I have seen some pretty amazing things in my line of work. Although I work an insane schedule that can be hard on my body; I do it for the people who really want to change their lives for the better. For me, helping others,makes the “ups and downs” of my job worth it!
Here is a story that is sure to tug at your heart strings, get you motivated and prove that nothing is impossible with the right attitude and determination.
David Smith is a trim, good-looking certified personal trainer. But just six years ago he was 650 pounds, would only step out of his house after sundown and contemplated suicide. Now he is the subject of a new TLC documentary “The 650-Pound Virgin” which first aired last night. If you didn’t catch it, you can see it again this Wednesday, July 15th, at 10 p.m. David recently sat down with Matt Lauer to talk about his decision to take control of his life (source).
Baby steps to giant strides
Using a nutritional program and what he calls a transformational approach that he devised himself and now sells — the STAX System — Powell went to work. When they began, Smith couldn’t walk 500 feet and couldn’t fit in a car.
Powell told Lauer he alternated diet plans. Not wanting to tell Smith he couldn’t ever eat ice cream, pizza and the other calorie-laden foods he loved, Powell told his student he would diet strictly one day, then reward himself the next. “It was baby steps,” the trainer explained.
The baby steps became giant strides. The weight melted off — a phenomenal average of more than 15 pounds a month. By 2007, just 26 months after he decided to transform himself and his life, Smith had lost 410 pounds from a starting weight of 650.
TODAYDavid Smith (center) and his trainer Chris Powell show Matt Lauer the shirt Smith was wearing when Powell first met him.
The weight loss left behind great folds and bags of excess skin that had to be removed over the course of more than a year in a series of three operations. At last count, surgeons had removed some 30 pounds of excess skin, and, Smith said, he still needs one or two more operations(source)