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Meet Russ Version 4.0, a buzz cut and a few boxing lessons later. Still debating the goatee





Since moving to New Orleans, I became fascinated with boxing. I'm scrappy, who knew?





Me at 350 with my mother and my sister. About a month later I woke up and decided I was done.



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Hell, high water or loose skin -- I keep it off. And build a world making maintaining better for all

I've gone from 350 to 155, throughout food writing, the death of my mother, grandmother, confronting abusive relationships and moving to New Orleans on a mission to alter how healthy cooking and weight loss are discussed.

For example, for all the emphasis on losing weight, there's little-to-no attention to actually keeping weight off.

So I did something about it. Myself and a group of unruly weight loss success stories created WKIO (We Keep It Off.com) to offers ...
I've gone from 350 to 155, throughout food writing, the death of my mother, grandmother, confronting abusive relationships and moving to New Orleans on a mission to alter how healthy cooking and weight loss are discussed.

For example, for all the emphasis on losing weight, there's little-to-no attention to actually keeping weight off.

So I did something about it. Myself and a group of unruly weight loss success stories created WKIO (We Keep It Off.com) to offers tools and support for exsiting maintainers and change the societal landscape for maintainers yet-to-be.

You got something you want to see happen? Holler at me at russ@wekeepitoff.com.

In the meantime...

I began my journey as a result of remembering some ugly truths about my life (so much for thinking "repressed memory" stuff was hippie therapy BS) and one day I woke up and began losing weight. But it was never about my weight -- I wanted to see who Russ was without the weight obscuring things.

I had no idea the path that would set me on, or how surprised I was by what I would find when I could finally see and hear myself clearly.

I reluctantly took a job as a food critic and restaurant scenster early into a 250-pound weight loss. It turned out that really learning the nuances of food and cooking -- flavor, texture, technique and depth -- became a weight loss secret weapon. It also helped give my life and eating a context aside from Weight Loss World.

The real kicker was I never pondered much about what to do with my life after the weight was gone. How I would or wouldn't change, how I would or wouldn't see others differently.

I kept asking myself "Now what?" and spent a few years fumbling for an answer. I had no clue how a non-obese life was different from everything I had ever known previously. And Subway Ads were of no help whatsoever.

But rather than whine, I decided to do something about it. That's weight loss 101, right?

I left the newspaper industry and created a Web magazine, Second Helping Online, to highlight the challenges and opportunities for folks on the other side of weight loss -- those of us asking "Now what?"

I've been interviewed for books, taught cooking classes, appeared in Newsweek and the Today Show, and created wellness programs with post-weight life in mind, and I finished a cookbook that will (fingers crossed) be published in 2011. Now if I could only quit smoking *laughs*!

So after all the plot twists, that's how I answered "Now what?" for myself -- stubbornly refusing to accept The Way Things Are by daring myself, in big ways and in small, to keep stepping up to the plate. As my body shrank i also learned to expand my life. I hope to teach others to do the same.
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My Goals:
To make sure people are supported on ALL phases of weight loss -- the after as well as before.

The rest of the world's quite qualified to lower obesity rates -- I want to make sure weight regain statistics reduce also.

And finally, I advocate cooking literacy as not just a weight loss tool, but a means of personal development. Sexy, mind-blowing improvisational recipes are just a perk.

My Program:
Cardio: 45 minutes or more a day in my target heart zone or higher, one long run during the weekend.

Lifting: A mix of traditional weight lifting and body resistance training, high intensity, mixing both drop-setting working opposing muscle groups to maximize intensity.

Eating: I eat every three hours -- lot of zip lock bags are involved with this. I've eaten low fat and low carb to some success; my eating's more in line with the Mediterranean Diet now.

Supplements: Flax and Fish oil, Vita D and Glucosamine + MSM, Daily Multi to cover the bases, and I'm experimenting to see if that antioxidant hype (read: Acai) has any merit.

Etc: Chiropracty and specialized orthopedics to keep my mutant feet from mangling my body, and Reiki healing to keep me chipper and positive.

Personal Information:
I went from a mild-mannered music critic standing in a big trench coast in the back of rock clubs to a food writer, recipe crafter, and much to my surprise, a post-weight advocate.

Otherwise, I have one pair of fat pants I plan on burning -- rather than look like a "success story," I'd rather BE a success story, on my terms.

Other Information:
I'm a huge fan of music and comics, which I write in between writing for work or Second Helping. I adore Gail Simone, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis and Peter David. "Preacher" is my favorite comic series of all time.

Music wise, Aimee Mann, Maria McKee, and Kristin Hersh/Throwing Muses can do no wrong. Now that I live in New Orleans, I've enjoyed musicians that either live or keep tabs on NOLA: Shannon McNally, Christain Scott, the Iguanas, Jon Cleary, Otis Taylor

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"We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are." -- Anais Nin

"What do you plan to do with all your stories/The new sheriff said, quite proud of his badge/ We'll wave them through the rocket's red glare/ And huddle mass, you just lift your lamp."
-- Tori Amos, "Scarlett's Walk"

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SOUTHSHOREGUY
3/6/2012 9:58:41 AM

Russ, thanks for all the details of your program (food as well as exercise). Reading what you wrote inspired me to do even more than I have been doing. Just one thing. You thanked me for befriending you. Please do the same for me. I would greatly appreciate it.
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SOUTHSHOREGUY
3/5/2012 3:46:06 PM

Hi Russ, I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration to are with such a tremendous weight loss. I'd love to hear your story as to just how you did it and what obstacles to overcame in the process. I am adding you as a friend to my Page. May I ask that do do the same?

Take care, Russ.
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI
10/4/2011 4:58:18 PM

Yeah, maintenance really hasn't been a community-oriented thing, has it?

I guess we won't know until we try, whether fostering a community will improve the odds or whether the community will suffer the usual attrition that maintainers experience!

Watching your challenge concept to see how it evolves. The more tools the better, especially ones that speak to different aspects of maintenance and connect people differently.



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TEMPEST272002
9/30/2011 8:54:38 AM

Saw your comment on my friend Maggie's blog & I liked what you had to say. Checked out your website & several of the articles too. Thanks!



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MAGGIEROSEBOWL
9/29/2011 9:25:50 AM

Thanks for your thoughtful and insightful AND helpful comment on my blog about "what is wrong with me?" I have decided to abandon reading Deb's blog. It's too depressing. I will certainly check yours out (I think I looked at it from a link a day or two ago). I think maintenance information is lacking because as another commenter pointed out, there is no money to be made from it, so companies don't market maintenance programs as much as weight loss ones.
THIS time is different for me, I think, in that I did hit my goal, actually am currently below my goal (although I have found once you see the scale register a low number--that's where you want to stay forever!), and have been here for over 5 months. In the past I never hit a weight loss goal, and when I quit "dieting," I went immediately back to my old habits and gained the weight back rapidly. I am older now, and perhaps wiser. I realize that old lifestyle is gone, donuts and fast food are part of my past, something I really can't partake of anymore. I am a food addict, and like an alcoholic or smoker, I'm afraid just ONE of those forbidden treats will get me started eating badly again, so I just can't risk it. That's okay--someone else pointed out to plan your menus ahead and look forward to what you DO get to eat every day. I like that idea, since I kind of do it in my mind already. I save my breakfast for after my morning walk. Don't know if that's smart or not, but it sure is a nice reward when I'm done walking! And it's something I look forward to every morning. But as soon as I'm done with breakfast (sometimes before even), I'm looking forward to lunch and dinner. I guess I really need to find a new passion in life, but I have loved food for a long time! emoticon



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