Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I had been riding a desk, traveling all over the world, eating hotel food and generally felt bloated and completely out of shape. I had ballooned up to 226 lbs and was in the worst shape of my life. Snowboarding, water skiing, football, and all the other things I loved to do with my family were not fun. I wasn’t happy about how I felt or looked. I was keenly aware of looking out of shape, and I had always taken the time to look good and feel good. I knew I needed to do something about it. I had been going to the gym a few times a week with a friend, and changed my diet, but nothing seemed to be working as I wanted. I knew I had to do something radical to kick start my fitness journey to get back to where I was just a few years before – or so I thought. I accomplished a lot more than I expected.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
A friend who had done P90X – he was in really bad shape and, after committing to the program, I saw what the results could be. I was already on a journey to get back in shape, and have always been a very driven person in almost everything I do, so I saw how this could fit for me. Hey, it was 90 days – who couldn’t do something for 3 months if you really want to test out the claims? My wife, who was in much better shape than me, also wanted to try it and knew I would love having a workout partner, so we decided to commit and see what would happen.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Structure and accountability. The program just worked for me because it was so clearly laid out, and provided such an amazing framework to follow. We used the diet guide, followed all the recommendations, taking supplements and drinks as well, and used the tracking sheets. I needed structure, as it doesn’t come naturally to me to be organized in that way, and my wife loves structure so it just worked for us. I have tried personal trainers before, but this was different and better – although it isn’t directly personal, there is enough structure and support within the whole program that it surpasses what I ever got from a trainer because it was daily and measured.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
P90X was extreme and it really challenged me – not since I was in the Navy had I been so challenged. It was diverse as well – the mix of the routines was perfect for me as I get bored with doing the same things again and again. P90 allowed me to get back on track, bringing amazing results in just 4 months. P90 allowed me to maintain and establish the habit of healthy workout and routines again. T25 took me to the next level – it was the perfect mix for me, and I can’t tell you how much I value this organization.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I lost 51 lbs in 4 months when we did P90X, dropped 2 pant sizes, and got back on track. Over the next year, I did a mix of P90 and P90X to just work on toning up but wasn’t able to really commit to an hour a day anymore due to personal life changes. Then, someone hit us on the highway and I was laid up for almost 6 months, not being able to do anything. As soon as I could, I jumped back in to P90 and then discovered T25, put my head down, and pushed through to the final level. It has been amazing. I got back into shape quickly, and then accomplished more in 5 months that I ever dreamed possible in such a short time. I have dropped over 75 lbs in 3 years, have abs again, and have learned a new way of eating, and living, which allows me to enjoy every moment of life more than I could have imagined. It is amazing.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am in better shape than I’ve been in for 20 years. I can run 10 kilometers again, keep up with my teenagers on the slopes, use half the oxygen diving I used to, feel better about how I look, and perform better than I can ever remember. I am in my late 40’s and look and feel better than I did in my late 20s. I have more energy, feel less stressed, and look forward to being out and about in the world more than ever – and I’ve always loved it. I can’t say I was ever sad or depressed about how I looked or felt health wise – I have always been a happy person who loves life. But, I wanted more out of my life and I wanted to get back into shape badly because I knew I’d love life even more if I did – Beachbody’s programs let me do this. Thanks guys!
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