Thank You Blindwave
Hey guys, it’s Based_Zoom aka Matty D from St. Petersburg, Florida!I recently donated $100(more to come) during the twitch stream of your podcast (2/6/18). It was something I wanted to do for a long time, as I had been following and subscribed to you on YouTube since before you guys started filming your Flash reactions (favorite show btw). Started out lurking as a fan. The content you guys put out is original and funny as hell! As I was dieting and trying to take better care of myself I ran into some health issues that were not easy to identify, let alone to work around and solve. Thankfully, your content and reactions and your genuine human humbleness as content providers really helped me get through my waves of depression and my struggles to maintain my new lifestyle change.
I was always a heavy kid, which those who know this plight all too well know that society and kids/teens that are your age aren’t always the kindest when you grow up as a bigger guy. Most of my eating disorder was caused from the lack of nutritional impact that my poor diet was having, paired with depression, and bullying that caused me to become introverted from my normally extroverted self. I stayed inside and played games or watched anime most of my teenage years as my bad habits got out of control. My family never had time to help me due to my father being disabled since I was about 3 years old. Naturally, they were preoccupied with making sure he was comfortable and taken care of. I understand all of that now as I get older ( 27 years old next Sunday 😀 ). But as a child, it was hard for me to formulate and so I hid my feelings by eating.My weight spiraled up and up until at age 22, I found myself at 498 pounds, developing self-induced Chron’s disease and over-active stomach acid issues that made my diet experience the worst thing ever. The doctor told me I would be dead by 30. A year later, when the doctors couldn’t find out why I was having stomach issues at an extreme rate, they basically gave up and so it became my responsibility to learn from my body, to try at least, and really take care of myself.
I started making smoothies everyday for breakfast to help get my metabolism a little kick start. Something it wasn’t used to. I needed something delicious but easy on the belly. Flavor is everything for this former fat guy. Hell, let’s face it – flavor is EVERYTHING DAMMIT! Cut back on dairy – this was really hard but once I learned I was more lactose intolerant than I had realized, I started to figure out that the source of my stomach issues was from the obscene amount of dairy and nasty fried foods I was consuming on a regular basis. From there I started to plan snacks around my new discovery, using nuts and fruits and home-dried jerky to fill in my snack time. I cut back on the soda for two years straight which helped me drop 100 pounds fast. Really fast. Water also became a staple in my daily life. I consistently keep a 32 pack of water at the foot of my bed and go through it every 5 days. It has helped me drink more water, something I was struggling to do, and also helped me realize that water is the first thing everyone needs to start their days. It just helps your food digest better, honestly.
It was a long process. It was most certainly the toughest change for me to make. There were days when I didn’t think I could continue. Days where I cheated and ended up feeling worse because of it. You name it. Oh, and I hardly exercised! One thing I was always envious of was the kids who would be able to do practical tasks or sports outside in the heat. As soon as I shed my first 100 pounds I got myself enrolled into a 16-month long program at a technical college where I went 5 days a week from 7am-1pm. I learned how to manage a nursery and a landscaping business all while studying horticulture (plant care).
I learned to install trees, irrigation, caring for over 500 different species of plants, mostly tropical due to Florida’s natural climate, and for the first time I learned to appreciate sweating from doing rewarding, hard-practical work. I’ll let you in on a little secret: fat people hate sweat. Especially me. But it helped. I maintained my diet and progress during the next 16-months. By the time I was ready to graduate at the top of my class, I was at about 210 pounds. I had my life back. Energy and confidence were certainly new to me after living in a junk-food filled daze I called “life”.In summary, I hope to get my nutritional youtube channel off the ground and up, where I can reach out to the thousands if not millions of young teens and adults who are also struggling with these issues. I want to help them understand that no matter how low things get, you always have the potential to set a weight goal and aim for it. And that applies to many other aspects of their lives, they just don’t know it yet because they’re stuck in what I like to call the “big-person-anxiety world”. I want to save some lives, not just my own. Once I realized I could do it, I realized anyone can. Maybe not 300 pounds but at least something, you know? It’s gotta count for something. Shane, Eric, Rick, Calvin & Aaron. You guys helped me. You really did. Now I want to help others like you. Thank you for taking the time to read my shout out from the donation on stream and thank you for all you guys do. If anyone ever has any questions or comments, feel free to ask! I would love the opportunity to help as much people as I can and would never try to piggy-back off of the Wave Riders’ home. I love you guys and all that you do. Hope to meet you all some day. You guys are fantastic. Keep it up! <3
Yours truly,[email protected] on Twitter