EDITORIAL: How CBM (And Other Film Websites) Helped Me Get Through My Weight Loss Journey

Let's take a little break from editorials about which film is better, and why Ben Affleck will be great/terrible as Batman. Considering I haven't been that active on the site lately, I wrote this for myself and others who might get something out of it...

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By WolvieCBM - 9/24/2013
Hey, guys. It's been a while, eh? For those of you who don't know, I'm an editor here on CBM, and even though I haven't been active with posting and editing articles, I still very much visit the site on a daily basis. I've been a member of CBM since February 2009, and since then, this is the first page I open when I go online. It's basically a routine for me. I've seen old members of the site leaving, new members joining our community, editors taking on other writing projects, etc... In all this time, I've made some rather great (online) friends and contacts and even though we have never met in person, we do talk via email, Facebook and Twitter. We all share the same passion for cinema and comic book movies, which is something that I want to talk to you about as well.

The reason I haven't been active that much, is because during these last 365 days, I decided to lose weight. I was a big fella before. It all started when I was kid... a car hit me and left me immobile for a year. I couldn't walk, so I spent a whole year in bed, basically. My left leg was broken in various places, and doctors even talked about cutting it at one point. But luckily, they didn't, so I had to do a lot of physical therapy and just be patient. It wasn't easy, I can tell you that. Years later, due to my weakened legs, I had other accidents and couple of years ago I had a knee surgery. Point is, I spent a lot of time in bed, healing... and eating. I just never managed to get fit again. Films have always kind of been there for me, ever since I was kid and helped me get through a lot in life. Way more than I care to admit. Watching superhero movies somehow always stayed the same. Whether I was kid or now as an adult, I found them incredibly inspirational and wildly entertaining. It's the majestic stories and characters that give these movies weight and meaning. I started loving the idea of working in the film industry very early on, as my folks took me to cinema every week. It was my favorite part of growing up. I started reading about films and what it takes to make one, who directed what, who wrote the screenplay and all that. I went back do the classic movies and watched as many as I could. I'm still exploring this vast world of cinema, which keeps getting more and more interesting as I get older.

As I mentioned above, a year ago I decided to lose weight. I just wanted to feel healthy again. So, last week, that one year has passed. I managed to lose 59kg (130 pounds). And let me tell you something, it was probably the hardest thing I have ever done. While I was very successful at this, this journey was quite lonely and I felt lost many, many times during this transformation. That's not to say my friends and family weren't there for me. They were. But, no one really knew what I was going through. I had a friend who I talked to on a daily basis and she helped me a lot. I'll always be grateful to her for that. Couple of months ago we had a fight, because she told me I changed to worse with my behavior. Lately, I'm starting to think she was right. I tried apologizing but it didn't work. With losing weight, your ego will get bigger and you will change mentally. I see that I definitely changed. It's the way it is. What I'm trying to say is that you should control your environment. Don't be controlled by it. I learned that the hard way and a little bit too late. But, during this journey, CBM and other film websites (like SlashFilm.com, FirstShowing.net, ComingSoon.net, SHH forums, Collider and others) always helped me get through my day. Reading movie news every day, as well as editorials and reviews, made it easier for me to not think about weight loss all the time. Because that can be frustrating and you'll just lose track of what you're trying to do. Having some hobby, like writing, drawing, reading, can help a person with these stuff. I still have some work to do as far as my training goes, but I'll try to be more active on the site. In the end, I just want to say thanks to all of you members on the site who keep CBM getting bigger and bigger, as well as other film lovers who support the media in any way. And to those of you who want to lose weight or transform their physique, but are afraid to start because they know they will fail, I tell you this -- nothing is easy. Find your inspiration, whatever it is and go for it. It's a process, just like filmmaking.
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nailbiter111 - 9/24/2013, 1:32 PM
Great Article Wolvie!
JuanCobble - 9/24/2013, 1:32 PM
MisterNiceGuy - 9/24/2013, 1:33 PM
Seems to be a lot of these types of articles as of late. Anyway, good for you man.
JorEllinator - 9/24/2013, 1:33 PM
The title seemed random, but this was a great article and congratulations!
TheWolverine08 - 9/24/2013, 1:34 PM
Great journey man! You have great courage and will!
MisterNiceGuy - 9/24/2013, 1:34 PM
Much better than Khan's sob story I might add.
MarkV - 9/24/2013, 1:37 PM
ok, then
TheWolverine08 - 9/24/2013, 1:37 PM
Gusto, STOP the Miley Cyrus thing! She's disgusting.
criple15 - 9/24/2013, 1:38 PM
Congrats, glad you are getting to be more mobile after your accident. I too have a bum leg. :/
JoeMomma29 - 9/24/2013, 1:39 PM
Congrats man, I am glad you lost that much weight. Keep working on it.

JuanCobble - 9/24/2013, 1:40 PM
No ofense but you need desperately to make some real friends, or closer bonds with your family, so you do not have to post things like that, Internet guys ARE NOT your friends, LIFE IS OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!
NovaCorpsFan - 9/24/2013, 1:41 PM
Khan was a twat, let's get over him.
jlabatman - 9/24/2013, 1:43 PM
Glad to see you back!
NovaCorpsFan - 9/24/2013, 1:43 PM
JuanCobble did you miss the part where he said his friends and family provided him with support? Or the girl who was helping him through it?
CherryBomb - 9/24/2013, 1:44 PM
Wow that's an amazing weight loss!
Congratulations !

rebellion - 9/24/2013, 1:46 PM
i wouldn't kick miley out of bed. and that's all i have to say.
bagadoosh - 9/24/2013, 1:55 PM
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drugs are bad but great for weight loss cough cough so I've heard
WeaponX93 - 9/24/2013, 1:56 PM
@Wolverine 08
Be quiet, love me some Miley!

