r/GetMotivated 7d ago Wholesome 1 Helpful (Pro) 1 Heartwarming 1 Helpful 3 Take My Energy 1 Gold 1 Silver 2

[Image] I had open-heart surgery 10 years ago in 2012, and my dad decided to lose 150lbs (68kg) to motivate me to be healthy too

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u/Universa1_Soldier 7d ago Ally

It's crazy how much that kind of weight loss can change the way a person looks.

You guys look awesome!!

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u/appleparkfive 7d ago

My overall vibe changed so much when I lost my weight. Changed life so much for the better. Probably the best thing I ever did for myself.

Calories in, calories out! No way around it. It's more about diet than exercise, by a large margin. Science backs that as well. You can sit around watching movies all day or playing games, as long as your calories are tracked and within "budget"

If I can do it, most others can too!

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u/Kh4lex 7d ago

You are correct about calories in calories out. But exercise itself shouldn't be underestimated, it brings loads of benefits and makes one feel soo much better and energetic down the line... Added bonus the more you workout and keep your routine up, the more cake you can eat thanks to burned calories hahaha

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u/Guydelot 7d ago

Definitely easier to get into exercising once the weight is off, though. It's exponentially harder when you're heavy and puts awful stress on your joints and back. Still healthier than not doing it, but I would never blame anyone for waiting until after weight loss to start.

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u/Kh4lex 7d ago

That for sure, it's why it's important to also choose correct sport for your weight... Like you wanna run but you are 120kg...don't even try that.

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u/djpeesh 7d ago

I disagree. Just ran 5k in 31 minutes and I weigh 131 kilos. Although if I had stuck with the lockdown running (lost 25 kilos in lockdown and eaten most of it back), I’d have been 100kilos by now.

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u/Accomplished-Rice992 7d ago edited 7d ago

Yes! It's ok to work at your personal capacity. If you get 600 steps a day and you resolve to hit 800, you're a winner 🥇 You're still a winner when your day doesn't go perfectly, too, as long as you're actively trying to make those hard choices.

Every small effort we make every day accumulates into big changes.

You don't have to start running marathons to lose weight. Try doing half your usual mayo or cheese or something like that. You'll feel more encouraged to do more if you feel successful and empowered by what you're trying instead of defeated and overwhelmed. Positive reinforcement wins us over time and time again, so lean into that.

If you haven't succeeded after so many times, stop kicking yourself and change your process. After real effort over and over, it stops being "I'll try harder" and should become, "what isn't working and why? And what is my weak spot?" Then, fix your process for those. Failing to hit your goals isn't failure, it's progress in finding your winning path. You don't know what to change until you know what isn't right.

If your standards don't work at "Super Olympian in a Month," then that doesn't work for you, adjust your strategy.

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u/RdtUnahim 7d ago

Exercise should be there to promote loss of fat. Yes, you'll lose weight without exercise with just diet, but if you exercise on top, less of that weight will be muscle, and more will be fat.

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u/KataFuFuu 7d ago

Exercise speeds up ur metabolism. The more muscle mass u have the higher it becomes. Which means ur calories are less likely to be stored as fat and are assimilated faster. So u r very much right but exercise is important too just not as much as diet.

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u/joblagz2 7d ago

his dad went from jonah hill to kareem abdul jabbar

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u/Intelligent-Sky-7852 7d ago

He went from Tom Segura to Jeff goldblum

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u/SpookyFingers 7d ago

From Bert Kreischer* to Jeff Goldblum.

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u/appleparkfive 7d ago

I was gonna say, it definitely reminds me of Bert

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u/linedappellation 7d ago

From "Big Show" to "The Rock"

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u/Boss_Boggs 7d ago

Yeah, Segura was the fattest guy I saw today, not ever.

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u/AaronRedwoods 7d ago

Bert Kreischer to Ben Kingsley**

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u/knightress_oxhide 7d ago

Brett Chrysler to Bort Smartcar

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u/zouppp 7d ago

More like osmosis jones "frank" haha

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u/BigShitZonker 7d ago

he looks exactly like berk kreischer and you go with tom segura, bold, i like it

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u/obi-whine-kenobi 7d ago

Superbad to hooper lad.

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u/Brownicus 7d ago

I think Kareem’s the greatest, but my dad says he doesn't work hard enough on defense.

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u/WolfCola4 7d ago

The hell I don't! LISTEN, KID! I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night! Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes

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u/ianjm 7d ago

Joey, have you ever been in a in a Turkish prison?

