†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Taylor is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I felt like my life was slowly slipping away. My self-esteem was gone. It didn’t help that my wife had already finished P90X and was getting great results. I could hardly stand the thought of having to take my shirt off knowing how far behind I was falling with my health compared to her and others around me that had been working so hard towards their fitness and health. I was making many unhealthy decisions, and eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. The simple thought of doing any type of exercise made me tired. Being out of shape and in the United States Military was not adding up either. I knew it was only time before I failed a physical fitness test, and that would be a career ender for me.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
There were many inspirations that inspired me to change, but I think seeing my wife kicking butt everyday and setting such a great example for our four children was my deciding point. My kids seeing me sitting on the couch while Mom worked out was not a good example. A few months before I started my fitness journey, I was in Korea stationed away from my family for a year. This lead to much of my weight gain because of depression. My off hours were spent making very unhealthy nutrition choices and sitting in my dorm room, missing my family, and feeling sorry for myself. I would Skype home to find that my wife and children were doing P90X together. My oldest son who was 7 at the time asked me why I wasn’t and I knew, at that moment, it was time for a dramatic change in my life.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was finding the time and motivation to workout. I work very long hours in a career field that is physically and mentally draining. By the time I returned home from work there was no way I was changing and heading to the gym. After seeing the results my wife and others had achieved from their home, I realized that no matter how many hours I worked, I could find 30 minutes a day, especially when I didn’t have to leave my home to do it. The program also helped me overcome the challenge by offering me so much knowledge about nutrition. I truly believe Shakeology alone has changed my life. I don’t think I could go a day without it now.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I have never pushed myself to the limits that I did with INSANITY Max: 30. Every time I felt like giving up, I thought about my max out time and told myself there is no way I’m going backwards. Before long, I went from breaking my time from seconds to minutes. The program pushed me to limits that I didn’t think possible. Working that hard made it easy to eat healthy knowing that if I didn’t, all that hard work was pointless. I didn’t even miss one day of Shakeology.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have abs. I have never had abs, not even 13 years ago in high school when I was a twig. I no longer have to worry about my physical fitness test in the military. This used to be one of the most stressful part of my life, it’s now just a small thought in the back of my head. I used to stress so bad when I was coming close to a test. I can now smile and not worry about it. Recently, I scored the highest physical fitness score of my career! I am most proud of the fact that I no longer dread fitness, but I enjoy it. I smile thinking about doing my workouts when before I dreaded it.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed in so many difference ways. I am now scheduled to attend a INSANITY instructor certification course. I have built a home gym big enough to have 6 other people over for fit clubs and plan on teaching INSANITY LIVE in the near future. I now understand the importance of proper nutrition. I am much more comfortable in my own skin. It is such an amazing feeling not only to feel good about myself, but to be able to help others achieve their fitness goals and dreams. My life has changed from wanting to get in the best shape of my life to wanting to also help others get in theirs.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
It was so much fun interacting with other challengers. The women in the group were very supportive and encouraging. The men kept challenging each other to push harder and competed to break each others max out times. The help and support of others pushed me to higher limits daily.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Well, she is my wife so she was there basically every minute of the journey.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
Shakeology was one of the biggest factors in my transformation in my opinion. Not only did it replace a meal for me daily, it made me realize how bad my nutrition was lacking. The greatest benefit for me was calorie control. It filled me up, and made a great snack when I was having sweet cravings.
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