From a 650-pound virgin to role model

16 Jul
David Smith, the 650-pound virgin

David Smith, the 650-pound virgin David Smith, the role model

Last night, I watched TLC’s “650-pound Virgin” story on David Smith, a man with a common name with a not-so-common problem. He was a morbidly obese man who almost ate himself to death. At his peak, he weighed a whopping 650 pounds.

As many of us struggle with our weights–I have yet to lose my pregnancy weight, David Smith is someone we can all relate to. He used to be someone who was unhappy with his body. Someone who was out of shape. Someone who had given up.

David Smith

David Smith

What makes his story so remarkable and inspirational is the difficult choice he made. After his doctor told him he only had several years to live, he realized he had 3 choices:

1-Get surgery. But there’s a chance he could die.

2-Kill himself by burning himself alive. This way there would be no evidence he ever lived and no one could make fun of him and his weight after his death.

3-Lose the weight.

Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. You guessed it, he chose Option 3. He wrote a letter to news reporter, Chris Powell and asked for help. Chris Powell did more than just respond, he became the support and motivation that David Smith needed to turn his life around and get the weight down and off. And here is where this massive man who resembled a blob transformed into well, a role model.

David Smith

David Smith and Chris Powell

Their friendship didn’t stop after David lost the weight. David and Chris became best friends, room mates and now they have partnered together and created Reshape The Nation. Check out the Reshape The Nation channel on YouTube. They make a video every day to motivate you.

Here’s today’s video:

Visit the Reshape The Nation website and pre-register today.

Reshape The Nation blog

Reshape The Nation blog

Visit the Reshape The Nation blog for tips!

2 Responses to “From a 650-pound virgin to role model”

  1. monique fournier July 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    i need your help big time i weight 260 pounds and i want to loose weight i need your help please im begging you i dont know what else to do your my last hope please reply to me im sinking i dont know who i am any more i dont want to dye i want to live.please help me to live my name is monique fournier help me

  2. lizardpak July 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    Dear Monique.

    Thank you for your comment. I feel bad that you feel so bad and that you feel hopeless.

    I am glad that David Smith’s story touched you. You are not alone. There are many people in your very shoes. And he is living proof that anyone can lose weight.

    Remember, you must be the change you seek. Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

    1) Think positive. No more hating yourself or your body. Being overweight isn’t the same as being handicapped. You can actually do something about it. But you have to want to do it.

    2) Take small steps first. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Start by not drinking soda and drinking water with lemon or something else–besides sugar. Eat more fruit and vegetables.

    3) Cut down on television. If you’re watching several hours a day, that means you’re sitting down and doing nothing several hours a day. Take a walk instead. Walk up and down the stairs in your house. Take a walk around your neighborhood.

    4) Eat 5 meals a day–but use a salad plate. No more dinner plate. A salad plate is the right portion size. Fill the plate up, but no refills. Make each plate count. Eat veggies. Peaches with cottage cheese. Brown rice with salmon. And if you have to snack, try sherbert instead of ice cream. Pretzels instead of chips.

    5) Visit the links to their website in my blog entry and watch their videos. They make a new one every day. They will help keep you motivated.

    Monique, you don’t have to die from being overweight. The change you seek is something you can do.

    Believe in yourself. You are a beautiful person. You are a strong person. You are a brave person. You can do anything you put your mind to. No, really, you can.

    It took David years to get where he is now. Take it one day at a time. And don’t stop just because you slip. Keep going. I have lost 4 pounds in one week. It’s a start. I know, you can lose the weight, too. You just have to try. Every day.

    I hope this helps.

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