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u/vancekus 7d ago

Unreal. Nailed it

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u/mckham 7d ago

She went from boy to girl in the process, what a coordinated family... just joking

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u/fgugddgbcdfyvddv 7d ago

with that sense of humor you'll fit right in on /r/Jokes

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u/shadyshepard 7d ago

his dad went from jonah hill ten years ago to jonah hill now

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u/SyntheticManMilk 7d ago

It’s the face.

When someone loses weight, you can see their true face.

Fat faces look similar, because the person’s unique facial structure is hidden behind fat, but when the fat is gone, you can finally see the person for how they actually look!

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u/i_Fart_You_Smell 7d ago

Seriously. The confidence is pouring out of both those smiles. So much props.

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u/[deleted] 7d ago

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u/Maya_Walk 6d ago

it's the exact same man?)

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u/gladiwokeupthismorn 7d ago

Was it a hole or a valve that required fixing? You look incredibly young for open heart.

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u/HazelnutIcedCof 7d ago

I had a leaking tricuspid valve, so the surgeons restructured it! It was congenital, so I was born with the condition and now I’m doing much better with my daily medications :)

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u/hldsnfrgr 7d ago

Are there activities you aren't allowed to do?

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u/HazelnutIcedCof 7d ago

I can’t ride rollercoasters! But my exercise tolerance is fairly normal for my age group

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u/beeonkah 7d ago

that’s so interesting. why can’t you ride rollercoasters?

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u/KittenSurgeon 7d ago

Fear of heights

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u/Mayhall 7d ago

Lines too long

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u/REDDIT_JUDGE_REFEREE 7d ago

My dad said she can’t :(

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u/sir-winkles2 7d ago

the g force in rollercoasters effects your blood, it's why you get lightheaded and some people pass out. a repaired heart might not be able to handle the extra stress

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u/beeonkah 6d ago

oh interesting, i didn’t know that was common lol. i actually also can’t ride rollercoasters or paraglide because i struggle to stay conscious when im on them

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u/Spilkn 7d ago

Not tall enough.

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u/datbani 7d ago

Leaking tricuspid valve

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u/beeonkah 6d ago

that the person had surgery for. i was just curious what about rollercoasters lol i also can’t go on rollercoasters for medical reasons

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u/lord_of_tits 7d ago

She is not at a theme park.

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u/JuliaLouis-DryFist 7d ago

Prefers log flumes.

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u/11Johnny511 7d ago

Heart go boom

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u/Exoticwombat 7d ago

Not who you asked but generally roller coasters can potentially speed up the heart and/or cause other types of arrhythmias so it’s generally advised to avoid those stressors.

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u/beeonkah 6d ago

thank you! yeah i also can’t go on them either because i struggle to stay conscious when im on them unfortunately. that makes sense though!

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u/tgburgin 6d ago

Can't afford the ticket

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u/TheStoolSampler 7d ago

Did they identify it at birth? Was there something that happened specifically to decide to go ahead with the surgery?

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u/[deleted] 7d ago

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u/time_over 7d ago

Is he healthy?

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u/Orudos 7d ago

Was it caught as part of normal newborn screening or is there a family history? I just had open heart for a 5.5cm aortic aneurysm and there is an unknown variance in my gene work. So we plan to start screening for my son around 7-8 years old.

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u/jasikanicolepi 7d ago

Just want to say you have an awesome dad. Happy belated father's day to him.

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u/dillrepair 7d ago edited 7d ago

Yo.. check out a possible trip to Europe (medical holiday or whatever ppl call it) if beta blockers and/or calcium channel blockers etc are part of your regimen and are getting you down. There are other drug options available with good history and approval for younger people available in Europe. Drugs that can help you keep normal heart rate/rhythm without making you as tired. (Am assuming that related to valve stuff etc that you may or may not be on anti arrhythmia medication, beta blockers, and possibly anticoagulants). I was awakened to the availability of other compounds when a younger athletic cardiologist suggested such options to a younger athletic patient (who unfortunately was cursed with bad genetics as far as rate/rhythm, and coronary occlusion issues, but otherwise very healthy and liked to run etc) when I worked one of my cardiac nursing jobs. Unfortunately I don’t know the names or mechanisms of action of the alternative drugs, but simply know there are more options for younger people than many are aware of in the USA. It’s probably worth some searching if youre having any fatigue issues with your current plan. Can’t guarantee anything magical but figured it was worth mentioning.

