Jonathan Osborn

Breakout Blue Team

 My name is Jon Osborn, I am a Mechanical Engineer at XY Tool & Die in LaOtto.  My wife Amy, of 20 years, and I have 4 children Kyle (19), Cooper (17), Caden (11) , & Caroline (6 ½) as she likes to point out. Some of my favorite things to do are listening to and playing music (guitar, bass, key, singing).  We attend Northeast Christian Church and live near Georgetown on Fort Wayne’s east side. 

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What a crazy week and weekend!  I can't believe I made it 29.1 miles in 2:11!  That was a huge accomplishment for me and I'm so grateful to Rick and Tina and every single trainer and nutritionist.  I could never have made it without you!  I am just amazed at what we as contestants are capable of in just 14 weeks.  It is truly a miracle!  Somehow the Lord designed our bodies to adapt and recover and increase in capacity!  As much as I don't want this to ever end I am also ready to take over my journey and move onward and upward!  Regardless of what the scale says Friday my true goals are 100 lbs. by the end of the year and I want to ride 100 miles straight by the end of next year.  This process has awakened God given abilities which I never knew existed within me.  I have always been lazy and had no goals.  I know have goals that I will achieve with God's grace and gifts!  I am so happy to be a part of this family!  I am so excited to be able to live out the rest of our lives together knowing we accomplished the hardest journey of our lives together and that we are bonded to each other and will cherish these times for the rest of our lives.  



Last night was Eddie Merlot's and it was AMAZING!  The level of sacrifice made by the team there was astounding!  60 people, 4 courses, 548 calories is a huge undertaking and they pulled it off flawlessly!  I was so amazed by everyone.  I can't believe how great everyone looks! I had a marvelous time!  It was so great to see Christy.  I'm so glad she could make it.  All the food was phenomenal!  I also told the chef I would be back with my wife and he personally told me to call him when I do, so I will.  Can't wait to see what amazing creation he makes in the future. 

I was also fitted for my "crow boots" for my ankle condition yesterday.  While they were out of the room making adjustments to them I just sat and cried.  I WILL rise above this and I WILL find God's good hand in all of this, but right now it's a little too raw at the moment.  They are very difficult to walk in and I'm still trying to figure out how or even if I can drive with them.  All I know with absolute certainty is that He has a plan and He IS working it out for my benefit.  I will rest and rely on that fact forever and ever.  

We also weighed in this morning and it wasn't what I had hoped, but I am going to push it these last 2 1/2 weeks.  Meeting with Bev Thursday to come up with a season ending master menu plan, so hopefully I can sprint my way to the finish of Season 10!  The best season ever I might add!  

Also wanted to clarify, I/We don't feel like misfits, the island of misfit toys is an endearing term we all use in the pool for each other.  I am honored to be in the pool with great people especially Kim who gives so much! I am beyond appreciative that we even have that option.



Monday's weigh in was better than I thought it would be.  I was never so happy to hear 3 lb. loss.  Hoping for a good bit more than that this week though.  Although our weigh will be at 5:30 on Tuesday this coming week, which will be weird.  this week has been a grind week.  I feel like I'm just stuck in a never ending grind.  It's good because I know that I will benefit greatly from it.  I am also excited for a big ride tomorrow and that Bill Hickle will be out riding as well.  Sometimes I feel so alone in this journey now as I am stuck in the land of misfit toys and on the bike all over town by myself pushing to get that extra MPH average or extra Mile marker.  I am having a really hard time swimming though.  With the limited mobility in my ankles it is extremely hard to get any extra propulsion from my legs.  So I pretty much arm crawl my way to a mile.  I do really enjoy wall push ups though which help make my arms look better than they already do.  And while I'm on the subject my arms are looking better than I think they've ever looked in my life. My wife and I were laying in bed the other night and grabbed my arm and wondered where all the muscle came from.  I must say that was a really big deal to me.  I'm looking forward to getting some weight training tips from Rick sometime.  I believe that I would like to start some mild body building once this season ends.  Tank and I have plans to start lifting and doing some cardio together after the program as well.  I just cannot ever go backwards from where I am at today.  I really want to be 100 down by the end of 2017.  I also told myself that if I do ever have to get my feet cut off I will train for an Ironman.  Because I'll never run until either the Lord heals my ankles fully or I get new prosthetic feet.  I am very hopeful about my life after this program but also apprehensive to think the accountability will be less and I'll have to rely on myself to stay on track and motivated. I just pray that if anyone sees me slipping that they find me and literally slap me in the face and ask me what in the HE double hockey sticks do I think I'm doing.  

