Browsing Archive: August, 2011

28 Day Challenge - 23 lbs... just the beginning

Posted by Jonny V on Tuesday, August 30, 2011,
Before - August 1, 2011

After - August 30, 2011

Just the beginning...


August 1 August 30

Chest at nipples 52 50.5

Love handles 50.5 48.25

Waist, below belly 45.5 43.5

Belly 48.5 46.25

Neck 19.5 18.5

If I am only for myself, who am I?  

If I am not for myself, who will be?

If not now, when?



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This Ending is Just the Beginning!

Posted by JONNY V on Monday, August 29, 2011,

"The beginning is the most important part of the work"- Plato

Jonny Jonny V.

My name is Jonny V and I am a veteran Vegan.

Day 28 was awesome. Scrambled tofu, mushroom, onion and peppers for brunch. A great dinner with salad, whole wheat pasta with marinara portabello mushroom piccata for dindin.

We're in Charlottesville Va for an extra day to avoid that Bitch Irene.....but tomorrow, Hurricane Jonny rolls back into town and I'm not nearly as wide and mean as Irene was.

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Breaking The Cycle

Posted by Jonny O on Saturday, August 27, 2011,

My big kids knew me as their BIG, loving Dad. 21 and 18 years of Fat Daddy. Seeing me taking control is more than they can grasp right now. But once they see me more active, fitter, healthier, happier, they will soon change their view of Dad. I need to lead by example....if not, I risk my little guy taking the wrong path and relying on my hand me down sleep apnea machine.


Less than six weeks ago, I looked for the closest hotel I could find to the Smoking Pig Barbeque in Valdosta, Ge...

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Posted by Jonny O on Thursday, August 25, 2011,

Big news on the Jonny O Goes Vegan Health front! When the Big Sexy started this journey 24 days ago, my doctor warned me that if I didn't do something, it was time for BP meds. My BP on the morning of August 1 when I started the 28 Day Challenge was 150/92.

Today I accompanied a friend to a doctors appointment and asked the doctor (who is also one of my best friends) to check my weight and BP while I was there. You'll have to wait until Monday for the official weight, but the Big Sexy was Big ...

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Sorry about the Earthquake- My BAD

Posted by Jonny O on Wednesday, August 24, 2011,

Last night, Mount Big Sexy erupted once again, and the earth is still shaking as a result. I may have to change my name from the "Big Sexy" to the "Big Epicenter."

Yes, I made the earth move. Even my poor dog was terrified. Above is a photo of her reaction to one of my recent Booming Salvos. It's amazing, she doesn't hesitate to smell our other dogs ass, but when the Big Sexy is rocking, she starts rolling.

But it's all good. My wife still loves me. However, the ear plugs she removed once I got...
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14 Pounds

Posted by Jonny O on Monday, August 22, 2011,
I was down 15 by last Thursday, but I put one back on over the past few days.

The good news:
  • I am still all- vegan.
  • I have more energy.
  • I have been diligent with my exercise.
  • I got through a really tough weekend.
  • I am able to wear some of my 40 waist pants for the first time.
The bad news:
  • I knew I was eating too much this weekend....and I didn't stop.
  • I had a drink or two each of the past three nights and knew it would bite me in the ass.
  • I'm still way to big and have a long way to go.
  • I'm sad, my hous...

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Spread Your Wings Son

Posted by Jonny O a/k/a Dad on Sunday, August 21, 2011,

It felt like last week when I taught him how to shoot a basket. Now he’s dunking.

Rather than succumb to adversity in his life, he has learned how to overcome it and today, he’s confident, independent and good to the core.  Instead of being a victim, he used his adversity as an opportunity to be resilient and strong.  He is never afraid to take a risk, to embrace change and to strive to be happy....and it's paid off.  Now, he's ready to kick ass in college.

 I am very pr...

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Ben Franklin wasn't a vegan, but he knew his shit!

