Sustainable Health: How Fit Father Joe Made Adjustments and Changed His Life

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

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Looking for a path to sustainable health and fitness? Believe it or not, making life adjustments isn’t as difficult or disruptive as you may think.

And small changes can lead to much bigger results! 

That was certainly the case for Fit Father Joe. 

Joe is a 54-year-old father of three who, like many of us, found his health slipping away as the pounds added up. 

As a highly active young man, Joe never had any issues staying fit. 

Two years after high school, Joe went into the Marines, and for another 10 years, weight was never an issue. 

But then life happened. 

Marriage, kids, and desk jobs led to his health falling by the wayside.

Diets and other plans never worked, and then Joe started having mental shifts. 

He just wasn’t happy or feeling like himself. 

Plus, his kids were getting older and more active, and he wanted to keep up. 

Then COVID hit. 

Joe knew he could make the best of it or make the worst of it. 

He decided to make the best of it, and that’s when he found the Fit Father Project.

Listen to Joe's Story on the Fit Father Project Podcast:

Battling Obesity and Poor Self-Image

According to Joe, he had always been active and athletic.

“I grew up as an athlete. I ran track and was a cross-country runner. I skied, surfed, skydived, and whatnot. I played football and baseball and never had to worry about weight because I was just burning calories. I would surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon.”

He also joined the Marines and served there for 10 years.

Joe started gaining weight as he turned 32, and he took up a desk job.

He gained more weight after he got married and had kids.

That is when he also noticed a mental shift.

“I wasn't as happy. I was a little more irritable, and life was out of fun for me.”

His cholesterol had been high for a few years, which required medication.

Another major life change drove him into stress eating. 

“My wife and I had a business when the kids were young, and we lost our business. That threw me into another tailspin, and then it was just depression, eating, and so on.”

Joe did not feel good about his self-image and only gained more weight by the day.

To add to everything, the pandemic also came into the picture.

That is when he was faced with two choices: to make something good out of the situation or push himself further into the mess.

He chose the former and started working out on his own.

He felt stronger; however, he was still ignoring his poor diet. 

“I was doing some right things but in all the wrong ways. So I was doing my daily walk, five miles, benching and curling, and everything else, but I wasn't making any necessary food adjustments. And I wasn't losing any weight, although physically, I felt stronger.”

Then, after a seemingly simple occurrence, Joe had a wake-up call.

“My son and I were playing catch at the beach, and I went to chase the ball. I was running and felt my chest bouncing. I was shocked at what was happening. And I had never in my life felt like that before. I have man-boobs. What am I going to do about this? It was truly a low point.”

Learn more about Joe's journey to sustainable health and fitness!


Finding Sustainable Health and Fitness

After the man-boob incident, Joe decided to change it all for the better and started looking for health and fitness programs on the Internet.

That's when he came across the Fit Father Project.

“There was relatability. The idea that this is a life adjustment clicked and registered with me because that is what I needed to build sustainable growth.”

He jumped in and started digesting everything about the Fit Father Project.

“You have a video for everything. I just had to go to YouTube for any of my questions, and there was a video that answered it. The videos explained everything and told us why we would make this happen.”

He dove deep into the program and followed through with everything.

Joe lost 25 pounds in the program's first phase, and by the end of 90 days, he lost a staggering 50 pounds.

His cholesterol levels also became normal. 

He encountered some major obstacles along his journey, like his father's demise and his mother's injury, but instead of letting such stressors pull him down, he made them his strength and went full steam ahead. 

Joe’s family is supporting his health and fitness journey, and they're also following his healthy habits.

He also gets great support from the Fit Father Project Brotherhood Facebook group.

“The guys over there are great with a ton of information. And nobody judges you. They are super helpful.”

So what would Joe say to someone looking to join the Fit Father Project?

“Always ask yourself what's going to feel worse — your body after a workout or your mind all day, knowing that you didn't do it? Get out of your bed. Do the workouts rather than skipping them and feeling like a failure. You're going to feel better. You will be a little sore, but you will be proud. Use the Facebook group. Don't manipulate the program too much because the core elements are sound. It works. Just have faith. Everybody is different. Everybody adjusts differently, and your time will come. If you stick to it, everything will work. Do the reading. Watch the YouTube videos.”

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3 Key Takeaways From Joe's Journey

To summarize, here are three key lessons you can learn from Joe’s successful health and fitness journey:

Lesson 1: Always Expect Hurdles Along the Way

Joe could have easily fallen back on several excuses.

For example, his dad passed away from cancer, and his mom suffered a leg injury.

But instead of letting such predicaments bring him down, he made them his power and worked all the harder.

Today he is in the best shape of his life.

There will always be bumps in the road.

They do not define you but show how persistent you are about getting back on track after every deviation. 

Lesson 2: Get Hold of Any Situation or Let It Get Hold of You

Joe did not let the pandemic be another setback in his life.

He could make something good or bad out of it.

But his optimistic and resolute self took over when he decided to act and stop being miserable.

Your life will change by the decisions you make and the actions you take.

Succumbing to every wayward situation in life will hardly ever teach you to hold your head high. 

Lesson 3: Everyone Is Different; Live Your Own Journey

Never compare your health and fitness progress with that of others because everyone has different bodies, thresholds, capacities, strengths, and weaknesses.

It's OK to work things at your own pace.

It's also OK to take more time doing something that someone else might do quicker.

You might be good at something someone else might not be.

We all are different. Accept and follow this principle. 

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Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, NMD
Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder Fit Father Project, Founder Fit Mother Project

After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Balduzzi founded The Fit Father Project and Fit Mother Project to help busy dads and moms get and stay healthy for their families.

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

*Please know that weight loss results and health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on sustainable health.

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

Men's Health Doctor & Founder
The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

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