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Brian’s Weight Loss Journey

Brian Startare: Soza Weight Loss March 19

I just returned home from Florida from a three day trip, and yes, I was a good boy while I was away. I ate my 5 meals a day. I continued to eat chicken, steak and fish. I didn’t have bread or wedding cake, or potatoes. And you want to know why? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

I’m feeling and looking better every day and I WANT MORE. While I was away, I learned how to order food out in a restaurant. It’s easy if you just ask the servers to help you out.
(Hint: Follow Soza’s guidelines while eating out, and get creative!)

Order double greens with your order. Drink water with a lime or lemon. Get sauces on the side and dip. And resist the urge to cheat.

Before I show you how I look today, let me show you what your plates and meals should look like!


Pretty interesting huh? It’s possible. You can do it.

Are you ready? This is March 19th. I’m down to 230lbs! That’s 38!

Brian Startare: Soza Weight Loss March 7

march7A week later and I’m feeling better than ever. I’m eating well. My skin has color. I’m lighter on my feet. I’m happier. My clothes are getting looser. People are noticing. And I look so much younger. It’s amazing.

My desire to change my life, to do Phase 1 on my own, and then get help for phase 2 is a working combination. This decision has seen me drop from 268lbs on January 3rd and now in just under 60 days, I’m down to 233lbs. That’s 35lbs!

Do yourself a favor and go to the grocery store and pick up seven 5lb bags of potatoes. Hold them for 5 minutes. And that’s what I was carrying around 24 hours a day. Woo hoo!

 

Brian Startare: Soza Weight Loss March 1

It is March 1st, and take a look at this! 235lbs! I’m down 13 more! In just 19 days, and that’s not counting those load up days to start the diet!

For the last three weeks, I have followed the Clinic’s instructions and I’m seeing amazing results. Here are a few of my observations:

  1. The staff at Soza, are professional, friendly and courteous, and most of all, they are supportive. They have really kept me going with my weekly check-ins. 
  2. From the beginning, they explained the process and all its details in full. All the support documents, sample menus, and products. I spent a full hour on my first day, weighing in, getting measured, and having great supportive conversations and listening to instructions. 
  3. Every Saturday, I checked in. Got measured, and looked forward to the next.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve tried a thousand different remedies, but have failed in almost everyone. I’m telling you now; this one is going to work.

And the reason that I know that is because this is the best I’ve felt on any diet! It’s so easy.
I put the work in during Phase 1. I didn’t cheat. I stayed the course and I’ve done the same on Phase 2 with Soza.

It’s so damn easy. I wake up and spray under my tongue three times. (Hint: Keep the bottle in the bathroom, do it when you wake up and before you get in the shower, which will take care of the 5 minutes you have to wait)

  1. I take the all natural vitamin pill every day at lunch with my other vitamins.
  2. I plop that B-12 under my tongue every other day at lunch.
  3. I spray three more before I go to bed. (Hint: brush your teeth every night, wait 5 minutes, spray, and go to bed)

That’s it. That’s all you have to do.

No side effects. In fact it only took me 7-10 days to really get on track. And the energy that I have is amazing. The B-12 tablet is the bomb. I’m never hungry, and I eat all day!

There are two important facets to dieting. Determination and dedication. If you have both, you will accomplish your goals. I’m doing it, you can do it.

I’ve put the juicer away for Phase 2, but I know I’ll be back. For Phase 2, I purchased a food scale for $20. Well worth it.

Here’s my typical eating day:

Morning: 3 Hard-boiled eggs, and some fruit
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Salad with 6 oz of chicken of tuna fish
Snack: Veggie
Dinner: Chicken, steak, fish and greens. And a salad. And cucumbers. And Spinach. My favorite meal.
Drinks throughout the day: Water, lots of it. Green tea, coffee, and Vodka!
(Hint: Try to mix it up a little to avoid getting bored. Have an egg white omelet in the morning. Change up the fruits and veggies. Eat a tomato for a snack. And also, prepare your food for the week on Sunday night, weigh it, bag it and take it to work with you)

Promise, promise, promise. Follow the guidelines for nutrition. Don’t cheat and it will fall off.

Brian Startare: Soza Weight Loss February 10th

So today I begin the work with the Soza weight loss clinic in Washington Township. I have arrived here at 248lbs. I have lost 20lbs on my own and I am feeling very proud and determined.

I am hoping to be in the 230’s by March 1st, so let’s get to it.

Just remember, this journey is a three phased one. It is requiring determination, faith, and not being afraid of asking for help.

Brian Startare: Soza Weight Loss January 6th-February 9th

January 6th- February 9th
For this 30 day+ period, I concentrated on eating the right foods. I walked a few miles a day, usually around the block at home. I took the steps instead of the elevator every chance I got.

I was really determined to show and prove to myself that I could do it on my own before going out and asking for help. I decided I was going to be positive in every aspect of my life. My family, friends, my work, everywhere. Remember, your attitude determines your altitude!
Basically, I ate like a health nut. And you know what? It took me only two weeks to get used to it. That’s it. Here’s a sample of what I would typically have during any given day.

Breakfast:

A juice made by using The Nutri Bullet. This machine is easy to use and fantastic. Go get one. Now!
Every morning I would make a juice consisting of any combination of spinach, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, oranges, flax seed, almonds and sometime non-fat Greek yogurt.
Low calories, energy boosting, natural. Good stuff.

Lunch:
A salad. With as many vegetables as I could pack in there, with a can of tuna or 6 ounces of chicken.

