Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Throughout my life my weight has fluctuated, but I can’t believe where I had gotten to in 2014. I was 50 years old, but felt like I was 150. My before pictures pretty much tell the story- total lack of energy, bouts of feeling unhappy, not to mention the physical issues. I had instances of severe back pain that would put me down for several days. It would just come out of nowhere and, bam, I couldn’t stand, let alone walk. Then there was a few trips to the ER with heart concerns, racing heart beats, palpitations, fluttering, and pounding.3 Not a good place to be with a wife and young children.
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? Overeating, definitely! I did not eat to satisfy my hunger, but rather my constant cravings for cheesy, or salty, or crunchy, or sweet. I had seconds (and thirds) almost always. I was the guy who ate a bag chips or container of cookies while watching a P90X commercial. I liken it to an addiction that I still struggle with. I still get cravings, but Beachbody makes it pretty easy to maintain good nutrition by simplifying portioning with their portion control cups and simple and tasty recipes in the programs and online. Shakeology has also been a factor in my success. It is a light yet filling way to start my day, and keeps me satisfied until I get my mid-morning snack or lunch.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
We started with T25. I would have to say that I really liked the thought of getting done in 25 minutes. It makes a difference mentally to think you can achieve what others have in such a short amount of time. Once we got through that program (twice) we were inspired to try other programs, even ones that were 60 minutes. Both T25 and 22 Minute Hard Corps are fascinating workouts in that you can achieve so much in such a short amount of time each day.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I lost 84 pounds and 11 inches off my waist in two years. I am at the lightest weight I have been in 20 years and at the same weight that I was when I graduated high school. However, what I am most proud of is that you can actually see abs. I did not have these in high school.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
First off, I have very little to wear these days. Lucky for me I did store away a couple pair of jeans from 20+ years ago way back in the corner of our closet. To be serious, I simply feel great. I go out and don’t feel self-conscious. I tuck my shirts in now. I can take walks through the neighborhood or a mall without feeling winded. I can actually keep up with my youngest practicing football. I have a pretty good outlook on the future when it comes to fitness and nutrition and know that I have created good habits to take me through the next 50 years, because as Tony tells us, “Aging is for idiots.” The best thing is, people notice and comment. It feels pretty good. Based on my most recent exam the notable improvements are: My waist dropped from 48 inches to 35 inches (though my jeans are 34). My total cholesterol has improved. My Triglyceride levels were always in range, but they also fell 20 points. My blood pressure also improved. 2
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Neither my wife nor myself were Coaches to begin with. I went into this of my own accord to prove something to myself and nobody else. I had an assigned Coach, but I did not engage in a relationship as this change was personal. As we were finishing our second year, my wife (Machele) thought it was time for one of us to be a Coach and she took that challenge. My wife was the one to challenge me, motivate me, and inspire me just by being there everyday with and for me.
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?
I started Shakeology a few weeks after I began my exercise with T25. I immediately felt better each morning. I felt better on the inside (digestion/regularity) and had more energy.2 As I got more fit, Shakeology became a habit. In fact, there were a couple of times where my schedule made me miss a morning workout and I felt I didn’t deserved my shake, but had it anyway because it is part of my daily nutrition. Every morning, except on Sundays, I have a shake. It carries me through most of the morning curbing those early cravings for sweets.2 It provides me the energy I need to begin my day.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
Actively participating in Beachbody (fitness & nutrition) has had a dramatic effect in my health. I have not had the severe attacks of back pain, nor have I had any recurrences of issues with my heart. I have noticed a lot less joint pain when walking. Now, I take the stairs!
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.
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