Justin still felt in shape, just a little bigger, and wanted to give back and fight in a different way, so he joined the fire department. He says this is where the weight gain really hit him. “On every table or freezer at the firehouse was a pile of sugar in every possible form. Ice cream, cookies, cakes and every meal was served over white rice and gravy,” says Lee. “For the first time ever, I felt like I was losing the battle.”
Shortly after, Justin was introduced to the world of competitive spearfishing. Given his experience and background, Justin was successful fairly quickly. He has since competed in 2 US Spearfishing National Championships and earned a spot on the All American Team. He has competed internationally with Team Hawaii as well. But, even with his spearfishing success, he had just had a physical and was at the heaviest weight he had ever been at 249 lbs. He says, “this is when I knew something had to change.” He was ready to fight to change his lifestyle.