A little over 2 years ago, I sat in a chair at this restaurant in Rockefeller Center…  watching the ice skaters at Christmas…

The chair broke, I fell to the floor, VERY embarrassed…. but otherwise uninjured. It was a seminal moment in me getting motivated to change.

I was back in Rockefeller Center a few weeks ago, visiting my old boss and buddy,  Dr. Roizen on the Dr. Oz show, I got beets, broccoli, chicken and tuna (with minimal additions, the best I could do) from the place next door.

Restaurant in Rockefeller Center

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.


  1. Thank you for sharing! I hope I’ve had my moment of truth.

  2. i dont know what will kept me on track have no problem with getting started please give me some infor

  3. What do you mean “get started?” What are you doing? I do the same things today that I did when I started.

    Question from Facebook: “Anything about maintaining your goal weight?” – How I Lost 100 lbs
    I never had a goal weight… my goal was to eat “right” without being hungry and to exercise, and see where that led me. I’ve been between 208-219 lbs over the last year (generally 212 lb), down from 337 in April 2008.
    I was 219 at the end of Aug 2009. I then drifted down to 212. I’ve pretty much been there since, having gone down to 208 while traveling, and up to 216 during cherry season :-).
    Based on how my clothes fit and what I’m able to do with resistance training, I’ve actually continued to lose fat and gain muscle. I haven’t had my % body fat checked, though.

  4. Sometimes it takes a life altering event to motivate someone. For some, health issues…for you, a chair breaking. For me…a group of 7 yr old girls teasing my son about his ‘fat’ mother. This motivated me to lose over 100 lbs. I since, have completed my Degree in Nutrition Science, obtained my Personal Trainer Certification and opened up an all inclusive Fitness & Nutrition Center! It is amazing that sometimes all the words are written on the wall right in front of you, and a harsh word can be the trigger to motivate your life towards change. My top weight was 270 in Sept of 09. I try to maintain my weight in the 140’s. Now I am by no means perfect…but I do take the steps daily to try to live a healthier well balanced life, and owning the Fitness Center now holds me accountable. I strive to lead by example.

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