NAME: DAVID KEVORKIAN
STARTING WEIGHT: 130 KG (287 LBS)
CURRENT WEIGHT: 85 KG (187 LBS)
My name is David Kevorkian and I have finally won the biggest fight of my life.
I had been overweight for most of my life. From when I was young other kids would pick on me because I was the fat kid, or the chubby kid. I was never popular at school, I was always at the bottom of the list. I always got picked last for team sports if I got picked at all really. Growing up I always felt out of place.
At the age of 12 I was 98 kg unfit and unhealthy. My parents owned a bakery so I was constantly surrounded by cakes, and pastries. The running of the shop was a full time job for both Mum and Dad so lunch and dinner would usually be something quick and easy. This usually consisted of something fried, something from the bakery or a take away meal.
By the age of 15 I topped the scales at 110kg. This is when I finally woke up and thought to myself I really need to do something about it.
So I got involved in a passion that I had…Martial Arts. I first started with Karate and then moved on to Kickboxing. By the age of 17 I had dropped back down to 95kg. At this stage I was in my final year of high school and I met a girl who became my girlfriend. Over time, training wasn’t a priority anymore. I got my license so I would go out drinking with boys or out to dinner with my girlfriend, or to the movies. We traveled overseas, and then decided to get married. I was 23 years old when I got married and had ballooned out to 130kg.
I remember going out to family functions, weddings and christenings and being too shy to talk or mingle with anyone because I was becoming depressed about my weight and would always think that people were talking about me. I still remember to this day a little old lady walking up to my wife and I and saying congratulations on your wedding… then she looked at me and looked back at my wife and said “he’s nice and round” smiled and walked away.
Six months after getting married we went to Europe for our honeymoon. It was summer, nice and hot. Everyone would be walking around in singlets and shorts or going to the beach for a swim. Not me, I was too embarrassed by my weight. I was still around the 130kg mark and I was digging a bigger hole for myself.
When we got back home 6 weeks later, I remember looking at some of the photos and the light went on again. I couldn’t believe I had allowed myself to become like that. I thought enough is enough, I have got to do something about my weight. I was upsetting me and getting my new wife down. So I decided to get back into Kickboxing.
At the start it was a struggle moving around with all that extra weight, especially trying to kick above the waist.
But slowly and over time the training started to pay off and the weight started to drop. I had my first Kickboxing Fight at 99kg and then my second at 85kg. When I was 27 my wife got pregnant with twins, so my priorities changed again. But I didn’t let myself go back to my old ways. I made the decision to continue training and watch what I ate. Not only for myself but I wanted my kids to grow up with a good role model.
In the last 2 years I went from working a 12-13 hour day, to a normal 8-hour shift. Went back to school and qualified as a PT. I did my certificate 3 and 4, have done other courses in Kettlebells, MMA, and Boxing. I’ve set up my own home studio helping clients fight the same battle that I have fought for most of my life.
I am now 32 and weigh 85kg. On most mornings I wake up at 4:30 to do my own training as well as training clients. I also train at CrossFit 2 times a week, and Mauy Thai 2 nights a week and do HIIT every other day.
Weigh loss is a constant battle. I’ll never go back to the person I once was. I’ve come out the other end a stronger, healthy and better person for it.
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