Hi, my name is Joel! I have struggled with my weight and relationship with food for many years of my life. At my heaviest weight, I weighed in at a whopping 467lbs. I had always been the “fat kid” growing up. Always picked last on the playground, always being picked on, and always eating more than the other kids. However, my issues with food and weight turned up 12 notches after losing my parents at a young age. This led to me eating for comfort. Food is the one thing in life that made me feel happy. It felt like a warm hug on a plate. When I turned 19 years old, I went to the doctor for a routine checkup. I had not weighed myself for at least a year going up to this point, so I did not know what to expect. When I saw the number 467 on the scale, I was floored. I knew my situation was bad, but I had no idea how bad I had really let it get. I knew that I needed to take my life back.
After this wake-up call, I set out to take back my life. Over the course of two years, I lost 235lbs naturally through eating and exercise changes and kept it off for another two years. The most important part of my change however was changing my relationship with food. I began to realize why I am eating and why I should be eating. I got myself to a place where I use food to fuel my body and not for comfort. During that time, I also discovered a passion for fitness with powerlifting and a passion for helping others reach their fitness goal.
What drew me to MBT was the support and accountability aspect. MBT is something that I wish I had when I was at my heaviest weight. Having a support system to hold you accountable and guide you along the way is critical in your health journey! In addition, I love diving deeper into the “why” of eating versus just the “how much” and “what” of eating. That is a place that many programs do not go and that is one of the many things I love about MBT! I can’t wait to help you in your journey towards better health!