In the later part of 2018, I was contacted by the Editor of ApolloGT Magazine asking to provide them with models, take their pictures and provide them with questions written by ApolloGT for their article. This model, JD talks about his past and present physical and mental health issues and how he has controlled them through a fitness regime. Here is part of his interview with recent pictures and pictures from the magazine.
JD: They said the brain controlled the body therefore the mind powered the muscles. In some cases, the body actually nourished the mind and in turn kept a person healthy. One should not neglect the body nor the mind but must in fact learn how to keep both actively fit.
AMM: From where you are standing now, is it still difficult to look back at the time when you were dealing with your mental health issue and digestive disorder?
JD: Looking back on where I have come form is almost kinda like a dream at this point. Since I practice daily cognitive mind skills to get better, so I will never get back to that negative point which would lead to hospitalization. I still struggle with digestive problems. they will never go away but exercising and eating the right way helps me tremendously.
AMM: How did you start working out and be a healthier you?
JD: I have always been into sports and extreme sports but I never really trained for building muscle util I was hospitalized and reality kicked in that I needed to do it otherwise my body would continue to shut down.
AMM: What does winning 1st place in several competitions mean to you?
JD: Being able to achieve first place trophies is more than rewarding for me. First off, I have never won anything before, growing up so to me this is a sign for all the work i’ve put in. All the sacrifice, sweat and tears - to me, it makes it worth it.
AMM: What dow it feel like to see yourself now in the the nude through your photographer’s lens?
JD: It literally is mind blowing, I would never have in a million years guess I would have the opportunity to be in front of a professional photographer and then a magazine - getting published - it sounds like a dream to me, that I still can't grasp onto.
AMM: You know what you had gone through and what others might be going through. Do you think that will help you reach out to those who need help getting healthier?
JD: I pray that stuff I’ve been through was for a reason, and that reason being an inspiration and a role model to others that struggle because we all can be and do anything we set our minds to; we just have to try and never give up.
AMM: Who is your number one inspiration today?
JD: My number on inspiration is split into 3 people equally that motivate and inspire me every single day and have been there through everything with me. I couldn’t be more thankful and grateful for these people; they are my everything no specific order.
My mother, my father and my grandfather. They all have their own tremendously inspiring and motivating stories.