What did you think of part 1 of Josh in Real Life? What an amazing story hey?
Today i’ve got the rest of the interview with Josh.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts.
So Josh what’s the greatest part of your new lifestyle?
I’ve become completely addicted to running. I love running, because it’s a competition against yourself. I love hitting the pavement and trying to beat my time from a previous race. I don’t have to be faster than everyone else, just me.
But, it is very rewarding to finish a race and know that you are doing something that most people don’t dare to begin.
That is one reason why I am trying to run a marathon. But, even more than that, I love proving to myself that I can do hard things. That’s probably the root of my addiction.
So Josh did you have someone help you along the way?
I have two great trainers who I both consider great friends, Kevin and Jason. Kevin was the trainer I needed to jump start my weight loss and Jason is the person that is the trainer I need to keep my fitness on track and improving.
But, my whole family has been a great support to me throughout the whole process. My parents have always been my biggest fans. Whether it was celebrating a weight-loss goal, me crossing the finish line of a race or giving me compliments about how good I look … they’ve always been there for me.
That’s invaluable to anyone’s fitness journey.
If you could only give one piece of advice to the people reading this what would it be?
Respect and love yourself enough to never give up. Small changes do add up and you will see results. It took me many years to work at it. Yes, I lost about 175lbs. in 2 ½ years, but I had to lay that foundation down first.
So Josh what used to be your favourite meal?
Probably fast food. I can tell you stories of some of the nastiness I used to eat in one sitting. I would buy about five McDonald’s burgers for my three hour drive home from college. The burgers would sometimes not last half way into my trip. I would sometimes follow up my Mom’s dinner with Wendy’s, Burger King or whatever sounded good.
I also had a pretty significant sweet tooth. I loved (still love) ice cream. But, I would eat a bowl almost every day. Sometimes even putting it in my cereal in the morning.
And what’s your favourite meal now?
I love my oatmeal. It’s almost kind of sad how excited I get about my oatmeal. But, I have a specific way of making it that is just the best. It’s a ½ cup of oatmeal, scoop of flaxseed and then about 4 tbsp. of egg whites and a couple packets of Stevia. I mix that with some water and microwave it for about 2 minutes. Then pour in some almond milk before eating it.
The whole trick is to add enough water so the egg whites don’t make your oatmeal into a brick. I’ve had to cut my oatmeal a couple times. But, if you get it right it’s a great way to start your morning.
Mate talk about a complete 180 turn.
Can you describe to us what a typical workout looks like for you?
I have about 2-3 workouts per week. I have a session of personal training with Jason which usually consists of weight training. We alternate each week between lifting and legs. I like the concentrated attention I get in these workouts before they affect my other workouts and running.
Then twice a week I attend Jason’s boot camp workouts. These workouts are about an hour long and vary from burpees, tire lunges, block runs, TRX exercises and a lot other non-traditional gym workouts. There are usually 3-5 other people in these workouts.
You don’t get the same attention as one on one workouts, but you get pushed and everyone else encourages you along, which I absolutely love.
Then three times a week I run. I usually run 3-5 miles on Mondays, 6-8 miles on Wednesdays and then 8+ miles (depending on my training schedule) on Saturdays.
Right now I am training for my first marathon so I am running between 25-30 miles a week.
Congrats Josh, thats a massive feat.
What about a typical week for you now? Can you tell us about your diet, your training and any planning you do.
Well I explained a lot of it in the post above, but my diet is pretty uniform as well.
I am very much a creature of habit now. Monday through Friday, I have oatmeal for breakfast and a sandwich (either tuna or sliced meat) for lunch. I have protein shakes or bars between those meals. For dinner I usually have broccoli or another vegetable with chicken or fish.
I do have flexibility with my meals, because I am basically trying to eat a protein, carbohydrate and fat in every meal. This makes eating out a bit easier, because I can base my diet on that standard. But, I make my lunch and breakfast the night before so I don’t have to worry about eating out.
I always say in you fail to prepare then prepare to fail. Its just so vital to success.
Now mate we all know that you love running. What are your fitness plans for the future?
I’m planning on to keep running. I’ve started making goals for 2013. Instead of just focusing on running goals I am attempting 13 challenges in 2013.
I have signed up for the Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World (Half Marathon and Marathon on back to back days) as one of those goals. I am also going to attempt to do the Utah Grand Slam (four marathons within the state of Utah).
More than anything I want to continue to prove to myself I can do hard things. I also really want to continue my fundraising efforts through my running. I’m not sure how I will go about next year, but there’s something special about running to honour others in need.
Well Josh on behalf of the team here at FastFatLoss4Life and all the readers i just want to say a big thanks and a massive congratulations on your achievements.
To yours in health,
P.S – If you missed part 1 of Josh’s interview you can find it here.
P.P.S – Don’t forget to check out my interview with Jen Crisp. A great story.
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