Meet Joshua W.! He participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for October 4th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My life before the transformation was one of a typical graduate student. I was, and currently am, enrolled full time in Physician Assistant School. School is stressful and very time demanding which lead me into a life of unhealthy foods, caffeine, and little rest. As the chronic fatigue began to seem like my day to day normal, I continually put off my health for the excuse that I didn’t have the spare time or the energy to make a change. These excuses convinced me that it was ok to let my health slip a little as long as I promised myself it was temporary. Then I hit a breaking point, and something had to be done immediately! I was starting to be very conscious of my body, and was on the brink of losing my Air Force scholarship due to my weight and conditioning. I had let excuses ruin my health and threaten my future. It was time for me to change priorities and take back control of my own health decisions!
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Along with being a PA student, I also am a recipient of the Health Profession Scholarship through the United States Air Force. There is nothing more gratifying to me than the prospect of treating ailing military soldiers and families for the rest of my career. If I did not get my weight down, I was facing the harsh reality of being discharged for my weight and physical conditioning. At one point, my weight had climbed above my allowed limit which was 197. I was so close to achieving my dream of being a PA in the USAF, yet so close to losing everything I had worked so hard for. Beachbody helped me lose 30 lbs, and kept my dream career on track!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was easily my school and time constraints. Few programs are as stressful, exhausting, and fast paced as a PA program. My fatigue was very real, and seemingly becoming my day to day normal. I didn’t understand what was going on. This fatigue made it very difficult for me to take the plunge into a 90 day fitness program. I can’t thank the Air Force and Beachbody enough for the difference they have made in my life since then! Once I committed to the decision to prioritize my health, I noticed these symptoms of chronic fatigue disappear almost instantly! After adding Shakeology, my fatigue was completely gone! Some days were harder than others to push play, but pushing the button was all that mattered. It was now a priority in my life!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have done P90X before with a friend, but neither one of us followed the diet or worked out consistently. This time, I am most proud of my dietary discipline. I never skipped a workout, and really nailed the easy to follow diet plan provided with the program! When you don’t skip days, you get results. It’s a positive lifestyle centered around discipline. Both the workouts and the diet feed on themselves to induce a healthier lifestyle! My discipline has helped me lose 30.6 lbs while increasing my strength and overall fitness! Above the weight loss, above the inches in the waist lost (5 in), and above the obvious strength gains, having dietary discipline is by far what I am most proud of!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I’m not even sure how to briefly answer this question. Not only do I have piece of mind about losing weight and staying qualified as a current Air Force Officer, but I also look, feel, and live a healthier lifestyle. My diet choices are clean ones, and I work out regularly to maintain my fitness level. P90X was a life-altering program. Thanks, Beachbody. I owe my dream career to you!
You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.