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Justin Wells is shown above with a before and after picture of his weight loss journey. Since beginning his journey in 2013, he has lost 164 pounds. Wells is a finalist in a national weight loss challenge.
Hospital employee finalist in national Beachbody contest
By Brianna White
Advocate summer Intern

Giving up dessert wasn’t easy for him, but a Frenchburg man is now a finalist in a weight loss challenge that will award a grand prize of $100,000.

Justin Wells, 35, the violence prevention coordinator for St. Joseph Mt. Sterling, has lost 164 pounds since he began his weight loss journey in 2013 with Beachbody and is one of eight national finalists in the Beachbody Challenge Contest.

Beachbody offers different programs for diet and exercise in addition to coaches to help individuals have a healthier lifestyle. To recognize the progress that is made by the program participants, Beachbody also offers daily, monthly, quarterly and annual money prizes.
Wells said at 360 pounds, his main motivation to lose weight was his son because he wanted to be able to see his milestones and stay healthy to set a good example for him. With his past lifestyle, Wells said he didn’t think he would live past the age of 50.

With a supportive wife and a Beachbody coach at his side, Wells at first began an eating plan known as Michi’s Ladder. The eating plan is made up of five tiers with a range of foods that are considered both good and bad for a diet. Tiers one, two and three are lists of foods that are important or neutrally beneficial to a diet, while the lower tiers are made up of foods that should be eaten sparingly or not at all, according to teambeachbody.com.

To begin his exercise regimen, Wells turned to the 21 Day Fix, a workout program offered through Beachbody that involves plyometric and cardio exercises. Wells said the first day of his workouts was difficult, and during the first week his legs and joints were in a large amount of pain.
As the weeks went on, Wells said the workouts became easier and he started to feel better about himself.

“I felt invigorated, I felt younger,” Wells said. “I had a better outlook on my life.”

After already winning $6,500 from the daily, monthly and quarterly challenges for his transformations, Wells was selected out of the 66 contestants to be one of the final four male finalists for the Beachbody Challenge Contest and received an additional $25,000 for this achievement. Wells has been awarded a total of $31,500. One man and one woman will win the annual grand prize of $100,000 among several other prizes, according to the contest website.

To win the contest, Wells must receive the most votes from the online community. To vote for Wells, go to teambeachbody.com and follow the links for the Beachbody Challenge to register for a free account. Voting can be done once every 24 hours until the poll closes June 27.
Although he hopes to win the contest, Wells said the experience has made a lasting impact on his life.

“The contest is wonderful and is great for now, but now I know I can live to see my son’s milestones,” Wells said.
For others trying to lose weight and become healthier, Wells said finding a motivation that will keep up determination and taking it one day at a time are the best things to do.

“Anyone who wants to do something can do it,” Wells said.
He added that with having motivation and goals, anything is possible, although it may not always be easy.

Wells said he’s not an athlete but instead someone who refused to quit.
“It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Wells said.

To see Wells’ story, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX3d0s35Rj8.

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