This is Noah, and this is his story: "I was always a bigger kid when I was younger, and it’s easy to blame others or make excuses as to why I was overweight. But the truth is I just didn't have self control. During my freshman year of high school, I reached my peak weight at 5’7 weighing 180lbs. I felt disgusting, but I didn’t know where to start when it came to losing weight. I realized that you have to start somewhere, so I joined wrestling about a month into my freshman year, and I finally started to lose some weight. However, about a month into my newfound wrestling career, I had an allergic reaction that affected my performance. I took this step back as a sign, because I was introduced to the weight room while my reaction healed. I joined a gym in 2015 at the age of 14, and I began to learn about the combined effects of proper diet and proper training. Initially, I had the goal of losing weight so I could just fit in and be more comfortable with myself (and, of course, for girls). Throughout my process, though, I learned that being comfortable isn’t everything. If you want to grow, you are likely going to have to put yourself into uncomfortable situations. I am soon to be 17, and I am still pursing this passion of health and fitness. I’m currently sitting at 5’9 156lbs and look forward to growing as someone who can lead by example for the younger generations. The most important lesson I learned from this whole process is that no matter what you do, you can’t make everyone happy, so there’s no reason wasting your energy on that. Instead, work on your goals and focus on your perception of yourself."