Posted by Jonny O on Friday, August 19, 2011,

Look at my family! The Big Sexy is blessed! Believe me, I know it. I've had so much luck in my life and I am so thankful for this. But luck, like karma, shouldn't be taken for granted. You need to earn it. I'm sure that my future wouldn't be so lucky if I didn't change and take control of my life. One of my favorite lines, courtesy of Big Ben (not related to Big Sexy, though I have been told by my kids friends that i look like him):

            "I am a firm believer in luck and I find the har...
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THE FAT MAN RISETH.....The "Bigger Sexy" a/k/a Gawk challenges the REAL "BIG SEXY" to a duel

Posted by Jonny O on Wednesday, August 17, 2011,

The Gawk has arisen. He's had a very busy day! He has both managed to re-name himself "The Bigger Sexy" and managed somehow to pull his fat ass out of his favorite beach chair and drop the gauntlet on The Big Sexy. Yes, the big man has decided to drop the 3 pound t-bone.... to put down the serving find and wear his 35 year old high school basketball headband and challenge the Big Sexy to a weight duel! See the details under our comments to yesterdays "11 pound" post.

The first to ...

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11 pounds

Posted by Jonny O a/k/a The Big Sexy on Monday, August 15, 2011,
I must admit....I thought that by this 28 Day Challenge halfway point, I would lose more than this. I know....I know....Rome wasn't built in a day. I know....I's probably water weight.

Still, I'm disappointed. I worked out really hard this past week. I ate really well this past week. I watched my son down ribs and chicken and veal.....and I was sure that this morning I'd be rewarded.

But I have no freakin' patience!

What I need to remember is that this isn't a diet. This isn't short...
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Peckerheads and Pizza

Posted by Jonny O a/k/a The Big Sexy on Saturday, August 13, 2011,

This picture was taken yesterday with my son and his buddies. I love these peckerheads and they love to taunt The Big Sexy!

My boys have been away at camp this Summer.  We really missed them. The tall one in the picture is one of my two sons.  One of the few good things about them being away is that it made it easier for me to transition into vegandom.

My big guy in the picture starts college in a week so we've decided to try our best to be a positive food influence, serve healthy foods at ...
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Looking in The Mirror

Posted by Jonny O a/k/a The Big Sexy on Thursday, August 11, 2011,

I can do this now. I can study me. I can like what I see. I can watch PETA's "Glass Walls" without guilt. I know I'm doing my best.

This isn't easy, but it's good. It's time. I've had many, many great days and I want many, many more.

I will do this. Change isn't easy, but taking it on before I'm forced to is something that I'm proud of....that my kids will be proud of.

If I am only for myself, who am I? If I am not for myself, who will be? If not now, when?

OK, now that I'm done looking ...
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Memo to My Office

Posted by Jonny O on Thursday, August 11, 2011,

Every day CAN'T be paradise. Today was my first valley, my first REAL challenge. In the office, I was swamped and stressed and it was a classic day where I'd hit the vending machine down the hall and mindlessly grab the candy that's sitting on counters wherever I look. So I decided to take charge. Here's the memo to my entire office:

Dear Staff,

Today I had a day of weakness. I day-dreamed about the contents of the candy vending machine. I struggled a bit and temptation flirted with me...

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It is what it isn't

Posted by Jonny O on Wednesday, August 10, 2011,

My goal here is to keep it real for those following or even considering this journey. While I believe I may be evolving spiritually, I know I'm still an immature dumbass at heart.

With this being said, as I'm sure most of you have tired of hearing about my "gascapades"... I wrote about this phase because the noxious emissions were endless. Until yesterday....when they suddenly "materialized" and I mean "MATERIAL-ized". That's right, what was gas is now substance. Crap is flying out in ...
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Posted by Jonny O on Tuesday, August 9, 2011,
A loved one, who was diagnosed with Endometrial cancer about 7 weeks ago underwent major surgery today. At the time of the diagnosis, her oncologist told her to stop taking her estrogen (HORMONES). So I'm sitting in the waiting area hoping to see the surgeon soon, because the sooner he comes out, the better the procedure went.  Thankfully, he came out early. The surgery went great. The cancer was limited to her uterus as we all hoped would be the case. In his words, "she's cured."

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Week One - The Weigh-In

Posted by Jonny O on Monday, August 8, 2011,

With my favorite Five For Fighting song, "100 Years," blasting, the weigh-in commenced:
8.5 lbs
Big sexy....big happy.  Double digits.... days away.
Rushing off to the hospital to support a loved one getting major surgery.  Please send your prayers.

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Sweet Reflections

Posted by Jonny O on Sunday, August 7, 2011,

What a week! The Fab Five above is my incredible Mrs. Sexy, fellow wagoneer and best pal V-Secker, The Big Sexy, Vegan Dessert Magician Fran Costigan and My Mentor in Taking Control of My Life....our beloved Char Nolan. As you can see, we had quite the turn out for Fran's cooking demo. Her chocolates were kick ass and her spirit, even better.

