Though only in his early 30s, Joseph Blunt already suffered from high blood pressure, prediabetes and back pain due to his weight.
At the recommendation of his primary care physician, Blunt joined the Hawaii Pacific Health 360° Weight Management Center at Pali Momi Medical Center in the summer of 2016 to get a handle on his health conditions – and his life.
“I wanted a second chance at an active life,” the 35-year-old Aiea resident says.
Here, Blunt shares his transformation, plus his own healthier recipe for tuna casserole!
Date joined the Hawaii Pacific Health 360° Weight Management Center at Pali Momi Medical Center: July 2016
Health conditions prior to joining the program: High blood pressure, back pain, prediabetes.
What was your lifestyle like prior to joining the program?
I was never a couch potato – I went surfing and hiking – but I got tired fast and needed many breaks to catch my breath.
How has your life changed since joining the program?
I look forward to my time spent exploring new hikes, and I have more energy now than when I was in my 20s!
Joining the program was the best decision of my life. There were a few hard times, but in the end it was worth it. My back pain has gotten better, and I feel younger. People don’t call me “Big Joe” anymore – even my doctor calls me “Half Joe” when he sees me!
What healthy changes have you made to your life?
I focus on protein first and have a new relationship with food. I love to make new variations of tuna casseroles (click here for a link to Joseph's Healthier Tuna Casserole).
I'm able to run for the first time in 20 years, and I enjoy it.
By far my favorite activity is surfing – I go at least twice a week. I also enjoy walking in my neighborhood. Instead of driving to the store for a few groceries, now I try to find a way to walk there.
What would you tell someone who is considering joining the program?
I would tell them to do the work and listen to the medical staff. There will be times of doubt, and you'll even wonder why you did this. Then, six months later, you won't recognize yourself in the mirror and you'll have the energy of a child … then you'll see why you did it.
I'm still getting used to my new reflection, but it’s been a great experience.
Have the self-discipline and your life will change forever.
Published on: May 1, 2017