Meet Josh P. He lost 35 lbs with P90X. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for April 11th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I’m 36, a CPA, and a divorced Dad with 2 beautiful girls. I was a former college athlete (baseball) who slowly let myself go over time. I stopped exercising and my eating habits were not always healthy. I was pretty miserable, depressed, and generally unhappy with my life. I was not setting a good example for my daughters and that was frustrating. The last couple of years my grandparents also passed away due to poor health and not taking care of themselves.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My doctor started to give me some news that I didn’t like. My weight put me in the obese category and my cholesterol/blood sugar levels were putting me in the at risk category. I needed to make some changes or I was going to need medication or worse… be diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Then, I saw an infomercial for P90X. It motivated me to make some changes. I committed to doing P90X for all of 2014. Along the way, I started eating better and discovered Shakeology. I now drink Shakeology 1-2 times a day for energy and to supplement my diet. After 12 months, I lost 35lbs (I’m no longer considered obese), my cholesterol and blood sugar are normal, and I truly feel like I’m in the best shape of my life (even better than in my playing days!)
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
I would hit a plateau every few weeks and would be frustrated that I wasn’t losing enough weight fast enough… or getting the results I desired. But, I never gave up or quit on myself. I reminded myself that I was in this for the long haul. This was a lifestyle change. Not just for 90 days or 1 year… I was going to make these changes permanent. I didn’t want to go back to the old me. I wanted to live life to the fullest. Beachbody and P90X made it simple for me. The program schedule told me what to do every day and all I had to do was put the DVD in… press play… and Bring it! I’m so grateful for the opportunity. I have become extremely passionate about living a healthy lifestyle so I signed up to be a Beachbody Coach. I’m hoping to be able to pay it forward and help others. I look forward to what the future holds for me and Beachbody.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
P90X was just the challenge that I needed on a daily basis. I enjoyed the variety of workouts and moves. Tony Horton is also a great motivator while also keeping it funny and interesting. I also liked the different routines (Lean, Traditional, Doubles). In 2014… I started with Lean (Jan-Mar), then Traditional (Apr-Jun), then Doubles (Jul-Sept), and finally Lean again (Oct-Dec). I enjoyed it so much that I just purchased P90X2 and will be starting that routine on 1/5/15 with a Challenge Group. Time to Bring it again!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My goal was to be lean and mean. I wasn’t looking at getting big or muscular. I just wanted to be healthy, durable, and flexibility was also important. I wasn’t a big fan of Yoga at the start… now it has become my favorite routine. Losing 35lbs completely blew away my expectations and I’m at a point now that I’m not concerned about my weight anymore. It’s also nice to be noticed by friends, family, and co-workers. It didn’t happen overnight… but it was worth all the time and effort I put into it.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Beachbody and P90X gave me my life back. Getting back into shape changes how you think and feel about yourself. It is connected to many different aspects of life. I’m more confident in how I present myself, in my decision making, and I don’t hesitate anymore. My stress levels are way down and I have a lot more patience than I use to have with things in general. I’m in a good place right now. Happy with my life as it is. Appreciative of everything I have. Living for today and staying in the present moment.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The Challenge Groups are awesome. It was a great way to connect with people who are going through the same stuff as I was. Accountability and motivation was a key factor in my journey. I thought about food before I ate and made sure I did my workout every morning during the Challenge Groups. I feel like I’m on a team and we are all in this together to help and support one another. That holistic approach to fitness and health is something that no one else can offer.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Jody was the best… not only because she is my cousin… she was there to support me every step of the way to help me achieve my goals. She also helped me take the steps and commitment to become a Coach as well. Jody was always there for me with positive encouragement and I didn’t want to let her or myself down. We met up with our kids at an apple orchard and tried to do similar healthy activities not only for ourselves but our children as well. I know that I can always reach out to her for anything and visa versa. I’m going to my first Super Saturday in a couple of weeks with her and looking forward to meeting some other members of our team.
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 given me that added boost I was looking for. I have a shake after every workout and sometimes as a meal replacement or a snack. I can attest to it helping promote weight loss, giving me an energy boost, and the nutritional value supplementing my diet. It’s hard to get all the required nutrients in your body every day… and that is where Shakeology comes into play for me. Like Mr. Daikeler, I also struggle with getting enough veggies in my diet. I’m getting better… but this has helped bridge the gap for me. I sleep better, my mood is generally good, and I’m able to focus on tasks at home and at work more easily.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
Shakeology helped me lose weight (35lbs) and helped with migraine headaches. I use to get migraine headaches and have to take pain medication 1-2 times a week. Now, with a solid workout routine, good diet, and Shakeology… they are rare and infrequent.
Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…)
Shakeology helped lower my cholesterol and blood sugar levels. I am no longer at risk of needing medication and my doctor was impressed by my progress. I look forward to more visits like this one with my doctor in the future.
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