Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was overweight all my life. Leaving high school at 280 pounds, I continued to gain weight until I was tipping the scales at over 450 pounds by the age of 27. I had gotten to the point where mobility was becoming a real issue, and my quality of life was nearly non-exisitent.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was pushing 30-years-old and being sick and tired of being sick and tired. I started to get angry with how I had let myself go. I decided in December of 2011 to make a change and to do it all with hard work and dedication. I knew working out was going to be real tough early on, so I focused on eating clean and doing what modified activity I could.
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 was learning to reprogram the way my brain thought about food. I began to learn to like things that are healthy for me, and realized that food was energy for my body and not comfort for my mind. I realized that I didn’t have to match up with what the folks in the workouts were doing, but to modify to do the best I could and respect my limits in order to progress safely.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
In every program I’ve completed, there are options for modifications for folks who are just starting out. This makes the programs easier to commit to and also gives you goals to aspire to by eventually being able to match the tempo of the trainers. I can also say that the nutritional advice included with the programs was crucial to my success in understanding food and nutrients, which I believe to be the most important tool in the journey.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
After about 14 months of commitment, I was down to 300 pounds. At this point I really began to dive into the Beachbody programs full speed. I completed P90X three times, P90X3 twice, P90X3 Elite Block once, and FOCUS T25 once. I have never felt healthier in my life, and I continue to set the bar higher. Aside from the confidence boost of looking healthy, I cannot describe how it feels to go from being nearly immobile to being able to do just about any physical activity imaginable. Also, it’s nice to ride roller coasters again!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
The biggest way my life has changed is that I feel I’ve become an inspiration to my friends and family. Since I began my journey, I have personally helped many of them achieve their weight loss goals. I cannot describe the feeling I get when someone tells me that I’ve inspired them and they’ve successfully made a change for the better in their lives. No prize can ever come close to those priceless words.
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?
I drank Shakeology for a while and wow, what a surprise that something like that can taste so good and keep you full for so long. It just kept me satiated for so long throughout the day.
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