My Brother: He Lost 275 lbs and Reunited with love

February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’ve mentioned my brother many times before on this blog as he was instrumental in helping me to get started on the weight loss journey.  He’s famous in my world for saying things like “30 Seconds at a time” and “Go SMALL or go home!”

My brother is older than me and I guess I’ve often looked up to him for advice and wisdom.  Yeah that’s me even as a kid…looking up to him!



We both traveled the same path into the prison of obesity so I knew when he found a way out–I could too.

I’m grateful that my brother not only is willing but has a passion and desire to help others find their way out of that prison too.

So what’s the story on my brother?  Well, the short version is that he weighed 450 pounds.  He used to be on oxygen.  He was given a death sentence by a doctor if he didn’t lose weight. Now he’s a personal trainer and runs marathons.

If you want to know what happened in between, CNN ran an article on him today.  It also tells the unbelievably true story of how my brother reunited with his long lost love, Beth (who is now my sister-in-law).

Since I lived this growing up and watched my brother literally wait 30 or so years for Beth to return to his life—I can attest to you that it’s the real life “Notebook”.

I know the story and I still was overwhelmed when I read it!!

I wanted to share this with you on the blog today in hopes it will give you hope to never give up on your dreams.


He lost 275 pounds, reunited with love

By Georgiann Caruso, CNN
updated 7:12 AM EST, Mon February 17, 2014
In the summer of 2007, Lee Jordan hit his heaviest weight of 454 pounds. "There are almost no pictures of me 'big' because I never allowed my picture taken," he said.
In the summer of 2007, Lee Jordan hit his heaviest weight of 454 pounds. “There are almost no pictures of me ‘big’ because I never allowed my picture taken,” he said.


(CNN) — Every detail was planned out that afternoon.Lee Jordan was meeting a friend at a Starbucks in Herndon, Virginia. He had scouted out the area, including the parking situation, since he could walk only a very short distance.He also wanted to make sure he didn’t have to stand in line and could sit without fear of breaking the furniture.

Jordan weighed 450 pounds.

This was no ordinary chat over coffee. Jordan was meeting Beth, his high school and college sweetheart, more than 20 years since they had last seen each other……

To read the full article on CNN. Com ——-> click HERE now!!!




 In case you’ve missed any of my posts about him, they are located here:

My brother: 400 plus pounds to Triathlete

Hope in your Future is Power in your Present

When Dreams Come True

The Enemy Never Takes a Vacation

Being Willing to Fail

My 1st 5K




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Angela February 17, 2014 at 6:32 pm

How great that he was featured on CNN! The two of you are certainly inspirational and, frankly, brave for being so open and sharing your stories!


Pam Holmes February 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Wonderful story. I often fantasize that my youngest son will get back together with the love of his life someday–I know he shares that fantasy, although he never talks about it. The other day we were in the car, and a country song came on the radio, he mentioned that it was “their song.” He said, “Ironically, it’s about a couple that breaks up and gets back together.” So you know what he is thinking!

I didn’t tell him that I had seen her name in the public records of our newspaper a few weeks ago, because she and her husband had a baby. But I guess there’s still hope for him, he sure hasn’t found anybody else. You never know where life will lead you. Good for Lee and Beth and thanks for sharing their wonderful story, Holly!
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Heather C. February 17, 2014 at 10:09 pm

I’ve been wondering if your brother has been helping you through your struggles the past several months. Thanks so much for sharing the article- it was FANTASTIC!! Keep him close Holly, he’s good not only for your weight loss, but also for your soul. God bless you.


Anna February 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Great Story. I hope you get your ever-after love soon too! Blessings, Anna


Steph February 18, 2014 at 2:28 am

Holly great article ! You must be so proud!! 🙂


Denise February 18, 2014 at 3:26 pm

I read that story and did not realize that it was your brother. Amazing story. amazing family.


Mirjam February 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Dear Holly you inspire me all the time … I love to read your posts at your blog … When I see your befor and after photos I’m realy amazed.
I need to tell you that your brother success story it was published on Slovenian most read internet portal … If you have a problem where Slovenia is … If you watch Olypics skiing you know Tina Maze downhill and giant slalom Sochi olympic winner … she is Slovenian …
I almost forget to put on link to slovenian site ;o) … have a nice day …


Sarah February 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

thats great i’m definitly going to read the article. must have been so nice for you to have such an inspiration and motivation in your life
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Leah February 25, 2014 at 7:28 pm

That is a great article! You must be so proud.


Sheila March 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Thank you for sharing that link Holly. I remember when you went to their wedding (and the Disney race also) I’m so happy that they were able to find each other after all those years had passed. Really an incredible story…
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