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When the pandemic shut down his business, he focused on his fitness journey and lost 200 pounds

"I don't think I would have done this without the pandemic and that's a really weird thing to say," he said.

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When the pandemic closed Joshua Swiger's tourism business in Honolulu, he took on a new challenge that left him 200 pounds lighter.

After his appearance on "Jeopardy!" in January 2020, Swiger said he "became known for being the aloha shirt guy."

"I was not just overweight, not just obese, but according to the charts, morbidly obese," he told Hawaii News Now.

Swiger weighed more than 400 pounds when the pandemic hit and closed his small tour company.

"The summer was going to be really great for me, and the business 100% shut down in a matter of days," he said.

As he began to look for jobs, Swiger said he also took time to take a look at himself.

"I didn't feel like I was that big until I looked in a mirror, then I would say, 'Oh, my goodness!' you know?"

Swiger said he started out doing easy exercises with his kids and making changes to his diet. Not only has his body changed — he's down to less than 200 pounds now — his career has, too. He's now a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

"I'm pretty sure that in another five or six years I would have seen some very serious health problems," he said. "I don't think I would have done this without the pandemic and that's a really weird thing to say. My mission from now on is to encourage and inspire as many people as I can so that they can do impossible things too."