In Rob Daugherty’s Seymour house are two champagne glasses.
His 2-year-old daughter, Dannabelle, positioned 300 beans in considered one of them and put a tag on it that reads “Kilos to lose.”
On the opposite one is a tag studying “Kilos misplaced.”
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His purpose is to have the entire beans within the second glass. That will imply he has misplaced 300 kilos.
The 34-year-old weighed in as excessive as 508 kilos and needs to get right down to 200 kilos.
“Solely autos needs to be 1 / 4 ton,” Daugherty mentioned. “I’m not a pickup truck. I’m a dad of 5 youngsters and a grandpa of 1, and each pound I’ve here’s a 12 months they don’t get me.”
Since beginning his weight reduction journey Aug. 24, he’s right down to 456 kilos.
Every time he strikes beans from one glass to the opposite, it’s encouraging.
“That visible illustration of the loss is superb,” Daugherty mentioned. “I informed my sister ‘The quantity to lose is not formidable to me as a result of I’ve stuff in ‘Kilos misplaced.’’ Dropping one bean means extra to me than seeing 275 beans or 260 beans, no matter it’s, on the opposite facet. These are far more highly effective beans.”
Hooked on meals
Daugherty remembers the final time he weighed round 200 kilos.
Rising up in Jennings County, he participated in soccer and wrestling. By his sophomore 12 months of highschool, he weighed 220 kilos and labored out 5 days per week.
He gained his weight class within the wrestling convention match that 12 months, however he selected to stop the game and deal with soccer his remaining two years of highschool. As a senior, he weighed 270 kilos.
“Regardless that I used to be nonetheless exercising, I wasn’t doing the high-intensity stuff that was related to wrestling, so all of that circuit coaching was accomplished,” he mentioned. “I used to be bulkier. I used to be manner stronger junior and senior 12 months, so I bulked up, so I wasn’t frightened about it. I might nonetheless run, and I used to be simply larger and stronger.”
After graduating, Daugherty mentioned his weight continued to extend, partly as a result of he earned his personal cash and didn’t have parental restrictions on his consumption of meals.
He additionally struggled after his mother and father divorced and a relationship ended. Afterward, he ended one other unhealthy relationship, and his father died.
Seven years in the past when he met his spouse, Kim, he stop smoking however continued to achieve weight.
“Quitting smoking, I’m nonetheless glad I did it, however I placed on weight so quick,” he mentioned. “I most likely placed on 40 to 50 kilos.”
A 12 months in the past when his twins, Merida and Fulton, had been born prematurely at six months, Rob skilled extra stress as he and Kim had to spend so much of time at Riley Hospital for Youngsters.
“This previous 12 months, I’ve placed on at the very least 50 kilos, and I can’t blame it on something as a result of I had unhealthy habits to start with, but it surely was positively exacerbated (with the stress),” he mentioned.
He was consuming as a result of it made him really feel higher.
“Particularly for me, meals has all the time simply been a consolation,” Rob mentioned. “I don’t have consolation meals. Meals is reassuring.”
Making a change
Rob reached some extent the place he couldn’t get down on his knees to do a pushup. Previously, he did 50 to 100 on daily basis.
He additionally couldn’t put socks on and needed to sit on a chair whereas doing the dishes and use a chair to vary his twins’ diapers. Plus, he was working two desk jobs and wasn’t transferring round a lot.
He knew he wanted to make a change.
In the beginning of 2020, he began a males’s group at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Seymour, Exodus 90. In August, he informed the lads he was eager about getting bariatric surgical procedure. One of many males, nevertheless, discouraged that as a result of he had heard unfavorable issues about it.
The person then gave Rob a duplicate of the e book “Eat, Quick, Feast: Heal Your Physique Whereas Feeding Your Soul — A Christian Information to Fasting” by Jay W. Richards.
On Aug. 24, Rob began the six-week program. He described the primary week as “tremendous simple.”
“Eat a ketogenic food regimen. Don’t depend any energy. Don’t do any fasting,” he mentioned. “Principally, it’s take out the sugar, take out the starches, take out the grains, something like that, and what’s left, eat as a lot as you need.”
He ate cheese, rooster, steak, roast and avocados.
Within the morning, he had loose-leaf tea with a pinch of salt and a 3rd of a stick of butter.
“It makes you are feeling full,” Rob mentioned of the tea. “That first week, I wasn’t even consuming for 12 hours. It naturally made me quick longer or not eat meals.”
The second week, he had a 16-hour quick, leaving an eight-hour window by which to eat. The third week, it was a 20-hour quick with a four-hour window to eat.
By Week 4, he was right down to a 23-hour quick Monday, Wednesday and Friday, giving him an hour to eat one meal.
Every Sunday was a feast day, the place he had a 12-hour consuming window. That day, he made a smoothie with a bag of frozen spinach, an avocado, coconut cream, a banana and some berries.
