Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My life before… I was an alcoholic most of my younger years up until 38. I got out of the Army and was just falling apart with my health and my family. My mom and dad both drank most of my younger years. My dad left most of my life growing up. So as a boy growing up, I did not think much of myself and joined the Army right out of high school, which I loved until my drinking got in the way. After 10 years, I got out and my wife and I moved back to our hometown. I kept drinking and ended up with high blood pressure. I was very unhealthy. Twelve years ago, I cried out to God and told him I needed his help. This is no lie: The next day I woke up and never drank again, but I was still missing something and the gym wasn’t working. That’s when my wife showed me Body Beast and Team Beachbody.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My family: my three kids and wife. I wanted them to see that if you put your heart and mind into being better, you can overcome anything. The most important thing that inspired me was the fact that I am 49 and wanted to live longer and be healthier. The gym wasn’t doing anything for me, and the people I was getting to know just weren’t for me, I guess. That’s when my wife said to give Body Beast a try. Shortly after, I joined a Challenge Group.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Eating good foods and at the right time was very hard for me. I’m 49 and work night shifts, 14 nights on and two off, all working 12- to 16-hour shifts. This challenge wasn’t going to be easy. My wife and I sat down, looked over Book of Beast, and started putting a meal plan together. We began prepping meals two weeks out. The brothers and sisters I made in the Challenge Group are so awesome. I never got the support from the gym like I do from them. I fell in love with this program and Team Beachbody. Sagi had me hooked as soon as I started the first disc. Then I listened to his life story on Beachbody On Demand, and I truly got so much more respect for that man. He has a big heart. The support from here is awesome and something I never got at my gym. Not like this!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Body Beast was awesome in the way the workout was set up. I made gains and improvements right after starting. It pushed me so hard. I knew it was the very thing I was missing, the thing I wasn’t getting at the gym.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I was 205 when I started and now I am 187. So that is great to me. My blood pressure has improved, along with my heart rate. It’s almost unreal. The strength I have picked up is “wow!” off the charts. I’m proud of how I look now. I’m almost 50, and I can do more push-ups and run farther than most young guys I know.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
That man that had low self-esteem isn’t there anymore. I walk with my head held high and can do so much more, because I’m healthier now.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
It was great! I had to show my accountability with the group, and everyone was always there to pick you up and help brush off the dirt when you fell down. We would get back up and keep moving forward, keeping each other positive. We had to go each day and show what we were eating, what day of exercise we were on, and if/where/or how we needed help.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach is my wife, and she just took control of my eating and put it all together for me, supporting me each day with my long hours at work.
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?
I used Shakeology, Base Shake, Fuel Shot, E&E, and Creatine, all from Beachbody supplements. Shakeology was awesome! It helped me feel so good and full of energy. Fuel Shot and E&E really helped with the long nights of work, and then getting home and pushing through the workouts.
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.