because friends kept asking me how I did it. I constantly added to it when I had new thoughts. Worth a read. And of course, I have my transformation pics there as well.

Did I answer your questions smile?

Steven, ACE-CPT

03-30-2009, 12:55 PM
OMG!!! What a motivation you are...
I am at work right now... but when I get home I'll check your myspace page...
Thank you for sharing your story!!!

03-30-2009, 01:02 PM
"Well done!" just doesn't seem enough, congratulations a million times on your fantastic acheivement!

03-31-2009, 02:38 AM

03-31-2009, 05:34 AM
Well done! A great inspirational story! Thank you so much for sharing.

03-31-2009, 08:54 AM
That is so fantastic, it's beyond words. You did really good, and it all came from you. There weren't anyone around you pushing you, and you just got up and did it.

Man, I wished I had that kind of motivation.

03-31-2009, 11:24 AM

03-31-2009, 12:36 PM
Congrats! What a great story. Real inspiration!

wanna b thin
03-31-2009, 12:41 PM
Wow Steve, great story. What an inspriation!!!

03-31-2009, 01:54 PM
You have achieved so much for one human being, truly. I'm off to see your blog and pics. I have to lose 110-120 total and knowing that someone else has lost so much more and changed so drastically -- well, I really appreciate that. Thanks for sharing.

03-31-2009, 02:04 PM
That is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

03-31-2009, 10:12 PM
what a great story. Thanks for giving all people the motivation to keep going!

04-01-2009, 12:20 AM
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

04-01-2009, 01:23 AM
You are amazing...!

04-01-2009, 10:20 AM
That's amazing!!!

04-01-2009, 01:28 PM
Bravo! you are truly an inspiration.

04-01-2009, 04:25 PM
you lost 260 lbs..without surgery?? you my friend, are amazing. *HUGS* THIS IS AWESOME.

Blue Serenity
04-01-2009, 05:10 PM
Congratulations! What an amazing story. You are such an inspiration. :)

I needed to read this today! Thank you for sharing your story with us! :hug:

04-01-2009, 06:21 PM
Wow, thanks for the replies. With hard work and determination, anything is possible. It all depends on how bad you want it, and the sacrifices your willing to make

04-01-2009, 06:30 PM
Steven, you have such an amazing story. Congratulations on your unbelievable accomplishment --you've literally saved your life!

By the way, I noticed one of your Myspace photos (http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=144106019&albumID=514155&imageID=4091530) was taken near the Shedd Aquarium... I have a nearly identical photo (http://sonafide.com/blog/chicago01.jpg) (from the days when I was almost 300 pounds)... Ha!

LMAO! Small world! I wish I would have known about the Omega 3's spewing from that fish. It was really sad, besides the diabetes I was going through, but we had just visited the Museum of Science and Industry (King Tut exhibit), wanted to go the Planitarium, but I could not make that long (1/2 mile or so walk). I gotta share your picture with my brother (my cameraman), he'll get a kick out of it!

04-03-2009, 11:13 PM
what an inspiration, I need to lose 60-70 pounds and it seems impossible but with what you have accomplished I know I can do this!!

04-05-2009, 10:22 AM
WOW! You are such an inspiration!

04-05-2009, 11:33 AM
definitely an inspiration..i am at suuuuch a plateau right now, and i feel re-motivated!!!

04-05-2009, 12:09 PM
Amazing story!! Wow! Congratulations!!


04-05-2009, 12:57 PM
i love 3fatchicks.com, i love the people. great story,best motivation ever.

04-05-2009, 06:48 PM
such an inspiration.
Congrats to you.

04-06-2009, 01:43 AM
Thank you for sharing your story! I am inspired!


04-12-2009, 05:15 AM
Wow, that is so inspiring. It makes me feel empowered, because I know I have far less to lose than you do, but if you could do it, I know I can! You just have to be determined that you WILL do it, regardless of what it takes.

Thighs Be Gone
04-12-2009, 11:04 AM
I took a minute to look over your blog. Wow. Your story is very inspiring. I also find most of your advice on the blog SPOT ON. Thank you for posting that and best of luck (i.e. all your hard work and dedication to staying fit) in your continued journey.

