Another thing was drinking at least 100 ounces of water a day. I’ve never been much of a water drinker, but now I am beats water. like, boomi drink 34 oz –glug, glug, glug. You just have to retrain your body and if you can do that it’s not that bad. I can still drink. I have my little glass full for a little vodka and it’s good.
So it was just a lifestyle change, and when you get to that first weigh-in, you’re like, “Wait, I can’t believe it.” Once you see results, that’s all you need. That’s what really got me. To this day, I am the man who carries the scale with me everywhere. If I’m over 210, I’ll pull back. If it’s under 210, I’ll have a cheeseburger. If it’s 205, I’ll have a cheeseburger and pizza. If it’s 215, I’ll be on a strict diet for a few days. Once you get there and maintain it, you’re good to go. You just have to know where you are.
Right, so it sounds like you’re not nearly as restrictive as you were at first.
For the first few months I was very wrapped up in it. But we’re human, you know what I mean? You can’t fucking live like this forever. The start was like going cold turkey, no pun intended – because I would have liked some cold turkey at the time. But you really just have to focus and I’m still very motivated. Once I’m in it, you can’t get me out of it. I still carry a scale to measure ounces of meat because if it says make eight, I make eight. I don’t score 8.5 or 7 – whatever. That is all.
And when you lost the weight, you had this big comeback moment Dynamite.
Well, I couldn’t wrestle for a few months [after the blood clots]. I was still on the show doing commentary and backstage, but no one saw me with my shirt off. So when I was able to wrestle again, people saw a big transformation. And it’s all about the debut [new wrestling faction] Jericho Appreciation Society, so it was really a reinvention.
And I was smart about it because I didn’t go online and post things like, “I’m working on my diet!” with a mirror image. I said, “I’m just going to do it all, and when the time is right, people will notice.” And when is the time was right, it was like, “Holy shit, what did you do?” I think to myself, “I’ve been doing this all the time. I just didn’t post thirst trap pictures to get a pat on the back. I just went, boom– maybe it’s a completely new guy.
What was the overwhelming response like?
It was a great feeling, man, it really was. You know, my matches never suffered, but I could feel the difference. Imagine having to wrestle or box or ride a bike with a 30 pound weight belt wrapped around you. Then you take it off and it’s like holy shit. It was a completely new thing. And look, I have a pretty thick skin, but it was kind of comforting when you read “Oh, Jericho’s Fat” and all that. People are pretty cruel. But here’s the best part: when I lost all the weight, it wasn’t like, “Oh, wow, Jericho’s not fat.” It was like, “Oh, he went and got it ab implants! It is what did he do!”