About Me


My name is L-Jay (27) and I currently live in Florida. I have created this website to share my personal weight loss goal of 65 pounds and counting and to also provide valuable nutritional and fitness information to those of you who are interested in living a healthier lifestyle. I am a active runner and Crossfit athlete.

Whether your goal is to lose weight, build lean muscle, or simply maintain a healthier lifestyle this site will provide you with all the information you need.

How I got started: I decided to lose weight when I was at my all time high of 265 pounds on December 19th, 2008. A normal day of eating for me consisted of bagels and coffee in the morning and fast food for lunch and dinner. I also had a constant sugar cravings, which I would satisfy with chocolate, cakes, cookies, ice cream and milkshakes.

I never really felt comfortable going out with friends, taking pictures, meeting new people or even going to school and work. My self-esteem was always low, and my health suffered severely. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and I was borderline diabetic at age 21. It was time to make a lifestyle change.

How I did It: I followed a healthy eating regimen and portion control, I ate a wide variety of whole foods, including healthy nuts, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. In addition, I eat complex carbohydrates that take longer to break down in my body and provide steady energy(oatmeal, or sweet potatoes). I avoided simple carbs such as white flour and refined sugars that can spike my blood sugar and lead to weight gain.

The biggest change was basically limiting myself to a certain group of foods. Portion size was also a major change for me. On previous “diets” I pretty much ate all that I wanted. I would pour on salad dressing until it covered the entire salad, but I taught myself to control my salad dressing portion to 2 tablespoons per serving.

And working out was also an important part of my diet, I would workout 5-6 days a week focusing primarily on cardio type workouts and would concentrate on weight training 2-3 days a week. Currently I am proud to say that I am 192 pounds and I am focusing on losing my last 12 pounds to reach my goal weight of 180 pounds. I began running and recently competed in my first 5k race on June 6th, 2010 in which I came in 2nd place.

Words of Encouragement: The key thing for me that enabled me to lose the weight was staying positive and focused. Posting pictures of your idea body type from magazines on your bedroom door or refrigerator will help to keep you motivated and your eye on the prize. Also, don’t let anyone tell you what you CANT do because you CAN, and don’t let friends influence you on breaking your eating habits because they see you doing well.

I Hope that I am able to inspire you, your family members and friends with the content provided on this website, and DONT FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE to the site on the home page. By subscribing you can stay updated on new post by me that will include informative information about living a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Contact Information

Email: ljayhealth@gmail.com

Comments
  1. AAP Fitness says:

    Hi L-Jay!
    I want to thank you for posting such a kind comment on my blog! I just want to tell you that I am SO PROUD OF YOU and I do not even know you! I too lost 80 pounds which is my motivation. The fact that you and I have “been there” really does make all of the difference. Keep inspiring others through your story and always keep shining!
    Stay in touch too!
    Keep up the great work!
    Alex and Ashley Poptodorov
    (AAP Fitness)

  2. Wow, L-Jay! So impressive. GOOD for you! I love to read stories like yours.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my site- pleased to meet you. Congratulations on your accomplishments. I look forward to keeping up to date on your continued progress and maintenance.

  4. Hello L-Jay. I was so encouraged to meet you through my blog and I’m really inspired by your weight loss. I tend to need help in the weight loss area, especially around this time of year. I’m going to implement some of your advice and let you know how I do in the coming weeks.

    I ran a marathon a few years ago and would like to run another, but better. The problem is, I’m having a tough time getting motivated. I’ll check in on you for motivation, so keep keepin’ on with your fitness and I hope to follow in your footsteps.

  5. NutriSpire says:

    Hi L-Jay,
    Your journey truly inspirational. Keep up the great work and as tell my Get At The Roots members

    “Everyday experience your beauty, your health your gifts”

    Wishing you health and happiness,
    Nina

  6. oolung says:

    Hi! Thanks for following my blog. There’s not much about health and things like that, but I might be posting some things about Chinese medicine, I hope you’ll like it. Congratulations on your successful weight loss, it’s very impressive and inspiring!

  7. rlodin says:

    hey – awesome blog! looking forward to reading through previous posts and checking out more! Awesome to see how other people tackle weight loss and a fitter lifestyle!

  8. Caramelia says:

    Hey L-Jay, thanks for liking and subscribing to my blog I really appreciate it. Congratulations on achieving you initial weight loss goals and for continue on. Good luck. I’ll be sure to check your blog for health tips

  9. Awesome blog L-Jay! You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your experience with the world.

  10. I think your great! I love your about page! very inspiring!

  11. lolabees says:

    Congrats on your success, L-Jay! What an inspiration you are!

  12. ohiocook says:

    Thanks for reading and the “Like” of my post

  13. P. K. Newby says:

    Hi L-Jay! Thanks again so much for reposting my guacamole video from Play a Good Knife and Fork (http://blog.pknewby.com) here on your site, I really appreciate it! I hope you are incredibly proud of yourself for the weight you have lost. Here’s to your health! Be well, PK (@pknewby)

  14. spiceitup4u says:

    For one congratulations on your weight loss!!! great stuff! 2-what is your e mail? I have some great info I would like to send you!
    ASHLEY

  15. Vetry impressive L-Jay. Very.

  16. Hi L-Jay, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really like your writings..I totally agree with the way you wemt about losing weight and getting into shape. You will definetely keep it off while getting healthier and stronger. This is the only way to lose weight and stay healthy…you are right on! You look great! Also, seeing yourself attaining your goal, like you said, is key. People will try and burst your bubble, because they don’t want to have to do it too! All the best…Kathy

  17. Ganesh says:

    Healthy blog! Thanks for following my blog. :)

  18. L-in-Korea says:

    Congratulations on your success! Great Blog!

  19. siany1 says:

    Hi L-Jay – thanks for following my blog and well done for losing all that weight. Good for you! You must be so proud of yourself?! :-) I’ve lost a lot of weight but I think you beat me.

  20. Arizona girl says:

    Thanks very much for the like and the follow. Congratulations on your weight loss and your improved fitness! Your blog will hopefully inspire others to do similar good things for themselves!

