Joshua Carver’s belly cost him, so he tightened his belt
Vitals: Joshua Carver, 34, Puyallup, WA
Occupation: Pharmaceutical salesman
Time to Goal: 4 months
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.
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 exercises like crossovers and MensHealth.com/cable to learn these moves), and gradually adding 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.
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.
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