Snacks:
Apples, bananas, celery sticks, beef jerky, fat free popcorn, fat free cottage cheese. No more than 2 or 3 of these per day.

Dinner:

Steak, Chicken, or fish. Sweet or baked potatoes, greens, and a salad.

Drinks:

Coffee, water, juice, Green tea.

That’s it folks. I cut out pizza, most dairy, pasta, bread, and butter. The only thing I really, really missed was the pizza and beer. I tracked my calories at www.myfitnesspal.com it was of great help. It kept me line and provided me with support and motivation. Use this site; it will be your best friend.
I arrived at the Soza clinic on Saturday morning February 9th, 2013 and ready for my next step on my journey. I weighed in at 248lbs. Motivated and ready for Phase II! Take a look.

Brian Startare: My 3 Phase Weight Loss Plan

January 5, 2013

PHASE I
Today I begin a reduced calorie diet on my own that will consist of chicken, turkey, fish, fruits and vegetables. For the next 30-40 days, I will begin to learn how to eat again. I am cutting out fried foods, butter, bread, beer (Ouch) and pasta. I will use www.myfitnesspal.com to track my calories every day. Phase 1 will consist of light exercise, perhaps just some walking. My focus is strictly on one thing at a time. I need to master nutrition, as this is I feel is a good place to start. My goal is to lose 20lbs by February 4th, 2013

PHASE II

Once that goal is reached, I will be incorporating the assistance of the Soza Clinic managed by Dr. Anthony Wehbe of Soza’s Washington Township weight loss clinic. If you found this website, you have already realized that they helped thousands of people with their goals. I’ve done my research, and this is something that interests me greatly. I live in South Jersey so this will be quite convenient for me. I plan to succeed on the Soza program, where I have failed miserably on others. Hopefully, by mid-February I will begin the Soza Clinic and incorporate their plan for help in shedding 35 to 45 additional pounds. I hope to be increasing my exercise by them as well. After meeting the great staff at the clinic, and talking with Dr. Wehbe, I advised them I would see them the first week of February. The owners of Soza appreciated my enthusiasm and asked that I chronicle my journey on their Website.

PHASE III
This phase will consist of putting the valuable lessons of nutrition and eating well into a true lifestyle change. I will then, if my goals are obtained, start with an increased exercise program that will complete my diet plan.

I have thought this out. I have talked to the right people. I have asked for help. Now, it’s my time to put in the work. This is the first of many updates.

Brian Startare: Weight Loss Day #1

January 4th, 2013
I woke up today with a sense of motivation and determination that I had rarely felt before. I looked at my family and decided I wanted to live a happier and healthier life. We all are constantly reminded of the dangers of being overweight. I used to be very active but the rigors of balancing 3 jobs, countless commitments and a very involved family life have left me with less time to exercise and I’ve developed very poor eating habits.

I really want to get in shape for myself and for my family. I don’t want to feel like this any longer. I have to get myself right. I know it is going to take a lot of work and determination. I plan on making some major changes to my life prior to starting the Soza program so that I can maintain an active lifestyle well into the future. I did the following this morning and got started…
1- Devised a 3 Phase Plan to become a better me.
2- Made a list of 10 things I want to accomplish in 2013.
3- Promised myself that I would program myself to be positive, in every aspect of my life.

After all, it is true your attitude determines your altitude.

Brian Startare: Weight Loss Program Begins

JANUARY 3, 2013
Today marks the start of my weight loss program at the Soza clinic. My program is being managed by Dr. Anthony Wehbe out of Soza’s Washington Township weight loss clinic. I live and work in South Jersey so this is quite convenient for me. I actually work in South Jersey by day and do a radio program for 94 WIP in the evenings. I am constantly reminded of the dangers of being overweight. I really want to get in shape for myself and for my family. I used to be very active but the rigors of work and family life leave me with less time to exercise. I plan to succeed on the Soza program where I have failed on others. The owners of Soza appreciated my enthusiasm and asked that I chronicle my journey on their Website. I plan by making some major changes to my life prior to starting the Soza program so that I can maintain an active lifestyle well into the future. I have created a 3 phase approach to reaching my weight loss goals. This is the first of many updates.

Here are some before photos of myself:


 

Brian Startare: My Decision to Make a Change

Hey there folks, my name is Brian Startare and I would like to share my weight loss journey with you.

I hope my determination and success over the next 90 days will motivate those of you who are suffering from of the same dreaded things I am going through at this present time.

I have always yo-yoed with my weight. I’ve seen my weight fluctuate between 199lbs to 268lbs over the course of the last 14 years. I have tried countless remedies. You name, I’ve done it. Pre-packaged meals, points systems, exercise plans, juicing, etc…

Some worked ok, some I failed miserably, some I’d rather just like to forget. I have a lot of experience when it comes to matters of being overweight and how it simply dejects you. I’ve felt hopeless, depressed, angry, exhausted and fed up. I’ve been there, and it’s not a comforting feeling. So believe me when I tell you, I know what you are going through.

On December 31st, 2012, I looked in the mirror and saw a 42 year old man with more than a double chin, an ever expanding belly and worst of all, a tired, exhausted and old looking middle aged man. I asked that man who he was because I just simply didn’t recognize him. It was time to say goodbye to him.

I simply had enough. When I rung in 2013 that evening, I promised myself that this was the year I was going to change my life, and it would be a series of changes that not only saw me get healthier physically, but emotionally and spiritually. So my journey begins…