†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Edward is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Meet Edward G.! He participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for July 26th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was slipping! I felt like I had no energy, no desire, no confidence, no peace, you name it I was lacking in most anything positive. I became angry more quickly at situations because I was so unhappy with myself. I was taking medication to sleep, I was generally a middle-aged blob of blah! I was so ashamed of my body and myself that this past summer I didn’t even take my shirt off at the pool! I became the guy who always wore a shirt out of shame, and to protect the women and children, not to protect my skin!
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I’d always “wanted” to be in shape and had sorta been a while back. I was reading the posts of my Coach, Michele Cilurzo, every day on her Facebook page and was inspired more and more each day! Finally I had to ask her what in the world she was doing! I wanted to have the same feelings she was having and I wanted to be able to share those feelings with everyone!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Excuses and self-confidence were my biggest obstacle. My alarm would go off, and I’d tell myself I could always work out later; later would come and I was too tired. I was afraid of failing. I was afraid that I didn’t have what it took to commit and succeed. So it was easier to make an excuse than believe in myself. Michele’s daily posts and the replies of her friends in Team Beachbody refueled the passion I once had for positivity. If they could do it, so why couldn’t I? This wasn’t someone from an infomercial, this was a friend a real person that I knew and she was transforming before my eyes. I spent a month watching, reading, and thinking, until I decided, that I could do this!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Did I mention the brevity! I could wake up take E&E, and in 20 minutes I was doing it and in 25 more minutes I was finished! Don’t misunderstand, they weren’t easy minutes, but Shaun T’s encouragement, Tania’s modifications, and the rest of the crew’s sweat and bodies kept me going. Just push play and focus. About 6-7 minutes in I would start to feel like maybe I can’t make it, but the pace kept you moving so the next time I noticed the clock there were only 5 minutes left, I got this! Pure energy and enthusiasm from Shaun and the constant encouragement! My second program was P90X3 and wow I loved it! Shaun T prepared me for Tony! I had the cardio and lung capacity to attack X3 and I did.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Where to start! My body feels stronger than it has in years, I lost inches, body fat, pounds, and the bad mojo that hung over me. I decided to make a change and committed 100% to that change. With the support of Coach’s Challenge Group, I succeeded. While I lost a lot of things, I’m most proud of what I gained: My self-confidence, my smile, my positive attitude, gratitude, belief in myself, an inner peace that comes from accomplishment, and the desire to help others feel the same. With Focus T25, I dropped 15lbs and felt energized, but I didn’t gain much other than in my legs. With X3 I put inches on my chest, my arms, my legs and even lost another pound all while cutting my body fat in half!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I live to inspire others. I begin most every day with a positive affirmation and gratitude. I recently became a TBB Coach as a result of how I was feeling on T25 and my desire to share. I am just starting my own Challenge Group, my Facebook page is nothing but inspiring posts to help those reading feel better about themselves; positive messages and gratitude. The self-confidence I gained by completing my program has me filled with love. You cannot spread love until you feel love inside. Beachbody should add Believe to the words, Decide. Commit. Succeed.
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.