  21. Hey L-Jay Health,
    Thanks for checking out my blog and for the follow! Hope you enjoy my blogs and I look forward to reading yours!
    James

  22. fitandsexy says:

    you have a great blog! keep it up ;-)

  23. Great Blog! One of the best I’ve seen!

  24. Great work! You truly are an inspiration :)

  25. elisariva says:

    Hi L-Jay! Thanks for reading my blog. You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work and keep inspiring!!

  26. moriwriter says:

    Thank You, L-Jay, for liking one of my posts. I’m enjoying looking around your blog, too. We have in common an interest in nutrition and health, as well as positivity! If you sift very carefully through my posts you will find tidbits of such. Fantastic that you are sharing yours so clearly and passionately. Good on you!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thank you for the kind comments! I truly appreciate it. I love your blog as well. We could feed off each other! Look forward to speaking with you soon moriwriter!

  27. Really nice blog and great info. Glad you decided to share the wealth of your health knowledge!

  28. Eli says:

    L-Jay,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and wow, you look great!

    I know we are strangers, but let me just say: I’m so proud of you for making healthy changes to your lifestyle and making the difficult effort to lose weight the old fashion way: through diet and exercise.

    I hope that doesn’t sound condescending, but as I’m sure you also see, I see so many people complain and claim their weight and health problems are “out of their hands” or “genetically propagated.” 99% of the time, that is just not true!

    I am recovering from surgery, and I wonder:

    Do you know of any ab exercises I can do that don’t require the use of my pecs? I am looking for something gentle, just to get back into some routine, but I had surgery on my chest, and so am still waiting for the incisions to heal.

    Thanks again for checking out my blog, and continued luck to you to reach your weight goals!

    -Eli

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thank you ELi for taking the time to provide such positive feedback about the blog! I am glad you enjoyed reading it! As far as the ab workouts, I would suggest probably just taking it easy for now since you just finished surgery. I know many doctors will recommend no physical exercise for a specific time frame after surgery. It will probably be best to consult with your doc first. However there are a few ab exercises you can do that doesnt require pec movements such as the leg raises and leg drops, scissors, and hip lifts. If you are unfamiliar with these movements, try typing them into youtube to see some demonstrations. I will also be posting more ab workout videos in the future!! Good luck and have a speedy recovery.

      • Eli says:

        Thanks for the tips, and yes, my girlfriend has reminded me to sit on my ass for at least another week, lol.

        -E

  29. Bex says:

    Love your blog! It’s really useful, and great to see you successfully change your lifestyle :)

  30. creativeliz says:

    Hi L-Jay, thank you for stopping by and liking my blog – I love your writing style and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog :)
    All the best, Liz

  31. Zhen Huang says:

    You have an awesome blog here :) lots of useful information. Thank you for sharing your motivating experience.

  32. Thanks for the follow at katharinetrauger.wordpress.com. I, too, am losing, although my site is not about that. Yay! I’m only a tad behind you, so watch out! I may pass you up! :-D

  33. Ready...Set...Get Fit says:

    I think what you have accomplished and what you are accomplishing is commendable. You should be super proud of yourself. I am a firm believer in heart health as we had an experience with a family member which changed my way of doing things. I look forward to sharing the journey. Cass

  34. siany1 says:

    Hi,

    I’ve nominated you for a blogger award!
    http://dashing-divas.com/2012/06/04/dashing-divas-have-been-awarded/

    Here are the rules for receiving the award: (1) thank the blogger who nominated you (2) include the links to their blogs, (3) include the award image in your post, (4) copy the award image to your site, (5) give seven random facts about yourself, (6) nominate 15 other bloggers for the award, (7) when nominating other bloggers include the links to their sites, and (7) let those bloggers know they’ve been nominated.

  35. Fran Johns says:

    Hi L-Jay, Thanks for dropping by Boomers & Beyond. And good for you! I’m going to raise the median age of your followers by a few decades, but health & fitness never go out of style. Here’s to yours. – Fran

  36. ridetheglide says:

    HI L-Jay – Thanks for the comments on “Ride the Glide” – I like your energy and take on staying in flow with a healthy happy self. Coach Barb

  37. sherrylcook says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog, your site is fantastic! I will keep up with your wonderful tricks and tips!

  38. well done! Love your choice of wordpress theme too! ;) Thanks for stopping by The Vampire Diet.

  39. reneeboomer says:

    Thank you for following my blog. Congrats on all the weight loss. Good for you!! I will follow your blog as well. Great Blog!! Have a super day. :) Renee

  40. D. Martin says:

    Amazing progress!! Very inspirational!

  41. 6bysixty says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am very impressed with your weight loss and your ability to keep it off for so long. Great job! You have a lot of good information. I’ll be back to see what you are up to. Keep up the yoga it is great for a lot of things.

  42. amb says:

    Thanks so much for following my blog! I will definitely be back here to visit often. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments! Keep it up!

  43. Dan Rubio says:

    Awesome job hitting your initial goals man!!! I was in the same boat as you and one day something just clicked for me and I started being more active. Keep up the awesome work on the blog, but the thing I like the most is how you make it almost contagious to start living a healthier and more active lifestyle!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thanks Dan for the feedback! It is contagious and I don’t ever want to stop living the healthy and fit lifestyle! Keep up the great work yourself. Glad to know you!

  44. Hey There!

    Thanks for following my blog and congrats on your success! I’m looking forward to reading some of your posts!!! Please tell your friends:)

    Lots of love,
    Mrs. B
    lifeofanewwife.com

  45. Riba says:

    Hi L-Jay. I just popped in to thank you for liking my post, “Manna from Heaven,” and for following my blog. I don’t have nearly as many folks visiting as you do here, but I always get a lift when this happens. Thanks very much. And what a cool and admirable thing you are doing here! :)

  46. anonanna says:

    I think your blog is great. I can really identify with it, too. And I love the personal touch you put into your reviews and things. Nominated you for your Lovely Blog :) http://anonanna.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/lovely/

  47. You are smart to start so young. I got married at 21 Fat and happy by 24 and stayed that way for 43 years. Changing was a struggle and I lost a lot of my ability to focus on desk work but at least I beat my stroke which only lasted for an hour and no it wasn’t a TAI. I hope you know you have made a lifestyle change and while you may change what you eat and how you excercise, always remember that cardio and portion control are imperative for controlling weight.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thank you for sharing your story with us! I am glad you decided to turn your lifestyle around as well. All the best to you! Stay motivated an focus!! Have a great weekend

  48. plaid42 says:

    This blog is fantastic! I just committed to healthy living and weight loss two months ago. Thanks for following my blog. I plan to be a frequent visitor to this blog as a place for information and inspiration.

