Meet George F., an active duty Army personnel who recovered from open heart surgery, and got great results with INSANITY and P90X. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for May 25th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I had open heart surgery for a mitral valve prolapse with severe regurgitation and before the surgery I was in optimal health, feeling great just completing the 60 days of INSANITY. Needless to say the news that I needed open heart surgery caught my family and me completely off guard. I was unable to workout for a year to completely recover from the heart surgery ruining my usual coping mechanism to exercise for relief. I ate unhealthy and gained about 35lbs. of fat. I was in the worst shape of my life not being able to play with my children, and having a hard time going up and down steps. My stamina was partially due to my heart surgery, and the other part was due to my weight gain.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I wanted to be even better than I was for my wife and children. I’ve had the shock of my life when I was told that I needed surgery. So, now that I have had the surgery with success, and have the all clear to exercise with no limits, that is exactly how I plan to live my life!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Eating what I wanted when I wanted was my biggest challenge. A whole year went by and I ate what I wanted when I wanted. I became addicted to fast food and junk food. The workouts were the easy part. The longest I had to work out was for an hour, but eating healthy is something that has to be done during the other 23 hours in the day. Beachbody always offers eating plans with workout programs and as long as I stick with them and utilize the meal plans I’ve always had success and this time was no different.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
INSANITY is intense, hardcore, and a true challenge for me. You can’t dabble in this workout, you must go all the way in and that is my personality! The results from this program is phenomenal, I loved watching my body transform week after week.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I lost 35 pounds and my body fat went from 26 to 12 percent. I was able to see my abs and I had a six pack for the first time in over a year. The physical training test that the Army gives to its soldiers was a breeze for me as I maxed out of every category only one year after my surgery.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel better physically, I don’t get tired from walking around anymore. Doing the physical training I do in the Army seems twice as easy after completing INSANITY. People in the Military always compliment my looks and ask me what I’m doing. I tell them that I do INSANITY workouts and their response is always funny, because even though they are in the Army, they’re scared to even try INSANITY from the horror stories they’ve been told of the intensity.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My wife is my Coach and we did it together. I couldn’t imagine this journey from fit, to struggling with my health, and back again without her. We are truly a team!
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, Results & Recovery Formula, and Energy and Endurance are staples in our home. Shakeology, has given me phenomenal results, especially with regularity. I drink Shakeology daily, and always have less cravings for junk throughout my work day if I have it for breakfast, which is truly a life saver. No one knows better than me how important it is to take care of your health, especially when you’ve had open heart surgery at 28.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I am in great physical health all the way around and Shakeology ensures that I am staying that way. The weight is off, my heart is functioning well, and my recovery I’ve been told is remarkable and I attribute Shakeology and my workout regimen with INSANITY and P90X for my results!
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