Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
This was a very difficult part of excepting this challenge. At previous times in my life, I have had much success in the area of health and fitness. However, over the last couple of years through the busyness of life I have allowed my health to slip onto the back burner. As a result of that, I had gained more than 80 pounds of unhealthy, unwanted weight. I often felt lethargic, frequently propping myself up throughout the day with caffeine and still having a desperate need for a nap at the end of my workday. There were so many of the aspects of my life that were going well, however, every part of my life suffered because of my health. I was depressed, irritable, and not wanting to participate in many of the activities of my life. I had so much to be grateful for, and yet I was feeling so horrible about the condition of my life.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
At other times in my life, I had made tremendous progress in the area of health and fitness. I got to a point where slowly, week by week, I allowed my health to slip. All the while, I would tell myself it’s “not that bad”. Well, it was that bad. Over a period of about two years I had gained roughly 90 pounds. I was reviewing some pictures of my recent wedding and realized that things have dramatically changed in that short time. I decided to take the challenge and I weighed myself and took my before pictures. All the motivation I ever needed was sitting in front of me as I looked at those horrible pictures. It was clear by the look in my eyes and the condition of my body that something needed to change.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge for me at the outset of the program was my nutrition. I often fear over exaggerating some of my thoughts and feelings, but I truly believe in many ways I was addicted to refined sugar and fatty foods. The first 60 days of my challenge I made the decision to eat completely clean, never enjoying any type of a free or recovery meal. The greatest asset during this time was the fact that I had a Coach I was accountable to to turn in my results every week. No nonsense, no excuses, I just had to turn in my results every week. That level of accountability is what took me to another level. Each day as I pushed through my workouts and ate my nutrition plan, I would think to myself, “I’m going to have to tell my Coach my results this weekend”. That accountability pushed me to be honest with myself. I also completely embraced the tool of the saying “just for today”. I realized that while I had a long way to go, I didn’t have to travel at all just today. As long as I kept my commitments today, I could call that a victory.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I love using the Body Beast program. I really enjoyed the more traditional weightlifting approach, and the results were amazing!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
In about seven months I released over 80 pounds of unhealthy body weight while increasing strength and muscle tone. The accomplishment that I am most proud of is that general sense that I have found who I am, and I like what I found. Everything in my life is better because I am better. I am a better husband, a better father, a better employee, a better friend… In every way I am better because of my experience.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life today is so much better! I have strength and vitality to not just survive the day, but thrive through the day! I am participating in my life, and I could not be more grateful for this newfound sense of passion and connection with my life and those that I love! As a result of this program, I am living my best life and everyone in my life is benefiting from the result.
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