Meet Joshua. Someone directed me towards this amazing kid who was almost a competitor on the biggest loser. He didn’t quite make it, but he decided to kick some ass on his own. I have been following him on facebook for sometime. Something about Joshua just makes you feel like you CAN achieve anything you work hard at. You can see it in his eyes that he is passionate about getting healthy, sharing his journey, and inspiring you to do it as well!
How old are you and where are you from? I am 20 years old and I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC
How long have you been overweight? I have struggled with my weight, my whole life. It has been an uphill battle. I’ve always had a weight issue for as long as I can remember
How much weight have you lost? I have lost right around 60lbs. I HATE the scale so I only get on once a month. So I may have lost more now.
Do you have a goal weight? YES! My goal weight is 170lbs, but being Healthy is my ultimate goal!
What is in your fridge right now? Haha good question! Nothing?! I have been so busy planning my California trip I have neglected to go to the grocery store. BUT, what I usually have in my fridge; low sodium turkey, thin sliced provolone, chicken, water (of course), almond milk, peanut butter (I love it cold), lettuce, eggs, Greek yogurt, I know there is more, but I just cannot think!
Workout playlist. Give us a few of your favorite tunes to sweat it out with. Haha, I listen to everything. This question would be embarrassing to answer! A lot of 90s pop! It takes me back to the good ole days.
What made you decide to lose weight? Your aha moment? When I auditioned for the Biggest Loser and was called out for finalist week in LA. When I was sent home after not being casted, I knew I had to change my life on my own and that I did not need a TV show to get me to my ultimate goals!
Favorite healthy meal of all time? I know my favorite healthy meal should probably be something I cook at home, but it’s not! My office is right in front of a Subway so I have become addicted to their turkey salads! It’s so fresh and I can get all the veggies I want on it and for my dressing I use oil and vinegar… so that is probably my most favorite healthy meal!
What helps keep you motivated? So many things keep me motivated; people, clothes fitting, my body changing, my love for the gym and fitness…. I could go on and on!
Biggest fitness inspiration? Hmm, tough question! I follow so many people that inspire me. I would have to say Katie Marie (Finally Alive After 25) Is my BIGGEST inspiration right now. She is SO amazing and I am inspired by her daily. I hope I get the pleasure of meeting her one day! Also, my buddy Jason Dalvia, He has lost over 100lbs since April of last year and I couldn’t be more proud of him! He inspires me daily as well! I am blessed to have so many inspirations in my life.
Mentally what has been the hardest part of this journey for you? The hardest part has to be temptations. I was an addict. Addicted to food, I love food. All types of food, and with my job being so, on the run and being in my car most of the day it is so hard not to swing by Taco Bell or McDonalds and grab something to eat really fast. That has to be the hardest part of my journey.
Does your Facebook page help keep you accountable? That was the whole intention of my page. I have been kind of slack lately keeping up with it, due to concentrating on myself and my goals. My intention for the page was to keep me accountable and to inspire others, and I feel like I have succeeded at both.
Can you give us a typical day in the life of a healthy day for you. Example bf, lunch, snack, dinner and workout? Breakfast: 4 egg whites, mixed with veggies & a glass of water. Snack: apple. Lunch: Subway salad, Yum! Dinner: 2 grilled chicken breast, and veggies. Then I hit the gym! After the gym, I treat myself to a peanut butter protein shake!
How has almost being on the biggest loser affected your journey? Are you happy you are doing this on your own? I was in love with the idea of Biggest Loser; I wanted it more than anything. I still want it more than anything, but in the end BL is not reality. No one can work out for 7+ hours a day, and go to work/school. I am glad that I am doing it on my own, and I am thankful for BL for jumpstarting my journey. It was one of the best experiences of my life.
Any advice to someone out there who wants to get started? Take it slow; don’t think that because a BL contestant lost 19lbs one week, you can do that too. 3lbs a week is a really good start, maybe even less than that. Do what your body allows you to do and don’t hurt yourself trying to hard. You did not put on the weight overnight, so it’s not going to come off overnight. That’s the best advice I can give anyone.
JOSHUA we wish you all the success and luck in the world. Keep following your dreams friend!!