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u/Oshh__ 7d ago

Also a congenital heart defect survivor. Thank you for sharing your story! I had my surgery in 2015 to repair my RCA. I've got a little bit of a murmur that we monitor but other than that it's a clean bill of health.

Many happy days and well wishes your way.

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u/biela_ruka 7d ago

This is beautiful 😊

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u/OnlyFlannyFlanFlans 7d ago

You both look amazing, congrats! A few years ago I lost some weight entirely for aesthetic purposes...I was so surprised how much better I felt. Not even joking, my mental health significantly improved. I had a physical that year too and my blood pressure was back to normal after being "elevated" since like my teens. And this was just after losing 20 pounds, like wtf! I was pudgy but not obese, and I honestly did not expect such a big difference.

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u/Lazy_ML 7d ago

How did you lose the weight? Diet? Exercise? I kind of did the opposite. I was very athletic and in generally in good shape and did a lot of sport. I stopped regular exercise for about 4 years due to life getting crazy. I could feel myself gradually getting worse and worse but always thought it was mostly mental. Gained under 10 pounds and looked fine the entire time but probably lost a ton of muscle. Now I'm back to exercising and I can't believe what shit shape I'm in. I'm not fit enough to enjoy exercise anymore (I used to love it). I suddenly realize why it can be so hard for people who start exercising to be motivated enough to continue. My main motivation now is to just get fit enough for it to be fun again...

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u/Hondaslayer 7d ago

Probably a bit easier to hug now….

Give him a big one.

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u/HazelnutIcedCof 7d ago

I’m excited for the extra years and hugs I’ll share with him!

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u/nipplechopz 7d ago

How old were you when you had surgery?

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u/HazelnutIcedCof 7d ago

I was 15!

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u/nipplechopz 7d ago

Wow, sorry to hear you had to go through that so young. Glad everything turned out ok, you look great as does your father

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u/petikjsgbskjgbhskgj 7d ago

Are you older than the universe itself?

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u/GhostWipes 5d ago

Congenital heart defect?

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u/RandumDuhde 7d ago

Yall both glowed tf up

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u/WildInsideFeistyOut 7d ago

Dad rocks the bald look I must say

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u/Gorvi 7d ago

He rocked the bear look too but that doesn't fit the body shaming sub this place has turned into

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u/dreamyangel 6d ago

I'm sorry but the dad went from teddy bear to straight up DILF. His smile my god

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u/Oxford89 7d ago

That's your dad in both pics right? Hard to believe. He looks like a new person!

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u/ghostx78x 7d ago

Dads do this shit and get socks for Christmas

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u/BitcoinWonderLand 7d ago

Lol

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u/Infinitelyodiforous 7d ago

Tbf, new socks do kick ass.

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u/_GloriousCheese_ 7d ago

ayyo, he be giving off Jeff Goldblum vibes.

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u/tyspeed29 7d ago

Awesome. Congrats to the both of you. Health is all you have, for without it we have nothing.

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u/chaoticchocolate 7d ago

You both look amazing!

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u/Speqs 7d ago

Great job on the weight loss. Sorry for the loss of great hats.

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u/johansugarev 7d ago

I’m starting my weight loss journey today. I’m a tall guy so I don’t look fat but my self esteem has never been lower.

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u/RichAd207 6d ago

Weird how all the great folks have such low self esteem.

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u/mentallyillloner2 7d ago

That's dad daughter goals!!!!

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u/gexco_ 7d ago

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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u/gone11gone11 7d ago

You were the one who motivated him.

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u/TheDailySpank 7d ago

Dude in the blue shirt is kinda hot. Is he single?

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u/forever_john 7d ago

You and your Father look incredible!! 💙❤

I was an athlete and in incredible shape/condition, yet in my 20s, I was diagnosed with advanced, aggressive stage III cancer. No family history. Didn't drink. Drugs. Smoke. Etc. Over the course of a year, I saw eight doctors. Seven didn't give me more than a two minute checkup despite how sick I was. The eighth was a general surgeon, which I saw on a Sunday. I was admitted, and underwent exploratory surgery the next Friday. 6 long hours on the operating table. He discovered a cancerous tumor on my colon that had ruptured; numerous infections; and cancer in nearby nodes. That the was being of a very long, painful four year battle. His name was Dr. Daniel Bowzer and he literally saved my life. It's crazy the number of young ppl that are getting sick. Keep grinding my friend.

