†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Tracy is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Meet Tracy L. He lost 11 lbs and got ripped with Body Beast. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for April 9th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
When it came to my physique, I always referred to my days of high school wrestling. Cutting weight to make the 165 lb. class. 7% body fat. Buffed and ripped! Fast forward through 25 years of life, military, a lifetime of construction work and multiple sports and work injuries, I was not where I wanted to be. Even though my weight never got too out of control, I reached 192 lbs and about 22% body fat at my worst, I looked and felt terrible! Occasionally, I would join a gym and lift weights for a couple months, but I never committed to a good, healthy lifestyle. I guess you could say that I was on the traditional “see-food” diet.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
In 2011, I met a beautiful girl and she liked me! One year later, we got married! She had always been an athlete. Basketball, volleyball, softball, you name it! Later in life, as sports became less of a priority, she found Team Beachbody and fell in love with some of the programs. As she became more fit, I got less fit, as if she was working out for both of us. The reality was that I was holding her back by being a negative influence, holding onto the the fast and easy, greasy food plan. At least twice a week, I would say “I really need to get back into working out!” while grasping the fat around my mid-section in disgust! One weekend in late October, an infomercial for Body Beast came on TV. My wife had just finished a round of INSANITY in the other room and was heading for the kitchen. I said “I would do a program like that!” 15 minutes later she had ordered Body Beast! On November 5 she said to me, “We start Body Beast on Friday.” I said, “This Friday?? Really?”
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The two biggest challenges that I had to overcome were terrible back pain and bad eating habits. By strengthening my core, I’ve been able to become more flexible, my day-to-day level of pain has been dramatically reduced, and I’ve overcome many limitations caused by back pain. The abs are nice, too! The challenge of overcoming bad eating habits is a tough mental game. My biggest help, in addition to my wife, is the Beachbody community of support groups. Without them, I would have given in to just about any temptation. That’s my new family! That’s a lot of my motivation. . . my own little cheerleading squad! Recipe ideas, nutrition help, motivation to push play, encouragement. . . it’s all right there from people going through the same struggles as me.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I get to pump iron and have a plan! Everything is all laid out. The hard work of figuring out what works has been done. I just follow along and make sure that I am pushing harder every time. If I didn’t have Sagi right there telling me to push through just a few more reps and “beast-up,” I’m sure that I would not push myself as hard.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I gained muscle at every part of my body and lost 3 inches off my waist! I’m proud of the fact that I’m building new muscle at the age of 44, and I have six pack abs coming on pretty quickly!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My lifestyle has become a healthy lifestyle. I put a lot more thought into the food that I’m putting in my body. I’m learning more about about a nutrition-based lifestyle every day. I see what I’m becoming, and I’m liking it!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The Challenge Group that my wife encouraged me to become part of is awesome! My wife is my biggest hero in this journey. Without her and the support group, I would have failed. The group not only helped me to keep myself accountable, they were always there to answer questions and help with nutrition or just to provide encouragement.
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