Fitness Transformation During Quarantine Inspires Twitterverse

Chicago-based Realtor Greg Bloomer (via Instagram)

So, what did you do during these past months of coronavirus lockdown?

Chicago Realtor Greg Bloomer rocked social media recently by sharing his inspiring fitness transformation over the past three months.

On his Instagram account,  he shared that he realized he was becoming depressed during the first month of lockdown and began to gain weight.

So, he decided to make some changes for himself. In addition to following a keto diet (low carb), he’s been pumping out more than 45 minutes of cardio 4-5 times a week.

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So I wasn’t going to post this on Instagram, because… well yeah (sorry grandma), but after the overwhelming reaction on Twitter and the article on @queerty I have decided to share. It’s been 90 days since I decided to make a big change in my life. A month into quarantine I was depressed and gaining weight which scared the hell out of me. I had always wanted to lose weight, and was actually working out about 3-5 times a week before quarantine which helped my health greatly, but I wasn’t shedding lbs. I decided to give a keto (very low carb) diet a chance, and the results have been almost unbelievably quick. I am also doing 45+ minutes of cardio 4+ times week. It’s not easy, but seeing the change has been extremely motivating for me. I don’t hate the attention either…. I feel better than I have in possibly my entire life, and am proud to post this picture. Being overweight (which I still am) is always difficult as it’s been so stigmatized, especially in the gay community. There is no right body type — whatever makes you happy, and has you feeling good, is the right answer for you. If someone doesn’t like it, they can choke. I’m excited to see what happens in the next 90 days! Sorry in advance for being a thot on the internet.

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Acknowledging the effort hasn’t been easy, Bloomer says the results kept him motivated. And an added bonus: “I don’t hate the attention either.”

The 29-year-old adds that he feels “better than I have in possibly my entire life.”

Bloomer also shares that he’s struggled with the way he looks for some time because being overweight is “so stigmatized, especially in the gay community.”

He underscores in his message that he believes “there is no right body type – whatever makes you happy, and has you feeling good, is the right answer for you.”

He closes his post saying he’s excited for his next 90 days of progress and ‘apologizes’ for “being a thot on the internet.”

On Twitter, he shared the before/after pics saying he hesitated posting them because he’s still “not totally comfortable” in his own skin, BUT he deservedly felt a bit of pride in hitting the 90-day mark of his current fitness journey, “So idgaf.”

The Twitterverse, by the way, is totally comfortable with Bloomer sharing his journey.

He may not have seen it, but I think Bloomer was already pretty woofy. He was totally rocking the furry goodness. He also gets bonus points for sharing his adorbs Corgi, Bisquit, with the InstaVerse.

Props to Bloomer for making changes that empower him and for sharing the inspiring journey with others.

Check out more from his Instagram below.

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Almost fell off of my bike trying to take this 🤗

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I’m hungry for attention. #Help

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News Round-Up: January 21, 2020

Joss Mooney and Rogan O’Connor

Some news items you might have missed:

Chippendales: MTV’s “The Challenge” hottest dynamic duo and reality star heartthrobs, Joss Mooney and Rogan O’Connor (aka JOGAN) will join the world-famous Chippendales as celebrity guest hosts for four shows only, January 24 and 25 (8:30 pm and 10:30 pm) at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

New York Times: The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is underway, and it’s pretty much what I expected. Check-in with the New York Times for the lowdown on today’s developments including the Senate Republicans blocking subpoenas for new evidence.

OUT: Katie Sowers, who is an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, will make history when she steps on the field. Having been with the 49ers for just two seasons, she will become the first female, and the first openly LGBTQ+ assistant coach to work at the event

The Gaily Grind: Vice President Mike Pence called on all Americans to remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr. “in these divided times” while attending a church where an anti-LGBTQ bishop claimed that homosexuality is caused by “a demonic spirit” and is wrong because of “plumbing.”

Davey Wavey: It seems porn star Diego Sans finds kissing even more intimate than having sex (I can understand that) and so sex-positive DW offers some tips on the art and intimacy of kissing. Note – NSFW language.

HRC: The Human Rights Campaign has released its 2020 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report that measures how effectively America’s leading companies include and protect their LGBTQ employees and this year’s results show a record-high 686 businesses and law firms earned a perfect 100 on HRC’s scoring system.

Self-Improvement: Singer Calum Scott shared pics of his progress to get fit in 2020 and it’s pretty impressive. Good on him – slow and steady wins the race.

Britney Spears’ Woofy Boyfriend Shares How He Lost 100 Pounds

Fitness model Sam Asghari (image via Instagram)

Sam Asghari, Britney Spears’ main squeeze, recently revealed that he wasn’t always the woofy, muscle hound he is today. He also shared how he was able to lose 100 pounds in becoming the fit beast he’s become.

In a recent profile in Men’s Health, the 24-year-old said he began to gain weight after being cut from his college football team. He eventually tipped the scales at an eye-popping 290 pounds.

“I was eating Doritos for breakfast, fast food, sugar, candy, no protein, a lot of carbs, and drinking sugary sodas,”Asghari shared. “My nutrition was extremely horrible. The stress and the fear of not going anywhere [in life] combined gave me my depression.”

After six months of seriously bad nutrition and not working out, Asghari committed to making changes in his life.

“I could either continue going through the same thing or I could give it another 100 percent,” he said. “I didn’t want to have to deal with that depression and disappointment anymore. I had to restart.”

Working three jobs was proving to be a deterrent to better health and fitness as well. Asghari quit two jobs and made fitness his primary job.

Along the way, he did swing a bit past center in the obsessive department: measuring his body fat percentage daily and limiting his calorie intake to 1,500.

In only six months, he was 100 pounds lighter, and had reached a stunning 9% body fat.

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With all the changes in his health and appearance came high-profile gigs with A-list artists including his appearance in the Fifth Harmony video, “Work.”

Shortly thereafter he was cast in Britney’s “Slumber Party” video.

Hello + chemistry = couple-hood.

Now, Asghari shares his fitness regime with Brit via Instagram.

“The exercises, I come up with them, but the videos are because of my better half. She’s the video director,” he said. “It’s a very fun thing, and I look back at them and smile. Working out together is always nice and we try to do it a couple times. It’s super healthy, mentally and physically. It takes your mind off of everything else.”

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News Round-Up: April 19, 2018

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Some news items you might have missed:

• Sometimes it’s a good idea to look back – as fitness athlete Pierre Vuala (above) makes abundantly clear. #TBT

• The woman who launched a homophobic attack on two female soldiers is now banned from the restaurant where the incident took place, and she’s lost her part-time gig teaching at a local college.

• This gay Canadian man thought losing 70 pounds would bring him joy. Turns out, not so much.

• The cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Boys In The Band donned pink triangle t-shirts in honor of The AIDS Memorial.

• The first Quinnipiac University poll for this year’s race for Sen. Ted Cruz’s seat in the U.S. Senate is in a statistical dead heat with Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), his Democratic challenger, only 3 points behind Cruz 47%/44%. O’Rourke has raised $6.7 million compared to Cruz’s $3.2 million in campaign donations.

• Lobbyists at the anti-LGBT organizations the Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council were secretly involved in drafting the Trump administration’s policy banning transgender military service members. And now those same folks are hopping mad because their communications have been subpoenaed which could reveal to the world their hateful statements.

• Fraternity brothers at a joint-hosted Phi Gamma Delta and Kappa Sigma Xi-Lambda off-campus party last Friday broke the leg of a gay man in an alleged homophobic attack. Watch the report below.