This week's shout out goes to Kim Greb!  I can't thank you enough for showing up everyday of the week.  You are such an encourager Go Kim Go!!!  You always have a great attitude and you always try to push us.  You workout right there with us pushing yourself with a red face and burning eyes like the rest of us.  You are such an inspiration to us all!  So thank you so much for your commitment to this program and to each and everyone one of us in the land of misfit toys. God Bless you!



All I can say is 9.6 lbs.!!!!!!!  I can't believe it!  In week 10!!!  Certainly helps out after the 1 lb. the week before.  So this will be my low week as usual, but we will see.  Been talking to Bev and making some strategery!  Yes I said strategery to hopeful make it a larger loss than a normal down week. Trying to keep my daily carbs under 180g.   Will be putting in as many bike rides and pool workouts as possible.  Not having a lifeguard Tuesday morning set me back a smidge, but I'll make up for it.  Looking forward to riding downtown to meet everyone at the finish like for the Germanfest 5k tonight.  I also looking forward to doing 3 laps Saturday.  I'm hoping to get 4-6 laps in for the Half Marathon.  I really want to make it a big accomplishment for me.  Sounds like some tempers were flaring this morning's workout, so I just want to lift up everyone in prayer as we finish these last 4 weeks.  I pray that we can all finish strong with love and integrity.  I'm so excited to see everyone all dressed up and skinny at the finale!  



This week has been great so far, aside from a 1 lb. loss on Monday.  Although I was coming off the 11.6 lbs. from the previous 2 weeks.  I kind of feel like I'm getting my groove back.  Really trying to get as many second workouts as possible this week.  Last night I rode almost 13 miles in one hour which is a big accomplishment for me.  I was sitting on the couch eating supper and really didn't feel like going out and fighting the wind, but I thought to myself who cares if its windy, if that's the case you just need to work harder and push yourself further.  Also being up at camp last weekend and riding some crazy steep country hills made a big difference I think.  I also never stopped one time to get off the bike.  I pushed myself so much harder and father than I've ever pushed myself before.  It's easy to be pushed by outside forces,  I can think of a number of trainers that are awesome at that, but it's always been hard for me to push myself.  I always back off sooner than I want and I always quit before it gets really tough when it comes to exercise at least.  I have REALLY missed being out with everybody for the runs and I so wish I could do it with everyone, but I reached out to Tina and she is letting me ride out on the course with everyone on Saturday.  I'm super excited to ride the course!  I'm hoping to make the Half Marathon a real achievement.  Maybe I can do 5 or 6 laps by then.  And I get to be out with everyone and not feel out of the loop like is easy to do when you're elsewhere.  

This week's shout out goes to Bev!  She has been such a source of help and strength for our team. I know we all love her and appreciate everything she does for us.  When I went in the hospital she was texting me and keeping herself in the loop, praying for me and lifting me up to the Lord.  I talked to her even before I was admitted so I could tell the doctor's what type of diet to put me on so that I could maintain what had been set forth for me in this program.  She setup a group text where we share meal ideas and get help in a pinch.  She also sends out such encouraging messages that help up stay grounded and focused on the tasks at hand.  Thank you Bev, for without you none of us would be where we are today.



Well as usual the Lord was right,  He says do be anxious in ANYTHING, but with prayer and petition bring it to Him.  So  11.6 lbs. in 2 weeks and only working out 3 times is pretty remarkable in my book.  And as usual Tina was right.  Keep your diet 100% because it's 80% of the weight loss journey.  My first workout in over a week and a half was pretty good.  50 minutes on the bike turning at least 70 rpm while punching using 7.5 lb. weights is no joke.  So thankful to be back to working out.  I must say I feel so much love from so many people in this program.  I was just commenting last night to my friends about how loving and selfless Rick and Tina are and how that top down example just gives permission to all of us in this program to love each other with reckless abandoned. It's a picture of Jesus,  we love because He first loved us.   It's that identity in Christ that gives us all the ability to love each other without condition.  It's the very tough things in life that truly make bonds and bring people together.  I thank God for my FWSW family because that's what it truly is.  Love all of you my brothers and sisters and thanks for making me feel so loved and welcomed in returning from my time away.



