This blog post is dedicated to my buddy Peter Ajello (formerly a.k.a. Fat Pete or The Funny Fat Guy now known as The Weight Loss King of South Florida). There’s many things I could say about him but, since this is a shorter post, I’ll keep the list to a minimum (okay, I’ll try). Not only have I known him since Pope John Paul II High School (where he was one of two freshmen to make the varsity football team), after we reconnected on facebook nearly 19 years later, he has become a great friend. Pete’s life from around age 13 to now is one hell of an amazing story. So amazing that Pete and I are co-authoring a book entitled Mind Over Body that details his incredible (and sometimes shocking) life encounters with food, drugs, and much more. Pete is a guy who, against all odds and with the help of family and friends, survived a diabetic stroke, got clean, ended up on The Doctors Show on CBS, trains with Kari Williams (a dedicated trainer with a no nonsense approach), receives nutritional advice from Pascal Durand (yep, former Mr. Paris in body building 1991), has been mentored by Peter Tunney (a famous artist and one of Pete’s best friends), met President Obama, had a skin removal surgery donated by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Pozner (of Boca Raton, Fl), and has been written about in over 3,000 newspaper and magazine articles worldwide (take your pick). Most importantly, Pete inspires others to live healthy lives by eating well and exercising. Yeah, you think that’s something? Pete, at his heaviest, weighed nearly 425 lbs. and was determined to shed the excess fat (not through gastric bypass surgery or stomach staples) but by putting his mind over his body. Literally. Basically, stepping it up, taking his life back, and kicking some metabolic ass in the process. The fact that a $17,000 bet from his best friends helped to jump start the weight loss was incredible as well (and the reality that Pete bet on himself and WON is freaking awesome). Pete ended up shedding 200 lbs. in 16 months! He wants everyone out there who’s struggling to lose weight to just do it! Pete wants you to know that you can reverse diabetes (like he did), you can restore your self-esteem, get healthy, and live the life you deserve to live! In the upcoming months, check bookshelves for Mind Over Body and, in the meantime, take a look at his website http://www.peterajello.com/. Pete, here’s to you! Mind Over Body, baby!