  49. vgrandja says:

    Hi! I’m seeing a dietitian now and through writing down on a table the things I ate throughout the day, I found that I ate more than three times a day–not small portions, either–and at the many things I did eat had more than 40% fat! How did I know? I eat food from McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s. Can you believe that a large sized coffee with four creams and three sugar is close to 600 calories? It is! And because of the cream the % is way more than the daily recommended.So now, I’m controlling my portion. Of course, this week, yesterday I celebrated my b-day (but it’s on June 16) with fish and chips, an alcoholic drink, then two glasses of water. Of course, before eating this stuff (at Fionn MacCool’s) I brisk walked for three hours. If you have a time to look at the June 15 post…these are the pics and vids I took while walking. It was a sunny and specially hot day and excellent for walking. I have to lose 55 pounds of fat to be 155 pounds which I need to be in order to fit into orthotics. I’m glad that you lost the weight and if I have self-control over portions and the fat that I eat, I just might make it this year. Congratulations! You’re looking at your best! 5K race! Wow! It takes a lot to commit to it…then there’s the diet, hydration, and rest to think about. But none of these things seem to be an issue for you since I’m getting from what you’re saying is that you have all the knowledge you need to get there. Me, now with the dietitian and then the social worker for my emotional eating habits, I will be on my way to, I hope, never overeat again. To be 155 pounds until, I guess, I’m 100 years old.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      You will do great your goal. It will be a journey for your to discover mental challenges and self control. Stay motivated and positive and you will surely reach them. Feel free to email me anytime for chat, motivation or advice. Ljayhealth@gmail.com……it is nice to meet you. Let’s make great things happen!!!

  50. Dude — EXCELLENT JOB!!! Keep it up…I’m right behind you!

  51. 180 without losing muscle mass.

  52. Ryan Keith says:

    Hi there! Thank you for liking my post and following my blog. =) I applaud you greatly for losing the vast amount of weight and continuing to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is also wonderful that you are taking the time to provide help and encouragement to others looking to do the same. Our country is in the middle of an obesity epidemic, and it is only continuing to get worse. We need more individuals like yourself motivating others to live a healthy lifestyle. Do you work out with partners, or do you do you stay motivated yourself? Even as a medical student, I find it tough to stay motivated to find time to exercise, even when I understand all the health risks of not sticking with a daily exercise plan. Again, congrats! I look forward to more posts from you! =)

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thank you for the positive feedback Ryan!! It is greatly appreciated :) I usually do both, work out with a group and by myself. I am self motivated but whenever I get a chance to workout with someone or a group I jump on that opportunity. My best advice to stay motivated is to allow yourself to understand that you owe it to your body to take care of it and make sure it is working properly. Our bodies should be our first priorities and they are our temple. The greatest gift you can give yourself is a healthy and long lasting body. It took me a while to understand this, but we get so caught up in work, school, our families and society that we forget to take care of ourself first. Once you get in the habit of working out regularly your body will get use to it and expect you to do it all the time! You will get there strive more and more each day. Keep up the good job in med school!!

  53. Stef says:

    Hi L-Jay, thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs (http://threedailydelights.wordpress.com/) – I appreciate it!

    Your before and after pics look terrific – big congrats to you on your impressive weight loss accomplishment!

  54. Hi L-Jay,
    Thanks for visiting our blog. Wow, congrats on turning your life around. Wishing you continued success!

    If you’re ever in California, we’d like to invite you to visit our restaurant :)

  55. Kenton Lewis says:

    Thanks for the follow, stay healthy, and do good work.

  56. margiemiguel says:

    Hey, thanks for dropping by! God bless! :)

  57. kyllingsara says:

    I admire your determination. Something to take lessons from. You are truly an inspiration. Exercise is good for a person’s sanity as well as physical health. Thank you for the follow. I wish you all good things.

  58. Congratulations on your weight loss journey!! You’re looking great and I bet are feeling even better than you look!!! :) I am glad you have gotten hooked on running :)

  59. Hi L-Jay! Thanks for following my blog! I’m very impressed with your ability to turn your health around. :)

  60. 1812 says:

    You look great! Congratulations!

    Thank you for liking my post, “Disney Gets Healthy, Cancer’s Growth And Limping To Get Better.”

    Peace.

  61. So pretty much summarized as eating good foods, portion control, exercise, and self discipline. You have got to feel pretty awesome.

  62. emilyalicia says:

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your journey – you are truly an inspiration! Loved your post about keeping it clean at SBUX :)

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thanks Emily! I am glad you liked that post. I figure we could all use some tips about keeping it clean at SBUX. Seems like everyone loves SBUX now a day! Talk to you soon!

  63. lula1234 says:

    Wow wow wow! I am so glad you passed by my blog page! People like you who dig deep and turn it all around, finding a new passion in the process inspire me beyond measure!

  64. cheapchivalry says:

    You are such an inspiration! I really like your blog, it gives me motivation (plus you’ve compiled so many helpful articles so that makes my job easier!) to go on with my own fitness goals :)
    Thanks, and keep up the great work!

  65. nattilisms says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog – congrats on your success story! Very motivating (:

  66. A says:

    Just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog. There isn’t much there yet but hopefully in the end I will have as much success as you. Keep up the amazing work!

  67. Thank you for enjoying my blog “follow my journey.” We weem to have the same goals in mind – helping people make healthy lifestyle choices. Keep up the good work!

  68. Seeph says:

    Thanks for the follow of my little blog, it’s always good to hear from like-minded folk. Your blog is a lot more through with lots of good info, will definitely be stopping by again. Good work!