04-12-2009, 05:40 PM
Thanks for coming to 3fc's and posting your story here ~ I read your entire blog -- there is so much helpful info on there; and I came away with some much-needed practical tips and new ideas. This has a been a long haul for me and I'm not near finished, but my persistence is paying off as I just lost another 7 lbs, breaking a long plateau. I found your story not only inspiring, but very helpful ... thanks again!

04-14-2009, 02:38 PM
Way to go man. Very inspirational. I would love to swap war stories sometime. :)

I wish you the very best!


04-20-2009, 10:55 PM
Wow! Congrats!

04-21-2009, 03:09 AM
Wow, good job!

04-21-2009, 04:19 AM
Steven and Charles,you are both amazing!God has blessed us with you as some real dedicated champions that climbed til they reached the top no matter what!This is wonderful to see here on 3FC!I think that giving up half way up the hill,has been the norm for so many of us yo-yo people that have battled obesity for so many years!And you give us BIG HOPE!This is what we need!You both seriously do and will continue to affect peoples lives in ways you can't even imagine!You have both succeeded in a total "me makeover"!!! That's my DREAM too!I'm new here at 3FC's,so I'm looking to you as my inspiration..You feel our struggle and our pain,as like us you have experienced the battle of obesity.I appreciate also the help and advice of many on here that have lost alot of weight and have big hearts.The difference is; you are leaders,like 4 star graduate generals.You have the biggest hearts,the biggest secrets to true success and much appreciated health!I'm your latest fan and follower!:encore::high::bravo::hug::val1:

05-01-2009, 03:42 PM
i am amazed, so happy for you!

11-02-2009, 03:34 PM
I know that this is a shock, but it seems that this man died in Sept. 2009. He drowned while swimming in a lake with his girlfriend. Very sad. He had so much to live for.:(

11-03-2009, 12:39 AM
How awful

11-19-2009, 01:59 AM
I just learned this by checking out his blog... how sad, shocking and just unbeleivable!

After everything he did to accomplish all the things he accomplished.

11-19-2009, 08:33 AM
Oh how sad. What an inspiration he was. Hugs and prayers for his family and friends.

11-19-2009, 10:37 AM
I believe he was actually training for a triathalon at the time. It is amazing that he was living his dream after losing weight. It is sad that he didn't get a chance to live longer but I imagine for the short period of time, he enjoyed his weight loss and actually living his life.

11-19-2009, 02:22 PM
I Am Lost For Words~all I Can Think To Say Is Amazing~inspiring~no More Excuses People~we Can All Do This!
We Should All Look At How Far He Has Come & Know It Is Possible~we Just Gotta Do It.
In His Memory!!!!

11-19-2009, 03:22 PM
I know that this is a shock, but it seems that this man died in Sept. 2009. He drowned while swimming in a lake with his girlfriend. Very sad. He had so much to live for.:(

That is such sad news. I wish I had had the chance to talk with him - what a great journey he was on.

11-23-2009, 02:01 PM
wow you should write a book. You are AMAZING x infinity. Your story is so inspiring and motivating. Thanks so much for sharing.

11-23-2009, 03:24 PM
This story more than any other success story I've ever read has truly inspired me. It really reiterates not putting off reaching to achieve our dreams, because who will know when we won't have the chance to.

11-26-2009, 07:33 PM
Amazing! Congrats and thanks for sharing :woohoo:

12-12-2009, 01:07 PM
admiration levels for you just soared :)

12-12-2009, 01:17 PM
The fact that he has passed away doesn't change the fact that he was an amazing inspiration.

12-12-2009, 02:54 PM
I was so sad to hear about Stephen's passing; he was indeed an amazing inspiration -- when I was struggling, reading his story helped me to dig deeper, and his practical tips have helped me so much. I hope that his family can arrange to write a book about his life and journey using his posts and blogs. He can still inspire untold thousands with his courage and determination. Am sending up prayers for his girlfriend and family. :hug:

PS TO CHARLES ~ I have also read your story and found it very inspiring as well, and I hope that someday you may be able to publish it becuz these kind of truly inspiring stories need to be shared with the world. There is such a great need out there ... thanks for coming here and sharing your journey with us all!

