Charissa Littlejohn is a model, photographer, graduate, Myprotein athlete – and Air Force veteran. Born in California, at a young age Charissa joined the Air Force and was assigned to an air base in Tokyo, Japan where she planned and co-ordinated logistics for government officials including the President of the United States, Secretary of Defence, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Air Force, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force and many more.
Charissa speaks exclusively to Myprotein this Veteran’s Day about her decision to join the military, keeping fit and eating healthy on base, and how her workouts changed after leaving the military to become a full-time model.
What made you decide that you wanted to serve within the military?
I was living in Vegas and become friends with a group of people who were serving in the Air Force. I was so inspired by them and found myself looking into joining myself. Little did I know at the time, it would be the best decision I would ever make.
Did you have a love for fitness before working out when joining the forces?
I’ve always enjoyed being active and training at the gym, but mostly I had a passion for playing sports. Military training definitely got me in shape, but it was something I had to do and not necessary enjoyed it. It was not until later that I found a passion for weightlifting and proper nutrition.
How did you transition from military workouts into more physique-style workouts?
Military training is completely different than physique-style weight training. While I was stationed in Japan, I began lifting more frequently at our base gym and really got into it more and more. Military training mostly taught me to not give up, and when you think your body is going to fail – push harder. It’s all mental, our bodies are capable of much more then we think.
How hard was it to stay on track with your nutrition while in the military?
It was not that too difficult to be healthy and eat properly in the military. We still had a grocery store and could eat clean. It was more difficult to eat regularly due to the high demands of our jobs.
You were aspiring to become a model before you entered the military. What made things take off for you when your time serving was done?
Yes, I had modeled for a few years prior to entering the service, and continued modeling in Japan here and there when time permitted. I would say my modeling career took off once I got out of the military because I was in better shape then I had ever been before and I’ve also noticed that being a Veteran and a model is very rare so that has benefited me as well.
What was the greatest thing you took away from your time serving your country?
This is a hard one. I appreciate and miss the military more and more every day. It feels good to know that I made a difference and got to play a part in serving and protecting this nation. I learned honor, respect, integrity, and service before self. I made friendships that will last a lifetime and joined a family that is irreplaceable.
Both Charissa and Myprotein would also like to say thank you to every man and woman who put their own needs aside and made sacrifices many of us will never know. You are on our minds and in our hearts. God Bless you and your family.