- Posted May 13, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
Photojournalist, community volunteer loses over 100 pounds in 9 months
Joshua Hood, a Photojournalist, writer, community volunteer and former campaign manager struggled with weight and obesity since being a young child. In January 2013, after being invited to President Obama's second inaugural by US Congressman Tom Graves, Joshua weighed in at more than 437 lbs. He couldn't walk more than 0.25 miles without becoming short of breath and heaving for air. After returning home from Washington DC, Joshua felt inspired to change his health, change his looks and his life.
In April 2013 Joshua approached a medical weight loss doctor to undergo supervision for weight loss. He started working out everyday adding distance to his walks and workouts. By July 2013 Joshua had a total weight loss of 65 lbs having averaged 20 lbs a month.
Joshua pushed himself everyday, 7 days a week and had the attitude that nothing was going to stop him. He set his calorie intake at 1000 a day and maintained it despite how hard it was. By Christmas 2013 Joshua had hit his goal of 100 lbs and was walking/running 5 miles a morning.
Today Joshua has lost 120 lbs and continues pushing himself everyday to lose more, he has set his goal at 190-200 lbs. He is a total inspiration to us all.