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Episode 2.12- " Sam"

You know that I like Sam Worthley because she told me she doesn't like lasagna and I continued the conversation. She's a dental hygienist from South Dakota who lived in Alaska for a year, lost 70 lbs, and spends most of her days surrounded by gigantic dogs. She opened up to me about the frustration and heartbreak of infertility, and inspired me with her determination to stay positive and productive. I also had a special guest drop by to announce our Bariatric Pal Subscription Box Contest!...


Episode 2.11- " The Middle Bits"

Shelley Swann checks a lot of boxes: lost 120 lbs, survived an abusive relationship, had a complicated situation with her family, and has a hard time understanding her relationship with food. But, regardless of the boxes she may check, Shelley doesn't fit inside of a box at all. She is a strong, independent, HYSTERICAL woman with a kick ass Australian accent who is in the process of launching "The Middle Bits", a platform for women in the middle part of their lives to connect and provide...


Episode 2.10 - "A Very Special Halloween"

Join me and special guest Michael Buckley of Buckley Body Solutions as we dissect the most decadent day of the year. We discuss the absurdity of sending our children out to panhandle in our neighborhoods, the truth about those candy poisonings, how Hocus Pocus is overrated (fight me), and those costumes in a box that cut the sh*t out of your face. Michael gives his "Tricks for Treats" for getting through the true horror of Halloween: the candy. This episode is brought to you by...


Episode 2.9 - "BariatricPal"

Alex Brecher is the CEO and founder of BariatricPal, the world's largest weight loss surgery forum. He has also had bariatric surgery. Three times. Yep. He started Bariatric Pal because he didn't feel he had the support he needed online or off. Years later, the small forums he created have spawned a giant, AMAZING online store at, and a Hospital dedicated solely to Bariatric and Plastic Surgery. Also, he's just a cool guy with a great story. BariatricPal is The...


Episode 2.8 - " Don't Ring the Bell"

Wesley McCoy used to weigh over 400 lbs. Now he competes in triathlons. His weight loss journey has been full of meal preparation and self-realization. Somewhere in the middle of his dramatic weight loss, he managed to become one of Weight Watcher's Connect's most visible posters,to help create the #wwbros, and to train for and compete in TRIATHLONS. Wesley is a straight shooting, down to Earth, all around good dude. He has some great stories about the early days of Connect and Weight...


Episode 2.7 - "Swallow the Noodles"

Mathew Harrington, a 31 year old American transplant, found himself on the floor of his apartment in China, unable to move. He screamed until his throat bled, and a neighbor finally came to his rescue. This wasn't even close to the beginning, or the end, of his story. Back in states and determined to meet the weight loss requirements in order to have bariatric surgery, Mathew is fighting for his life, and he's kicking ass. If you enjoy this or other episodes of The Lighter Side, please...


Episode 2.6 - "Basta Pasta"

How did Capicolla come to be called Gabagool? Teresa Troiani and I come no closer to solving this mystery, but we do manage to compare notes on our respective hectic Italian upbringings, get real deep about our brushes with addiction, and celebrate her big ol' weight loss success story. Her instagram name is @BastaPasta Go forth and follow her to follow her continuing journey. If you enjoy this and other episodes of The Lighter Side Podcast, please consider subscribing to our Patreon at...


Episode 2.5 - "The Dad"

The first time J. Matthew Nespoli ever took an opioid, he took it from a drug balloon that his girlfriend had smuggled across the border. In her body. Years later, he kicked his opioid habit by taking an obscure hallucinogenic he heard about on a podcast. All of J. Matthew Nespoli's stories are like this. Somewhere along the line he has managed to build and sell a successful physical therapy business, write two books (including "Daddy vs. the Suck Monster" available on Kindle Unlimited),...


Episode 2.4 - " Dana Rae"

Dana Rae Gutierrez is likely the coolest grandmother you have ever met. She has lived through addiction, abuse, depression, and extreme health issues, and has somehow managed to come out the other side even stronger. She's lost a bunch of weight, but that's probably about the least interesting thing about her. If you love the Lighter Side Podcast, please consider contributing to our patreion at :


Episode 2.3 - "American Drug Addict"

Brett Douglas wrote one of the most raw and unflinching drug memoirs I've ever read. His stories are as brutally insane as you would imagine, but what really made his memoir stand out among the rest for me was his relentless self-awareness and biting insightfulness into his own psyche. He brought that insight, as well as his over 2 years of sobriety, with him when he did me the honor of shooting the shit with me for 90 minutes. We get into the craziness, the sobriety, the infuriating nature...