  69. Thanks for stopping by and following! You have quite an inspiring story! Great job on hitting your goals :)

  70. Thanks for the follow. I look forward to reading about your continued success.

  71. corresport says:

    stay healthy, my friend!
    keep at it.

  72. Hello and thanks for following my blog, otherwise I would never have seen yours.

    You have a great story here, and I’m looking forward to reading more about your incredible determination and inspiration. Keep up the great work!

  73. Great story, L-Jay! Keep on inspiring!

  74. dirty30sblog says:

    Congratulations on your tremendous weight loss success and continued enthusiasm! You look great and have an inspiring story! Thanks for following my blog. I’ll be following you for inspiration to achieve my fitness goals!

  75. I’m always glad and encouraged to hear about positive growth and change. keep up the great work! Anything I and lifestyledezine.com can do to keep pushing you forward is my pleasure.

  76. Thanks for stopping by my space and the following
    Very inspiring ;)
    Will follow back!

  77. Thanks for checking out my blog, I’ll be sure to reblog some of your great stuff!!

  78. Kelly Wright says:

    Thanks for following. Great blog L-Jay, and very inspiring! I love that you came in second place in your first 5K ever! You’re a machine. Best of luck in your journey.

  79. Great job! Thanks for blogging about your journey so others can learn. I also changed my eating habits with this kind of diet, lost weight and feel so much better.

  80. x24mccoy says:

    Wow man! Congratulations on taking control of your health and nutrition! You look incredible! I wish you all the best for the future!

  81. Tahira says:

    Thank you for stopping by. And a BIG Bravo to you! What an inspiration! I look forward to seeing where you go with your quest for health.

  82. T Hollis says:

    Bravo & well done! Getting started was my most difficult battle. Now I’m so glad I did!
    Thanks for stopping by my Post today!

  83. Carole Boshart says:

    L-Jay, thank you for stopping by to view my post. WordPress also let me know you are following me now. Considering the topic of the post you viewed (bodily discipline versus Godly discipline) and the over arching theme of your blog, it is interesting that it was that post that drew you in. I would be very interested to receive and read whatever comments you have. And best of luck in achieving your goals. Carole @ “A Simple Desire”

  84. kendrums says:

    Thanks for having a look at my post today – I’ve been reading quite a few of yours and you have some great tips that I’ve actually needed help with. I’m glad I got the chance to read it. I look forward to future tips and becoming a success story like you have, nice job.

  85. leamuse says:

    Well done! Bon courage et bon chance.
    Thanks for following one of my blogs, http://foundinfrance.wordpress.com
    I hope you continue to enjoy the posts.

  86. Hi there, thanks very much for the “like” and follow on my blog. Congratulations on your weight loss! Here’s to a lifetime of good health :)

  87. clarewener says:

    Hi L-Jay, thanks for following my blog and what an inspiring story. Keep up the good work and I’ll follow you too!

  88. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am really amazed by your determination and positive attitude. Congratulations on your achievements. You are very inspiring and I am going to check out some of your posts right now!

  89. Tod Kehrli says:

    Hey L-Jay – Congratulations on your progress. I’ve been through a similar journey back to good health. It’s not always easy, but the results a well worth it.

  90. Hi L-Jay, thanks for dropping by my site and liking. What you’ve done here requires a lot of discipline, determination and courage. Continue doing what you’re doing. It’s very inspiring and encouraging to read stories like yours.

  91. Hi L-Jay. Thanks for following my blog! I enjoyed looking around your blog and especially liked your post about tea :) Keep up the awesome work!

  92. What a journey and what a change! Goes to show the power of mind over matter. Back to browsing your blog. Worked out this morning but you make me want to go back to the gym right now

  93. thefoodery says:

    Hi, L-Jay, thanks for following my blog! I’m just starting to get back into a regular exercise routine with cardio (jogging/aerobic videos) and a little strength training. Your blog can give me some helpful tips and keep me motivated, thanks!

  94. DSTPRL says:

    Very amazing transformation! Great job.

  95. work2bslim says:

    Amazing story Jay! :)

  96. bandaider says:

    Hello and well done, what a great achievement. I am very pleased that you visited me today and gave me the opportunity to hear your story. I look forward to seeing your progress. I am thrilled to be on my journey and it is a challenging one but my inspiration is my love of life and my family. effort and investment in our own bodies and health allow us to be there for them for longer. Good luck :)

  97. What an inspiring story!! I have some close friends who were borderline diabetic, and they also felt inspired to lose weight for overall wellness. So glad you took the initiative to work on your overall wellness, too. We all deserve to be good to ourselves! Congratulations!

    And I am trying to lose weight, too. I gained 15-20 pounds during some big exams for my PhD program, and now I’m in the slight “overweight” category for my frame–eeek! I don’t like that! I’m working on it!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      WOW! I am glad that your friends reversed their health dangers. Well congrats on passing your PhD exams! The best advice that I can give is drink lots of water, try and eat veggies at every meal and cut back on processed foods and sugar! Let me know If I can help in anyway. Good luck!

  98. riverpearl says:

    You’re an inspiration; great blog!

  99. anneihilate says:

    Hi L-Jay! I just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog and following! You’re my first! :) Your story is so inspiring, and I hope I can continue to stay on track, like you have. Looking forward to reading more!

  100. Niki says:

    Congratulations on all of your fitness achievements, and here’s to many more. :)

  101. Wow – you’ve made brilliant progress! And good on you for doing something about your weight and fitness :)
    I know a few people who should read your blog for inspiration!

  102. Louise Johansson says:

    Hi, thanks for stopping by my site. Congratulations on your accomplishments and great blog!

  103. gwynnem says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog, L-Jay. You’re an inspiration, man!

  104. Jill Nelson says:

    Thanks for stopping by. Congrats on your weight loss and healthy living.

  105. Workout Music Diva says:

    Hey there L-Jay! I just nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” award! Check it out here – http://workoutmusicdiva.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/i-received-the-one-lovely-blog-award.