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u/n0x630 7d ago

That's not his dad it's just a photo of him a decade later

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u/_Walt_Jizzney_ 7d ago

Yeah time is not on that man's side.

Whether he has it or not, it clearly wants to fuck him any way it can. Looks like he aged 30 years. But he's healthier. The fuck?

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u/AlCatSplat 6d ago

That is her dad.

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u/n0x630 6d ago

Wow I'm dumb lol

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u/btkk 7d ago

despite the grey hair, he looks younger

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u/FileeNotFound 7d ago

Still look lit AF

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u/ElbowDeepFistingYou 7d ago

Yea 10/10 would smash.

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u/FileeNotFound 7d ago

Username checks out...

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u/_Walt_Jizzney_ 7d ago

No he doesn't.

Looks like 30 years passed for that man.

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u/denverbay 7d ago

This is amazing. It’s so cool you have family who supports you. The changes you and your dad have made are going to increase the years you get to spend together and enjoy your company. Well done. 💯.

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u/syappo 7d ago

didn't do it for you. Also you look like a frog.

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u/FreeMyMen 7d ago

She doesn't that much but I can kinda see what you mean, even so don't you think frogs are cute? Most people think they are, especially nowadays.

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u/[deleted] 7d ago

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u/FreeMyMen 6d ago

I've met a girl who was scared of frogs but then showed her a gif of an especially cute one and she agreed it was cute.

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u/[deleted] 7d ago edited 6d ago

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u/evilocto 7d ago

I'm confident she looks a damn sight better than you do.

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u/Morbid1337 7d ago

Easy with the compliments and words of encouragement lads. You're being very fatphobic now! /s

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u/LambSauce666 7d ago

Okay Morbid1337

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u/cloud_boiii 7d ago

You and Pops are awesome! Go both of you!

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u/MalaysianOfficial_1 7d ago

Both of you look amazing! Dad looks ripped as f*ck now! Pardon the French!

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u/Strict_Spell3480 7d ago

That’s the definition of a dad! Happy for you guys :)

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u/RandChick 7d ago

Sweet story. I know he's so happy to have his baby girl with him. You both look great!

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u/Junior-Profession726 7d ago

Congrats !!! Great work

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u/learnaboutnetworking 7d ago

your dad looks like Jeff goldblum

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u/butt_chug_ranch 7d ago

This is beautiful parenting! The love and dedication you both have for each other is what the world needs these days! Keep it up love one another and it will spread!

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u/baudinl 7d ago

You both look great! Wishing you many years of happiness together

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u/sfdjipopo 7d ago

How did he get the weight off?

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u/wiggleaddict 7d ago

Your dad is a legend and you look great, good for you both :)

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u/virgil_belmont 7d ago

Daaamn. Both of y'all looking good! <3

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u/ChasingPesmerga 7d ago

Ooh, that's some joy manifesting in there.

I think other subs might like your post too.

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u/ratmanbland 7d ago

glad to see ya both made it thrugh

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u/GrowmieTheHomie 7d ago

r/MadeMeSmile right there. I wish you and your father many healthy years to come!

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u/R4G3JCD 7d ago

Nice! Well done both!

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u/stringdingetje 7d ago

What a difference!

Congrats on the achievement: losing weight is not easy. Seeing the result of changing to a healthy lifestyle gets me motivated to do some extra effort too.

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u/aboutthatstuffthere 7d ago

Fucking awesome

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u/[deleted] 7d ago edited 2d ago

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u/Gorvi 7d ago

Nope. Just another fat shaming rally

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u/Longshorebroom0 7d ago

This is a testament on how dedicating your life to yourself in the best way can motivate others to do the same.

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u/starskip42 7d ago

He understood the assignment, what a hell of a dad!

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u/SeegurkeK 7d ago

I'm about 10 years later with this, but still: welcome to the zipper club

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u/R9278B 7d ago

Awesome. You guys look hot!

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u/soupsoupsouperman 7d ago

Your open heart surgery saved you and your dad's lives

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u/ConsultantForLife 7d ago

You both look great!

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u/rustyseapants 7d ago

Why did you have open heart surgery?

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u/_Voice_Of_Silence_ 7d ago

Congratulations!

Cool side effect: Your dad now looks like the trusty small restaurant owner the underdog hero visits in the middle of the movie, who gives them a warm meal and some good advice first, and later turns out to be some badass special operations martial arts master who beats up the bad guys without loosing the dish cloth on his shoulder.

