Around six months ago, filmmaker, podcaster, and all-around geek Kevin Smith was rushed the hospital in the middle of taping of a comedy special (well, technically it was between two separate shows that were to be used for said comedy special), and it was revealed that he had suffered a massive heart attack. Luckily for Smith (and us fans), he underwent successful surgery, and in the months since then, he’s been giving period updates to his health.
Now, on Sunday, he posted a new set of images on Instagram showing his overall progress, along with the reveal that he’s officially lost 51 days since that dark knight that sent him to the hospital. Here’s what Smith had to say on the social media site:
“This @weightwatchers Ambassador is thrilled to announce that I’VE LOST 51 POUNDS! Six months ago from right now, I was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack I’d had the night before. When I went to my Doctor a week later, she told me “The best thing you can do for yourself now is to lose 50 pounds.” Half a year later, I can report that I followed Doctor’s orders: I started at 256 and now I weigh 205. This is the lightest I’ve been since high school! My hope now is I can slowly lose another 10 with #weightwatchers and get down to my birth weight of 195! But for now, I’m ecstatic to have reached this chunky milestone! I wanna thank #pennjillette for his book #presto, @raycronise for getting me started with his potato famine, and the good folks at #weightwatchers for their app-based program that made it easy to keep track of and control my eating! And I also wanna thank my kid @harleyquinnsmith — the little vegan astronaut who explored this meatless/milkless galaxy ahead of me, leading by example. Since I never wanted to see the inside of a hospital ever again, I simply copied the Kid. So this wasn’t a diet: these results came from a total lifestyle change of eating solely plant-based foods (which is tough because I hate vegetables). But mostly, I wanna thank all of you as well — for the kind and encouraging words along the way. Never underestimate the power of positive feedback: you folks telling me I looked better or healthier helped me stick with it. An encouraging word can really make a difference in someone’s life and your compliments kept me going! And just look where I went! #KevinSmith #WWambassador #WWFreestyle #WWFamily #WWBros #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #WWCommunity #ad *People following the Weight Watchers program can expect to lose 1-2lbs per week.”
As someone who’s been a fan of Smith’s for many years, I can’t help but find this incredibly inspirational. Smith was more of a “heavy and proud” type in the ’90s and early-2000s, but in recent years, he’s gotten on more and more of a health kick as he’s gotten older. Given that he’d already lost a great deal of weight leading up to his heart attack, it was disheartening to hear of his heart attack, especially when he’d already gone through all that work of staying healthy.
Now, seeing him come on the other end, it’s pretty rewarding. What do you think of his transformation? Let us know down below!
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