MASSIVE MONDAY: DAVID STYLE

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    This week felt like a bust because of lots of stress, husband out of town on business trip for five days, and lots of out of control feelings.  I’m dealing with my issues and have so many posts in the works, but for my mental health I chose not to weigh in this morning.  Instead, I’m taking a day off from the scale and just staying on track.  {the scale has some sort of power over me and sometimes it’s just better if I stay away for a weigh in here and there-never two weigh ins in a row, though.}

     

    So instead, I’m highlighting an awesome guy, who obviously kicked butt doing Take Shape for Life.  He has been an inspiration to me and I think he’s just a super cool guy.  He was always handsome, but now he’s glowing with confidence & happiness.  Without further adieu, here’s a bit about David!

    1. Tell a bit about your stats {starting weight, how long you were on the program, how much you lost, where you’re maintaining, how tall you are}

    “I started program 10-1-09. -My Total Weight Loss is 205 pounds from my highest weight of 420 pounds. I am basically in maintenance at this point, but I do utilize the 5&1 if i ever get out of balance and weight starts to come on. I am just so glad to have the valuable tool of 5&1 to keep my weight in check.”

     

    2. What inspired you to get started and make a change?

    “Last year I topped the scales at 420 pounds and was scheduled for Gastric Bypass surgery, but despite my desperation I canceled my surgery just 2 days before I went under the knife. Still ready to find a real solution, a friend introduced me to what I now call the Holy Grail of Weight Loss. With her supporting me as my Health Coach, I started the program and now am no longer a bystander to life, rather I’m a fully engaged and active participant in my own life.”

     

    3. What is the most exciting thing you’ve done since losing weight?

    “I was literally watching my life pass me by and I decided I didn’t want to be a bystander to my own life any longer. I found TSFL at the perfect moment when I was ready for a change and ready to make a commitment. I had so far to go that it seemed impossible. So I decided to make my goal what seemed like the most impossible thing I could ever do as a 420 pound man. I then took out a HUGE permanent marker and wrote on the wall of my house my current weight of 420 pounds and my goal weight of 240 pounds so that I could GO SKYDIVING! Which was just the most liberating and impossible thing I could imagine. So with my commitment literally written on the wall I then marked my daily weigh ins directly on the wall. I took a leap of faith in myself that I could achieve something so tremendous. Now I call it my Trophy Wall after literally leaping from an airplane and skydiving this last September.”

    4. How has becoming more healthy affected your confidence?

    “There were countless social humiliations every day and often felt like every moment. I had to walk down the airplane aisle and watch everyones eyes as they hoped the morbidly obese guy wasn’t going to sit next to them. I had to push the button and ask the flight attendant for a seat belt extender. Once at a high end furniture store I sat on a chair which instantly collapsed making a crashing noise. But there have been many chairs to collapse under my weight. Some bending and some plastic yard chairs shattering.
    I have a video diary I took once after breaking a third toilet seat in someone else’s house inside a 2 month period…I started carrying a variety of assorted toilet seats in the trunk of my car so that I could make the attempt to replace another broken seat without anyone noticing.
    I still have my old size 62″ waist pants that split up the back just before I arrived at an important business dinner downtown. I frantically searched a dozen stores but ultimately missed my meeting and left the city in tears after not being able to find a single pair of pants to fit my body. I was depressed and couldn’t bear living that way or more specifically dying that way any longer.

    After losing the weight, I was offered a promotion at work that I had dreamt about for the last 7 years.
    Before Medifast I had been on 3 dates in my entire life…now its a funny joke that I have had as many as 3 dates in one day. Which has also been an emotional adjustment and makes me all the more grateful that I lost this weight through diet and not through surgery. I feel like I have earned this new life and I know what it takes to keep it.
    I LOVE that my most important responsibility as a health coach is to live an authentic and transparent life. We have a culture at TSFL that allows us the extremely rare opportunity ask ourselves what do we want…what do I really want in life and why do we want it.  For as long as I can remember, I had always believed deep in my heart that someday, somehow, I would be able to use my struggle with obesity to help other people. That dream is now my daily reality as a health coach for the program that saved my life. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing my clients tell me that they are off their medications, sleeping better, have more energy, and the best thing of all is when they tell me they are happier! And so I spread the word in hopes that my story will inspire someone else to take back control of their body and their life.”

     

    5. What is your favorite product for helping keep you fit & healthy?

    “My Scale is probably my favorite tool for staying healthy.  Monitoring is crucial… otherwise it’s way too easy to let my weight creep up. My scale helps hold me accountable.”

     

    Thanks David for your honesty!  You are a definite inspiration to me and your MASSIVE loss is encouraging me {and others} to just keep the faith & not give up.  You look amazing and I am so happy for your achievements!  And, I’m LOVING your trophy wall.  You seriously took visualization to the next level-I LOVE it.  Leave David some love, peeps!

     

COMMENTS

5 Responses to Massive Monday: David Style

  • amber fischer wrote on September 26, 2011 at 11:09 // Reply

    FOR REALS??!!? Go David! I’m so thrilled for you and don’t even know you. Such an inspiration – not just for weight loss, but for life in general. Very, very cool.

    p.s. Karli, you continue to inspire me in so many areas of life. Love you!

  • Briana wrote on September 26, 2011 at 12:03 // Reply

    Love that goal wall! What a great daily reminder!

  • Tara wrote on September 26, 2011 at 1:15 // Reply

    Amazing! So impressed with such a life altering transformation. I can’t wait to show your story to my dad to help him get back on track and see that it really can be done. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Crystal wrote on September 26, 2011 at 1:34 // Reply

    Thank you David and Karli for the inspiration….David your story is amazing and I have never met you but you strike me as always being a pretty amazing guy…

  • Tami Peterson wrote on September 27, 2011 at 3:44 // Reply

    oh,wow! David you are an inspiration! And you have every right to be proud of yourself. You will most likely save many others’ lives during your lifetime through sharing your amazing story.

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