For Aaron Atayde aka Josh Strike at Magic 89.9, he saw being fit and healthy as a way to further his chosen career as a sportscaster and host. A lot of changes were happening in his personal and professional life and he felt that a physical change would be beneficial for him as well. His remarkable change is one that was brought about by sheer dedication and a lot of discipline. With a schedule as crazy and as hectic as he has (working until 2am on most days) it would’ve been easy to just give up and revert to his old habits of eating junk food and not prioritising working out. But once he made that choice to be fit and healthy, he didn’t let anything stop him. He made it a priority and he’s way better for it.
Here’s the story of how he made that choice and where he is now:
1. What was the moment when you realized that you had to start working out? What was your weight then and health state?
It really just happened one morning last August. I wanted to make myself a whole lot better in all aspects. I wanted to be more positive about everything, concentrate on my work and my businesses, and of course, make my health and fitness to the best it’s ever been.
I was 178 pounds with about 30% body fat. It really can’t be that way with my line of work being on TV and hosting. So, I decided to get into tip top shape for the first time in my life. Best decision of both my life and my career.
2. Describe the first few days and weeks of your exercise and diet programming. Did you have a hard time adjusting or was it easy? If it was hard, how did you get through it?
It was tough. I completely cut out any form of carb, junk food, and sweets to cut as much weight as quickly as possible. I was working out about four days a week for about an hour and a half. The 30 minutes being nothing but cardio. It wasn’t easy, but it was necessary. I had a goal and the only obstacle I had from reaching it was my own discipline. I wasn’t going to allow the “old me” stop me from becoming the “new me.”
3. Describe your current diet or eating habits and exercise program. Is it difficult to maintain?
My diet right now is still pretty much the same, but has become a little looser in terms of the strictness of it. I wake up and have a bowl of oatmeal or hardboiled eggs (only 1 yolk). Then, I just stay away from all junk and fast food places during the day. I eat about four times a day, but it mostly high protein. Gotta bulk up now!
As for the working out, I have Coach Alex Callanta making my program. I don’t really try to figure out why he makes me do somethings though. I just know that he knows my goal and we are working towards that. I trust him. I go to the gym three times a week at 360 Fitness, then I try to squeeze in one or two more in the gym in my condo, if I have time.
It can be pretty difficult to maintain because of the hours that I work, but if ever I have a spare hour or two, I’m going straight to the gym.
4. What’s your current weight now? How do you feel about your physical fitness and health?
I started at about 178 lbs and 30% body fat back in August. Now, I weigh 157 lbs and have a 10.5% body fat. I seriously couldn’t believe it. I never had abs in my life until now. I still get amazed when I see it in the mirror. I used to be the fat kid in high school. Who would’ve thought? Not me.
5. What’s the best thing about being fit and healthy?
Getting more work done really. I have a whole lot more energy nowadays. I can go to meetings, go to the gym, finish up work for TV5, and still be able to have an energetic show on Magic 89.9. I wanted to get everything in my life better. When I got fit, it really all just fell into place. Love life nalang kulang!
6. Do you have any tips for people who are about to start exercising or fixing their eating habits?
It’s all about you telling yourself that you want to do it. If people are telling you to do it, but you aren’t 100% committed, it’s not gonna work. Don’t let the “old you” stop you from being the “new you!” Get you mind right about getting your body right and you will be well on your way!