Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was absolutely miserable. I rarely left the house. I couldn’t walk around the store without getting winded and my back hurting. Basic functions like using the restroom and taking a shower were difficult. I had become a hermit and fell into a deep depression.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I felt like if I had waited any longer then I would have died. I have a wife and two little girls who depend on me, and I couldn’t be there for them because of my size. I was desperate to make a change.
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 trying to be active. I couldn’t walk down the block without having to catch my breath, much less complete a workout. Now I’ve completed three rounds of 21 Day Fix, four rounds of CIZE, and one round of Country Heat! I also ran an entire 5k on September 17th! Beachbody has truly changed my life!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I started with 21 Day Fix, but at 488 lbs., I couldn’t even complete the warm-ups. But I stuck with the eating plan and started walking. The portion-control containers made learning how to eat properly so simple that I had no problem adjusting to it! My favorite exercise program has to be CIZE! It has made exercise something I look forward to. I’ve even been able to get family and friends involved in doing it too!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Over the span of one year, I was able to lose 205 lbs.! In just one year! Currently, I’m down 220 lbs.! I’ve gone from barely being able to walk down the block to running an entire 5k! My family and I have been able to do so much together that I couldn’t do before because I rarely left the house.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I barely remember how I got by before Beachbody. I was in so much pain and felt so ashamed of how far I had let myself go. Now I look forward to working out, simply because I am alive and physically able to. Nothing holds me back anymore, and I owe it all to Beachbody. These programs have altered my life in such a way that I can’t imagine life without them.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
My Challenge Group has become a second family to me. I keep going because they keep going. I continue so I can help inspire them to continue. Days that I’m tired or want to make excuses, I choose to work out because if my fellow challengers are going to work out, then I need to too.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
She pushed me to challenge myself, to not get comfortable where I’m at and always strive to improve myself. She proved to me that it can be done.
How did a Beachbody supplement, 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, or digestion/regularity?
Shakeology took away my sweet tooth!2 Plain and simple. I didn’t think that would be possible, but after a week of drinking it, I lost all sugar cravings that I used to have! It gives me energy to go about my day.2
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I don’t visit a doctor, so outside of being morbidly obese, I am unaware of any pre-existing conditions that I might have had. I can say that being on these programs and losing all this weight has completely taken away all my back pain and issues I had associated with it.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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