– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Like many modern film geeks, I was personally heavily influenced by the likes of Kevin Smith. His early films were a massive part of my film education back in high school, and while I tend to enjoy his commentary on film and geek news more than his actual movies, that doesn’t change just how influential he was to me. I’m sure this applies to many of you readers as well.

It’s with that in mind that it came as quite the shock when it was revealed that he’d suffered a massive heart attack following a recording of one of his specials. It was especially shocking since he had very publicly been losing weight over the past few years prior to the heart attack. Luckily, Smith survived and has since gone on to overhaul his lifestyle, switching to a vegan diet out of necessity.

If you’ve been watching his podcasts, you’ll have noticed him losing weight on a weekly basis. Now, in a new selfie released, Smith shared a huge milestone:

“Visited the @destinationxl I’ve been going to for over a decade. Since I’ve lost weight, I was looking to get some new jeans. But I was shocked and delighted to hear “We’re a specialty store. We don’t carry jeans that small.” I nearly cried. I’ve lost too much weight to buy jeans at a Big & Tall store! And let’s face it: tall was never my issueI!This @weightwatchers Ambassador was so happy, he bought a few suit jackets to celebrate! Feeling fitter, not bitter! #KevinSmith #wwambassador #weightwatchers #newclothes #freestyleeffect”

I’m not sure just how much weight he’s lost since his heart attack, though it could very well be approaching 50 or so pounds, as the last I heard a few weeks back, it had been around 33 or so pounds. This is no small feat, as anyone who’s tried to lose weight will tell you.

Keep it up, Smith!

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SOURCE: Kevin Smith

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.