  106. Jessica says:

    Thanks for stopping by my site! I look forward to following your continued healthy journey!

  107. charly5.wordpress.com says:

    You’re such an inspiration!! I am a little over halfway to reaching my target weight. I have lost almost 50 lbs, and have another 35 to lose. Hearing stories like yours helps to keep me focused. Thanks!!

  108. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve been super-intrigued about Crossfit for a while now. I look forward to reading about your experience with it.

  109. Giovanni says:

    Congratulations, L-Jay! Looks like you’ve done a great job with yourself.

  110. nanasbugbox says:

    Congrats on all your accomplishments! The dedication you have put into your journey is inspiring.

  111. Great job, that’s a huge accomplishment!

  112. Rosie says:

    Congrats on all you’ve achieved so far – in a very straightforward, no-nonsense way, too! I admire that a lot and the best of luck in the half-marathon. xo

  113. Andrea says:

    Hi there!

    Thank you for following my blog! Your story is very inspirational! I look forward to reading more, keep it up!

    Andrea

  114. Thanks for liking my July 4th post and signing up. Congrats on your weight loss and fitness regiment– you’re an inspiration to all.

  115. Ray says:

    Thanks for following. I think I can get a lot of health tips from your blog.

  116. lizforaday says:

    WoW I just checked out your blog. You should be super proud of yourself. Congratulations on the weight loss! :)

  117. Wow – L-Jay awesome job, you are an inspiration to many.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thank you! I definitely hope so! Thats what keep me determined knowing that I can help and inspire others! I appreciate the feedback and thanks for reading :)

  118. aburrill says:

    I am loving your blog! WordPress has certainly opened me up to some great bloggers!

  119. Wayne Augden says:

    Hey L-Jay, I just came by to say thank you for the following. I have a lot of admiration and respect for what you’ve accomplished, and your giving back. You’re a great example of what people can accomplish when they become determined to make a change.

  120. katrinamarieimages says:

    peace, L-Jay. thank you for the like on my blog post. i appreciate it.

    congratulations on your weight loss accomplishment so far. very inspirational!

  121. houkie says:

    Hello, L-Jay! Thanks for the like and follow on my blog! It’s great to network with other health & fitness enthusiasts such as myself. Your story is very inspiring — you look fantastic! Congratulations on your amazing progress. :)

  122. Great Website! Keep up the good work!

  123. kaseysurfs says:

    Thanks for following! You’re an inspiration

  124. This is JUST AWESOME! I hope you inspire lots of the many more people who need to believe they can do it! I just LOVE to see a success like you!

  125. Debbie says:

    Your story is inspiring. I changed my career to help people like you, who are unable to do it on their own. Some people need constant support. Good for you and for sharing your story.

  126. hilmo1122 says:

    how inspirational! kudos to you for being so dedicated and determined. i think this is awesome!

  127. Kajalita says:

    LOVE your story….very inspiring!

  128. VeggieYogi says:

    Congratulations L-Jay! What an inspiration you are! And you will love completing your first marathon–I know when I completed mine it was a huge sense of accomplishment. :) Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to following yours. :)

  129. pondblog says:

    Thanks for the likes! You look incredible! You’ve done a great job getting your health and self-confidence back. Keep it up, and good luck with the marathon!

  130. Thanks for following my blog! What a great inspiration you are – good luck in the future – I’ll definitely be checking back with you!

  131. Keep shining your light LJay! You are inspiring. Thanks for following my blog.

  132. Congrats on the weight loss journey! Always exciting to see how others are doing and what steps they took to get there. It’s all about attitude and perseverance. Looking forward to keeping up with your accomplishments!

  133. jegfitness says:

    Awesome blog. Great info and it looked great. I just started my blog a few days ago but I have some big plans for it. Keep up the hard work.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thank you for the feedback! Congratulations on starting your blog I am sure it will go great. It’s all about having a vision for it and then seeing it through. Let me know if I can on anyway sometimes the WordPress tool can be confusing. Thanks again

  134. blairloren says:

    Thank you so much for following my blog! You are such an inspiration. I look forward to following you on your journey.

  135. gglarue says:

    This is amazing, looking forward to exploring your page!

  136. Tea Foodie [by Zanitea] says:

    Thanks for checking out my tea-braised turnips recipe and for following my Tea Foodie blog. What a motivational story you have!

  137. reigh says:

    Thanks for the like and follow! Great motivational and inspirational blog you’ve got going as well. Cheers!

  138. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your journey is certainly very inspiring! Congrats, and keep up the great work!

  139. Mazigrace says:

    Jay …. You are a great inspiration to all. Thank you for sharing your journey. It proves that we can do anything we set our mind to do.

  140. girltherapy says:

    Attitude is our best friend or worst enemy. You clearly have a strong positive attitude and didn’t let anything stop you from achieving your goal. I used to run daily to keep fit and also took dance classes. Unfortunately, my current job doesn’t allow for much of a work/life balance and so my keeping fit (well that’s a lie, more keeping slim) relies on my willpower to eat little. Not good I know but they say, ‘Every day do something that will INCH you closer to a better tomorrow’. Maybe my way of doing this is pants, but I still achieve my goal. Well done to you :)

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thank you very much for the feedback. Yes and you are right its all in our attitude. We have to want to do it and be motivated to never give up!! I wish you all the best, and I need to talk to your job and tell them to give you more free time :)

  141. craig-abcvs says:

    Hey L-Jay!
    For a moment I thought you had hijacked mah blog!…. Bwa ha ha ha!
    Then I realized that you are using the same template as me… great taste!

    Can’t read all your posts right now, but I will definitely be back later!
    Craig

  142. Impressive and inspiring – well done to you!

  143. jimmyandcha says:

    Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please go to http://www.jimmyandcha.wordpress.com.

  144. fpdorchak says:

    OUTSTANDING, L-Jay! Keeping fighting the Good Fight! And thanks for stopping by my blog! Sounds like YOU’RE on the “Straight and [N]arrow”! ;-]

  145. Thank you for liking my blog, Core Connexxions – Laurie Higgins. And I congratulate you on your blog, your goal, and your successes! It sounds like you’re doing a great job and you’re helping others, too. Super cool! :)

  146. Anna says:

    It’s good to connect with fellow fitness enthusiasts. Keep inspiring, keep being inspired.

