Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
For most of my life, I was fit and strong, and my mistake was thinking that it will be like that forever. With a high level of daily activity, I had a great metabolism and I could eat anything I wanted, and as much as I wanted, without worry of gaining a few pounds. And even if I gained a few, they very quickly disappeared. But now that I am over 50, things are different. Combined with my accident when I broke my ankle, hernia surgery, and a long recovery, I lost my edge.3 Of course, I still remembered myself like I used to be and I thought that one day I can get started with exercise and everything will go back to normal. But that day never came. Every day I had a great plan to get in shape that I will start “tomorrow.” Day after day, month after month, waiting for tomorrow, telling myself that it is not that bad, and I am still in good shape.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
One day I was getting ready for a party, and I wanted to wear my suit. To my surprise, it didn’t fit at all. I couldn’t button my pants, and there was no way I could button a shirt and wear a tie. At first, I said to myself that it probably shrunk in the closet, but of course I knew what was the problem: I was too big to wear it. Then I looked at my several pairs of jeans, each one a larger size than the previous one. That was my wake-up call. At that moment, I knew that I needed to change the way I live, the way I look, and improve my overall health.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I think my greatest challenge was to take control of my eating habits and stay away from fast food. First, I picked some healthy recipes from the Beachbody blog that I could manage to cook. Then I put together a shopping list and restocked my fridge with good food. Meeting Tony every day for a workout helped me to stay on course and stick to my diet. I knew that P90X3 is a tough workout with a proven track record. I knew that my results would come if I stayed in the game.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
P90X3 is a tough/challenging workout and interesting at the same time. It never gets boring thanks to the unique personality of Tony. He can challenge you to the max with a smile.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am very happy with my overall health and shape. I still have a few pounds to lose, because I know I can look even better. But the biggest achievement is my recovery from my accident when I broke my ankle. You know, when you take a fall from stairs and end up at the bottom — which for some reason is called a landing — the place where you land, you have many other injuries. In my case, I have a lower back problem. I noticed significant improvement in my lower back mobility in the second month of the program, and now I feel like I turned back the clock about 15 years!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
To me, completing P90X3 is a step to another goal. But most of all, I’ve made a resolution to continue the program with no end and keep it as a part of my lifestyle to ensure a healthy, happy, and exciting life for years to come.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.