Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
When I graduated from college, I weighed 150 pounds without ever needing to exercise. I am a CPA and gained 30 pounds in six months after taking my first desk job. I gained another 10 pounds after my son was born and another 10 after my daughter was born. I then hovered around the 200-210 mark for the next 15 years. About seven years ago, I completed the P90X program but never got serious about my food choices so the weight never really came off. I wore baggy clothes to hide the extra weight. I was taking medicine to control my high cholesterol. I continued to eat junk food because it tasted good, but was embarrassed by my weight, and I knew my family was also.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
About 1 1/2 years ago, my teenage daughter went through a period of deep depression after a cross-country move for my job. That depression worsened and eventually developed into anorexia. She was restricting her food intake and dropped to a very unhealthy weight. We checked her into a program that helped her deal with the emotional and physical issues, and she has made great progress in her recovery. As she was completing the program, I wanted provide her with a good example of how to eat healthy and proper amounts of foods, lose weigh properly, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally. My success has helped her see what a healthy body can look like.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
One of the biggest challenges was finding time to complete the workouts. With a full time job, wife, and teenage kids, it can be difficult to come home to workout instead of just dropping on the couch and having a beer. When I first saw the P90X3 workout advertised on TV, I got excited because I saw an opportunity to complete a workout program but not have it take up my entire evening after work. The other challenge I faced was getting focused and committing to healthy eating. That was my biggest downfall when I completed the P90X program several years ago and didn’t get the results I wanted. This time around, I really focused on how much and what I was putting in my body. Shakeology was a big part of my diet transformation. I knew the nutritional value would benefit my overall diet, so I had a shake for breakfast in the morning that helped set the pace and tone of my daily diet.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved the fact that it was only 30 minutes! I had previously completed the P90X program and sometimes it seemed to drag along during the workouts, but X3 just moves at a great pace and got my heart rate up in a short amount of time. I also appreciated the opportunity to try new/different types of workouts, like PilatesX. It’s not just about cardio. It’s not just about lifting weights. It’s about getting your whole body in shape through a variety of exercises.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Over the course of nine months and three rounds of P90X3, I’ve lost almost 50 pounds representing about 25% of my body weight. All of my vital signs are in the normal range – BMI, resting heart rate, blood pressure.† I am off my cholesterol medicine!o I look great, feel great, and my wife and kids are proud of my transformation. I dropped from tight-fitting size 36 pants down to a loose-fitting size 32 (I could probably now go down to a size 30!). I now wear size M shirts and shorts where I used to wear XL. I gave seven full bags of my fat clothes to Goodwill. I love the responses I get from co-workers and family members that I haven’t seen in a while.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I just feel better, I look better, and I’m more confident. I really enjoy exercising now and get bummed out if I have to miss a day.
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