Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I am a fully recovered alcoholic/drug addict. On April 17, 2013, I will celebrate four and half years of continued sobriety. It is by the grace of God that I am even alive today. I truly hated myself so much and was so down in the dumps that I tried to take my own life on many occasions. Along with my already low self-esteem, I had put on weight and hated what was staring back at me in the mirror. On October 17, 2011, I finally came to my senses and checked myself into a mental institution. I traded my negative addictions of drinking and doing drugs with positive addictions of working out and personal development. I haven’t looked back. Today I’m an actor/model and enjoying life to the fullest. Beachbody literally saved my life.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
It’s truly a miracle that I am alive today to tell my story. At first I didn’t want anyone to know what I went through, because I was so ashamed of myself. Now I have no problem sharing my story, because I am able to use it to help and inspire others who may be struggling. I began working out in the mental institution. At just about 235 pounds, I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life. I developed and followed a routine of push-ups, sit-ups, and dips from my bed. I found that after working out, I wasn’t as depressed and actually started feeling better as the days progressed. Luckily, I had stumbled upon a new, positive addiction.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge I faced before starting the program was trying to get my life back in order. After I checked out of the mental institution, I moved in with my sister. I joined a local gym and worked out for two months but only lost eight pounds. I needed better results. I had seen the infomercial for INSANITY about a thousand times, and these guys looked ripped. I wanted that so I decided to give it a try. I was super excited when my INSANITY package arrived and quickly found out that these workouts were really tough. I had to just do my best to try and keep up. I continued to work out every day just doing the best I could. As time went on, I got better and better. I finished the program and loved the results so I decided to do it again and again. I just finished the program for my fifth time and couldn’t be happier so I decided to share my real story. I’m so happy I did because it brought me to where I am today.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Although it was very tough to get through, I enjoyed the feelings of increased energy throughout my day that I got after an early morning workout.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am currently in the best shape of my life and absolutely love this lifestyle. I’m proud to be able to reach out and help others achieve their health and fitness goals.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life ultimately changed forever the day I checked myself into the mental institution. I stumbled upon a new, healthy addiction. One thing led to another and finally I had completed the INSANITY program and loved it. Now I use my story to help and inspire people. It brings me the greatest joy to be able to help others.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
I actually switched Coaches to her because I was avidly seeking information on what Beachbody Coaching was all about, because I wanted to be a Coach. I asked a bunch of people from the Supergym, and Kellie was very supportive. She provided me with all the information I needed. She introduced me to her team of awesome Coaches who I now consider family.
How did a Beachbody supplement, 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, or digestion/regularity?
Shakeology is quick and easy to make so it helps, because I’m always on-the-go. I enjoy the energy it gives me early in the morning, and it also helps me stay focused so I can get my work done.2
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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