As I prepare to lose the fat you can see how it crept on through the years. I have been fortunate to spend my entire adult life as a radio personality so I've met lots of stars and posed for photos. Every picture tells a story..about my weight.
Here I am as a senior in High school circa Christmas 1984. I started in 3 sports in high school. Soccer, basketball, and baseball. I eat whatever I want with no problems. I also was a binge drinker. A habit that lasted almost 20 years.
Respect the skillz!
2 years out of high school I already have a belly..and a mustache. This is the first pic I have of me at a radio event. It's 1987 and I'm working at a country station in my hometown of Hartford CT. This was their chilli cookoff, and my lack of exercise and increased beer consumption is obvious.
This was my girlfriend back then. She made me lose the stash and some weight.
This was a huge deal for me! I'm 23 and just completed a stunt of being frozen alive for 48 hours. It was to raise money for a hospital (and my ratings if we're being honest). I have no idea who the kids were. I couldn't stand for like an hour and so I just sat in this chair and posed with whoever wanted a picture. I think this one was in a paper or something, but you can see I'm thinning out.
Don't let the headphones fool you, that's not fat as much as it's skin getting squished. That's what I told myself. BTW that's Dino playing us one of his dance hits like Romeo, or Summergirls
I'm flabby because I don't exercise at all. Or at least that's what Ice told me.
I made a lot of money hosting a dance party for Coors every Saturday night live on the radio. I spent most of that money on Coors and other party events through the 90's.
Never let it be said I didn't have a mullet! This is George Lamond who was a dance music star in that era with songs like Bad of The Heart and Where Does That Leave Love.
Oct 1991. Now I'm starting to pork up. This is my friend Tom's going away party from our station and I'm bursting out my zipper.
Nov 91 my pants are ripping!
1992 Weird Al meets me and then writes his hit "I'm Fat"
George Lamond one year later and I'm starting to hide behind people for photos. I used that trick a lot for the next few years.
Marky Mark! Aka Mark Wahlberg, was actually my friend back in the early 90's. I remember on the trip over to this winners house for a pizza party he actually talked to me about my weight. I appreciated the concern but was humiliated at the same time.
1993 I remember cringing when I saw this photo of how fat I had become.
Ann Curless of Expose told me she thought I was hugable. She had a tough time getting her arms around me.
This was our Christmas party that year and we had Larry "Bud" Melman from Lettermans show. I'm a mess.
Here I am will current New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick at a celebrity basketball game.
In 1994 I started working out and eating right. Here I am in the same jacket as I wore in the Belichick photo but I've lost a bunch of fat and am starting to put on muscle. Lou Gramm and Mick Jones of Foreigner were impressed...I'm sure.
1995 Meatloaf and I both losing weight.
Now I look fat here, and I am, but a lot less fat than before and able to run up and down the court in this celebrity basketball game against the NY Giants on Long Island. Oh yeah I'm raining 3 pointers on these fools!
One of my favorite singers is John Waite visits my show, and I'm still sliming down.
It's summertime 1995 and I'm feeling great at this fund raiser.
I played in a celeb softball game with Conan O'Brien, and he told me he was surprised at my speed.
Word spread that I was a softball stud so Marty Lyons of the NY Jets asked me to play on his team as well.
Feeling fit as a fiddle when my step dad visited me in my Long Island apartment spring of 96.
Showing off the gams with my son in the caribben on our summer vacation 1996
Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins and I celebrate my continued weight loss in 1997.
Casey Kasem presents me with a weight loss award in the Fall of 97. Actually it was a Billboard award.
Here I am with some contest winners backstage at Madison Square Garden with grammy winner Shawn Colvin
I was very proud to be the thinnest guy in the photo for our Christmas party in 97.
I started watching WWF after people told me I looked like Stone cold Steve Austin. I loved their show circa 97-02. Here I am at Monday Night Raw in New Haven when the rattlesnake decided to grab a seat in front of me to upset the Undertaker during his match.
I also got to work at the worlds biggest radio station Z100 NYC! Here I am with my old friend Clarence in the studio around Thanksgiving 97.