  147. marthaeo says:

    Awesome, L-Jay! You go for it!

  148. patsquared2 says:

    What a great success story! It takes courage to make the kinds of changes you made…clearly a characteristic you have. Congratulations on the weight loss and thanks for liking my posts on weight loss. I just hope more people will learn how to take charge of their own lives and make them better, like you did!

  149. Corbyn says:

    Hey Jay!
    thanks for checking out my blog, hope you like it.
    Your weight loss journey is insane, well done so far! Very inspirational
    Look forward to following your blog
    Corbyn

  150. ohshecooks says:

    You’re been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! Check it out: http://ohshecooks.com/2012/08/01/one-lovely-blog-award/

  151. thriftyfit says:

    Thanks for the like – and thanks for the inspiration!

  152. Schalk says:

    Hi there, I have just nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award” :-)

    http://oneinabillionblog.com/2012/08/04/one-lovely-blog-award/

  153. Sandy Sue says:

    L-Jay, thanks so much for visiting my blog and choosing to follow. Goodness! What a transformation you’ve made! I’m proud to be in your blog-sphere!

  154. I like what you said about not letting anyone get you down or sabotage your progress. Surround yourself with influences who will keep you accountable and encourage you in your efforts : ).

  155. runninbear says:

    L-Jay, thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you liked my post :) Your story is inspiring, thank you for sharing it with all of us. I hope one day I can post some amazing pics of my personal transformation. You are so right about healthy eating and portion control. Its what is helping me shed the kilos!
    Thanks again
    Runninbear

  156. billgncs says:

    way to go! you rock!

  157. kevinmayne says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking one of my posts. Good to see a “no-fad” approach on line.

  158. Hi L-Jay,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Congratulations on this journey of yours! You are inspiring. I look forward to reading more posts. On a side note, I’ve been wanting to try CrossFit for awhile now. Hopefully I can make it happen in the fall. Have a great day.
    Kristy

  159. Jim Brennan says:

    L-Jay… you are an inspiring young man. Best of all your story will help so many others. It’s a wonderful thing that you set up this blog to reach out to so many people who will follow your lead. When you reach your goal, don’t let it be the end of your journey, but the beginning. Good health, running and helping others will bring you joy for life. Stay well, my friend.

  160. HeartBiz says:

    Thanks for the like. Love your story & thanks for giving back.

  161. Christa says:

    Thanks so much for following my blog. What an amazing journey you’re on. I look forward to following along. Keep going!!

  162. Hello L-Jay. I am new at this blogging thing. I was surprised to see your comments on my site. Like you I am developing a new lifestyle. I am pre-pre-diabetic. It runs in my family. My sugar count was elevated this year and I was told to “watch” what I eat. That was not good enough for me, So I am eliminating the processed foods and concentrating on the complex carbs. I will stop by from time to time to get inspiration frrom you!

  163. Manon says:

    Hey L-Jay, thanks for following my blog. What you did is pretty amazing, I’ve seen people in television shows who had their own personal trainers etc, and still had a very hard time. It’s really cool you could do that on your own!

  164. Thanks for following my blog. Yours is really inspiring – you look (and must feel) amazing!

  165. courtneyrj says:

    AWESOME story!!!You have inspired me to overcome challenges I do face now (sprained hip flexor and psoas muscles) that I have been battling for 2 months now, (which I cannot run now for awhile :( ) thank you for the extra encouragement by understanding you can do anything to be healthy and happy no matter what your situation is, and have other avenues to overcome your obstacles! ;)

    • L-Jay Health says:

      First, sorry to hear about your injury I have been there many of times. The feeling you get when you cannot perform a certain workout that you love can be a little depressing. But stay strong and know that you will recover soon. Second, thank you for taking the time to share and provide feedback. Let me know how you do with your recovery :)

      • courtneyrj says:

        Thank you soo much L-Jay, you are a great leader of fitness! Recovery is touch and go..getting better on days I think consciously about what my body shouldn’t do, but sometimes I want to break out in a dance..so, yeah..that screws things up..LOL
        Courtney

  166. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I too want to hit the magic number of 180. I know you will reach it just like me.
    Keep up the great work!

  167. rangewriter says:

    First of all, congratulations on defining your goal, setting, and reaching it! I love your common sense approach to food. I believe “diets” have completely undone America’s eating patterns. Most diet plans are nutty, focused on total avoidance of certain foods rather than on balanced enjoyment of what we eat. Portion control Boy, that’s a biggy. (oops.) And so hard to do in the Super-sized market. Just the act of measuring portions is important. I’m glad you brought up salad dressing. I don’t usually use much of it, but really I don’t know how much…time to get the measuring spoons out!

  168. The Landy says:

    That’s a fantastic journey you’ve been on, and awesome that you have taken the time to wrtite about, and to inspire others…

  169. Fat Tony says:

    Thanks for dropping by to my blog L-Jay – your story is inspirational, well done and all the best for the future.

  170. Hey L-Jay! I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. If you wish to accept, check out my post – the instructions are on my recent post! :) http://alysonontherun.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/spreading-the-sunshine/

  171. Lyn Lindsay says:

    Hi L-Jay, thanks for visiting my blog “Is it better yet?” and liking my post. I’m glad you did because it has introduced me to your wonderful blog!

    Well done you on all you’ve achieved, and what a great blog you have here. You have obviously spent a lot of time and thought on it and produced a really informative site. I’ve enjoyed reading some of it so far, and look forward to reading the rest. I’m going to tell one of my friends about it as she has high cholestrol and it could help her.

    Best wishes, Lyn x

  172. livedreamrun says:

    Awesome story! You should be so proud, not only for all you’ve accomplished, but because you are inspiring so many by sharing your story. Keep up the great work!

  173. sashasway says:

    thanks for the blog follow! and CONGRATS on your achievements, ever growing at that :)

  174. Thanks for visiting my blog, you have an inspiring story and I’m happy I found your blog! I really look forward to reading more… Keep up the great work!

