Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
From high school athlete to real life Patrick Star. I was 250 lbs unhealthy and embarrassed. I knew that I was getting bigger day by day, but did nothing about. Stressed and tired from work, I had no motivation to better my health and life. Fast food was a daily thing for me, and I would even go as far as hiding the fact that I was eating it from my family at home. Aside from weight issues, I developed a bad case of asthma a few months after my final year in high school, which prevented me from doing things as simple as getting a good nights sleep. In July of 2014, blood work also revealed that I was borderline diabetic, and was at high risk to develop the disease with my family history. However I still made no immediate change to my lifestyle. I never wanted to do anything, and always felt sluggish and tired. This began to effect my life at home and concerned my family and friends.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Being a leader/role model figure in my place of work I have the pleasure of getting to know the people that work for me professionally and personally. In late November of 2014 an employee of mine (22 yrs of age) had a massive heart attack and nearly died from it. Similarities in age, weight, lifestyle, and eating habits scared me and got me thinking about the consequences that may come with my continued lifestyle. One more good look in the mirror at myself was all it took to take my first steps at a major lifestyle change. I trashed all of my sodas, sweets, and other unhealthy foods. I promised myself that I would limit the intake of fast food and junk food as much as possible, because no one is perfect of course. Then I began my first program and the rest is history.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge for me was sticking to healthy eating. Being used to eating out 75-80% of the time prior and then attempting to change that was difficult. Shaun T’s meal plan showed me how to breakdown what I was putting into my body, and make good foods that taste great. The asthma was a huge issue going into the programs, especially with the intensity of the workouts. But as the weight came off, the asthma went away and I no longer suffer from asthma like symptoms.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The workouts are intense and I feel like I’m really burning calories right from the start of the program. It’s a challenge every time!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
The weight loss is obviously the biggest accomplishment as a result of the program. After 2 rounds of MAX:30 and a round of Body Beast, I’m 70lbs lighter and have never felt better. I no longer suffer symptoms of asthma and my blood sugar is consistently at a healthy state. Along with the weight loss came great confidence in myself to do more, and to better my life in every way that I can.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Everywhere I go I get complimented. Self esteem has improved, and I just simply feel better. Along with the weight loss, came great confidence in myself to do more, and to better my life in everyday that I can. Since completing my first program, I have been promoted at my place of work, enrolled back into college, and inspired family, friends, and even strangers who have seen my transformation to make a change in their lives. My life continues to change as I embrace new things into it as they come, and I owe it all to Beachbody and to myself for wanting to make this change.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
INSANITY MAX:30 helped me with asthma. I suffered from chronic asthma for 5 years. I have 2 inhalers that were used daily in order to prevent attacks from happening. I now no longer use the inhalers as I do not have breathing problems.
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