Those of us who have stayed close to John Maxim over the past year saw how the life events he was dealing with contributed to some major weight gain. I mean he was getting fat, and he had that longer hair. Unfortunately, this photo doesn't do justice to the weight, but he's definitely looking a little ugly here. Regardless, he knew the weight thing was a problem. Sometime in the summer, I think after he had to take his shirt off at a pool party or two he started talking about trying to lose the extra weight he had gained since his divorce. I remember him mentioning, "I turn 30 this year, I've always wanted to be able to say 'I may be 30, but I'm in the best shape of my life' I better start working towards that." Of course in Maxim's regular procrastinating manner he didn't start for a while and it seemed as though he was just going to go for a Chris Farley look. Then in about September he hired a personal trainer and went on this ridiculous "high protein" diet. One time I saw him eat 5 cans of salmon in one day! His new slogan was "30 by 30." Hoping that he could lose 30 pounds by his 30th birthday. (November 19th) I remember him doing very well on his diet and exercise. Losing 30 pounds in two months is hardly healthy, but John didn't care. When John started his diet and exercise he weighed a whopping 226 pounds, that's about 46 over the optimum for his height. His birthday came, and he had lost 22 lbs, a feat I think commendable. John stopped the insane diet but continued working out on his own. Yesterday, he and I went swimming, and weighed ourselves. Even with the holidays and complete lack of canned salmon John weighed in a respectable 196 pounds! Finally reaching his "30 by 30" I think congratulations are in order... however... I see him naked frequently enough that "best shape of his life" is definitely not where he is at, but it's not completely out of reach either.