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Man Loses 100+ Lbs. In Nine Months, Joins The Army

Brett Blume
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David West, 20, moments before taking the oath to become a member of the United States Army at the federal building in downtown St. Louis. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

David West, 20, moments before taking the oath to become a member of the United States Army at the federal building in downtown St. Louis. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  It started with a crude comment from a “friend”, according to David West.

“Someone made me mad,” West, 20, explained just moments before taking his oath at the St. Louis Military Entrance Processing Station downtown Tuesday morning. “A friend of mine said something that I wasn’t too happy with, and the next day I said ‘Screw it, I’m just going to do what I’ve been saying I was going to do all these years’.”

West wouldn’t go into any more detail about what was said that fateful day, but he might want to call his “friend” back and thank him because whatever that guy said definitely lit a fire under the Plato, MO native.

He’s lost 112 pounds in the past nine months, and that allowed him to be able to be sworn into the Army, a dream he’s had since he was five years old.

He started at 283 lbs., and during Tuesday morning’s ceremony he weighed 171 lbs., well under his original goal of 189, which he determined was the maximum recommended weight for his size.

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1/31/12-This is David West's prom photo. Even then, he was well below his eventual top weight of 283 lbs. When he was sworn into the U.S. Army Tuesday morning, he weighed 171 lbs. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

How did he do it?

“I like steaks, I like red meat…but I had to cut all that out,” West said of his self-improvised diet. “My main thing was I’d eat portions way bigger than you’re supposed to. So I started eating a lot of ground turkey, a lot of chicken, a lot of vegetables.”

He immediately picked up his physical activity, too.

“Starting out, the first week I was walking four miles a day,” he explained. “It took me about an hour.”

Then came P90X, the grueling exercise and nutrition program that helped the fat slide right off, West said.

His mother, Kathi West, says you could almost see the pounds drop off day-by-day.

“We just watched him literally melt away,” she said.

And once David had chosen his path, he never wavered.

“He woke up one morning, said ‘Mom, this is what I’m doing’ and he did it. He never had a blip of doubt, never had a moment where he slipped. Nothing.”

And he’s in the Army now.

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