WEEK 1 REVELATION: I don't have to cheat to love what I eat.

My life suddenly seems under control.

Before Last Monday, I doubted my ...
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The Gawk- If we can reel in this whale it will be The Catch of The Day!

Posted by Jonny O on Saturday, August 6, 2011,

One of my oldest, dearest, and clearly fattest old pals is "Gawk." Neighborhood, school, college, post college travels, you name it, we did it together. He's the big porker in the middle who's stomach you see taking up most of this picture. This photo was taken at our PSU college reunion and the three of us in the photo have known each other since before high school. One of the funny things about this picture is that the other guy, the skinny little, very bald dude is our good pal  "Ch...

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Big Sexy is Big Busy!

Posted by Jonny O on Friday, August 5, 2011,

Sorry friends, today is a brief one.  Busy day. Eating right, feeling good. 

If Big Sexy doesn't get Big Busy....there's going to be NO MORE WORKY and Big Trubby!

Looking forward to my first Vegan Weekend! Vegan pastries tomorrow at Whole Foods Market Devon with the amazing
Fran Costigan. Will report back after stuffing my pie hole!

Keep it going.

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I miss my little brother

Posted by Jonny O on Thursday, August 4, 2011,

Our fellow Wagoneer and inspiration Char Nolan suggested that my farts should be “fluffy and quiet.”  Sorry, Char, not this Big Sexy.  I would describe them as bad-ass and boisterous.  Last night I erupted at about 2 am and my dogs went crazy thinking someone was trying to blow open the front door and break in.

My brother David moved to San Diego years ago and I'm missing him. Imagine the fun I'd have being in a big crowd and blaming him for my eruptions!
Here's the good news.
  It’s clea...

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Headin' Down The Highway- Food, tunes and a harmonic fart fest.

Posted by Jonny O on Thursday, August 4, 2011,
Ahhhhhhh, the sins of the open highway. In days gone by, I would have gone from my coffee and Egg McMuffin (or two) to Wendy's or heavy sushi lunch, then dinner was anything with a big honkin' piece of meat. All without dirty looks from Mrs. Sexy!

BUT NOT THIS VEGAN...NO WAY....NOT THE BIG SEXY.  Once me and my cooler hit the highway, I was chowin' down on my beloved kale chips... a PB & J on sprouted grain bread, fruit and vegan almond yogurt.

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Vegan Road Warrior

Posted by Jonny O on Wednesday, August 3, 2011,

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Day 2... Still A Happy Vegan

Posted by Jonny O on Wednesday, August 3, 2011,
Hi Fellow Veeeeeeeegans. That's starting to roll off my tongue!  Busy 12 hour day. Lots of energy, some stress, feeling great. Exercise, veggie/fruit drink, kale chips, fruit, carrots/celery hummus lunch
(not great), soba pasta w/oil -free pesto, watercress salad, and cauliflower/chickpea dinner....all awesome. Then my Mrs. Sexy added a vegan blueberry cobbler from Engine 2 Recipe that made Big Sexy a happy, plantstrong vegan. Given the long day, feeling great, feeling filled. I've got more qu...

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Don't Mess Around With Char Nolan

Posted by Jonny O on Tuesday, August 2, 2011,

 THE GREEN TEAM - SOON TO BE THE BOD SQUAD!  Meet my fellow Wagoneer and new friend, Char Nolan, who is the Marketing Team Leader for Whole Foods in Devon, PA.  Char came to my house tonight.  She took me under her wing from the first day Big Sexy put up this site.  She is one of a kind.  She came, taught me about this journey, cooked some great vegan meals with Amy and made it clear, SHE WILL KICK MY ASS IF I DON'T STAY THE COURSE.  Then, as if that wasn't enough, with
Rip Esselstyn on Skype...

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Big Sexy's Big Weigh-In

Posted by Jonny O on Monday, August 1, 2011,

Thanks to my friends at Medical Rehabilitation Center of Pennsylvania ("MRCP") for conducting my weigh in. My apologies to the poor scale.

278 pounds
BP= 150/92

If not now, when?

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Posted by Jonny O a/k/a The Big Sexy on Monday, August 1, 2011,

"If I am only for myself, who am I?
 If I am not for myself, who will be?
 If not NOW, when?"

It's NOW!

This is for me, my family and my friends, who love and support me.

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