Musings on My Two Year Transformation (Video)

I hate cheesy transformation videos. Seriously.

So you wanna know what  I did about my hatred for these silly videos? I made one myself.

Hypocritical? Maybe. But honestly, it was quite entertaining, and somewhat nostalgic, to look back at some of my old pictures; the very few I actually have, that is. It goes without saying that the camera didn’t exactly love me back in the old days. Sob story aside, it was motivating to see the progress that I’ve made over the past couple of years and to observe the areas in which I need to improve, both physically and mentally.

Sometimes you have to look back in order to move forward. Yes, I totally just pulled that cringe-worthy one liner out of my ass.

Before we move on, let me set one thing straight: the intention of this video was not to boast, not that there is anything to boast about, or to proclaim myself as knowledgeable because I’ve lost some weight. In other words, I’m not pulling a Tim Noakes and claiming that I’m “right” because I’m no longer overweight. That, folks, is what’s called a logical fallacy. Understand that having a bit of success in any particular area, weight loss or otherwise, does not instantly propel you to expert status. Judge people by the validity of the body of information they provide, not by their physical appearance.

The intended message of the video was to show that it is possible to be healthy, lose body fat, gain some muscle, and feel great without obsessing over unsubstantiated diet rules and adopting fear-based nutrition ideas.

With that out of the way, you can check out the video below. Feel free to laugh at my video editing abilities, I’m no connoisseur in that area.


While I still have a very long way to go, I’m happy with my progress and blessed to have had some amazing experiences along the way. Transformations really can be life-changing, not only because of the physical changes, but also the psychological fortitude and resilience developed after pushing through adversity.

There are too many people to thank for setting me in the right direction, so I won’t even attempt to list them here. I did, however, mention a few individuals who were largely responsible for screwing my head on straight and getting me focused on evidence-based nutrition and overall flexibility rather than pseudo-scientific, rigid nonsense. These people being Amber Rogers (Go Kaleo), Alan Aragon, and Lyle McDonald. Their work pushed me in the right direction and I’m forever grateful.

Before I wrap this thing up I want to make a few quick comments on transformations in general.

First, don’t compare yourself to others. Before I made this video I would find myself browsing random bodybuilding transformations online, only to be amazed at their results and discouraged by my own. Looking back, I realize how silly and unproductive that was. No one is in the same situation as you, no one has the same genetic makeup, and there are too many confounding variables that could influence your results one way or the other. You have to do the best you can with your individual circumstances. Comparing yourself to others will never bring about anything positive.

Second, realize that making sustainable, long-term changes is extremely hard work, so expectations must be realistic. Mainstream media would like you to believe that fat loss is a cakewalk if you just follow “X” Diet Plan or “X” Exercise Plan. The problem is, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and no one will see the same results as someone else following the same diet or training program. Your approach must be adjusted to fit your preferences and your goals, and expectations should be set accordingly. Losing fat is difficult, and maintaining the loss is even harder. You must be realistic and understand that you will encounter some road blocks along the way.

That’s all I’ve got. I hope you enjoyed the video. Feel free to subscribe to my channel if you’re active on Youtube, as  I will be posting training videos and other random stuff a bit more frequently. If you have any questions or comments, drop them in the box below.

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  1. keeks says

    Thanks so much for posting this…. going through a similar situation right now. I lost 20lbs on low carb paleo and working out 2x/day with basically no rest days. I looked great but felt like total crap and ended up in a binge cycle because my body was basically in starvation mode. I gained back the weight and am now trying to lose it slowly and healthily— its so hard to be patient and not get instant results! but I’m trying to be patient, and seeing stuff like this just reinforces that I need to be doing it this way. 🙂

    • Jake Johnson says

      You’re very welcome. It definitely sounds like you’re on the right track. Just stay consistent and continue inching in the right direction. Weight loss certainly is a marathon.

    • Jake Johnson says

      Thanks Evelyn! I did notice that the text was a bit fast, but I guess it’s too late to change now 🙁 haha. Glad you liked it.

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