Meet Connor R.! He participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for November 29th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was very overweight, out of shape, and uncomfortable going out with other young people because I was the only one that was so “fat”. It affected every aspect of my life: health, social, academic, business, sports….everything. I think it affected every decision I made. I never felt good about the way I looked, and it was difficult to find clothes that fit and were appropriate for someone in their early twenties.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
It all started with my mom who couldn’t sleep one night and saw a middle of the morning infomercial about Hip Hop Abs and Shaun T. She ordered the DVD, and I laughed at her. It came, I tried it, and that was the start of my transition. It was very hard at first, but I kept at it. I started to change my eating habits to smaller portions and healthier decisions. It all started very slowly and became a long process. As I look back now, Hip Hop Abs was very easy compared to INSANITY, the P90X series, and Focus T25. When I started to lose weight, I then decided to buy some new hockey equipment and start playing pick up hockey. This was instead of sitting home in front of the TV/video games and eating too much.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Just thinking about the fact that I was over 100 lbs overweight was overwhelming and mind boggling. I would ask how did I let myself get this out of shape and jeopardize my health, my future, my social life (non existent). Just starting Hip Hop Abs and seeing a difference in my body, my stomach, my abs, and then getting on the scale and seeing a shift downwards was so exciting. It kept me going and allowed me to lose over 100 lbs.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I toned up a lot more. I’m at my lifetime lowest weight as an adult. But the biggest change I noticed was the amount of muscle that I gained. I am probably most proud of having real, visible definition in my arms, chest, abs, shoulders, legs, etc. I am fit. I can do sports if I choose. I am a much better hockey player, and play in two leagues at the present time. From the stretching and Yoga, I am supple and agile. And, most importantly, I am healthy and have lost over 100 lbs. It’s hard for me to even believe that I achieved a change this major. People like me are talked about in People magazine once a year. Losing over 100 lbs. is an amazing achievement!!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel better, eat better, drink more water and exercise every day. I feel that I can accomplish anything now. I am much more health conscious, and I like the way I look. I can buy anything I want to as far as clothes are concerned now. I can go anywhere I want without feeling uncomfortable. Every aspect of my life has changed, and is 1000% better. I have a new job. My social life is better. I can make decisions without worrying about people thinking of me as a “fat” person. It’s a feeling that is almost impossible to describe in words alone.
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.