The Fatty Five Challenge is over

Fatty Five Challenge is over. How did we do?

The goal was for five fatties to lose 8% of their body weight in 3 months. The good news is 4 out of 5 of us were able to cross the line.

Stu “I have never been more hungry” Burguiere

Final weigh in:

Total Weight Loss = 22.2 pounds (10.78%), 5.7 pounds under goal weight

My last week was filled with near starvation and a full hour of exercise (not quite a full hour.) I had crossed the line a couple of weeks ago and was able to avoid screwing it up somehow. Now that it’s over, I can put all the weight back on and feel great about it. In reality—this thing was a huge success. Even the one member who didn’t quite make it, still lost significant weight. Together, we lost over 86 pounds combined in three months. We also lost the respect of our co-workers who were forced to overhear our constant heiress-like obsessions with our weight—but it was worth it. With the launch of GBTV coming, I go back to what Glenn said when he first went on television. There is no better diet than to realize you’re about to be on camera every day. Throw in peer pressure, competition, possible financial loss—and you have a formula for success. Not that any of us actually look good, but we look less bad. Which is nice.

Keith “I Made It” Ferry

Final weigh in: Total weight loss = 18 pounds (9.21%), 2.5 pounds under goal weight

As I put the finishing touches on my plans for a weekend of gluttony to celebrate making my target weight, I can’t help but reflect on some of the wild swings we all went through during this 3 month long journey that I never thought I would survive. Here are some of my favorite highlights: (1) all 5 of us losing 19.6 pounds total in the first week, resulting in us all agreeing that we probably set the target percentage too low, (2) all 5 of us losing a total of 2.1 pounds over the next 3 weeks (TOTAL…for 5 overweight guys…unbelievable), resulting in us all agreeing that we definitely set the bar way too high, (3) one week feeling like I’m literally starving myself and the next week feeling like I am eating enough food to sustain an entire village, (4) seeing Stu evaporate before my eyes…the man is downright skinny now, (5) chewing a piece of gum last night after eating little to nothing all day and thinking it was possibly the best piece of gum ever made and (6) planning out weigh in day emergency scenarios that included no food or water for 10 hours, extreme exercising (this coming from a guy who’s definition of exercise is walking three blocks to grab lunch) and donating blood (apparently you lose 1 pound each time you donate). My weight loss plan may not be as effective as “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” or tape worm… but it got me across the finish line…barely. Now back to my bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.

Kevin “RedCross.com” Balfe

Final weigh in:

Total Weight Loss = 17 pounds (7.93%), right at goal weight – (*due to predetermined rounding formula, still hits goal)

Coming into the final week I had 3 pounds still to lose, and only 5 days to do it. I had only lost more than that 1 time in the whole competition. I knew it would be grueling, and there’s only one place to turn for a challenge that tough: Dr. Atkins. I suffered through 5 days of lettuce wraps and omelets while ogling co-workers bread and chips. But it paid off and I came in right at my weight goal. I should mention that I was prepared to find a blood donation center today if it came to that. My research revealed that a pint of blood is roughly worth a pound. I’m happy I didn’t have to stoop that low, but I’m pretty sure it says something about me that I was willing to.

Doug “Still need to lose more” Curren

Starting Weight = 219

Goal Weight = 201.5

Final Weigh In = 200

Final Weight Loss % = 8.68%

Well I did it. Not too shabby considering I did next to nothing for the first two months of a three month competition. I’ve learned a few things about myself in these last three months but unfortunately not all of them are positive.

For one, I continue to hate exercise. It’s no fun, and whoever says that exercise is addictive has clearly never tried anything that’s really addictive, like Spider Solitaire, pepperoni pizza, nicotine or heroin for that matter. These people simply don’t live.

I learned that cutting out drinking really does help weight loss. I skipped a few weekend nights and when there isn’t a late night diner involved, which always comes with a good night out, pounds just seem to drop off.

Related to the above though, if you have to drink I have learned that it’s ok to skip eating in order to have a fun time drinking. On more than one occasion rather than having self restraint and moderation with beer I chose to keep up the pace and just eliminate eating for extended periods of time. Note that this doesn’t result in weight loss per se, but it does help to prevent weight gain.

Also related to the above I realized that choosing not to drink and having no friends really does go hand in hand. Not that my friends did not support my goals it’s just that it’s amazing how little the phone rings on a Friday or Saturday night when I’ve stated I won’t be drinking. You could say that I could still go out, be social and just not drink but that goes against my religion.

Lastly I have learned that while 19 pounds is a good amount of weight I am still really fat and could stand to lose another 19 easily. I thought that this might just be a distorted self image of myself but I was quickly reminded that this was not true earlier this week. My wife complemented me on Monday and said she was proud of me and that I looked great. Chin up and chest out I proudly told her that I was just one pound away from the weight I was at our wedding three years ago. “Really,” she said, “I thought you were ‘heavy’ when we got married.” Amazing what a matter of perspective is.

Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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Glenn Beck and The Nazarene Fund have been working tirelessly to evacuate Americans and our allies from Afghanistan, thanks to the U.S. government's failure to do so. But it's been far from easy. A recent Newsweek article, titled "Taliban Holds Up Glenn Beck Group's Planes," addressed some of the most recent challenges. The article claimed that six planes — filled with Americans and SIVs ready for takeoff — were "grounded by the Taliban amid negotiations with the U.S. State Department." So, what's actually going on? Why is the State Department meddling in the rescue? And what are the next steps to get these Americans home?

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn breaks down the whole story:

UPDATE: Leaked Email Shows State Department STILL Blocking Afghanistan Rescue Flights


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Bill O'Reilly joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Friday to discuss a recent House Homeland Security Committee briefing on the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks, during which "national security experts" claimed "right-wing" groups pose a greater threat to the United States than groups like the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.

Glenn played two video clips from the briefing that showed Senior Fellow Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, Daniel Byman, and former National Intelligence Council Chair during the Obama administration, Christopher Kojm, in apparent agreement that "right-wing extremists" are a bigger threat to Americans today than "jihadists."

"I'm someone who has written extensively on both jihadist groups, but also right-wing, white supremacist groups," Byman says in the first video clip. "And in my mind, there's no question that today in the United States, the right-wing and white supremacist violence is a much greater risk."

"I agree with your assessment and those of my colleagues who have spoken already, there's little doubt that the domestic terrorist threat from white nationalists and right-wing extremist groups is greater than the jihadist threat today," Kojm states in the second clip.

"Who are those idiots?" O'Reilly exclaimed. "It's just unbelievable ... they're not even in the same universe. Yeah, there are bad neo-Nazi Americans running around, yeah, but there are very few of them. I mean, the jihadists are causing death and destruction, death and destruction all over the world. Not just in the United States. These people are so blatantly irresponsible and ignorant, it's just staggering."

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