Archive for September, 2014

Alrighty!  I promised some product reviews way back when and here we go.  Tifosi Optics Sunglasses!  I shared my story with them and some of my goals for 2015 and Tifosi (with some help from Graham at Swift Athletics) sent me two pair of sunglasses to try out.  I have worn both now, the Podium XC casually and the Lore for running.  Both fit great.

The neat thing about Tifosi ( is that the lenses are interchangeable.  Each pair came with two additional sets of lenses (clear and red/amber). This makes it really nice when running or riding in low light situations and the dark (smoke) lenses are too dark.  I found the initial lens change to be a little precarious as I didn’t want to break anything but once I had completed the swap it was apparent the product is made very well and sturdy.  I would imagine it to be very difficult to damage or break these without some effort or mishandling.

The first pair, the Podium XC, is a lighter pair.  They sent me the matte black frame.  It has one large lenses on it so the change is simple and fast.  It came with a hard case and a soft carrying bag that doubles as a lens cleaner.  I really like these because black goes with just about anything and they have a very unassuming look and profile.  Wearing them everyday casually, as well as riding wont be an issue.

The second pair, the Lore, has a heavier look to them.  Again, they came with two additional sets of lenses.  This pair requires you change each side, so in effect, two lens changes are required each time you want a new look.  These are really cool looking and worked awesome on my run this morning.  They felt good and stayed in place.  An additional feature is they have little vents in the corners of the lenses that keep them from fogging up.  I can’t tell you how many times I have had to slide my glasses down my nose some to get a breeze to clear the fog.  With the metallic red finish these are pretty cool.  I dig them.  This pair also came with a case and lens cleaning bag.

They have a price point of about $70 and I think they are well worth it.  They are well built, and with the additional lenses and case, the price is reasonable.  I have looked for a decent pair of running/riding glasses for a year and I believe I have found them.

Be awesome today!

Jeffrey “Previously Fat Guy”



Posted: September 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

The last two posts dealt with the first two principles I identified that helped me get off the couch and start making smart, healthy choices for myself.  They were primarily mindset focused and really set the stage for the final, but not least important, principle.  It is the principle of LEAN ACTION!

  • Lean Actions – We move with purpose now.  We have goals that we can measure and we actively pursue not only improving ourselves but also sharing what we learn with others.  I believe our successes obligate us to help others.

Everything we do now, our training, eating, preparing…all of it is focused on our end goal of achieving a healthier, fitter, more energetic you!  You might think I am suggesting becoming overly obsessive but that’s far from the truth.  What I am saying is that we choose to make solid healthy decisions and we actively incorporate those into our lives…building a lifestyle not just completing a diet or a short term workout regime that may produce short term results but fails to build a foundation for lasting success.

We do things like take the stairs versus elevators or escalators.  We choose the salad option at lunch versus the burger, or better yet, we prepare healthy meals to avoid the temptations of unhealthy choices away from home.  And most importantly we seek opportunities to share the successes we are having.  Tell people about the awesome lunch you had.  When people ask you what you are doing to get healthy don’t shy away from telling them.  More people than you think are looking for answers just like you did but are afraid or want “the easy way” out answers.  Be honest and encouraging.

It is also very important to “Walk the Walk”.  I have my vices…M&M’s…Don’t be afraid to treat yourself, but in moderation and in accordance to your goals.  People are quick to judge and some will use seeing you “treat” yourself as a reason to not make good choices.  I had someone recently admonish me pretty harshly because I was snacking on a small bag of M&M’s…what they chose to ignore was I ran 13 miles that morning, was hydrating well with only water, my lunch was grilled chicken and fresh raw yellow peppers. I earned and planned for that snack.  Regardless be careful and make sure your treats are well deserved.  We all need them from time to time!

Finally, LEAN ACTION means you push yourself…hard!  You will hear me quote this often, “Change happens outside of your comfort zone.”  Make that change happen.  The human body is an extraordinary machine and is capable of tremendous things.  You will be amazed!