Sorry for not blogging.  I feel so disconnected this week.  It has been a rough 10 days or so.  I woke up on Sat the 13th with what I thought was cellulitis.  I called Tina about it and immediately went to the urgent care for treatment.  Turns out I was correct about the cellulitis, but the doctor also found an ulcer on the bottom of my foot that looked infected as well.  They game me two shots in the hips and a prescription of antibiotics.  He advised to go to the hospital if it wasn't better in 24 hours.  Sunday morning I awoke and it was no better so I admitted myself to Parkview.  I then spent the next 3 days there with lots of IV antibiotics and also having surgery on the ulcer to remove all the infected skin.  I ended up not eating any food from 8:30 Sunday night until 6:30 Monday night.  I was worried about my food while I was there, but before I even got into my room I contacted Bev and she helped me figure out how to relay my dietary needs to the staff at the hospital.  I stuck to everything pretty well despite the circumstances.  I am nervous about weigh in tomorrow.  I truly believe this all was for a reason.   I think the Lord knows me and my body with being a 43 year old diabetic in my condition of health I just believe he knew I needed some extra rest.  Well... I got it.   I'm praying that my doctor's appointment on Tuesday will go well and I'll be released to some form of physical activity.  


I cannot begin to say thank you enough to Rick and Tina for letting me continue to be a part of this program despite such a large setback.  I do know that this time away will for sure give me a big change in perspective for the remaining weeks.  I plan to make the most of the time I have left and live in the present as I was created to do an cherish this time with my teammates and coaches.  Love you all can't wait to see you tomorrow!!!!



This week's weigh in was a little disappointing at 1.4 lbs. but a loss is a loss and I'll be grateful no matter what.  I'll be tweaking my menu a bit to shoot for some extra protein and less carbs. I'm hoping to make it to a double digit loss this week which I know is a stretch, but maybe some extra love will push me a little further this week.  


I really enjoy extra love, I think I might try and make for the rest of the season.  It's a better warm up than walking.  Yesterday's workout with Cici was MURDER!!!  And then to top it all off we had to do a 2 MINUTE WALL SIT!!!!! And if anyone dropped or stood up we all had to do it again.  Until that point I had not even made it one whole minute.  As soon as she said it my mind said NO FREAKIN WAY!!! Cici immediately saw it on my face and called me out that I needed to get out of my head because it was all in my head and my head was telling me I wasn't going to do it.  But like my father always told me Can't Never Did Nothin'!  So Scotty switched places with someone so he could be next to me and cheer me on which was super thoughtful and helpful.  We started and I was fine for about 30-45 seconds, then it started to get hard.  Cici said we still had 1 minute to go and my heart sank, I thought I was doing so well but I felt as if there was no way to finish.  My arms started to shake profusely and Tina came over to let my hands rest on hers to make it just a slight bit easier for me to finish.  I felt like Moses when they held his arms up so the sun would not set and the army could stay in daylight to win the war.  And in the end I made it the whole 2 MINUTES!!!!  I couldn't believe it.  I fell to the floor and we only had to do one wall sit.  Thank Jesus!  Cici made her point big time for me in that moment.  We HAVE to push ourselves to out limits to see gains in fitness and loss in weight.  Thank you thank you thank you Cici for pushing and never giving up on us and never letting us give up on ourselves.


My little victories for this week include buying a new pair of jeans not size 48, but size 44!!!  I haven't worn a 44 in at least 20 years.  I also put on a belt the I could not wear 2 weeks and I had to go to the second hole!  At this point in the season I am just feeling very grateful.  Seeing the commitment of all the trainers and all of the teams is just so inspiring!



Last night was weigh in and I really didn't think I was going to lose 7lbs.  I'm so happy to be in the 360's which sounds kind of dumb when you write it out, but nevertheless I haven't been here in at least a decade.  I was very proud of myself for coming in twice yesterday and working out.  Shout out to Cici for helping find an awesome setting on the elliptical.  Nothing better than some Dubstep and high intensity elliptical cardio.  I was so amped up after that workout.  I still cannot get over how great I feel already after 5 weeks.  Even my wife was impressed as she noticed some added hardness and definition in my bicep the other day.  

I just want to take the time to call out my teammates.  April, your smile is infectious and really helps me make it through those grueling times where I can't even seem to breathe but you are over there smiling away.  I believe you've been given a gift to realize how finite this world can be but that you can make it through every day with grace and class. Rob, you always have me in stitches, You have really stood beside me from the beginning and always encouraged me.  Katie, you have been so uplifting to all of us.  When we're at our last bit you always encourage us to stay strong and make it to the end of the set.  Your posts are awesome and you set such a great example in planning and following through especially in regards to meal planning.  Anthony, your drive and determination are a benchmark for us all.  Seeing you get stronger and push yourself to the limit just brings me so much hope and an example of what to keep striving for.  We were all just commenting on our group chat about how far we've come and how close we've already gotten in only 5 weeks.  I'm truly looking forward to being apart of your lives for a lifetime hopefully.  Because we're doing this together and together we stand strong.  

