This morning on the Today Show", story of 400lbs of weight loss DAVID SMITH SHARES HIS STORY

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 10, 2009 8:32 PM GMT
    We all hear about those few individuals who lose huge amounts of weight, from fat to thin, but this one was different. I saw it this morning as I did my
    usual morning cardio set. My reaction when this guy appeared was "Oh my god"... its worth seeing....

    This clip is from ABC's 20/20. Its impressive, not only because of the weight loss, but because of the friendship of a personal trainer. Its changed both their lives.....

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    Jul 11, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    Wow. I love to see success stories like that. I wish more folks could find that drive inside them.
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    Jul 11, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
    Goes to show you that sometimes all it takes is the right person to change one's life.
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    Jul 11, 2009 2:56 PM GMT
    OMG thats the dude from Bodyspace - GOOD for him!!!

    You can visit his bodyspace profile at http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/David630lbs/

    AWESOME icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 11, 2009 3:29 PM GMT
    More than I like being reminded that people can lose over 400lbs, I LOVE being reminded that there are selfless people in this world who are capable of putting another person's happiness ahead of their own for a while in order to share in such an amazing experience.
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    Jul 11, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan:

    Thanks for posting that story. I have only 100lbs to deal with and this proves that I have the ability to do it. The story encouraged me and maybe, just maybe, I can post a pic on this website in a year or two that I will be proud of!

    Thanks for making a difference!
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    Jul 11, 2009 4:27 PM GMT
    I love stories like that.....seriously awesome.
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    Jul 11, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
    That's great icon_biggrin.gif
    Good for him Shows that with some work you can do anything



    Too bad their str8 .... they'd make a cute couple icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 11, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    i wonder if the skin would have gone away eventually with out surgery?
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    Jul 11, 2009 5:58 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidi wonder if the skin would have gone away eventually with out surgery?


    It's difficult to imagine that much skin re-tightening... I mean, that was a *lot* of skin!
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    Jul 11, 2009 6:06 PM GMT
    I actually cried when I watched that. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 11, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    BigDude6ft6 saidHndsmKansan:

    Thanks for posting that story. I have only 100lbs to deal with and this proves that I have the ability to do it. The story encouraged me and maybe, just maybe, I can post a pic on this website in a year or two that I will be proud of!

    Thanks for making a difference!


    You already have a picture posted you can be proud of.... I want to hear about your progress!
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    Jul 11, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    pdxboxer saidMore than I like being reminded that people can lose over 400lbs, I LOVE being reminded that there are selfless people in this world who are capable of putting another person's happiness ahead of their own for a while in order to share in such an amazing experience.


    I feel exactly the same way. His friend is truly an amazing person.
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    Jul 11, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    Thanks for sharing; it was really amazing to hear about the breakthrough on the social side of things. Yeah, and selfless people are hot ... quadrupled when they are physically so as well.

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    Alpha13 saidi wonder if the skin would have gone away eventually with out surgery?


    It's difficult to imagine that much skin re-tightening... I mean, that was a *lot* of skin!


    Yeah, I couldn't help but think about this too, as I'm trying to get that six pack. It really _was_ a lot of skin.
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    Jul 11, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting--great video and it shows it can be done..
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    Jul 13, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    650-lb Virgin

    Four years ago David Smith weighed 650lbs, he was eating himself to death and doctors said he wouldn't hit 30. Now having lost over 400lbs he's fit, healthy and hoping to make up for those lost years by finding himself a girlfriend for the first time!

    This is an hour special on TLC. I have been watching it now. It is amazing.
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    Jul 13, 2009 4:46 AM GMT
    OMG! I cried watching this clip......especially when he was talking about the abuse and cruel treatment he got in school.....yep...I know where he came from and he is a better man than I...... Truely, a touching and heartwarming story......The trainer in this video is the definition of a friend and he is the type of person that makes me believe there is still hope for mankind. WOW! Thanks for this story clip.


    My trainer is almost a carbon copy of Chris the trainer in this video. His name is "Randy Crawford" at the Ohio State University Medical Center, Center for Wellness and Prevention. Randy was and is MY "guardian angel"....he keeps me in line and on track, and lets me know when I am "cheating" and when it is time for me to change my routine or back off of training or time to push it harder....He has never charged me a dime and has been there for all of my surgeries and recoveries. the pain and struggles. He has seen the very ugly and probably alot more of me internally and externally, than he ever wanted to or barginned for.........Always supportive, but always forcing me to do the work for myself. ....truely the definition of a friend.......he never backed away or "shy'd" away from me at my worst or most horendous moments, he was there supporing me when my own family did not, and when I had major questions and doubts about my ability to do it.....I only wish I could get the extra skin removed like David did......and no amout of TLC and support will change the minds of an insurance company policy... Damn It !
    Thanks Randy...I can never say it enough...Thank you.
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    Jul 13, 2009 5:06 AM GMT
    That is so awesome, the trainer is a major champ. What a great reminder for all of us that being kind and sharing of our talents and time makes a huge difference in other peoples lives.
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    Jul 13, 2009 5:25 AM GMT
    awesome story. The trainer is hot AND nice?! whaaaa? Where do i sign up? haha just kidding icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 14, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    I think that's great! I guess this means personal trainers are going to be showing up at the doors of fat people from coast to coast.

    NOT!
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    Jul 14, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    OnTheWayToMe saidI think that's great! I guess this means personal trainers are going to be showing up at the doors of fat people from coast to coast.

    NOT!


    I was wondering when you would post, OnTheWayToMe.

    That's a fair point, not everyone can afford personal training, I suppose. Still, it is a reasonable assumption that similar weight loss would be feasible if someone had other external motivation.
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    Jul 14, 2009 6:22 PM GMT
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    OnTheWayToMe saidI think that's great! I guess this means personal trainers are going to be showing up at the doors of fat people from coast to coast.

    NOT!


    I was wondering when you would post, OnTheWayToMe.

    That's a fair point, not everyone can afford personal training, I suppose. Still, it is a reasonable assumption that similar weight loss would be feasible if someone had other external motivation.


    He was never charged a dime!

    My point is that stories like these are mostly unheard of yet people who have never been in Daves position latch onto them in an attempt to make people who struggle with these same issues feel bad about themselves.
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    Jul 14, 2009 6:44 PM GMT
    very , very cool...
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    Jul 15, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidI actually cried when I watched that. icon_neutral.gif


    Why?