Vishal Joshi: CrossFit, Healthy Eating “Saved My Life”

Vishal Joshi: CrossFit, Healthy Eating “Saved My Life”


I was lacking self confidence. I didn’t care for myself, I didn’t think I was– worthy of a lot of things. And CrossFit has brought that back for me. I remember—and I rarely ever tell this story— I’m a patient-advocate for hospice, where I go and I educate doctors and families about what hospice can do for their loved ones. I remember sitting outside of a hospital in Sugarland, one day and I saw this man and woman, very attractive man and woman. I knew they were in sales. And I thought to myself, “Would a physician
want to talk to them? “Who are healthy, active-looking individuals, “Or would he want to talk to someone who’s
looking like me? “Who’s at 280 pounds, trying to sell hospice,
trying to do my job?” Who would they want to look at? And automatically, I thought, “I’d want to talk to them.” I’d want to talk to them! I want to know how is it that you got to where you’re at. What are you going to do? Continue down this lifestyle and end your life early? Or do you want to make a change and do something for yourself? Do you want to be around for your kids? I was like, “I do want to be around for my kids.” I got to make that change now. And that’s what I did. In 2007 I was–had to go to the bathroom a lot, I was not feeling well, very sluggish. I thought I was healthy, you know, I was like, “Oh I’m okay. I’m fine.” Go to the doctor’s office, take some blood work, “You’re diabetic.” My blood sugar’s—on average—was
probably in the high 200s. My triglycerides were 999.
My cholesterol was well over 200. Glucose was probably high 200s-low 300s. My A1C was probably around the 13 mark, when normal is about 6 and below. From 2007 to about 2013, I thought
I was taking care of myself. I thought I was. In reality, I wasn’t. -How did you feel?
-Like crap. I felt horrible! I was sluggish. I was
sleepy. I was tired, agitated… I was lacking self confidence. I didn’t care for myself and I didn’t think I was worthy of a lot of things. When I went to the doctor’s in 2013, he said,
“You need to do something “or you’re going to die at a young age.” My boys are my heart and soul. I don’t want them to find out later in life—as I did— “Oh, I’m a diabetic because I didn’t take care
of myself earlier in life.” I just thought that just because I’m young that I can eat and drink whatever I want, not realizing the consequences.
That’s going to catch up to you! As it did for me! I really have to sit back and think about what is that I really want to do? How am I going to do this? What am I going to do? So I made a conscious decision. I went and tried my free class at Redefined. I went back the next day as a crazy person. I was like, “Let me try this again.” And that was it. He started off a bit overweight– when I was here–a bit overweight, but I mean it didn’t stop him. He’s a workhorse. So I started going on a daily basis to Redefined, doing CrossFit. [laughing] My eating habits had to change. It didn’t happen overnight. Still enjoying my chips and queso–not going to lie. We live it Texas. We love Mexican food. Which I had to learn that you can do. It doesn’t matter how much you’re in the gym if you don’t have the diet. If you don’t do it it right in the kitchen you’re never going to get to where you want to be. So that was end of May of 2013, going back to see my physician in September of 2013… and blown away. I took my triglycerides from 999 to 98 and my blood sugars were down to
about 120, on average. My cholesterol was back to about 110. So he was just in shock. He was like, “What did you do?”
I was like, “I started working out.” -“What about your diet?”
-“My diet’s been okay, but I started working out.” I started moving. That’s what it was. Physically, off the charts. He’s got so much more energy. He an finish workouts now. He’s not huffing and puffing so quick. So I started at about 280, and the
lowest I got was 212 pounds. I’m steady at about 220-225 now. I started off on six meds. I’m down to two. I’m down to two. It’s a conscious decision. I don’t ever want to feel like that again. When I was 280 pounds I was miserable. I didn’t like it. I don’t ever want to feel like that again. I don’t ever want to look at a picture and say,
“What’s wrong with me?” “What happened to this guy?” “We can’t ever look like this guy again.” It’s hard meal-prepping. It’s hard getting up at 4 o’clock in the morning, you know and going and working out every single day. It’s a consciuos decision. To not allow yourself to go back to what you used to be. I’ve had a couple family members who died at a young age and that was due to health issues which I think could have been prevented, early in life. And then seeing what I’m seeing with my patients in hospice, it’s eye opening. I don’t want that for my kids when I’m at that age. You know, I don’t want to deteriorate. I feel pretty young now. Make those changes now. I had that choice. We all have that choice. Do you want to make that choice now, or do you want to wait until you don’t have those choices anymore? And we’re just in there–we’re diagnosed with some sort of end-of-life disease and you’re on this list of medications. Do you
want to make that choice then? I had that choice and I made that choice now. For me it’s about my boys. I will think about them if I don’t want to get out of bed. My alarm clock goes off and I don’t want to get up? “Well what are you getting up for? Do you want to go back to taking all those medications again?” “Or do you want to go and run around with those kids?” Get out of bed. Go. Go workout. It’s not the easiest thing in the world,
but CrossFit saved my life.