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Once Upon a Time, I Was a Wee Bit Fatter

Well, I finally pulled a couple of these out so I could show the Farmer’s Daughter the man I once was. Thankfully she just laughed and loved me more.

And, as I perused my somewhat secret “fat album” on Facebook, I decided… meh. Why not share them on the blog.

These are from a time I was fatter. And blonder. And balder. And harrier. And still just as awesome as I am (or am not) now. Haha.

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140 comments
April
April

Handsome, no matter what size/shape/hair color! You're an inspiration, Dan! <3

AmericanMadCow
AmericanMadCow

I went the opposite way... I was think in 2004, and now I've heavy!

Marasmodea
Marasmodea

So, one day, I only-partially-jokingly told my husband that he'd gotten the short end of the "me" stick.  See, between work, school, and an injury that keeps me from moving much, I've managed to put on more weight than I've ever had in my life, and I feel wretched about it.  I think I look fat.  My mother in law thinks I look fat.  I have moments of guilt and soul-crushing misery when I look in a mirror, and I hate that my husband has never seen that thinner me outside of pictures.    However, upon hearing the aforementioned statement, my husband stopped me, turned me to face him, looked me in the eye, and said, "This you is the you I fell in love with and asked to marry me.  This you is the you to whom I said yes.  I think this you is beautiful.  Now, stop talking sh** about my wife." What I learned in that moment is that a) my husband is actually far more wonderful than I'd actually realized and b) that fat, thin, or in between, I'm still me.  I'm still awesome, and it's that that makes me attractive to this wonderful man.  More to the point, it's that that makes me attractive anyway, and I'd wager a guess that the same is true of you.  Don't let the "fat" album be "somewhat secret".  Don't be thankful that she loved you the more for it.  Of course  she would.  That person?  Still you.  Still awesome.  Just different.

barefootmama0709
barefootmama0709

The picture with you and the potbelly pig is awesome. Longer hair is definitely better on you.

jessie2376
jessie2376

As someone who has lost over a 100lbs. Isn't it funny how we don't want to share our "fat" pictures or boast of our accomplishment of losing weight? I have almost no fat pictures on my facebook! Why are we so ashamed to share them? Do we always fear going back to our fat selves, or is it because when we look in the mirror, we still see that fat person staring back at us?

AndrewRobinson2
AndrewRobinson2

good work on shifting that weight, it's tough but worth it when you can look back and laugh. What about a feature in the blog where we can post our secret fat albums?

Steven_Heath_NAG
Steven_Heath_NAG

You and Carissa! Love those photos. I wonder how proud she'd be of the man you are today?

Stacey Gorman
Stacey Gorman

I absolutely adore the picture of you dancing with your sister!

LizRing
LizRing

Honestly, while I do see happiness in your eyes in these pictures I also see sadness and pain. It takes someone who hides their sadness and pain behind their smile to recognize it in others. We all have pain, but there is less of it in your eyes now, and I know a lot of the pain that you have to live with daily you have come to terms with. My favorite of these pictures is definitely the one of you dancing with your sister. It's beautiful.

Amber Sommer
Amber Sommer

I think you look amazing! thank you for sharing!!

SueCraneBryan
SueCraneBryan

If you hadn't told us, I would not have known it was you! In some pics, I recognized your smile but that is far as it goes. All the pics are wonderful..especially the ones with your sister. Thanks for sharing them with us.

cheri
cheri

I think you were, and are, adorable. I don't see sadness in you- you look happy and joyful in all of the pictures. you show your bright light- then and now.Thanks for your page/posts.

Vicky Meyers
Vicky Meyers

Loved each and every picture but I especially loved the ones with you & your sweet sister!

SharonMylerSevy
SharonMylerSevy

I remember that piggie!  It loved to sleep in any laundry on the floor!

AshtonBarker
AshtonBarker

Have you ever done a post about how you got in shape?

AngelBrookins
AngelBrookins

oh, and mormon-er ... I swear I saw a stake-house hallway in one of those!

TheWitchWriter
TheWitchWriter

I think you are just as adorable back then as you are now. You look really happy in these pics! Thank you for sharing them!

Shannon
Shannon

Your smile looks a lot more genuine and your happiness appears a lot more sincere in these pictures. Also, please take this as the constructive not destructive criticism it is intended as: The brown hair isn't a good look for you. At all. And it makes you appear very high maintenance; spending THAT much time and effort on your hair color isn't appealing in anyone.

Pamela
Pamela

I love the one with your mouth full.  And you have the Love and light in your eyes in all of these photos...

Dagi Ha
Dagi Ha

Adorable!! The yellow pullover is my favorite pic.

CrissyLance
CrissyLance

Thanks!  I needed this  today!  Hugs!

Aunt Bling
Aunt Bling

No matter what size you are, your smile is always dazzling :)

Angela Wallace Beam
Angela Wallace Beam

Same amazing person, different amount of padding...thank you for being brave enough to accept yourself at your heavier weight and share the pictures with us.

JeanetteSmithLamb
JeanetteSmithLamb

So you were a lil chubby then, you were still cute. I love the one of you and your sister dancing.  :-)

Jennifer Nichols
Jennifer Nichols

Hey You look great!! Before and now!!! And you have a awesome smile!!

Delvin Nakuzami Rennoldson
Delvin Nakuzami Rennoldson

You look a lot different, but still adorable~ Except for that close up of you eating go away close ups of people eating, I dun liek you

Peggy Richards
Peggy Richards

THAT is not fat! altho I do like the darker hair

sunny238
sunny238

OMG, you look like a totally different person!!!!  I'll be honest, I teared up with the pics of you and your sister.  One thing stays the same in all of them though, you're fantastic smile.  I love that smile, it's contagious. 

treefrogmom
treefrogmom

I love your expression when you are getting the jar of candy but the one of you dancing with your sister is the best of all.

:-) 

AlexisPlett
AlexisPlett

I love the one of you dancing with your sister.  So precious.


Lindsay Games
Lindsay Games

I think you were hot "bigger". But healthier is better :)

Janie McNeil
Janie McNeil

Love the one with the pig ;-) Definitely like brunette better on you but your awesome sense of fun and your fundamental great guyness is in every photo :-) Dan, Dan, Dan... When will you just believe you are worthy? :-)

TassyJanetos
TassyJanetos

@Shannon weird, i had thought the blonde was dyed before you said this. i'm not sure which way it is, but i like it better brown and longer. either way i think pretty much all pics where dan's smiling he looks happy, which i'm all for regardless of hair colour.

MelodyBoals
MelodyBoals

@Shannon I think it's time to remember that sometimes, our opinions are best kept to ourselves.  He looks amazing anyway he wants to look.  Coloring your hair is NOT high maintenance.  It's all about how we feel about ourselves, and how we LIKE to look.  His smile is just as beautiful and genuine now, as it was then.

SecretlyShaw
SecretlyShaw

I think he looks good with the dark hair. It's good to remember that your opinion is not fact.

Shannon
Shannon

@MelodyBoals Oh, I see. I should keep my opinions to myself but your opinion about my opinion is acceptable? Got it! Any other arbitrary rules for a comment section on blog that is neither yours nor mine to control you would like to let me know about while I'm listening?

Shannon
Shannon

@SecretlyShaw Then it's pretty awesome that I didn't present it as anything but my opinion, isn't it?