I only have one fear and that is going back.  We've heard the stories over and over of how so many have gone back, so I'm trying real hard to be present and mindful that this is a lifestyle and a marathon, not a race or a diet.  Lord willing we'll all make it to our goals and keep it off for life.  I try to look at it like a blessing.  Our bodies physically show us we are unhealthy and that we need to be on track.  Some people can't even gain a pound, but we can see where we are and how far we have to go.  So again I saw thank you all for everything you do for us!





Today's workout was 10 different stations for one minute each and I loved it!  My biggest take away today was Cici's testimony.  She is the utter picture of hard work and determination.  Her story is filled with suffering, but it is filled even more with love and redemption.  The same love and redemption given to us contestants and alumni.  I was so moved by her story, it just fuels me to try harder and harder and to push my self further than before, but not all the way to the Time Out chair Mama T.  I cannot thank Cici enough for lowering her guard and being vulnerable enough to share some very huge struggles in her life.  She is a true picture of God's love and redeeming grace.  Thanks for always being there to push us to places we never thought we could go.


I also got great news today as I am officially off all my blood pressure and diabetes medicines bar half a dose of one minor medication.  God is so good!  I haven't taken the medicine in a couple weeks already and judging by all of the self monitoring I've been doing the doctor agreed that I should refrain from the medicine as long as I maintain the weigh loss and physical activity.  Thanks Rick and Tina for this opportunity to reverse a big issue in my life.  Many great things will come from this but a huge benefit is all the heart ache and pain I'll be keeping my family from.  


I was also extremely encouraged by Jeremy Sessions goal weight photo.  I don't know the exact number but close to 140 lbs. down in 14-15 months.  So inspiring!!  I can't wait to reach my goal hopefully by early next year-ish.  I would love to weigh 260-270lbs.  That's a little over another 100lbs. from where I am now, I'm sure it's doable.  I was there once and there's no reason I can't get back there especially with all the love and support of my FWSW forever family!




This week has been great so far!  My ankle is feeling much better without running this week, I have also really enjoyed the EJ bike and med ball workout as well as the extra time in the pool.  I had NO idea you could do so much work in zero gravity!  My weight loss was second highest this week and our team is in first place as well.  It's really been a great week.  Staying steady with my food seems to be working good as well.  I feel better than I have maybe ever already.  I"m sure it's just been too many years since I felt good so I don't even have an idea of what it's like. All week I've been wearing clothes that have always been too small for me to wear, I can't say what a great feeling it is.  I pray I can keep this up for the rest of my life.  I just want to be here for my wife and my children and my Savior.  I'm just going to keep moving forward no matter what the scale says.  I will give all I can and dial it back some so Mama T doesn't put me in the time out chair.  After hearing all the Alumni speak about their journeys down this road and some back to where they were, it is my fervent prayer that this WILL become my life style and that I may even be able to spur on and encourage those around me to a better life.


My biggest prayer of thanks this week, though, is my wife, Amy.  I know it's been hard to watch me deteriorate for the last 2 decades.  You've watched me get diabetes and start down the same path that others have taken before me, but you have always stuck by me.  You have chosen to get up everyday and forsake all others for ME!  I have not been the best version of myself.  I dedicate this all to you so that we can live out the rest of our lives together without so many trials that would have certainly come had my course not been changed.  I love you so much, thank you!




So far this week is much better than last week.  My arthritis has been worse at times, but manageable thus far. I pray it continues to at least be manageable enough to take the beating of the hundred and some miles that will have to be walked/jogged/ ran in the next few months.  It is really my only fear of this program.  Although Rose was so nice to introduce me to Wes from season 8 who has it as well in the ankles, and said that he completed the half marathon so that gave me a little hope.  My shoes came in today, so hopefully they fit well.  I will also be going to the Podiatrist next week so maybe there will be some other courses of action that might give me a slight bit of relief.  Also my glucose levels have been outstanding as well as my blood pressure, so I am also excited to see my doctor next week as well to find out about lowering some of my dosages.  I pray that some of the neuropathy will start to do better as well.  Spin class was a good time with Mari, but because of my weight and ankle issues the bike was extremely hard for me to ride as well as I was already saddle sore from riding last weekend with the newest bike rider in our family, Caroline who has been on that thing non-stop since she learned to ride without her training wheels a couple weeks ago.  I have been amazed that I have not been very hungry or craved much since the beginning.  Also I have had little problem being around the food as well.  I made a conscious decision to just be fine with whatever is around me because it will always be around.  So if they want pizza, I'll be happy to pick it up and take it home and eat my veggie egg white omelette.  I choose to not let it be an issue, and I can only attribute this to a gift from God.  Also another gift is not being able to smell.  I heard from others how hard it is to smell things everywhere and not crave it.  Plus they say it is the sense most closely related to memory so I don't have to mull over the fact that I can't eat that delicious bacon I smell, because I don't even know it's there.  I thank God for this.  All in all I am so impressed and thankful for everyone who gives to this program so selflessly.  Hundreds and hundreds of hours given to me at no expense.  I praise Jesus for all of you.