“I don’t eat any fruit throughout the week, so by the point I make my smoothie … that’s ice cream to me, man, and it’s price it,” Rob mentioned. “It’s nonetheless keto, however I don’t eat fruit in any respect throughout the week, I don’t eat something I’m not purported to and it makes that banana so significantly better. It’s an actual deal with, and I look ahead to it. I’ll eat half a blender stuffed with it. I’ll eat as a lot of it as I need.”
By the sixth week, Rob mentioned a traditional chubby particular person needs to be metabolically secure.
“When you’re previous 12 hours, into about 16 hours, you’re in ketosis, burning fats cells as an alternative of carbohydrates,” Rob mentioned. “The final week, you go for a 24- to 72-hour quick. As soon as previous the 24-hour mark, it’s universally generally known as a clarifying quick to your mind.”
Help makes an influence
One factor that helped Rob get via this system is 4 different males from Exodus 90 adopted it, too.
They both did it to lose or achieve weight, however an enormous motive was to help and inspire Rob.
“Inside that small group, we test in as soon as per week with one another. We have now our group assembly on convention name,” Rob mentioned. “It’s for me. All of them did it for me. It means the world to me to have that.”
One other motivation has been his Rob’s Weight Loss Journey Fb group.
Kim had requested Rob about taking shirtless footage so he might see the earlier than after which later take different footage to point out his progress.
He initially hesitated about sharing the photographs on Fb, however he wound up permitting Kim to do it on her Fb web page after which put it on his group web page.
He invited individuals to hitch his group so they may see his progress and share their very own progress.
Folks started requesting copies of “Eat, Quick, Feast,” so Rob determined to do a contest on Fridays, awarding a e book to the particular person guessing closest to his weight and donating cash to their charity of alternative.
One week, together with awarding a e book, he did a 100-pushup problem on a Saturday. He did some pushups on the winner’s house, his personal home, his mom’s home and some different locations.
“It was all a part of my journey. That was only a massive day, however I bought to incorporate the opposite individuals, and it simply actually retains me going,” he mentioned.
Seeing individuals put up encouragement, tales and recipes within the group has been nice for Rob.
“It began with my fats image,” he mentioned, smiling. “It’s so a lot motivation. I don’t wish to allow them to down, however I don’t wish to be let down. I don’t wish to let myself down with it.”
Kim mentioned the Fb group has been a constructive.
“When he first began speaking about (shedding pounds), I used to be very apprehensive as a result of he has tried various things. He tries one thing, he quits. He tries one thing, he quits. And there’s all the time an excuse,” she mentioned. “This time, it’s not like that. I feel the Fb web page helps. When you’ve got a Fb web page with lots of people, you’ll be able to’t actually make these excuses, and I feel he wanted that.”
Targeted on the purpose
Rob weighs himself on daily basis, and whether or not he has misplaced weight or gained, he retains marching ahead.
“I all the time weigh extra on Monday than Friday. I feast on Sunday, so I don’t fear about it, however I get to observe it return down and assist hold me going and see progress,” he mentioned. “You’ll be able to’t let your self get down. Even when I did do one thing mistaken, you’ll be able to repair it. I’m studying all of those little wins by not getting upset at my losses.”
His sister, who’s a member of his group and is on her personal weight reduction journey, informed him he can’t “feed the beast.”
“In the event you’re consuming one thing due to an habit, it’s not going to assist,” he mentioned. “In the event you’re consuming one thing since you deliberate it and you’ve got a motive for it, you don’t have any motive to really feel responsible about it and you already know the place you’re going after that.”
Regardless that the six-week program has ended, Rob mentioned he plans to keep it up in variations.
“My life-style with out keto just isn’t wholesome, so I can’t simply be on a food regimen and count on to repair it. I’ve to vary the life-style,” he mentioned. “The approach to life could find yourself being keto, but it surely’s positively going to have to be on that low-carb spectrum.”
He mentioned that doesn’t imply he won’t ever eat a russet potato once more. It’s all about attending to a snug weight the place he doesn’t need to struggle each carb he eats to take care of a correct weight.
“I feel I’m going to remain on a really meat-heavy, low-carb, high-fat (food regimen),” he mentioned. “The veggies I eat are going to be largely these cruciferous veggies, excessive fiber.”
His purpose is to lose at the very least 2 kilos per week. With persistence and persistence, the “Kilos to lose” glass shall be empty.
“I really feel higher already,” Rob mentioned. “I’m nonetheless very overweight, however I really feel 1,000 kilos higher as a result of it’s not simply (52 kilos) that I’ve misplaced. It’s the way in which I’ve misplaced it. There was no crash to it. I’m not hungry, so yeah, I really feel greater than (52 kilos) higher.”
Identify: Rob Daugherty
Hometown: North Vernon
Occupation: GIS technician for Louisville Fuel and Electrical and the U.S. Census Bureau
Household: Spouse, Kim; youngsters, Jasmine, Lynex, Dannabelle, Merida and Fulton; grandson, Ollie