  175. Hello! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter
    group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

  176. helencripps63 says:

    Thanks for dropping by my blog cancerjourney63 and liking my post For those undergoing Chemotherapy and for following my blog.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      No problem I enjoyed reading about chemotherapy. I know a few people who have undergone treatment and it can sometimes take a toll on them. My heart goes out to everyone with any type of cancer. Your blog is great because it raises awareness to just that! Look forward to reading your future post!

  177. KristyJ says:

    Thanks for stopping by! You’ve got such an incredible story, and are truly an inspiration to anyone who feels like they can’t do it. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts!

    Kristy

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thanks Kristy! That was a primary reason for me creating the blog is to try and motivate those who were are lacking motivation. Motivation is a vital part to us staying healthy and fit! Look forward to following your blog as well!

  178. ilovelucca says:

    Thanks for stopping by…www.runtontorun.wordpress.com & ilovelucca.co.nz…….REALLY like your blog…Hoping it will inspire my husband….and myself who is struggling returning to running…Am looking forward to your posts!!
    In fact am off to do a wee run now…. Thanks….This is what i needed!!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Awww that’s great that I could inspire you to start your running again. Really mean a lot and thank you for sharing. Good luck to you and your husband and let me know if I can do anything to help! Thanks again for the positive feedback!

  179. Opalla says:

    Thank you for liking my post on hiking and for following my Blog. I am following yours too, because I aspire to a healthy lifestyle. Hiking is a great way to keep fit. Talk to you again!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Yes! I love your blog. I am looking into start hiking. I would have to travel to some areas that have some nice mountains because Florida doesn’t haven’t any. We ave trails so I so a lot of trail running.

  180. bezzymates says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Will really enjoy reading all about your health tips and weight loss journey. Congrats on your awesome achievement.

  181. zooeyibz says:

    I’m inspired by your story L-Jay. You haven’t just lost weight — you’ve taken control of your life and found new freedom, which is amazing. Thanks for visiting and following my blog, Irresponsibility, and giving me a chance to get to know you!

  182. Applebums says:

    Hey ya! Thx for following my blog! Without, I’m not sure I would have be able to find yours which is a very inspiring one! Keep going ! :) xxx

  183. Hey L-Jay, thanks for visiting my ‘Soup’s On’ post.
    Congrats on your remarkable weight loss. Looking through the comments on your blog I see that you are clearly an inspiration to a lot of your readers. Neil

  184. cath121212 says:

    Thanks for the follow. You’ve done such a great job here, great to see someone really improve their life so significantly, and lots of people here doing the same. All the best to you!

  185. kerrblogs says:

    Thanks for liking my post!

  186. Lady T says:

    Thanks for the follow! Your blog seems great :)

  187. hey there! i am new the blogging scene, but have started my own with a similiar concept to yours, i am glad to have stumbled across this! this is a fantastic blog!! :)

  188. jenyjohn says:

    hi Jay.. thank you for visiting my blog and following me …..you have a great blog here with lots of information , I really love it…..even my sister was like and she too lost her weight with strong determination……you are an inspiration for many….

  189. Jennifer says:

    Hi LJay,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog The Happy Bakery & following along. You are an inspiration….so glad you have shared your story, and continue to do so. Fist Pump!!

  190. healthygirl says:

    I can relate to you on how you got started and the breaking point. I joined weight watchers in dec 2011 and have lost 81 lbs so far. I feel my life has come back to me

  191. Thanks for the follow on my blog–it means a lot to me! You’ve got a great story, too. Keep up the good work!

  192. Wow L-Jay! I am so proud of you! You’ve done a fabulous job of getting fit, not to mention sharing your success with others as a way to motivate. Yep, definitely proud. :)

    Keep up the good work, stay strong and keep your head up. I’m following (and thank you for following me and liking – so sweet)!

    Blessings,
    Rebecca

  193. This is so inspiring! I do an “inspiration spotlight” on my newsletter each month for all my clients. Would you mind emailing me so we can talk about spotlighting you? You are such an inspiration, keep up the great work and the inspiring words! If you go to my page http://www.befitbefullbeconfident.com and click on the link on the top left that says “sign up to stay in touch” you are automatically subscribed to my newsletter, I will have your email and can contact you with further information from there!

  194. I have nominated you for The Super-Sweet Blogging Award http://plantbaseddietadventures.com/2012/11/29/thank-you-sumithra/

    Congratulations!

  195. Your story is great. I feel much better already and will use you as my inspiration. Thank you!

  196. dalehastert says:

    Great Blog. ThHanks for visiting mix! Keep up the great work.Your transformation and and all the hard work you put into it are inspiring, and you are only going to keep getting better. Stay DRIVEN!
    ; D

  197. A Bou-tiful Life says:

    What an inspiration you are! Thanks for the follow and good luck on all your future endeavors.

  198. L-Jay, thank you for visiting my blog, after reading some of yours I have to agree you are an inspiration and look forward to reading more of your endeavors.

  199. Anna Failla says:

    Thanks for following! I just took a look at your blog -it’s incredibly inspirational, I love the motivation! Look forward to reading more from you in the future :)
    All the best, Anna

  200. Triple Drop Training says:

    Hi L-Jay
    thanks for following my blog, you’ve written some great posts. Like the videos too, articulate and humble, a winning combination in my mind. Wife got me a video camera for Christmas so I can post some videos, only problem is I’m a like a cross between Wolverine and Jake the poacher from Withnail and I, and that’s on a good day. I guess I just need to find my niche.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thanks a lot! Yea everyone is different. Once you find what you are passionate about it will make you comfortable in your videos! Everything else will fall in place. A tripod will help as well.

  201. Hi,
    thank you for visiting my blog and following and thus giving me the opportunity to find yours. Your story is a motivation and I really like the style you put information out here for us. Keep it up and congratulations,
    Laura

  202. Thanks for stopping by and liking my blog -much appreciated. You have a fab story to tell and I love reading about your achievements.

  203. It's a Secret says:

    Thanks for following my blog, favor returned! I hope to inspire people as you have. Keep up the great work!