Day 10

Today was pool day!  I love pool day, it is a very intense workout, but different and it really keeps the pressure off my ankles.  I feel stronger everyday, and am so much less sore than last week.  Last night was the walk at Spiece and I had a great time walking and catching up with my teammate April.  She is such a strong woman and has been though so much, thank you so much for your inspiring stories.  They were very uplifting for me.  In a nutshell we both looked back at our paths through life up till now and truly saw God's mighty hand guiding and leading, and nudging us in the directions that take us to who we are today.  I am just still so grateful for this experience, and I will never stop saying it.  Thank you Tina for having my back and keeping me safe.  One of this program's biggest strengths is the humility and compassion of the trainers in always striving to create a safe place to push yourself but not to a place of hurt and torment, but to a place where you can work hard and see results at your own pace.  Thank you for calling us out with love when we need it and having our back always and forever!




Day 8

Last night was amazing!!!!  We all did so well!  Largest loss in Smallest Winner History!!!!!  Between us 25 and the 9 Alumni we lost almost 300lbs. in 1WEEK!!!  I must say that God is so good and He has definitely brought me thus far.  I literally feel the hundreds of prayers raised for me in His name.  I can say I've barely felt hungry.  I have NO desire to drink pop, have fast food, or any other unhealthy craving.  That for me, is a HUGE blessing!  I've played so many stupid mental games with food for so many years.  A few years ago I was going to try out for the Biggest Loser and I'm so glad I didn't and got to be a part of this program.  I truly believe this is the best weight loss program on the planet.  The encouragement and accountability is OUT OF THIS WORLD!  There is no other path than to be the man I"m supposed to have always been and it is in community that I believe this is possible.  This community reinforces everything Jesus taught.  My entire outlook is changing.  I was so broken and down on myself, and you all just took it away with love, positivity, and a model of what it looks like to be driven.  Again I can't thank you all enough for the encouragement, hopefully I can repay it in the future.




Today marks day 7!  First real weigh-in.  I am excited to see the results of week 1's efforts.  It was a long hard week, but it is amazing how much better I already feel.  My clothes are already slightly looser which is encouraging!  Speaking of encouragement, I have felt SO encouraged by every single person involved in this program.  The love poured out on FB has also given me so much hope and support.  Every time I think I want to eat something unhealthy or not go workout I remember ALL the people that are praying and watching my journey with so much enthusiasm.  This is what I have been praying for, for a very long time.  This accountability and encouragement will be they lynch pin to my success.  Food is still hard to plan for as I still don't have a lot of recipes that I like under my belt.  I can tell you what I'd eat at every fast food restaurant but still have lots to learn about healthy eating and what types of foods I like and can continue to eat with success.  That's what nutrition class is for and I am looking forward to all of that support as well.  Finger crossed for weigh-in tonight, Thanks for following my journey!



Today was workout 2!  They said yesterday was the hardest and I don't think they were correct.  I have been so encouraged by my team and all the trainers and nutritionists!  It's really amazing to me how much the accountability truly means to me.  I think it might be the one thing that keeps me on this journey.  Every time I'm hungry or I want to give up I think of the hundreds of people on FB and all of my teammates and especially Rick, Tina and all the trainers and nutritionists who give to freely and unselfishly.  THAT is what motivates me!  So thank you thank you thank you for all of your encouragement it truly means the world to me that so many are praying for and pulling for me.  I literally feel your prayers holding me together and lifting me up.  We had to do lots of arm circles today and all I could think of was how they had to hold Moses' arms up so that the daylight would stay and they would win the battle.



Tonight starts the journey!!! I'm so excited to see what the next 15 weeks bring! I've made a commitment to myself to do everything possible to rely on God for every step in this personal competition. My goal is to stay focused and have nothing but a positive attitude towards everyone and everything. Weigh-in was sobering. We clapped for each person and then at the end Rick screamed out "AND THIS IS THE MOST YOU WILL EVER WEIGH AGAIN IN YOUR LIFE". That is a huge statement, and it gives me SO MUCH HOPE! This is the first day of the rest of my life as Matt Maher says and so I plan to make it that. A line is drawn in the sand and I never plan to be back here again!