My story starts off at the age of 19 years old, and recent graduate of Winter Park High School. I was obese and had no desire in life to do anything, probably one of the lowest points in my life. I wanted to make a change, stop being a fat slob who wanted everything in life to be easy and given to me without work, the magic pill so to speak. One of my friends got me interested into joining the service and I was hooked, the only issue is every single recruting station I called or went to said the same thing, that I had to lose at least 60 pounds in order to enlist. With absolutely no yes to my answer to sign a contract I decided there would only be one way for me to get in and that is to lose the weight. That same day that I got rejected by the marines and the navy I went to a nearby gym only a couple miles away from me called planet fitness. When I first started I didn't know anything about nutrition, exercises, and I couldn't even tell you what a supplement was. The first day there I got my ass kicked, I could only squat the bar maybe like 2 reps, not do a single push up, sit up, and my run time was horrible, I cranked up the treadmill to 5 miles per hour and I could go for maybe half a mile on a good day. I knew I needed some help in order to get to where I wanted to be and that is when I meet the man that would take me on a year long road to signing the dotted line and getting shipped off to Fort Benning, GA and his name is Lobis, and we are still friends to this day. Lobis taught me about supplements, strength training, cardio, and with his help I lost 75 pounds in 7 months, went from 285 pounds the day I stepped on the scale for the first time at planet fitness to when I went to MEPS to get medically examined in order to enlist, 210 pounds I weighed when I stepped on the scale. I was shocked and stunned and gained a huge amount of confidence that I never once believed I could have in me. That same day I signed my contract and took oath. I didn't leave for Basic Training until 3 months later and I lost another 30 pounds on top of that. I went into Basic Training weighing 195 pounds, and I haven't weighed that much since middle school maybe even earlier. I am now currently 22 years old now. I have deployed, got a certification in sports nutrition through ISSA and currently working on getting a second nutrition certification, and got picked up in order to go to EOD school in March 2013. To this day whenever I go back to my hometown to visit my parents I always go back to the same gym where I started my path to becoming a different me and I will always get asked how much weight I lost, 2 years after I left. I have found that my true strength comes from others telling me that I won't amount to anything in this life. I have been told this from the time I graduated high school to now and I have found that it gives me a strength to prove anyone in my path wrong, I hate to lose now and its never an option for me and shouldn't be for you. Being the "underdog" is now my truestrength in life. That is my truestrength story.