John David Glaude’s Brave Weight-Loss Story

John David Glaude’s Brave Weight-Loss Story


– I LOVE THIS YOUNG MAN. AFTER LOSING
AN INCREDIBLE 160 POUNDS, OUR NEXT GUEST BRAVELY POSTED
A VIDEO OF HIMSELF REVEALING
HIS BIGGEST INSECURITY. TAKE A LOOK. – OBVIOUSLY YOU KNOW
WHAT THIS VIDEO IS GONNA BE. I DECIDED, SINCE I’M NOT
THAT COMFORTABLE UNCLOTHED, I SHOULD SHOW YOU GUYS
ME UNCLOTHED. SO LET’S JUST–
LET’S JUST DO THIS, SO… SO YOU SEE
MY CHEST HERE. THERE IS A LOT
OF LOOSE SKIN THERE. OBVIOUSLY GOING INTO MY STOMACH,
IT’S JUST A MESS. THIS IS NOT
WHAT I WOULD’VE WANTED AFTER LOSING 160 POUNDS, RIGHT? I WOULD’VE WANTED TO HAVE
A PERFECT BODY, RIGHT? BUT THAT’S NOT THE CASE. THIS IS WHO I AM,
AND I’M PROUD OF IT. FROM SAN DIEGO,
CALIFORNIA, PLEASE WELCOME
JOHN DAVID GLAUDE. TELL US ABOUT
YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY, ‘CAUSE IT TOOK
A COUPLE OF YEARS. – YEAH, IT TOOK TWO YEARS. SO I WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS
OUT HIGH SCHOOL, RIGHT, AND I WAS JUST SAD, AND I WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE
THAT WAS, LIKE, DEPRESSED ABOUT MY WEIGHT. AND I WOULD SIT
IN MY ROOM, AND I WOULD JUST SIT THERE AND WALLOW IN MY SORROW,
BASICALLY. AND THERE WAS A POINT
WHEN I WAS WATCHING “MIAMI INK.” ACTUALLY, I WAS, LIKE
BINGE-WATCHING IT ON NETFLIX. AND I’M SOMEONE
THAT HAS TATTOOS, AND I REALLY LOVE THEM, AND I WOULD WATCH IT
AND BE LIKE, “MAN, I REALLY WISH
I COULD GET MORE IN DIFFERENT AREAS,” BUT I WAS AFRAID, LIKE,
IF I GOT ‘EM UP HERE OR ANYWHERE ELSE
THAT THEY WOULD KIND OF– WITH LOSING WEIGHT THAT THEY
WOULD KIND OF GET MESSED UP. AND SO I WAS WATCHING IT,
AND THIS GUY CAME ON THAT HAD LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT,
AND THEY SAID, LIKE, “HOW’D YOU LOSE THE WEIGHT?” YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, AND HE JUST MADE IT
SOUND SO SIMPLE: “I ATE BETTER,
AND I EXERCISED.” AND I REALIZED, AT THAT POINT,
THAT LOSING THE WEIGHT FOR ME WOULD’VE BEEN POSSIBLE. LIKE, THE ONLY THING
STOPPING ME FROM LOSING THE WEIGHT
IS MYSELF. SO IT JUST CLICKED RIGHT THERE
AT THAT MOMENT, AND I DECIDED THAT MOMENT
THAT I WOULD MAKE THE CHANGE, AND I–IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS
SINCE THEN. – THAT WAS THE DAY.
– YEAH. [cheers and applause] – I THINK THAT MOST PEOPLE–
IT SOUNDS OBVIOUSLY THAT YOU JUST EAT LESS
AND EAT HEALTHY, AND YOU LOSE WEIGHT, BUT SOMETIMES IT TAKES ONE
CERTAIN TIME THAT YOU HEAR IT, AND YOU GO, “OH.” – MM-HMM, EXACTLY.
THE CLICK IS SO IMPORTANT. – SO–OKAY, SO–AND IT HAPPENED
OVER TWO YEARS, RIGHT? – TWO YEARS, YES.
– OKAY. I’M SO GLAD,
BECAUSE THAT REALLY IS A PRISON. PEOPLE CAN ACT
LIKE IT DOESN’T. THEY LAUGH ABOUT IT, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE
ARE SO UNHAPPY AND FEEL LIKE
THEY’RE TRAPPED, AND IT JUST TAKES
THAT FIRST STEP TO GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT. SO YOU MADE THIS VIDEO BECAUSE YOU’RE SO INSECURE
ABOUT IT. AND I ALWAYS–
YOU WENT RIGHT THROUGH IT. YOU DIDN’T GO AROUND IT.
YOU GO, “HERE I AM.” – UH-HUH. – HOW DID YOU DECIDE
TO JUST DO THAT? – WITH THE VIDEO, IT WAS
SOMETHING THAT I WANTED TO DO BECAUSE IT WAS SOMETHING
I WAS SO UNCOMFORTABLE WITH, AND, I MEAN, I MADE THE VIDEO
REALLY FOR MYSELF, TO REALLY– I MADE THE VIDEO SO I COULD
FEEL BETTER ABOUT IT, AND I’M JUST SO GLAD
THAT I DID, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE VIDEO,
I SAY, LIKE, “I’M COMFORTABLE
IN MY LOOSE SKIN.” AND WHEN I SAID THAT,
THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I REALLY FELT THAT. NOW I GET JUST THESE MESSAGES
