117 – Half Size Me: Shedding Emotional and Physical Weight with Joshua (who lost 180 pounds!)

117-imageIn this episode of Half Size Me, Heather interviews Josh Hansen, who once weighed over 400 pounds.

However, he learned that if he was going to shed the physical weight, he also needed to rid himself of the emotional weight too.

About Joshua: On May 1st, 2009, Joshua Snow Hansen hit rock bottom. What was supposed to be one of the happiest days of his life as he graduated from college … he felt miserable, depressed and directionless. Weighing over 400lbs. with no vision moving towards the future he was extremely unhappy. Knowing he had to find his path towards happiness Joshua worked towards that goal.
Eventually, he found the courage to shed the weight that held him back for many years. Not just the pounds, but the emotional weight, the anxieties, the fears and worries that paralyzed him. In this process he’s found a passion for running. Starting with just one 5K, his journey has led him to over 52 half marathons, three marathons, and a couple of relays.
His goal is to run 180 races over 13.1 miles before he turns 40. Why, 180? Because in the process of his journey he has lost over 180lbs. while running has provided him the means to turn his life around 180 degrees. He couldn’t think of a better number.

You can follow Joshua’s running adventures, muses, weight-loss and fitness journey on his blog. He is also on Twitter and Instagram @running180.

In this episode, we talk about how

  • Joshua has moved from fitting in to belonging.
  • being judged held him back from using the gym for two years.
  • sharing his story helped Joshua become successful.
  • and much more!


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About Half Size Me

Half Size Me is an hour-long, weekly podcast meant to inspire you and motivate you no matter where you are on your weight loss journey. If you’re just getting started losing weight, or if you’ve started and stopped so many times you’ve lost count, this is the show for you!

Hosted by Heather Robertson, who lost over 170 pounds by learning new eating habits, getting regular exercise, and, most importantly, changing her mindset. She shares her own lessons and struggles as well as how to handle to real challenge of any weight loss journey… weight maintenance.

So, join Heather every week as she shares information, inspiration, and interviews with women who’ve learned weight loss isn’t just about losing pounds, it’s about finding yourself.

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After losing 170 pounds by changing her mindset, developing healthier eating habits, and making exercise part of her lifestyle, Heather decided she wanted to help others who struggled along their weight loss journey. Along with her hubby, Joel, they founded HalfSizeMe.com and the extremely popular Half Size Me Show podcast.