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 “” 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.

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation, or enjoy the full podcast here or wherever you listen to podcasts:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

Watch the video clip below to hear Levin expose the lies and misinformation in Biden's speech and explain why he believes the true message is absolutely chilling for the future of our nation:

Want more from Mark Levin?

To enjoy more of "the Great One" — Mark Levin as you've never seen him before — subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

Watch the video below:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Subscribe today and save $20 with promo code "MALARKEY".

The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

Watch the video clip below to hear more from Glenn:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.