Episode 2.2 - "Keto Kate"

Kate Jaramillo aka "Keto Kate" is the founder and owner of KetogenicLiving101, a website and lifestyle focused around the increasingly popular Keto Diet. Kate talked to me about the diet, its origins, and its somewhat cultish following. Kate answers all of the most common questions about the diet (is it sustainable? is it Atkins? is there such a thing as too much bacon?), discusses children's nutrition, and manages to achieve the seemingly impossible goal of being a Keto Dietician without...


Episode 2.1 - "Mudhustler"

Jonathan Giordano, aka Mudhustler, was an unassuming, socially-anxious, overweight owner of a concrete company in Massachusetts when he began posting his recipes on social media. Before he knew it, he was chatting with Oprah and quickly becoming one of the most recognized names in weight loss. His Big Ass Waffles and Bird Balls showed thousands of people, like yours truly, that you can eat like a fat kid and still lose weight. His positive attitude and transformation from a shy, reserved...


26 - "Bionic Bitch" feat. Jenny Bee

Jenny Bee returns for another bullshitting session. We talk about racism. We talk about addiction. We talk about how much weight we've both lost since having surgery, and how our lives have dramatically changed. But most of all, it's just a good, old-fashioned Jenny and Jay mess around. Sponsored by Comprehensive Cranium Care ( and Digital Effex ( Special thanks to


25 - "Bagetti"

For the 25th episode of The Lighter Side, I decided to take on my most difficult subject yet. She has gone from 4 lbs, 8 oz to 43 lbs in almost 6 years, and refuses to listen to anything I say to her. Of all the transformations I’ve had on this show, this one is the most brutal. Because it feels like it happened over night, and I’ve seen the whole thing first hand. Please join me and my daughter as we discuss such topics as why JoJo Siwa is trash, who sings the better lullabies at night,...


24 - "Douggles"

15 or so years ago, Doug Orleski and I sang and danced for a living. We haven't really spoken since, and 2 wives, four kids, 5 or 6 careers, and about 150 lbs has gone by. Now, Doug is a successful graphic designer and the owner and operator of RVA Coffee Stain, a custom art company, where he creates unique and charming prints, MANY of which have to do with food. (subconscious much?) Doug is fresh off of a 55 lb weight loss, and we talk about everything from how he dramatically changed his...


23 - "Assels"

It’s not every day you get to talk to a self-indentified “basic bitch”, who covets Pumpkin Spice Lattes by day, and is the head of a Burlesque Troupe by night. Skylar Hansford is full of these contradictions, and that’s what makes her so completely bad ass. She’s the mother of a 2 year old, a pinup girl, a former addict, a survivor of abuse, and a diehard fan of Law and Order SVU. Join us as we talk about her post-baby weight loss, her affinity for baristas, and how she has worked...


22 - "Lamb Shank"

Joe Arcabascio returns to the podcast after his thrilling performance in Episode 2. We talk about what it’s like to be on maintenance, intermittent fasting, stealing porn from video stores, and, of course, Taylor Swift. Sponsored by Comprehensive Cranium Care ( and Digital Effex ( Follow the show’s instagram at


21- "Whoop Whoop"

When the conversation starts with, " I was raised in the circus", you know it's going to be good. Stacy Earl's experience living a circus did not end when the big top came down. As a recovering addict, her journey has been wrought with adversity, instability, and, thankfully, recovery. Oh, and she lost a bunch of weight too. Now almost 4 years sober, Stacy talks candidly about her past, and optimistically about her future. Sponsored by Comprehensive Cranium Care ( and...


20 - "Chalk and Cheese"

Liv Walde is, simply put, a true warrior. When chaos and tragedy struck at a young age, Liv turned to something she felt she could control. Her body. Unlike most of the stories I’ve had on the podcast, Liv didn’t overeat for comfort. Instead, she began a years long battle with anorexia. When she was 14 years old, Liv weighed 77 lbs. She was told she would not make it to 16. Today, she is a happy, healthy, intelligent 20 year old. Fully recovered, and working to become an advocate for...


19 - "Homes by Holmes"

Andrew Holmes is kind of an asshole. But, he's working on it. As a certified personal trainer, Andrew uses a tough love approach that is embraced by some, and hated with the fire of ten million suns by others. We discuss why his approach caused one of the biggest Facebook Group riffs in modern history. Andrew fields such questions as, "Why are you the way that you are?" and "How dare you?" We also manage to discuss fitness and nutrition, as well as Andrew's own journey to a healthy...