Shawn Ivanovitch, age 29, lost 71 lbs in 90 days with P90X. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge and won $1,000!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before P90X I was the guy at the pool with a T-shirt on. I was so ashamed of my body and almost feared anybody seeing it. I would wear layers of clothing, even in the summer to try to hide my unwanted curves. I was active but my diet was so poor and I knew I had to do something else.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My wife and I are approaching our 10th anniversary and are going on a Caribbean Cruise to celebrate. While I was extremely excited when we planned it, I was also very nervous knowing that we will likely be visiting beaches. That’s when I knew it was time to make a change. I want this vacation, this anniversary, to be perfect. I want to be able to walk on the beach with my shirt off just like everybody else. I want nothing weighing me down while celebrating this milestone with my amazing wife on some beautiful islands.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenge was feeling comfortable. I was uncomfortable in my own skin and even in my clothing. I was having a hard time fitting into my shirts without stretching them out first, clothes shopping was embarrassing so I never wanted to go. Now with my weight loss I am down to a size where I can walk into any store and grab a shirt off the regular size racks and it will fit me! I don’t have to settle on buying the biggest sizes and stretching it to fit me. I can throw a shirt on in the store and it looks great and it feels amazing.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I love the mix of workouts in P90X. As soon as you get comfortable with something Tony throws something new your way. I really like being able to work at my own pace and that Tony stresses that throughout the videos. It’s okay to modify, it’s okay to take breaks and to work at your own pace and by the end it feels great to be able to keep up with them and remember where you started.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I can do push-ups! While it may sound like a small achievement, it blows my mind that I can just drop and push out 25 push-ups and just 3 months ago I couldn’t imagine doing more than 3. I am so proud of how far I’ve come in such a short time.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My wife and I did P90X together, so we changed our lives completely. We spend so much more time in the kitchen now. We enjoy cooking together where in the past we would always order takeout. The P90X diet book gave us good inspiration to get out there and find creative ways to enjoy the foods our bodies were intended to have and not all the greasy fast food we had been putting in for years.
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 group, a great group helped to get me on track and stay there. I’ve tried diets and exercising in the past but always give up too quick but the Challenge Group was there to motivate and share and it gave me that drive to want to show them that I can do it and so can you. Checking in with the group whether it was a daily checking or weekly kept me accountable because I didn’t want to show failure, I wanted to show success and having others there to be happy for me and to cheer me on and to be able to give that back to them really helped.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Leah was so good with checking in on me and even better at showing how much she cared. Her passion and support was so motivating. She was always quick to reply to any questions and was very detailed with her answers. Her excitement for my success throughout the whole journey kept me excited. She’s an amazing Coach.
You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes.
*Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.