Welcome to my Fatboy series. This is a chronicle of my journey after weight loss surgery in January 2012 at the University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery.
Three months ago, I took New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to task for his appearance on David Letterman for making claims that he was the “healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life.”
He also pulled out a donut and scarfed it down.
I called him out because that’s what I used to say when I was 400-plus pounds and not doing a damn thing about my weight.
Well, guess what?
Last month, the governor acknowledged he had weight loss surgery. He had lap-band surgery on Feb. 16, which was shortly after his Letterman experience.
Christie figures that he’s lost about 40 pounds since the surgery. He recently said that he still doesn’t like vegetables despite the appetite suppression.
Neither do I, by the way.
I am glad Christie did something. I’m not one of those people who will claim I am glad he did it for his own health.
I could care less whether New Jersey’s governor is healthy or not. He could drop dead of a heart attack tomorrow and I would only care that we got the story in the paper on our national news page.
I’m glad he took the step towards some form of healthier living because of the example it set for the public and because his wife and kids reportedly told him they were concerned about his health.
If anything, my journey has taught me is that as a public figure — and for sure not a prominent as Christie is — my discussion about my weight and struggles has served as a motivation to others.
As Christie eyes his political future and a possible presidential run, his weight will for sure be a topic and maybe as he looks to get healthier it will serve as a motivation too.
My offer still stands though governor, feel free to join me at my YesICanGetFit-TransforME for one of our Saturday workout sessions. They’ll wave the fee because you’ll be my guest.