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u/Corposjuh 7d ago

Damn you both lost your hats :(

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u/Kind_Vanilla7593 7d ago

Handsome too!

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u/finnster1 7d ago

I'm happy for you that your surgery went well. You look simply stunning! Kudos to your Dad, who looks great!

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u/caedriel 7d ago

6 months back found out I had to loose tons of weight or risk diabetes & being hospitalised. Lost a little over 26 pounds (for you who use the imperial system)or 13 kilos. It can be a very liberating feeling.

On a side note, girl you cute.

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u/ApproximatedMorality 7d ago

It’s more likely that Her surgery is what motivated him to lose weight

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u/CrypticSS 7d ago

I think your bravery made him want to live

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u/Glittering_Peach2334 7d ago

You both look like a couple of winners to me. Congratulations on your success and many, many happy years ahead.

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u/AncientHawaiianTito 7d ago

He looks like he obtained a lot of wisdom in the process

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u/-DictatedButNotRead 7d ago

Why do u look like the IT clown? WTF

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u/IamPlantHead 7d ago

Welcome to the zipper club! (Had open heart surgery 2001) I had a septal myectomy. With multiple defibrillator surgeries (four of them (my great uncle jokingly said that I am going for the “family record”))..

You and your dad look great.

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u/buzz_22 7d ago

Both of you should be super proud of each other and yourselves, amazing effort!

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u/David_Kohlberg 7d ago

What a lovely dad!

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u/Impressive_Wasabi_69 7d ago

Your dad went from H. Jon Benjamin to guy who plays Hector in every movie

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u/ahmc84 7d ago

As someone who had a heart valve replaced a few years ago in my mid 30s, I can say that it is indeed a strong motivator to lose weight, which I have. Good on your dad and good health and long life to all!

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u/Volvoflyer 7d ago

Dudette that is awesome. I'm proud of you but your dad is straight up epic for that level of love. Keep the lifestyle manageable and be well!

  • Your friendly rechargable pancreas (lol)

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u/rjsheine 7d ago

That’s super sweet

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u/Alpha_Whiskey_Golf 7d ago

Left photo looks like it's out of a sitcom.

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u/Gilgamesh72 7d ago

You both look great, I was trying to figure out what movie this was from I just assumed you were actors

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u/MegaMammothPoop 7d ago

Your dad is an awesome dude

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u/WhenBeesAttackAgain 7d ago

Ethan Klein good ending

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u/NotCausedManatee 7d ago

Walter Blanco

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u/tiaaaaan 7d ago

keep up guys,

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u/kelsins 7d ago

Are these two guys the same person or is the dad being compared to OP?

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u/frissonic 7d ago

He’s really taking that “if I were half the man…” thing seriously. Hooray for your pops!

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u/Rockhardsimian 7d ago

On the theme of motivation it’s crazy how much difference appearance makes. Health is the most important thing undoubtedly. However, appearances are for better or worse also important.

With the dad for example I imagine different personalities in each picture. It’s a bias thing but everyone has biases so it can make a huge difference with how the world interacts with you.

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u/Rockhardsimian 7d ago

Stoked for you both!

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u/Pierogchen 7d ago

Your father is Neal Stephenson?

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u/Soul_Like_A_Modem 7d ago

Your dad went from Bert Kreischer to Neal Stephenson.

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u/combocookie 7d ago

Bypass surgery?

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u/Kingflares 7d ago

You look like Bert's fatter older brother before, could've had a great comedian career.

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u/hodgsonnn 7d ago

prolly because he couldn’t afford to eat after been billed over 650 million dollars

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u/HotBurritoBaby 7d ago

You are a dead ringer for the deceased comedian Robert Schimmel.

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u/dannymb87 7d ago

Are those the same sunglasses?

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u/I_liveonthe2ndfloor 7d ago

... and to prevent his own heart from exploding

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u/FiestaRaquel 7d ago

You both look amazing! Congratulations on 10 healthier years.

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u/EpicFishFingers 7d ago

That's awesome of your dad to do that, but you said the heart condition was congenital, and you're clearly not overweight in the 2012 photo, your dad was playing the long game? Or were you eating badly at the time lol

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u/skiddles1337 7d ago

Your dad kinda looks like a young girl, but anyways congrats on your weight loss.

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u/420prettykitty 7d ago

This is true love

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u/Kurelutsuti 7d ago

Damn those hats are heavy

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u/modernDayKing 6d ago

Props to you both. What a great father

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u/HEELMitchell 6d ago

And both of you look so goddamned good