  204. happyandi says:

    Thanks for being the first to check out the new blog I started! Glad, because followers will keep me honest!! And because you did that, I found you and your great blog!! Thanks so much, L-Jay Health! I will definitely be posting before pics soon. Ugh.

  205. pinklightsabre says:

    Total inspiration. I’ve been on the Rosedale diet for a year now, and eating differently has changed my life. Thanks for putting this out into the world!

  206. Hi L-Jay, thanks for following my blog! Congrats on your weight loss journey! Getting healthy is not always easy to do. I’ve enjoyed looking around your site :) Take care!

  207. jen0331 says:

    Hi L-Jay – Thank you for following my blog. Looking through yours it’s quite impressive to see what you have accomplished. Good luck with your marathon later this month.

  208. Good for you! It’s nice to see another Jags fan! I live in Montana and I think I’m the only one for 100 miles.

  209. ancestreats says:

    L-Jay thank you for stopping by our site and following Ancestreats. Looks like you’re marathon is right around the corner! Good luck. As you’ve gone on your journey, we imagine you may have to update family recipes to fit in with your healthy living. We welcome you to share a family fav with the Ancestreats community.

  210. such an inspiring story i cant wait to continue to read!

  211. Thank you for stopping by my blog! You have a very nice blog going on and your story is rather inspirational! I am a runner myself (competed in college and continued on since), but never did crossfit. I have heard so much about crossfit that I am so tempted to try it. Does it interfere with your running at all or on the contrarily makes you a stronger runner?

  212. VR Training says:

    L-Jay I just wanted to thank you for stopping by my site! Your story is truly inspiring and its always great to find other people who have similar interest! Keep up the great work!

  213. Thanks for stopping by my site and the like l-Jay! You should be very proud of yourself, to achieve what most want but only few make real! Good for you! The only advice I have for you is, DON’T STOP! Once you do it’s so hard to get it back!

    Good luck! :)

  214. John Herndon says:

    Thanks for following Necessary Miscellany!

  215. jegfitness says:

    Hello. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Just thought you might like to know. You can find the entry I made here: http://wp.me/p2BsD9-5X. You were the first person I came across on this blogging journey and you have made it difficult for other pages to remain on bar. You set the bar too high! lol. you are such an inspiration and really deliver great content. Keep up the good work!

  216. bobcomeans says:

    Thanks for the follow!! Bob

  217. monkeyraces says:

    Thanks for visiting Always On The Run, you are an inspiring individual keep up the great work…Mac

  218. Looking great! You have lots to be proud of and I bet your life is completely different than it was before! Thanks for stopping by and liking my blog :)

  219. Thank you for following my blog today. I’ll start following you, too.

  220. gleefitness says:

    Thanks for the follow! I’ve checked out your blog and it means a lot to have someone as experienced and popular as you following what I have to say. Congrats on everything that you’re doing, keep it up!

  221. Love your blog, L-Jay! Thanks for following mine, and I look forward to following yours and learning a lot along the way. Very interested in Cross-Fit! How do you work it into your running schedule?

  222. Lily says:

    Congrats on the weight loss! That’s super inspiring. Thanks so much for following my blog!

  223. Thanks for checking out my blog L-Jay! You are so inspiring, I really look forward to reading more about your weight loss/fitness journey! :)

  224. You are such an inspiration! I just started my journey towards a healthier life. Your story gives me hope that I can accomplish my goals too! I love forward to reading more of your posts!

  225. runnergurrl says:

    Wow, what an inspiration you are! Great blog you have…..Happy 3rd Anniversary to you :).

  226. Lori says:

    Hi, L-Jay. Congratulations on your accomplishments! Keep up the hard work. Thanks for following my blog.

  227. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for following my blog and great work L-Jay!

  228. Not Just a Mother Runner says:

    Hi LJay, thanks for stopping by on my blog and following it :) I love your story, it’s so inspiring. I’ve gotten into this fitness thing not to lose weight but to be healthy and fit. I look forward to learning lots of great tips from you!

  229. Hey, L-Jay! Thanks for following my blog and congrats on your transformation! Keep it up!

  230. Carneika W says:

    Hi, first of all I’d like to say that you’re amazing. I’ve never been able to stick to any sort of healthly diet or fitness regime. It looks like you’ve found something you love and stuck to it.

    Also, you were the first ever follower to my little blog (almost a year ago now), and I’ve decided that every one of my followers get’s a Haiku. I don’t know whether you like poetry. But here’s yours :)

    Sweat glistening,
    Feet pounding the ground.
    Freedom.

  231. petthespacefishies says:

    Hi L-Jay – Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’d like to wish you all the best in reaching your end goal, and thanks for giving me the opportunity to read your inspiring posts :)

  232. runivores says:

    Hi L-Jay! Thanks for stopping by our blog and being our first follower :) Your story is truly inspiring and we’re excited to read and learn more about health from your posts! Keep it up!

  233. Erika says:

    Hi Jay- thank you for sharing your story with us. You are such an inspiration to me and your postive attiude is always so refreshing; keep up the awesome work!

  234. L-Jay – Thanks so much for checking out my blog and for the follow! Best of luck to you!

  235. toshgealone says:

    Hi! Thank you for following my blog. I was amazed by your works and got me motivated too. Keep posting helpful information!

  236. Thanks for the follow and I wish you continued success on your fitness journey!!
    Jared

  237. Adam Boone says:

    First off, amazing job on your weight loss journey! I really enjoyed your fitness and nutrition articles. I started a fitness website that will officially launch January 1st 2014 at projectmayhembodies.com. The site’s purpose is to bring quality personally owned health blogs together on one site. I was curious if you would be interested in having some of your fitness articles appear on my site. The sites I’ve created get around 100,000 hits per month and I hope to do the same with this site which of course would generate more exposure for your own site. You can go here for more info: http://projectmayhembodies.com/health-blogger-wanted/ or email me at kcsportsninja@gmail.com

  238. mscharlies says:

    Thanks for following WordBowlbyMsCharlieS.com and introducing me to your inspirational and informative site! I look forward to more!

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