William Richmond lost 88 lbs. with FOCUS T25, INSANITY MAX:30, P90X, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, PiYo, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, and Shakeology. He entered his results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for May 7th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I am a plumbing and heating contractor. The hours, the stress, and the amount of physical exertion put on my body left me feeling broken. At one point, I was over 300 pounds and was sick all the time, exhausted, and in pain. I hated the feeling of being overweight, but wasn’t ready to do anything about it.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My wife had lost over 130 pounds. Some of that was with FOCUS T25. Her desire for a healthy, fit life was contagious, and I wanted to be on the same path together. I am still young, and I have seen many family members, including my own father, pass away from cancer and disease. Watching my father pass away from cancer at 33, after being a single parent since we lost my mother to cancer when I was 13, made me realize after I rose from my depression that my children deserve more than that. If my wife can make the change and be the parent they deserve, then so can I. I wanted to be a role model to my children and be able to keep up with them as they grow. It’s important to me to be healthy. I was an athlete in high school, and have been up and down in weight for so many years. I’ve decided that being overweight is no longer a part of my lifestyle. I have so much life to live, and the last thing I want to do is look back and say “what if.”
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Making time for an intense workout. I work long hours seven days a week. Adding in a program that only took me a half hour and seeing results made it easier to achieve the goal of getting healthy. I also couldn’t get out of my own way when it came to nutrition. I thought I could outwork a bad diet. I realized that this was not the case and in order for me to be truly healthy and get the results I desired, I needed to add in the nutritional plan as well. The plan was easy to follow, even for someone like myself.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
That with 30 minutes a day, I was able to get my workout done and move forward with my day. I wasn’t bogged down with gym fees or travel time. I could maintain my crazy work schedule and just sacrifice what I thought at the time was an extra hour of sleep to get it done in the morning. I also really liked that I was fighting against me. I was not in competition with anyone but myself. Every day I showed up and made it a point to be and do better than the day before.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My cardio stamina rose greatly. My strength improved, but the best was my agility. I had an accident over two years ago that left my feet injured, along with my knee.o It held me back from doing certain exercises, because of the lack of movement. The agility I’ve gained is incredible. Over the past two years with these programs, including T25, INSANITY MAX:30, P90X, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, PiYo, and now The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, I have become an athlete. I run competitively in obstacle run races. This past fall, I completed a Spartan Ultra Beast for 30 miles and 60 obstacles with a 10 percent finish rate. You generally see people who pay a lot of money to have someone train them, work in a CrossFit box seven days a week, and spend a lot of money and time away from their family. I compete against them with at-home workouts that have put my body in the best shape of its life. That says a lot for these programs. They are designed to get you fit and, if you allow them, to make you an incredible athlete.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am in the best shape of my life. I inspire people to change their lives. Most importantly, my children have watched me grow from a depressed, grumpy, tired, and aging man to a youthful, energized, and happy father who never gives up. It has changed my whole life, including my whole family. My nephews, sisters, and friends have all made Beachbody programs a part of their lives. They have also lost a significant amount of weight and gained health.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
It allowed me to show up every day and be accountable to my workouts and my nutrition. It also helped show me that helping others is part of where I want my life to be now. Had I not had that group, yes I would have kept going. But the support and knowledge that was shared allowed me to be more open to nutritional plans and have better success.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
She’s incredible. She kept me on track on days when I was feeling tired. She motivated me to eat healthier and fuel my body in the right ways. Being honest about her own journey kept my journey moving. I owe a lot of credit to her dedication in herself to my success. She never gave up on me. When my weight loss stalled and I became consumed with a number on the scale, she taught me to focus on my nutrition. She introduced the 21 Day Fix meal plan, which helped me shed the remainder of my weight and now build muscle I never had before, like a six-pack. It’s true what they say: a six-pack is made in the kitchen. She taught me to stop being stubborn and focus on my meals, and the rest of the magic happened.
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… I can’t begin to tell you how life-changing this has been for me. My wife raved about it for months. I thought it was another fad until I accepted her challenge and tried it for a week. She said, “Try it for a week, and see what it does and how you feel.” I haven’t looked back. I will never question it again. It’s a part of me now.
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