Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started the program, I used food as a crutch for my stress. I constantly sat at work anyway, and did no physical activity whatsoever. I was content on just going with the flow and enjoying copious amounts of the food that I loved. I hated my body, and never really saw myself on how I really was. I would not look in the mirror when I would pass, and never would get on the scale. I hated how I felt, but I also was so addicted to food that I would not turn my back on a box of snack cakes or cookies.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
On March 3rd I received a phone call from a nurse practitioner that had reviewed our blood tests for the yearly fire department physical. When she called me she verified that I had fasted the night before. She told me that I needed to make an appointment with my family physician immediately due to concerns about my fluid levels. This was not happening to me, but then the blinders came off and I had realized what I had become. Immediately I went home, not knowing what I was going to do to fix this problem. I threw out all the sugars, all the bad food, went to the store that night with my wife and we got the healthy stuff. One month later, I made the commitment to the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge that I faced was the food. I loved food so much that I would hide it like a starved dog. After getting rid of the bad, I would compare the feeling like an alcoholic going through withdraws. When I found my awesome Coach Lisa, she made the recommendation of The 21 Day Fix, so I made the commitment. I was going to take full advantage and hit my goals. Shakeology has helped me beat the cravings for the sweet stuff, and also has reminded me that this is just the beginning!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
With 21 Day Fix, I love that it showed me how to eat clean, healthy, and in moderation. From a young age we are always told to finish out plate no matter how much food was on it. Well, I do that now but with my appropriate container amounts! Sometimes, even with the container amounts I am supposed to have, I cannot finish all of it. It has really shown me that I can eat healthy as well enjoy my food still.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
The results that I have achieved have been huge. When I started the program officially I was at 310 pounds. As of last weeks weigh-in, I am down a total of 70 pounds! In 6.5 months I have achieved what I never thought possible. I have had to clean closets out, get new uniforms and I walking by the mirror. I have ran across the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan in 50 minutes, ran in Washington D.C. and I love every minute of it. I love how the programs have helped me start to tone my body and look forward to even more results.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed in the sense that I love what I am becoming. I want to inspire people and show them that with putting in the effort you can change yourself! I am not done with my program, I complete it every 21 days, and start on day one the next day! I look forward to adding new programs to my workout regiments, and blasting through new goals and milestones.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The Challenge Group has kept me on track and keeps me accountable. Lisa my Coach is always there pushing me forward and inspiring me to better. The group support and teams are essential to my drive. When I check in, I know everyone is going through the same emotions and struggles that I am.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Lisa has always been there for me. When I have had a question, or a bad day I can always count on her telling me how it is. Lisa is always praising me, and reminding me of how far I have come.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
Shakeology has been the healthiest meal of my day for over seven months. When I have ran out for a day or so, I feel like I am missing something. Shakeology has given me that sweetness that has taken the edge off for my cravings as well. I feel as though after I have it, I feel like I have more energy as well as being in a better mood!
How did this new lifestyle affect any existing health conditions you have?
I think that Shakeology combined with 21 Day Fix has helped all of my health conditions.*+ I look forward to my next set of labs in the spring!
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