†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Jim is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Meet Jim W, age 63 from Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
He entered The Beachbody Challenge in June 2015 and won $1,000!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I had been living my life totally void of any care about diet or exercise, and eating fast food on a regular basis. When my close friend died from cancer, it awakened an awareness in me that life on this earth was finite, and the way I was living was not going to maximize my days. I began riding a bike outside to get some exercise, but I became quickly deterred when the weather outside interfered and skipping the bike rides became a habit, and responsibilities with children and grandchildren soon made my “awareness” about health and exercise just a distant memory. I felt lazy and had no motivation, was frequently tired and overwhelmed.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
One day, I got the call that no one wants to ever get. My best friend had a massive heart attack. I rushed to the hospital to be with his son and wife, and stood there helplessly as I watched the nurses perform CPR, shock him with the AED, intubate him, and struggle with all they had for over an hour in a desperate attempt to bring him back. “He is only in his 50s”, I thought, “this can’t be happening”. They said there was nothing more they could do. He didn’t make it. In the weeks after, I watched his wife and children grieve, I watched my children and wife grieve alongside them and I knew that I couldn’t let this be how my story ended too. I had to make some big changes to make health my top priority – I had to do everything I could to prevent this from happening to me. My daughter had been trying to get me to exercise and eat right for years, she is the one who bought me P90 for Christmas.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
It was such a challenge for me to find time for workouts. P90’s shorter workouts were easy to fit into my schedule, and with the workouts being done at home, I didn’t have to worry about weather deterring me from getting it done! Shakeology was also instrumental in my transformation. I was a huge nighttime snacker before I began this program- but for the entire 90 days, I drank Shakeology for dinner every night and it curbed my cravings and kept me full all night to keep me from snacking. Shakeology also gave me tons of natural feeling energy- not like the jittery caffeine induced energy- but refreshing, “I can tackle anything” energy.2
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
It was doable for my fitness level. I had been inactive for years… actually decades. Being able to keep up with the modifier was a huge encouragement and that is what made it easier to wake up and press play every day. Knowing that I could finish the workout and challenge myself without it being impossible kept me coming back for more. Tony Horton is a great trainer and has a great sense of humor that also kept me laughing through all the workouts.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel better than I have in decades. I am stronger, more flexible, have more energy, don’t have crazy cravings, and I am able to run around and play with my grandchildren without getting out of breath. I feel like P90 has given me a new lease on life and I am so very thankful that I took the leap and committed to doing this and doing it right. I know that trusting Beachbody has added years to my life and that is something that I cannot even begin to put into words. I never knew that working out and eating right could make me feel so great. I am a more active father and grandparent, a more patient husband, and a happier man. Thank you Beachbody.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My daughter was my right hand during all of this. She was relentless with reminding me of why I needed to do this. On the days that I wanted to give up she was there pushing me and encouraging me. There were bumps in the road when my knees would hurt or my back would be sore and she would show me modifications to work around the injuries and still move forward. She also was sharing my results on Facebook which encouraged me to push farther than I would have if I were going it alone. My first transformation picture got over 1,000 likes! How could you stop with 1,000 people cheering you on? I am forever grateful for her investment in me.
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 is really the only thing I changed about my diet other than cutting out fast food. I know that it was a huge part of my weight loss and cholesterol transformation. I drink Shakeology every night for dinner and it keeps me full all night to avoid snacking, my digestion is improved, my mood is improved, and I have enough energy to make it through a grueling workout with Tony Horton before facing a long day of responsibilities as a grandfather, business owner, dad, and husband.2
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