Male Weight Loss Transformations
When His Weight Dropped, His Sales Soared
Joshua Carver’s belly cost him, so he tightened his belt
WEIGHT BEFORE 240
WEIGHT AFTER 185
VITALS Joshua Carver, 34,Puyallup,WA
OCCUPATION Pharmaceutical salesman
REACHED HIS GOAL IN 4 months
I was born prematurely, so I joke that I’ve had issues with weight all my life. But it’s true. I ate as much as I could in high school to add size for sports. I kept it up through college and after, and then straight into my job as a pharmaceutical salesman. That’s when my gut really started growing. Man, it was embarrassing: There I was, a clearly unhealthy guy talking to health-care providers about drugs that lower cholesterol and treat diabetes. How could I be taken seriously?
THE WAKE-UP CALL
In September 2009, I blew out my knee and ankle. Shortly after the operation to repair them, I had to prepare for my son’s baptism—and I needed a new suit. I stood in the fitting room, barely squeezing into a pair of size 38 pants, and thought about how much my weight was costing me. Literally. I couldn’t keep spending money on hospital bills and new wardrobes. I needed to change.
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When you work long hours, as I do, you assume that fast food is your only dinner option. But I realized I could cook a meal at home in the same amount of time it took me to drive to a Jack in the Box. I didn’t need to be a great cook—healthy meals are simple to make. Breakfast is a few eggs with turkey, rolled into a wrap. Lunch is a grilled chicken sandwich or salad. Dinner is a lean protein, like shrimp or salmon, with a side of steamed broccoli or green beans. All good stuff.
I started hitting the gym after work—both to de-stress and, at first, to lift when fewer people were watching. I started small, using cable-based exercises like crossovers and lat pulldowns, and gradually added weight. I’d walk at least a mile every weekday on my lunch break. On weekends, I’d run 3 or 4 miles. I skipped the cart during golf, and I coached my 9-year-old’s baseball team. I made fitness fun.
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After I lost the weight, I felt better representing my company. My sales improved. I called in sick less. My bosses even asked me to talk with the rest of my team about living a healthy lifestyle. Now I think of myself as a whole new person.