Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Life before I started this program was miserable! I had no life. I just went to the places that it was necessary for me to go. I held myself captive in my own house only to protect myself from the stares from people, the whispers, the comments, and that one look that says many things like: “You are disgusting.” “How can you even move?” “Gross.” “You are too fat.” The examples are endless. The thing is, those people were partially right. Sometimes, I felt like nothing would ever get better and that there was no need for my existence. My family and my beautiful daughter helped me through a lot, and I didn’t even realize that they were keeping me going. I used to ask myself, “If I don’t like to look at my body, what do other people think about it?” I got the answer to that question every day!
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Two things inspired me to begin this journey: my daughter and my Beachbody Coach. I wanted to be around to see her graduate, walk her down the wedding isle, and see her grow into a wonderful woman. My Coach opened my eyes to the fact that all this is possible. All I had to do was to take that first step. I was very reluctant at first. I came up with tons of excuses. After he convinced me to take that first step, I did my first Beachbody workout. After I made that first step, I realized that I could do this!
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 was daily life. The physical limitations, dealing with people, everything! Now that I’ve lost weight, my confidence is through the roof. I have more self-esteem. My body doesn’t hurt like it used to. There are still things that I have to deal with, but in the months to come, those issues will no longer exist. This journey is not even close to being over. My Coach and Beachbody have made me realize that this is a life-changing event that has changed me, and I will continue this change the rest of my life. I was so out of shape that I could not even get on the ground to do a push-up without help. The amazing part was that Beachbody programs can be modified for anyone in any shape…including someone who was in the shape I was in. I started out modifying the programs. Now I’m proud to say that, not only can I get down on the floor and do push-ups, I’m doing burpees as well!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I chose P90X3 because it looked like a great, total workout. I also liked it, because it was packed with a lot of different exercises in only 30 minutes. While doing this program, you are constantly moving, doing different exercises back to back, and obviously, it is very effective! P90X3 can also be modified for people who aren’t in good shape, such as I was. Even doing the modifications, you can see amazing results.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My results I have gotten from this program are unbelievable! My self-esteem is through the roof. It has completely changed my feeling of self-worth, and I feel like a new person! Other results have included a smaller waist, smaller chest and legs, and more importantly, it has eliminated my peripheral edema and sleep apnea. But my proudest achievement so far is to know that I can do this! I can change my body with this program and the right nutrition plan, which is laid out easily for me by Beachbody. It is amazing what this program can do for a person! You just have to take that first step. My achievements have been noticed by so many people that I was interviewed and placed in our local newspaper! It really felt amazing to describe the journey that I have been through so far, as well as the fact that I know that I am an inspiration to others. I have also been asked to be featured in a quarterly magazine, where I’ll be showing off some of my newly acquired healthy cooking skills!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Aside from the weight-loss, boost in confidence and self-esteem, and better health, the main thing that has changed in my life is that people actually see me now! They see me as a man with determination and will; a man with the drive to change his body. And if you have never been overweight, you won’t fully understand what I mean, but it is an amazing feeling. People are constantly telling me how well I’ve done and asking me what I have done to get this far. I love telling them about my journey, but I’m more excited about continuing this journey and them seeing me once I’ve met my final goal. (Just FYI…my Beachbody Coach and I have a final weight loss goal for me of 180 lbs. and right now, I’m only 28 lbs. away from that goal!)
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Being part of a Challenge Group has played a huge role in my weight loss success. Knowing that the group has the same goals: better health and a better body (a beach body), have been some of the best motivation a person could have. Their support has been phenomenal! Even though my journey is not over, I believe the group will be behind me until the end. People can do the programs on their own, but if you really want to achieve true success, nothing will help you reach your goals more than the help of a Beachbody Coach and a Challenge Group.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach’s support was/is awesome! He made sure that I was doing my workout each day. He showed me how to track my nutrition and how to ensure that I was eating properly each day to help me achieve my goals. He instilled in me the habit of eating healthy and that it’s okay to “treat” yourself every now and then. Getting in shape should not be miserable and something you dread, and he helped me understand how to make it fun, while still enjoying eating. Aside from my daughter, my family, and friends, my Coach has been one of my biggest supporters.
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, digestion/regularity?
Chocolate Shakeology is great! I completely understand now how it helps kickstart your proper nutrition intake and helps to curb sweet food cravings.
Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (e.g. blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, etc.)?
My body is thanking me every day for the improvements I am making. Previously, my knees killed me just by standing. Now, they are getting better and better. I have to say, when I first started this Challenge, I couldn’t even get on the floor without the assistance of someone else or a chair. Now, I’m getting on the floor, doing push-ups, and getting back up all by myself, and my knees are getting better. Push-ups are a breeze for me now! I’m sleeping better through the night and I’m feeling great!
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