Fitness Profile: Josh Damis

August 19, 2011

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This week’s fitness profile is on my friend Josh. We met when he was near his heaviest and it has been amazing to witness his progress. Per usual, my questions are in black, and his responses are in blue. Thanks for sharing, Josh! ALSO, Josh didn’t provide me with a photo so I chose this one because there is a puppy in it and I like puppies.

You’ve lost quite a bit of weight in the last few years, how much do you think?

As of today, I’ve lost 80 pounds. I was 319 pounds when I decided I needed to make a change, and as of today, I’m 239 pounds.

What motivated you to make a change?

My initial motivation, honestly, was girls. When I was in high school, I never really had to learn how to approach girls because enough of them would just come up to me, but when they stopped, I became extremely insecure. But because I had a garbage motivation, my weight loss was up and down. I ended up getting really sick, and I could’ve died, and that’s what really motivated me. I started looking closer at my eating habits, and exercise, and my drinking, and just educating myself on the toll everything was doing to my body, it made me want to be healthy for me. And I’m going to be rich and famous soon, so I want to be able to holler at Erin Andrews when I make it big without getting rejected. Oh, great… I’m doing it again…

What does your average diet like?

Since I got sick, a lot fruits and vegetables. I’ve really cut down on grains, and have almost eliminated gluten all together from my diet. I have spinach in my breakfast smoothie every morning, and usually eat it with lunch and dinner as well. I always eat between meals too, usually grapefruit, or carrots. I don’t eat meat all that much, and when I do, I only eat fish and chicken. Mostly organic. I also very rarely drink any kind of beverage that isn’t water or tea. It’s really a waste of calories. I like to take note of what I eat too, and if I eat something and it makes me tired after, I cut it out of my diet. I only eat for energy when I’m alone. 

What is your workout routine like?

My focus right now is weight loss, so it’s like 75% cardio, 25% weight lifting. I was in an auto accident this last spring, so I’m kind of restricted on what I can do. I prefer the elliptical because running enflames my neck ever since my wreck. I won’t get off the elliptical until I’ve burned at least 500 calories. On average, I burn about 750 – 800. Then I do weight lifting exercises my doctor allows me to do, like lat pull downs, rows, stuff like that. Then I use all the machines that workout my back and abs. I’m really focused on strengthening my core. My routine can also be very bloody. I like to use the elliptical until it makes my nips bleed. So my routine is kinda psychotic.

What were your diet and workout routines like before?

When I was at 319, I wasn’t working out at all really. It was like my goal was to be Jonah Hill’s stuntman or something. Part of why I got so heavy was due to another auto injury a few years ago. Prior to the wreck, I was a gym rat. I seriously worked out for two and a half hours six days a week. I was in great shape. Then I got in a wreck and I was told I couldn’t work out at all. I kinda started to enjoy being lazy, and really partook in the college life. I was smoking weed, drinking and eating ice cream every day. The healthiest thing I was eating was maybe Wheaties. When I got to 280, I quit smoking, but I was still gaining weight because I was too embarrassed to go to the gym. It was terrible. Knowing as much as I do about food now, I can’t believe I put my body through that. Lord have mercy.

What are your fitness goals?

I want to get to a point where I’m just stunning. Ya know? I’m like a 7.5 right now, but I’m aiming for a 9.7 at least. Seriously though, my goal right now is to get to 200 pounds. A doctor told me with how broad my shoulders are, and my overall bone structure is, a healthy weight for me is 210, but I used to be 170 and thought I looked pretty good then. So what does he know? But I want to get to 200, and then I’m going to focus on body building more. Not trying to be Arnold big, but I want to be solid. My goal is to be healthy so I can live for as long that hopefully I’m supposed to naturally live. And I also want to run one of those crazy marathons like Hood to Coast or something crazy like that.

What advice do you have for someone deciding they need to make a change to lose a significant amount of weight?

First of all, educate yourself. There’s so much out there they don’t teach you in health class growing up. Know what you’re putting in your body. And also, you need to do it for yourself. Do it because you care about yourself. Don’t worry about losing weight because the media wants you to look a certain way or anything like that. Learn to love yourself if you don’t already and you will want to work out.

Which ICP clown would you be and why?

Uhhh… I actually don’t know which one is which. I only know their names from one of Eminem’s CDs. Can I be Eminem?

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2 Responses to “Fitness Profile: Josh Damis”


  1. Haha. I didn’t even know you actually posted this. I’ve lost 107 pounds now.


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