Joe’s Journal: Day 46 – Joe or Forrest Gump?

By: Joe Cross

As much as I was still enjoying the processes of both Rebooting and making a movie, I had also started to feel a little bit like Forrest Gump making his way across the country, telling his story to all who would listen – on park benches, in laundromats, in parking lots, coffee shops, on street corners, in gun shops. I had gone from being a guy who’d spent the last nine or so years trying to conceal the fact that he had a chronic illness, trying to cover up his expanding belly by wearing loose-fitting shirts that resembled tents, to stopping random strangers to tell them about my urticaria and show them pictures of myself at my fattest. My grandmother, rest her soul, would have been pleased that the Catholic in me, needing to confess, was finding a lot of listeners.

There was something liberating about sharing my story. My progress felt real, and the look on everyone’s face when I showed them what I looked like 46 days ago was priceless.

Have you been following my past journal entries? Make sure you catch up here.  I’m sharing these thoughts with you as part of the 2nd Anniversary celebration of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead so I hope you are either able to relate or be inspired by my journal entries. Don’t miss out on the other pieces to this celebration:
Win a Breville Juicer
Be Someone’s Joe and nominate your loved one to attend Camp Reboot. 

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Joe Cross

More than 20 million people around the world watched Joe Cross juice his way across America, losing 100 pounds and getting off medication in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The film ignited a juicing movement. Viewers around the world have been inspired to start juicing, lose weight and get healthy - and as a result of the film over 370 million glasses of fresh juice have been consumed, 370,000 tons of fruit and vegetables consumed, more than 24.8 million pounds of weight lost, and over 220,000 people are now medication free. Joe's second film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 was released in November 2014. Through his journey and the lives of the people he meets throughout the film Joe shares all that he's learned about how to stay healthy in an unhealthy world, revealing that most of us really do have more control over of our health than we think - and that none of us are perfect, especially Joe himself! His book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, hit the New York Times' best seller list in March 2014, and the companion guide The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook launched that summer.

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