HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now/Grey News) — Several days a week, Joshua Swiger exercises in a park in Makakilo, Hawaii using his body weight to build muscle and burn fat.
“I try to take a walk once or twice a week. I mix it up a lot. In the end, I kind of do pretty much every day,” he told HawaiiNewsNow.
A couple of years ago, fitness was the furthest thing from Swiger’s mind. In January 2020, he was a contestant on the game show “Jeopardy!”
He said, “I was famous for being the Aloha shirt guy on Jeopardy!”
The married father weighed over 400 pounds at the time.
“I was not only overweight, not only obese, but obese according to the charts,” he said.
When the pandemic hit, Swiger owned a small tour company that collapsed when tourism dried up.
“Summer has been really great for me, 100% shutdown in a matter of days,” he said.
The storm cloud turned to a luminous side. While searching for jobs and tightening his belt, he took a closer look at himself.
He said, “I didn’t feel like I was that big until I looked in the mirror, and then I’d say, ‘Oh, my God!'” “
You flipped a switch in his mindset and set him on a weight loss journey. He started simply by watching his diet and doing easy exercises with his kids.
To his surprise, the pounds fell off his body.
“I’m sure in another five or six years I would have had some very serious health issues,” he said. “I don’t think I would have done this without the pandemic, which is really weird to say.”
Swiger is half the man he used to be. He just hit his weight goal, tipping the scales by 200 pounds. Even his career changed. He is now a personal trainer and fitness trainer.
“My job from now on is to encourage and inspire as many people as possible so that they can also do impossible things,” he said.
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