OF PEOPLE SAYING, LIKE, “WOW,” LIKE, “WHAT YOU DID
HAS HELPED ME,” AND, I MEAN,
I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, SO… – YEAH, WELL, THAT’S– FIRST OF ALL,
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO BE PROUD
OF YOURSELF, AND THE FACT THAT YOU’RE
NOW PROUD OF YOURSELF AND HAPPY AND CONTENT
WITH YOURSELF– AND PEOPLE WOULD THINK
THAT YOU’RE DOING THAT– BECAUSE THE SURGERY’S
VERY EXPENSIVE. IT’S EXTREMELY PAINFUL.
– YES. – AND I THINK PEOPLE WOULD THINK
YOU WERE DOING THAT HOPING SOMEONE WOULD OFFER
TO GIVE YOU THE SURGERY, WHICH THEY HAVE. – WHICH IS AMAZING,
BY THE WAY. LIKE, I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE WOULD REALLY
REACH OUT TO ME AND BE LIKE,
“I WANT TO DO THIS FOR YOU.” BUT THE REASON I PUT
THE VIDEO OUT AS NOT TO GET A SURGERY. I DON’T REALLY WANT
TO GET THE SURGERY. PEOPLE–I TELL PEOPLE THAT.
THEY ALMOST GET ANGRY WITH ME. LIKE, “WHY NOT?” AND I’M LIKE, “BECAUSE THAT’S
NOT WHY I MADE THE VIDEO.” WHEN I ENDED THAT VIDEO
AND I SAID, “I’M COMFORTABLE IN MY SKIN,”
I MEANT THAT. I AM COMFORTABLE
IN MY SKIN, AND I LOVE THIS SKIN. [cheers and applause] THE SKIN
IS A BATTLE SCAR FROM WHERE I’VE BEEN
AND WHERE I WAS. I MADE IT SO I WAS THAT BIG,
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? THAT WAS A CHOICE I MADE, AND IT WAS A CHOICE
THAT I MADE TO GET SMALLER AND TO LOSE THE WEIGHT. – IF THERE’S SOMEONE WATCHING
OUT THERE RIGHT NOW THAT’S STRUGGLING
AND DEPRESSED AND UNHAPPY
AND OVERWEIGHT, TELL THEM–
GIVE THEM ADVICE RIGHT NOW. – IF THERE’S SOMEONE WATCHING–
FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO SAY,
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY NOTICED THAT YOU WANT
TO MAKE A CHANGE, YOU’RE ALREADY LIGHT-YEARS AHEAD
OF MOST PEOPLE, BECAUSE THE DENIAL THAT COMES
WITH BEING MORBIDLY OBESE IS INSANE. IT’S VERY REAL, AND– – YOU WERE IN DENIAL
ABOUT IT. – THERE WAS TIMES
WHEN I WOULD BE LIKE– I WOULD SEE THAT WAS
A LITTLE BIT HEAVIER THAN ME AND BE LIKE– I WOULD BE UP TO MY FRIENDS
AND BE LIKE, “HEY, IF I EVER GET AS BIG
AS HIM, LET ME KNOW.” AND SO YOU GET–
DENIAL IS SO STRONG. AND–SO IF YOU’VE
ALREADY OVERCOME THAT, THAT’S ALREADY A BIG DEAL. AND THEN THE OTHER THING
I WANT TO SAY IS– IS IT’S– YOU CAN DO IT,
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? THERE WAS–LIKE, I HAD–
THE RESOURCES THAT EVERYONE THINKS LIKE,
“OH, HE PROBABLY GOT SURGERY. OH, HE PROBABLY DID THIS”–
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? I JUST DID IT BY DOING IT
AND JUST LEARNING MYSELF. I JUST WANT PEOPLE
TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS SO POSSIBLE
FOR YOU TO DO, AND IT’S–TRUST ME,
WHEN YOU DO IT, YOU’LL BE HAPPIER
THAN YOU COULD’VE EVER IMAGINED. – WELL, GOOD, I’M GLAD
PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO THAT. YOU DID THIS FOR–
OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. YOU WERE DRIVING A LOT, SO I GOT YOU SOMETHING
SO THAT WHILE YOU’RE DRIVING– IS A GO-PRO,
AND SO YOU CAN PUT IT ON YOUR– AND YOU CAN, YOU KNOW,
DOCUMENT YOURSELF. YOU SAID
YOU’RE GONNA KEEP GOING. AND THEN ALSO,
WHEN YOU’RE DRIVING AND YOU’RE DOCUMENTING
YOURSELF, YOU SHOULDN’T BE DRIVING
IN 1999 TRUCK WITH 199,000 MILES ON IT. SO OUR FRIENDS AT FORD
WERE SO IMPRESSED WITH YOUR BRAVERY,
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I DON’T KNOW HOW TO ACT. I DON’T– [cheers and applause] – THAT’S AMAZING,
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TO TOUCH IT. I DON’T WANT TO TOUCH IT.
WOW. – THE FORD MUSTANG
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THIS CAR.

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