Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My life before the program was uneventful. In high school, my weight shot up to 292 pounds. I knew this was the time to change what I was doing and get my life back. I was always told, “You’re not big, you’re just big-boned.” I knew I was big-boned, but then the stretch marks started to show. I realized for the second time, this was the time to get my life back. I wouldn’t even go to the pool or do anything that required me to take off my shirt. I was ashamed of what I had become, and didn’t want anyone to see me.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
There were many things that inspired me to change my life. The first thing was my nephew Aiden. I wanted to be here for him for the good and the bad. My parents adopted him, because of some problems and it was the best thing that happened. I love him, but hated not being able to play with him because I was always too tired. I want him to look up to his uncle with a view of “I want to be like him someday,” or as a brother that tried his hardest to make every day count. The next thing is my family. I want to be around when something big happens. I want to have kids and grandchildren, and watch them grow up. That’s why I started Tony Horton’s Power 90 Bootcamp and then P90X, P90X2, and P90X3.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The whole program was hard for me to face. I haven’t done any physical activities in a couple of years, so the workouts were hard and demanding. Overall, the hardest thing by far was the food. I went from eating anything I wanted all the time to only the amount I needed from the Power 90 food plan. It was hard, but I knew I needed to stick with it for the sake of my health and all those things that inspired me to get to where I want. After the first 90 days, I was seeing results that I never knew were possible. This was the beginning of an amazing journey that I will be on for the rest of my life.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved the program all around. The workouts are hard but fun. The biggest thing was, again, Tony Horton. He has inspired me to become something I never thought I could be. Power 90 seemed to focus on weight loss, and that’s what I needed. It was hard at first, but then you got how to do it and were able to stick with them more and more. Tony also has some funny jokes that get better in P90X and P90X2. P90X2 gave me muscle that I wanted, and I still have to say most of the reason is because of Tony. He is just an awesome person, and I wouldn’t do any other workout unless Tony is on it. P90X3 gives me the time that I need with a workout that still works really well.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have lost a total of over 90 pounds, resulting in a final weight of 180/181 pounds. My health is normal again, and I feel so good. I only have 9.2 percent body fat. I am proud of all the things that have happened to me. My union at work wrote a story on me about my weight loss. Words can’t describe how that makes me feel that people around the world can see what I have done, and it will encourage them that they can do the same. P90X2 is a different kind of workout, but it will get you the results. Overall, I became healthy for the first time, and I feel good. I never thought I would ever have abs and feel good about myself, but now I see that I can.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
After losing weight with Power 90 and gaining muscle with P90X, I really look good with my shirt off and my legs are getting to look really good too. Now I feel that I can help anyone that needs it. When I play with my nephew now, I don’t feel bad, because I can play without tiring out. When he sees me in the future, he will see me the way he should. He will also be able to learn how to be healthy and in shape. I mean he already does the workouts with me now, and he’s only three. Now that’s “X-like.” He knows how to Bring It. P90X2 has given me more muscle than I received with P90X, and I love it. They are just awesome workouts, and everyone should try them. P90X3 gives me more time, but still works me hard. I feel good and look good. I feel that I can do so much more than I did before without getting tired. That is the best feeling ever. I now get to fulfill my dream of joining the United States Army. I have always wanted to serve my country, but I was always overweight and out of shape. Now it’s my turn to give back!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
He helped me with food and the workouts when I needed help. He also has made me want to be a Coach. He was always there for me when I needed help with whatever. He is an awesome person, and I hope I can meet him someday, along with Tony Horton.
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 helped me lose weight and kept me full. It has a good taste, and it’s the easiest thing to make. It takes five minutes to make, and then you can continue with your day.
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