Meet Matt M.! He participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for September 22nd!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I gradually put on some weight, and got more and more out of shape. I had switched jobs, and had a longer commute which meant sacrificing any workout time for time in the car. I started to put on 10 pounds I had lost plus about 10 more by the time I knew I needed to do something about my body. I had gotten up to 181 in December 2011, and that is where this whole Beachbody journey really began.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
In January 2012 I was at my heaviest and feeling sluggish. I started P90X, and followed that up with INSANITY. I went from 181 pounds and 25% bf down to 157 pounds and 9% body fat in 6 months. This was back to my typical weight. Then summer vacation hit, and I got off track. By April 2013, I was back up to 170 pounds and 18% body fat. I was so disappointed that I had just thrown away 6 months of hard work and clean eating. I was determined to get back to where I had been. This time, after finishing up the P90X/INSANITY Hybrid program, I carried that right into a round of Asylum Vol 1 and Vol 2. This is the least I ever remember weighing.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest hurdle that I faced was just getting back into the daily routine of waking up early and getting the workout in. I got back onto my Beachbody account, and started looking again at all of the before and after pictures on the message boards for motivation. I enjoy all of the meals that I have been fixing, and love to cook and find new ideas.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Between March 3, 2014 and the end of June 2014, I lost 11.5 pounds and 5.5 inches to get back to my fall 2013 physique. I know just how easy it is to slip back into old habits and lose all of this hard work, and I am determined to keep pushing and keep improving. I then started in on a round of INSANITY where I maintained my weight, but lost a couple more inches over all. During Asylum, I have really noticed a change in my appearance.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Having a healthy lifestyle is a good motivator for the rest of my family. I have two boys (5 & 2) that both eat very healthy foods. I think it is great for the boys to see me and their mom working out. They are learning from our examples of how to live a healthy active lifestyle and still have time to spend together as a family. I didn’t want to be the fat dad in the neighborhood. I want to be the one the other dads are jealous of. It’s just a way to continue the athletic/competitive mindset that I have grown up with.
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.