Davey Wavey’s Before and After.

On more than one occasion, I’ve mentioned that I grew up overweight. Many of you have asked to see a picture – and so, the accompanying photographs illustrate my transformation.

But don’t be fooled: It wasn’t easy.

For many years during my childhood, I struggled with weight problems and an inactive lifestyle. Hell bent on looking like the Abercrombie & Fitch models at the mall, I tried to control my weight through anorexia. Like so many of you, my journey to a healthier lifestyle wasn’t without its challenges.

Built into difficult situations are important lessons – and I learned a lot through my transformation. Over the years, my relationship with my body, food and exercise has evolved. In fact, it continues to evolve.

But this is how I’ve come to understand it.

If you’re passionate about cars, you’d keep your car in good working condition. You’d change the oil, bring it in for inspections and treat it with love and care.

Our bodies are the vehicles through which we experience life. And if you’re passionate about life, you want to keep that vehicle – your body – in optimal condition. A healthy body helps extend longevity, increases your energy and helps guard against debilitating diseases that can hold you back. It makes sense to treat it with love and care.

In other words, a healthy body helps you maximize your life and realize your full potential.

My before and after pictures show the change but not the process; it wasn’t easy. There were challenges, roadblocks and setbacks. There’s no magic solution. But, if you aspire to be the best version of yourself, no endeavor is more deserving of your time, energy and effort.

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  1. The lovely physical therapist/ energy mover/ chakra balancer woman who I’ve been seeing and who had been helping me make leaps and bounds to recover from a 10 year battle with bulimia and anorexia always is comparing my body to a minivan. She always says you have to take care of yourself first, as well, before others. You can’t be carrying around precious cargo with flat tires, and you can’t carry others before you can carry yourself, either. This is amazing, Davey!! <3 take care of your minivans, people!

    • I love the minivan analogy! LOVE IT!

      • Janos Horvath says:

        Great Job, i am currently struggling with the same thing, but staying active and having a good mind set will only help me accomplish my goal. Being in the US Army has also helped me with this goal. so thank you for sharing.

  2. You were such a cute kid though – it’s sad that you and so many other children are not happy with their bodies at that age and spend most of those years being occupied with what weight you are! 🙁

  3. I don’t know, Davey. I don’t think you looked all that bad. Hard to tell with all those clothes on. Were you maybe a bit over-critical of yourself? It seems like you were pretty sensitive, and had other issues going on. Besides, you wouldn’t have been sculpted to the present form back then anyway. You’re fairly impressive these days. But I was expecting a picture of a kid a yard wide….Eating disorders suggest that our Davey had some unpleasant problems. As long as that stuff is all behind you, all is well.

    [By the way, Big Gay would whoop your ass!]

  4. I agree with Todd

  5. Justin says:

    I think that its amazing that you look the way you do and i can imagine that hard work it took to get there. Although i think your before pic you just look like a young kid that hasn’t lost the baby fat but the fact that you are happy now with where your at is great. I struggle to this day with my size. Im 6’5 270. I need to lose about 50 lbs and tone up a lot. At one point in my life i was at about 360 pounds. One day i realized it and could not believe what i had become. SO i changed it. Now i work 80 hours a week and it seems i never have time or am too tired to work out. I really want to change that this year. I turn 30 in a couple of days and would love to have a body that will turn peoples head. I think your an amazing spirit and truly a white light in this world. Keep it up I think your awesome besides a good looking guy.

  6. I’ve never really been big but about 6 years ago (when I was around 11 years old) I started having problems with my self-image and i developed eating disorders. One and a half year ago i decided to get better and get rid of my eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia). It’s still a struggle sometimes and I haven’t been able to work out without falling back into old patterns.
    But now finally I’m able to do just that. I work out 4-5 times a week, I have a personal trainer, I’m eating healthy and I’m feeling great 🙂

  7. christopher says:

    i didnt know you were that chubby of a kid.ive likewise gone through transformation-now in my fifties-from 270lbs to now 175.what are your before and after stats?

  8. I’m happy you’re healthy. I do want to say one thing though: Being healthy is more than just having a nice physique. Many people who work out are not doing it because of health, although that is what they would like their peers to believe. Saying it’s for health is to mask their vanity. There are many young men like yourself who claim to be healthy but binge drink, smoke, take drugs, engage in risky sexual behaviour etc. So clearly health is not a motivating factor for them. I am grateful for blogs like this one, because I do believe that you practice what you preach, but I know many people who are thin, muscular and fat who are equally unhealthy. I feel that there is a big fear in our culture towards people who are overweight. The bias, and the negative attitude amongst thin people is that fat people are unhealthy, but that’s simply not true in all cases. At the end of the day it’s like you said, “be the best version of yourself.” Even if it’s fat.

  9. To date I’ve lost 60lbs and I’m at the final 10. I feel fantastic! But I’ve been slumping lately and getting quite lazy. A friend told me to check out your blog and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard about it before. This does so much for all of my self-esteem and I feel so completely motivated to complete my goal for MYSELF! Thanks Davey!

  10. Davey how old where you when you decided that being overweight was no longer for you and how long did it take for YOU to start to notice that it was working? I’m asking because I am about to turn 26. On June 1st I started walking/ running and eating right I have lost almost 30lb is that too much to fast? Also other say they can see I have lost weigh but I don’t feel or see that I have in the mirror.

  11. Hey hey, The best success that I have ever had was with Red hot slim (just google it) Without a doubt the most useful diet that I have ever tried.


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