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 huge help in my transformation. I was a little skeptic about it at first, but once I started using it I could tell that it was helping me. It gave me energy to start my day, and it also gave me something I could have for breakfast. As long as I can remember I have not been able to have any type of breakfast. It was an instant upset stomach if I tried. Shakeology has not given me any problems in that area. It has done the opposite. Now I can get up in the morning and drink my shake and not worry about getting sick. I also have been using E&E. I love this stuff! I can really tell the difference in energy, stamina, and performance on my workouts when I drink it. I’m not sure I could get through some of these workouts without it.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
The biggest health condition that I had was my stomach issues. Since I have been drinking Shakeology those issues have almost completely disappeared.+
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started T25 I was extremely overweight. I had no energy. The simplest things would tire me out. I never wanted to do much of anything. It took a toll on my kids as well. I was not the active dad they wanted and needed. I never felt like going outside and playing with them because I did not have the motivation or the stamina to do so. I just sat around a lot and watched TV. My life was pretty boring. I had back problems as well from carrying all my weight. My weight caused so much pressure on my spine that I ended up having back surgery about five years ago because I sneezed one day. All it took was a simple sneeze to put the last bit of pressure my back could take. Needless to say I was not a bundle of joy all the time.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My inspiration was a couple of things: One, to be able to do things with my kids at any time. To not be too tired and tell them no. The second inspiration was that I wanted to feel better, and look better. I hated the way I looked. I was embarrassed by the person I had let myself become. I wanted to get back to a person I was not embarrassed of. I wanted to be able to go to the lake and not feel ashamed of myself when we went swimming. I did not want to shop in the big and tall sections of stores. Plus, big and tall costs more. Ultimately, I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this. No excuses, just the confidence that I knew it would bring to me.
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 the mental challenge of it all. It was hard to get myself excited about changing my life style. I did not want to stop eating unhealthy food. I also was a huge Dr. Pepper drinker. It was all I drank. Making the commitment to cut that out was extremely hard. T25 and Beachbody really helped me through the initial change. Yes, the program kicked my butt the first week, but my results were crazy just after five days. I lost so much weight because I was only drinking water and working out everyday. Shaun T really helped me push through the workouts with his continuous motivation through them. I also got motivation through numerous Coaches on Beachbody. I became friends with them, and just their posts were extremely helpful. Seeing what other people have gone through helped me realize that I was not alone. I do not think I could have got this far without all of this.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
When I started T25 the thing I loved about it most was that it had a modifier, Tonya. She was my best friend for the first couple of weeks. Haha! Without the modifier I do not think I would have stuck with the program. I could hardly do any of the things the other people were doing. Eventually, I was able to wing my way away from Tonya and now I can do about 99% of what the other people are doing and I don’t have to follow her at all. The variety of this program is something else that I love. I have all three section of it. I like the fact the you build up to each level, and you can mix them up whenever you want. It really is the best workout I have ever done.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My results are crazy! I have lost 70 lbs. and around 30 total inches off of my body. My weight is something I am very proud of. I have not been at this weight since I was 20 years old. 15 years is a long time to be overweight. But, my proudest achievement has to be the day I completed speed 3.0 without stopping or following the modifier. I kept up step for step with Shaun T. I was pretty excited about that. Anyone that knows how extreme this workout is will understand what I mean. I also have been able to go shopping for clothes and not have to get big and tall things. That makes me, and my wallet, pretty proud!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed so much! I have more energy, I do not have back problems anymore, and I feel better. I can go outside and play with my kids all day now without getting worn out. Sitting in the house and watching TV is something I am not big on anymore. I am more confident in the way I look as well. I can go outside, or to the lake, without a shirt on and not feel embarrassed. I get comments on the way I look, and that is such a confidence booster. It really does help when other people notice the hard work you have put in to changing your life. But, I am not done. I might have completed the program, but I plan on continuing with it every day. It is not just a workout program to me anymore. It is part of my life and daily routine, and I plan on keeping it that way.
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