Josh Lost 200+ lbs With the Help of Digifit!

Testimonial by Digifit User Josh L.

I am an unabashed Who Dat (New Orleans Saints fan, to clarify for those who don’t know what that is) with a very French last name that has South Louisiana written all over it. I love being from the bayous of Louisiana, and I’m proud to be part of such a rich culture. The history, the people, and the football are all things we are extremely proud of down here. But if you polled the rest of the world, the one thing that would stand out as our claim to fame would have to be the food. We learn at a very early age how to make gumbo and jambalaya, boil crawfish, pot-fry rabbit, fry seafood and just generally excite your salivary glands. Whether it’s tailgating at a Saints game, or feeding a camp full of folks, we do food.

All this attention to food served me well in my younger days while I was still a participant in the sport I grew up loving, football. I weighed about 320 lbs at the time and, as a lineman, it was welcomed heft. But as my days on gridiron ended, and I kept my heft-centric diet, I got bigger, and bigger. I topped out at over 400 lbs. about 2 years ago. I got to a point where I felt concerned about my health (duh! I know, but down here I was just another big guy…which has a lot to do with why coronary artery disease is so common here). So I made a commitment to myself: we are going to drop some damn poundage!

As I followed through on this commitment to myself, and weight began to come off, I began to feel better, lighter, even athletic. And, I wanted to use this rediscovered athleticism. But how?

My wife and I spend our weekends in New Orleans. We love being in the city, and there is a race there called the Crescent City Classic (a.k.a. The CCC) that appealed to me. But it’s a 10k! That’s 6.1 miles! After some initial trepidation, I sold myself on the idea that I could get it done. This is when I began searching for an app to help me get started. I went through several, but couldn’t find one that really satisfied me once I was past the initial phase of starting. I didn’t know what I wanted, I just knew what I had wasn’t it. Then, one day I downloaded Digifit.

Everything about this app I liked! The dashboard was brightly colored, and easy to read mid-run. I loved the voice that would talk to me to let me know how far I had been, how many calories I had burned, how long I had been running, and my current and average pace. And the fact that I could customize how and when she (my Digifit voice is female, also a choice) spoke was just another thing I didn’t realize I wanted, but once I had it I loved it. This was awesome! Having these tangible results helped me to really hone in on the specifics of how my new body was performing. In tracking and reviewing my results, I was able gauge my gains in running. I barley finished that first 10k, but I did, with a time of 1:50:00.

As the pounds came off, I wanted more. And having these results enticed me to research, and compare myself to runners who do it for a living, just to see. In doing that, I had a food epiphany: if I want my Digifit results to get better, I should adopt the plant based lifestyle that every single runner I read about has. And being part of a heavy-drinking, heft-inducing culture, this was difficult to say the least. But Digifit was quantifying my efforts, my results. And as I saw the results get better and better, I wanted to be a runner even more! It dawned on me that I could, at the age of 34 be an athlete again. Football is not the only sport on the planet. Blaspheme!, right? I know, but I was changing my whole everything. I could still enjoy my football as a spectator in the New Orleans Superdome on Sundays, and be a actual participant in my new sport, running, the rest of the time.

My new nutrition and lifestyle, along with the tangible results I have recorded with my Digifit app., have made me into a runner. I no longer resemble that 320lbs 10k finisher hopeful, or that 320lbs lineman of my youth. I am now a lean, mean 204lbs athlete (I feel more like an athlete now than I did in college playing football) whose new participation sport is running. I completed my first half-marathon on October 12th this year with a time of 2:13:10. In my training for that half-marathon (the Jazz Half, btw. The results are on their website- and my Digifit app, of course.), I have inspired others by sharing my Digifit results on social media to begin running as well. The first thing I usually say is “get the Digifit app, and just start running” when someone asks how to get started.

Being able to quantify my efforts, share, and exhibit marked improvement along the way has been priceless for me in this journey. I am training for my first marathon now, and I post my results of my runs almost daily. One can just flick through my Facebook page or Instagram profile and see from where I’ve come. Digifit has empowered me in ways I never thought an app could.

Thank you!

17 Responses so far...

  1. @joshlajaunie on insta and twitter
    Find me on Facebook too. I'd love to know more Digifit users. I❤️iRunner

  2. Jessica Woodard Sabillon says:

    Amazing!!! Congrats to you on you for your accomplishments

  3. Roland Joseph says:

    Great job man you looking like a Calvin Klein model now !

  4. Karl-Gina Hester says:

    An awesome story and one that I share; I started running for weight loss at 54 years. I ran my first 5K just a year ago and have run my first half last month. Digif has been the key to unlock success.

  5. Kristy Henry Smith says:

    You are inspiration in itself!!!! Awesome accomplishment!!!!

  6. Lydia LaRose Landry says:

    Great article Josh. You have inspired many!!!!

  7. Marta Basas Walker says:

    This is my friend Mona's son- what an amazing transformation!! A true inspiration! :)

  8. Travis Breaux says:

    Very awesome & inspirational transformation Josh. I dropped 40+ lbs doing paleo and weights. Been thinking of adding running/jogging but wasn't sure how to start or if it was even advisable at over 300lbs. You know us old linemen (Hate running). I'm glad you wrote and shared this.

  9. Hey Trav, you remember all the whining coach would get from us when he made us run a 15min mile on Saturday mornings? I think about that a lot now, and laugh at myself as I run 5, 10, 13 miles.
    Congrats on your progess, brutha! I tried paleo for a while too. Lost some weight with it. Keep learning about nutrition and what us humans should be eating. The closer we get to our natural diet, the easier our bodies can find their natural normal and ultimate health.
    Now I'm, like Chef AJ says, kaleo
    Keep grinding, keep learning, and above all keep getting healthier.

  10. Ron Carrier says:

    Great job, Josh! What a transformation!

  11. Ramona LaJaunie says:

    Thanks Marta. He has put so much effort into research and application. He has inspired us and many others. Dustin is right behind him at 125 pounds lost. Kassi and I are working on it…..about 30 pounds each lost. Feel so much better eating this way. :)

  12. Travis Breaux says:

    Evolving man, thanks. I don't think I'll ever go total vegan but I am cutting back in my meals. Now that my wife is into paleo it's a lot easier.

  13. Awesome! Like I don't have enough challenges…. you just added one to my list. Lol. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I heard you on the Rich Roll podcast, and you are very inspiring. Ready to commit to running and plant based lifestyle again. Thanks!

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