12-17-2009, 04:33 PM
I was so sad to hear about Stephen's passing; he was indeed an amazing inspiration -- when I was struggling, reading his story helped me to dig deeper, and his practical tips have helped me so much. I hope that his family can arrange to write a book about his life and journey using his posts and blogs. He can still inspire untold thousands with his courage and determination. Am sending up prayers for his girlfriend and family. :hug:

PS TO CHARLES ~ I have also read your story and found it very inspiring as well, and I hope that someday you may be able to publish it becuz these kind of truly inspiring stories need to be shared with the world. There is such a great need out there ... thanks for coming here and sharing your journey with us all!

Thank you. If I can ever help anyone - just let me know. I read the forums often.

12-17-2009, 08:19 PM
It is sad that he has passed, but his story is truely an inspiration and proof that no matter how big you are, you can do it if you put your mind to it.

01-02-2010, 10:48 PM
That is an amazing story!

01-15-2010, 07:42 PM
thanks for posting, I love reading inspirational stories!

01-21-2010, 01:01 AM
What an inspiration!!!! Thank you for sharing your story and good luck with your continuing journey. :D

0o0o KimoKawaii o0o0
01-23-2010, 12:37 AM
so so so so so so so so SOOOOOOOO Insperational!! Congratulations on losing 2 people off your back!! That must be SUCH a relief!! I also want to say thanks, for sharing.........because this give me so much more hope, and confidence that i can lose this initial 80lbs, and then eventually reach my 155lb weight-loss!!


and again, THANK YOU! <3

*~ Violet ~*

01-31-2010, 02:51 PM
Such an inspiration! Way to go!

01-31-2010, 03:33 PM
so sad to hear that he put in all that work and only got a short while to enjoy it :( certainly an inspiration though!

02-02-2010, 01:17 PM
What a shock to read that Steven has drowned. I hope everyone who reads his story will use it as an inspiration to lose their weight and/or to maintain their weight loss.

Steven shared his stuggle with us. Thank you, Steven.

My deepest condolences to your family and friends. Another life.... taken so young... terribly sad.


02-02-2010, 02:36 PM
RIP Steven!

02-04-2010, 04:17 AM
Wow! Your story is such an inspiration. You look great!

02-04-2010, 08:03 PM
Oh gosh, how sad. I was just coming to post congrats and encouraging words and then I read that he died. How sad. Truly inspirational none the less.

02-12-2010, 09:59 AM
Thank you for sharing! You've been an inspiration to many!

Sarah Carson
02-18-2010, 04:41 PM
Congratulations! I'm checking out your blog asap x

02-21-2010, 06:06 PM
Thanks for all the advice! Your story is very motivational!

02-25-2010, 02:13 AM
wonderful story/

03-28-2010, 05:45 AM
That is just fantastic!

04-02-2010, 07:23 PM
RIP. Thank you for leaving your legasy here to inspire and motivate others.

04-05-2010, 01:31 PM
Steven, what a great thing you have done for yourself. Congratulations.

04-05-2010, 01:35 PM
I should have read to the very end before I posted. Rest in Peace.

X Lexi X
04-08-2010, 05:25 PM
Rest in peace Steven. And thank-you for providing such inspiration for so many people, through this thread.

My thoughts are with your friends and family.

With Love, Lexi

04-18-2010, 01:20 PM
Thank you very much for sharing your story here.

Reading here lifts my spirits when i need it.... and, I am very appreciative.

It's been a while since you posted. I hope you're still doing okay.

04-18-2010, 06:27 PM

Steven, Congratulations!
You've taken away all my excuses to not keep going.

What an inspiration!!!!!


04-18-2010, 08:28 PM
How tragic! Steven, you are an inspiration to so many!! I really do hope your story gets told for years to come!


Big Sexy
04-18-2010, 08:56 PM
WOW, great job!!!:carrot::carrot::carrot:

04-19-2010, 12:28 PM
While I was saddened to read of Steven's death, I am still encouraged by his success. I appreciate him sharing it.

Rest in peace, Steven...


Autumn Gold
04-27-2010, 07:10 AM
R.I.P Steven.

I am very sad to hear of his death - even though I was not aware of who he was in the weightloss community until reading this post. What he achieved was amazing - seemingly impossible, but he did it! That shows how strong he truly was. Such an inspiration. Hugs to his friends and family. :hug:

Will be missed.

06-07-2010, 11:04 AM
amazing story!!!