What does it take to earn a Miley shot?

At least this isn't a cheap cry for attention like a *certain* contributor posted. Great job on the weight loss man!
JerseyJoker - 9/24/2013, 1:56 PM
Who gives a shit?
CherryBomb - 9/24/2013, 2:01 PM
Miley is a pretty girl she really is. How can anyone question that?
Sure she's batsh*t crazy and looks way trashy now but she never used to be.
WeaponX93 - 9/24/2013, 2:06 PM
I'll get to work stat! Lol
DaVinci31 - 9/24/2013, 2:16 PM
Yeah, movies are great aren't they?

Dunejedi - 9/24/2013, 2:26 PM
Holy Shit, Man! 130 lbs!?! There're people on this site who won't weigh that much even after their brains fully develop. Good work! It's tough juggling everything at once, but hang in there.
Battabing - 9/24/2013, 2:27 PM
Oh my God, what is happening on this site?

Weight Watchers testimonials, now?
Devastator335 - 9/24/2013, 2:31 PM
Congratulations and good job!
Amalgam - 9/24/2013, 2:32 PM
That's really awesome. Faith in yourself and encouragement of others to better ourselves is the core of heroism.
dougieisrollingthejays - 9/24/2013, 2:36 PM
Congrats bruh. Also just wanted to say. Comic book movies are the best. Cool stuff, and some pretty BA people. They are now the coolest things. I'm barely in college, but I can tell you everyone loves CBMs now. I can't find a single friend of mine that doesn't like a comic book movie, or doesn't have an iron man shirt. Thats even hanging out with the "Cool Kids" who used to make fun of comic book nerds. Its great!
Cartoon22 - 9/24/2013, 2:47 PM
Kyos - 9/24/2013, 2:49 PM
Hm, for some reason I never imagined you to be such a big guy, Wolvie. Good job, man, and good to see you around! :D
WolvieCBM - 9/24/2013, 2:53 PM
Thanks for the kind words, guys. Appreciate it. :)

JuanCobble: I have friends, and I'm really close to my family. That's not an issue. They were all there for me, as I mentioned. But no one really knows how this process feels unless they are doing it too. It's a mental game, to be honest. I just wanted to write this to maybe encourage others who are in the same situation.

Nomis: Thank you. And yes, it is. Haha. :)
pro346 - 9/24/2013, 2:54 PM
top stuff wolvie congrats!!!
WolvieCBM - 9/24/2013, 3:03 PM
dougieisrollingthejays: That's true, my friend. Times are different now. CBMs are great for everyone to enjoy.

Cartoon22: Well, I started with changing my nutrition and walking 45 minutes a day for the first four months, as well as doing the stretching exercises twice a day (after I woke up and before going to sleep). After that, I continued with doing cardio and then joined the gym. You don't need the gym for losing weight, but I also want to get a body form so I decided to do that. Big part is nutrition, of course. It's basically all about that. Some of the stuff I eat is this: chicken, broccoli, brown rice, sweet potato, fish, almonds, low fat milk, rice cookies, raisins, egg whites, oats, lean stake and stuff like that. Hope that helps. :)

Kyos, pro346: thanks guys. :)
JuanCobble - 9/24/2013, 3:05 PM
WolvieCBM: Well, seen from that point of view, I still feel your post is weird as [frick], but congrats its a lot of effort!!!! i know cuz i lost 40 kg in a year like you, I hope it provides inspiration for other "gorditos" on the site and make nerds less stereotyped
WolvieCBM - 9/24/2013, 3:25 PM
JuanCobble: I know it's not what we usually post on the site, but I thought it could help some folks who might be feeling the same way I did before I lost weight. This site and others I mentioned really helped me get through all this. And thank you... That's great to hear, man. Congrats to you too.
WolvieCBM - 9/24/2013, 3:47 PM
Azazel212: Some people do. :)

yossarian: Thank you. Haha, awesome.
DioFoRio - 9/24/2013, 4:35 PM
good shit man!
Lozzy - 9/24/2013, 4:51 PM
Really? Because ever since I joined this site could of sworn I have gained weight.
DoctorDoak - 9/24/2013, 5:06 PM
Way to go, Wolvie. Congrats :)
solidsnakeeyes - 9/24/2013, 6:16 PM
Congrats man, stay in shape.
Scooby - 9/24/2013, 9:27 PM
Easy way to burn calories: masturbate :) According to "Young People’s Reproductive and Sexual Health & Rights Organization" you can burn 100-150 calories for each act of masturbation :) Masturbate 10 times a day and you're burning a thousand calories - masturbation marathon, lol :)

Seriously though, congrats dude. To overcome physical constraints to get in shape is [frick]ing awesome! A true inspiration :) Keep in mind though, being in shape and being fit is a lifestyle. So to just diet and exercise to lose a bunch of weight and then not maintain that lifestyle of health and fitness is pointless. Eat healthy and exercise - everyday of your life. That's the only way. But you know that. Good luck on the rest of your journey!
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