Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
After I retired from the United States Air Force in 2008, I didn’t have anyone telling me what to do in the area of fitness, and I let my body decline. My weight shot up to 230 pounds. My physical activity involved getting out of bed and sitting at my computer all day, or watching TV. I felt tired all the time, and struggled with back and knee pain. I felt hopeless for any chance of reversing my condition. I knew what I should do, but felt there was no way I could ever be able to start, maintain, or complete any weight-loss or exercise program. In fact, I felt my days were seriously numbered, and it made me sick to think of my 3-year-old daughter growing up without a daddy.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
It took more than just a single thing to inspire me to change my life. First, it was the reality… No, the probability, that I might never see my daughter’s 18th birthday if I continued down the path I was on. Second was my own 50th birthday rapidly approaching. The thought of being in the same physical and mental state when I turned 50, absolutely terrified me! With a little more than 30 days until I hit the big five-o, my wife and I jumped in with both feet! We found an accountability group, adopted a healthy eating plan, and made the life commitment to be healthy and fit as a team!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenges I think everyone faces are finding motivation, having accountability, getting instruction, carving out time, and maintaining consistency. My greatest challenge was a combination of all of these. This is where Beachbody came to my rescue! Reading other peoples’ success stories not only motivated me, but also inspired me to believe and have hope again. I found the accountability I needed in my Coach’s Challenge Group. Having Beachbody-On-Demand gave me access to the Beachbody trainers where I could choose a workout program that best suited my current fitness needs. Most of the workouts were around 30-minutes, so time was no longer an issue. Even with all of these tools, the consistency part was still up to my wife and me. But even that wasn’t difficult since we used Shakeology as a delicious after-workout reward. I can honestly say, Beachbody has given me a new lease on life, and my family is eternally grateful.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked a lot of things about Tony Horton’s P90 program. I immediately felt safe trusting him with my fitness evolution. He encouraged me to hang with the modifier and make use of the pause button. This actually helped me be more in control of my progress instead of feeling guilty or discouraged for not keeping up. Another thing I liked was the variety of the movements and the instruction on the proper form. I could easily commit to the exercises when I knew I was doing them correctly. I never got bored with the variety.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
The P90 program got me off my keg, kept me engaged, helped me lose nearly 40 pounds, and gave me the six-pack I only previously dreamed of. I’m most proud of being able to wear size 32 jeans again (instead of my 36s). It had been about 30 years since I’ve been able to wear 32s.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My confidence and stamina have greatly increased since completing my Beachbody program. I now have confidence that my health and fitness goals are both realistic and forthcoming. My hope is restored. My stamina is incredible now that I’m not carrying around the equivalent weight of a 32-count flat of water (37 pounds). I have the energy I need to help my wife in the kitchen or make repairs on our home. My daughter has a daddy who can get down to her level and play. The only thing lacking is more hours in the day.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Our Challenge Group totally kept me inspired and motivated to stay the course. My Coach Tara kept things “real” and I fell in love with people on the team experiencing many of the same challenges I was facing. For now, we laugh together, cry together, and share our struggles to further motivate and inspire the team towards success. We’re all human and sometimes need to be part of something bigger to stay encouraged. I don’t think I could have completed the program without my coach and team.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Coach Tara gave me plenty of advice and ideas before and during my fitness program. Today, she listens and identifies with many of my challenges. I trust her integrity and feel comfortable asking her for help. When she doesn’t have the answer, she investigates and finds them out on my behalf. If I could place her on a pedestal, she would go directly under my wife for inspiration and motivation. She definitely embodies the Beachbody image.
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 a reward for completing our daily workout and still is to this day. I cannot imagine starting my day without this delicious superfood shake, that my body craves. I believe it’s instrumental in controlling my sweet cravings and it keeps me regular. I can concentrate better and have a ton of energy. Still the greatest fitness benefit gained was Shakeology keeping me on track to never miss a workout. To me, consistency is everything!
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
After completing P90, my lower back no longer hurts. I seem to walk taller and slouch less.
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.