Jeffrey “Previously Fat Guy”

Last post we talked about having a LEAN Attitude, principle one in my LEAN Principles…it recognized the need for change and it identified your willingness to accept that change will not be easy.  Today I want to offer up my second “LEAN” principle.

LEAN Thinking

LEAN Thinkers are progressive in their approach to making healthy changes.  They have accepted that they need to change and are now willing to start committing to a plan to achieve their vision of healthy success.  They are positive. People who have success in any area, are generally positive people (not always).  Don’t get me wrong, there is frustration, confusion at times, and even self-doubt might creep in, but they never let that hinder their overall progression towards their goal.  LEAN Thinkers are problem solvers.

I had to learn to be a LEAN Thinker.  I had a million excuses as to why I couldn’t lose weight, why I couldn’t get in shape and why I was doomed to be fat and unhealthy.  I even told myself I didn’t care anymore, though the period of time I avoided looking in mirrors or taking pictures tells a different story.  I did care.  And because of that I had to become a LEAN Thinker, a problem solver.

I had to research and put together an plan of action that was realistic and would get me to where I wanted to be in a safe and healthy way.  What I found was that once my mind was fully engaged with my plan…achievements were obtained faster and faster.  I hit benchmarks quicker than I thought I could, and I made progress in ways I didn’t even plan on.  Not only did my health improve, but my outlook on my self improved.  I began to become a whole person by becoming less of one!  A thinner, healthier me, created and more energetic, happier, and better me!

A LEAN Thinker finds answers, tries new things, and looks at setbacks as simply “one step closer to success”.  You see, everyday I got out and worked my plan was a day of success because I either succeeded, or I discovered what didn’t work and moved on.   Start thinking LEAN today!!

Jeffrey “Previously Fat Guy”

Be awesome today!!




I thought I would toss out the first of three principles I came up with to help me start my own journey to “fat” freedom and my Road to Ironman 2015. Its call “Lean” Attitudes.

LEAN Attitudes are comprised of our own thoughts towards making changes.  In our unhealthy physical state we carry around “Fat Attitudes” or an unhealthy perspectives on ourselves.  Many times we don’t hold optimistic opinions of ourselves, or self-worth.  We are not honest or realistic with our state of health (and when I say “we”, I mean me!).  There is a lot of denial happening as to how we look and feel.  We cheat on our diets and say its not cheating because “I walked up a flight of stairs today.  I earned it.”  Justification for our poor health choices is what it really is.

LEAN Attitudes is the other side of that coin.  We take accountability for our health, our well being (both physically and mentally).  We begin to put ourselves in a place that we can make changes for the good.  Is it easy?  No it’s not.  Sorry, but that’s the truth.  The first step to any change we make is going to happen in our heads.  Deciding to do it!  Deciding we need change!  Deciding that hard work will be worth the increased quality of life we will gain! 

Lou Ferrigno says, “Change will happen outside of your comfort zone.”

I was stuck in my comfort zone.  I distinctly remember being in total denial that I had a fat issue.  Seriously.  I wore dark colors, stood behind people for pictures, had back aches all the time because I was sucking in my gut constantly.  By the way, a fat guy sucking his gut in only looks like a fat guy sucking his gut in and totally not worth the back aches.  All of these are examples of escaping the truth.  I was too lazy to change, or want to change.  But not because I didn’t want to be healthy, I just didn’t think I could achieve it.  I had a “FAT” Attitude.

The other thing is, people make fat out to be the enemy.  Fat just does what it does with no prompting.  For the most part we create it with poor lifestyle choices and allow it to grow and wreak havoc.  Now, let me clarify, I say the for the most part we create this problem.  Yes, there are reasons, legitimate reasons, people struggle with weight and I don’t mean to discount those folks.  They are not who I am talking to here.  You know who you are.  So offense was probably given to some but not intended.

Here is the beauty of it all.  A few small changes in our attitudes and we can begin creating a whole new self.  We have complete control.  Look for reasons to say yes to change, and find inspiration in others doing the same.  Decide to make those changes then do it. 

I know you can…I did!  Be Awesome!

Jeffrey “Previously Fat Guy”