I'm 6'1". These Harlem globetrotters are 7' plus. But I'm still as thin as them as we kick of 98
First big weight control problem happened on this night. I hadn't had a drink in about 4 years. This was at Lenny Kravitz record release party in 98. The other guy is Mike Easterlin and he along with another guy get me hammered. Moments before this pic I tried to kiss Cindy Crawford. I'm off the wagon.
Still keeping it together with lots of workouts. I'm coaching this celebrity basketball game.
Summer of 98 Rob Thomas and I talked about struggling with weight after I introduced Matchbox 20 in Wallingford CT.
Oct 98 and I'm at Yankee Stadium to watch my beloved Yanks win the American League pennent! I'm drunk if can't tell in the picture.
The chin is dropping again as I was drinking free booze at the John Mellencamp party.
Here's where I really start falling apart. About 3 weeks before this picture with Celine Dion I hurt a disc in my back playing basketball. That injury led to lots of pity drinking and a shut down of the workouts.
Look it's Jordan Knight and me in a baggy sweater.
I coached the College Football All Americans in their celebrity basketball game again in 99 but look a lot fatter than I did in 98.
I don't remember this All American's name but do remember looking at this phot and thinking I look like crap.
I was thankful Salt decided to pose in front of my belly as Pepa and Spinderella snuggled up. It's late fall 99 and I was about to make a decision that would guarentee I would get even fatter.
I decided to leave radio and join Universal records. Here Ludacris welcomes me to our offices in DC.
Working for Universal my job was to get records played at radio. I had a big expense account to help make friends and influence them. The influencing usually happened while we were both under the influence. Here I am taking Nelly to one of his first radio concerts. It's supposed to be a beach party for 92 Jams in Baltimore and I look like the whale.
I got a VIP tour of the White House while working in DC summer of 2000
Here I am all in black because it's thinning about to walk the red carpet for the 2000 Grammy awards with my boss.
This is Norfolk VA and I'm a fat drunk slob introducing our rock band Tonic to some radio guys.
Doin what I do best.
Here I am in DC with Godsmack. Lead singer Sully used to say "get your stunt livers in boys" before our nights out drinking.
This is Eiffel 65 who sang "I'm Blue da bee da" in Baltimore. The way I'm posing really shows my sagging gut.
On tour with 3 Doors Down I posed with some Penthouse Pets who were at the show. Yeah I had no chance.
I remember being embarassed during a conversation with model Roshumba Williams and Universal's artist Phoenix Stone in Summer of 2001 when they started talking about workout tips. I actually knew some good ones but felt foolish trying to tell them anything looking like this
It's spring time 2002 and I'm back at my old station Z-100 with Nelly who by now is a major star. I don't look anything like the same guy who less than 5 years earlier was on the air there.
Fall of 2002 I posed for my Christmas card picture with Nelly backstage at the Nassau Colliseum. I'm probably 10 pounds heavier from the spring and 30 pounds heavier from our first photo together.
This is Christmas of 2003. I have made 3 great decisions in the past few weeks. I have left Universal, became a Christian, and am about to get married to this amazing woman!
Getting baptised in the ocean at Isle of Palms Spring 04.
I'm at my fattest Summer of 04 with USC President Dr Andrew Sorensen. I quit drinking a few months earlier and replaced drinking with eating sweets. I'll be diagnosed as a diabetic shortly after this picture is taken
My wife drags me out on hikes. I hated it at first but actually enjoy them now.
This is me with Jonathon Rush and Jakie Wells in 06 when Jackie lost a bet and had to wear a Gamecocks shirt.
By the Summer of 07 I was lifting again and I'm sure Daughtry was impressed.
Summer of 08 golfing in the Richland county sherrifs tournament.
Labor Day 2009. Golfing with my friend Mark in Hollywood...SC. I haven't lifted or really exercised in months and am all flab. I hate how I look and feel. Mark just started a serious weight loss program and we're looking forward to taking our picture next Labor Day to see the improvements.