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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Why I Love It

After I got home from church tonight, I turned the TV on the Discovery Channel and found a show called “The 650 Pound Virgin”.  I had seen David Smith on the Today Show one morning last week talking to Matt Lauer.  His story is incredible.

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His weight loss and life transformation began back in 2003.  He had reached rock bottom.  He had been abused, bullied, and ridiculed most of his life.  He even contemplated suicide.  Then he decided to do something about it.

He contacted, Chris Powell, a personal trainer and began a nutrition and exercise program and lost over 400 pounds in 26 months.  All naturally, by sound nutrition and exercise.  No surgery.

I always weep at stories like David’s.  I weep on pretty much every episode of Biggest Loser for the same reason. Stories like these are the reason I became a personal trainer.  I’ve never been 50 pounds overweight, let alone 400, but when I began my health and weight loss journey, I found that there are so many people who are on similar journeys.  I wanted to help other people find success in their efforts.  It’s so exciting and rewarding to me.

If you ever feel like you have too much weight to lose, or you don’t know how to get started, think about David Smith.  He made the decision to change the direction he was going and to fight for his health and his life.

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David has his life back from the depths of despair today.  He and Chris are now best friends and roommates.  He is also a personal trainer, paying it forward.

What a great story.

9 comments:

Becky said...

I don't watch "Biggest Loser", but what an amazing story.

Susie said...

That is a great story. Good for him! I have watched the Biggest Loser before. That is a wonderful show. It's so inspiring.

Dorothy said...

Great story! Maybe it will inspire me to lose the several excess pounds that I'm carrying.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I wish I had you here as my personal trainer. The hardest part of exercising is making yourself do it without anyone there saying "come on I'll help you." For those of us who are retirement age cost is a huge factor with personal trainers but we are the ones who need it the most - too bad there's not a place in every town where seniors can go to get that help. What a difference it would make to quality of life. And what a ministry that would make for someone. blessings, marlene

Lauren Kelly said...

This is absolutely amazing!!!! :)

What a story!

Betsy said...

I saw that guy on the Today Show! Incredible!!

Becky said...

Terence and I watched this the other night and it was INCREDIBLE! He was so nervous dating-poor thing! He has nothing to be ashamed of now....he looked great!

Kelley said...

That is absolutely amazing. I have been overweight, not by 400 pounds, but by 65 pounds. I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant. I was already heavy when I got pregnant. I finally go serious this year about it. I lost 25 pounds easily after she was born. Not until this year did I lose the rest. I feel great. It is work, but I wanted it for me. I know I will keep it off because it was a life change. Not a fad diet.

Heather said...

I cry at every single Biggest Loser, too....but we already know you and I are soul sisters. :)
I am looking forward to hitting the streets/gym for the first time in two years this fall....hopefully the migraines will cooperate, since that (and the fertility meds, etc.) is why I stopped!