†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Brandon is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started P90X3 on March 24, 2014, I was in rough shape in every part of my life. I had gained a lot of weight between Fall 2013, and that’s when I decided to start P90x3. The weight gain is contributed to my very poor diet, which consisted mostly of fried foods, pizza, and fast foods. I drank very little water during the day, and relied on soda to keep me going through the work day. I was working, and still currently work, a desk job, so my activity level though out the day dropped significantly. Because I was carrying around so much extra weight, I was always tired. It created a vicious cycle because I needed more soda to stay awake, which led to more weight gain. I was on a downward spiral that could have led to some serious health issues if i did not realize what I was doing to myself. I also felt that I was more irritable and grouchy through out the day. This was new for me because I have always been a happy person.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I did not realize how bad I had let myself go until March 2014. In the beginning of March, I went for a hike with my aunt, and I found it to be very difficult. I was always an avid hiker, and this particular hike was not very difficult. I remember thinking, “man, why is this so hard for me right now”. Something is not right. A couple weeks later, I attended a seminar for work, and I wore the same suit I wore to graduation the previous year. The suit was very tight, and caused me to be in a lot of pain by the end of the day. This was when I realized that I didn’t just put on a little bit of weight over the winter. The reason I started P90X3 was because my brother came to me and said “Nicole’s wedding is in just over three months, lets get in shape for it”. So we started that next Monday. This was the first time I had stepped on the scale, and when I saw 263 come up, I wanted to cry and I was in total shock. I did not tell anyone my weight for many months. I was ashamed of myself.
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 that I had when I started the program was that I was so out of shape, and I had very little energy. In the first couple weeks I could barely make it five minutes into the workouts without feeling like I was going to die. The program really helped me because it pushed myself, not to be perfect, but to do a little better than I did yesterday. Every day got a little bit easier, and a little bit easier. I was also drinking Shakeology for lunch instead of greasy fatty foods, which really boosted my energy levels. By the time month three came around, I was able to make it through the whole workout without feeling like I was about to die. I felt so good the first day we repeated the month one workouts.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I really enjoyed all of the workouts that I have completed. I have done two rounds of P90X3, one round of 21 Day Fix, one round of Body Beast, one round of INSANITY MAX:30, and I am currently on my second round of Body Beast. All of the workouts have been very challenging, very effective, and a lot of fun. I never thought that working out could be this much fun. I love that most of the workouts are 30 minutes as well. These workouts are great for me, because I can complete them in the morning before I go to work. This has made my energy levels even greater.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
How I feel right now compared to how I felt this time last year is like night and day. Everything in life was so much harder and more uncomfortable last year. I could not fit into most of my clothes, I was always tired, I was grouchy, I spent a lot of time in my room, and my memory was awful. This year, I have been fitting into clothes that I wore in High School, I am way more energetic, I am the happiest I have been in a long time, and everything just seems better. I know I can take on any challenge that lies ahead of me, and I feel as if nothing can stop my momentum. I am stronger, faster, more flexible, my memory has increased significantly, my relationships have grown stronger, and my attitude is more optimistic. I am able to handle the office alone at our business, which means that my mom no longer has to come to work and help out. She can stay home and enjoy life without worrying about the day to day details of the business.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed in so many ways, it is crazy to think about. I look forward to every new day, because it is an opportunity to get me one day closer to my goal. When I first started last March, I made a goal that I wanted to get below 200 again. It took a long time, but I finally surpassed that goal, and I have since created a new goal. I never thought that I would lose over 80 lbs when I first started this journey. It seemed like an impossible task to even consider trying. I never thought about how many more pounds I still needed to lose. I just kept doing the small simple daily activities, and as time went on, I got closer and closer. To this day, I still look at my before pictures, and wonder if that is actually me in the photo. I still cannot believe how big I had gotten. It is a constant reminder of how fast things can go bad if you let them.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Being apart of a Challenge Group with my Coach Brian when I was doing my first round of P90X3 was an awesome experience. It was so great being with a group of people who had similar interests as me, and who were also doing Beachbody programs. We really formed a tight unit, and helped each other through the day to day struggles. When we were feeling weak, or tired, the others were there to push them through and tell them to keep going. If I was not apart of this group, I don’t think I would have made it through the first 90 days. They kept me strong when I needed it most. For that, I will also be thankful for my coach, and the others that were in that group. Beachbody has truly saved my life. I am sure I would have several health issues and probably hit 300lbs by now if I did not decide to give P90X3 a try.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
I cannot say enough good things about my Coach Brian. He is an extraordinary person, and I would be so lost without him. because of his advice, I really cleaned up my diet, and got some serious results because of it. He started a great group on Facebook for all of the people in our family who are involved with Beachbody. In this group, I met some great individuals who are like my family now. We are there to pick each other up on the worst of days, and celebrate the best of days. I am so thankful for these relationships because they helped me get through a hard time in my life when I lost my Grandfather, and had to put down my dog within a couple of weeks of each other. They made me see the light at the end of the tunnel and find peace within myself. My workouts became a place to find happiness, and lot just a way to burn calories.
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 truly helped me get on the right path to success because it allowed me to have a lunch at work that was actually healthy. It allowed me to cut the greasy, fried foods out of my diet completely. I also gave up soda and fast foods. Now, I can’t even think about ingesting these foods because I know realize how bad it is for my body and my soul. My energy levels are now amazing, I sleep normally, and I feel as if I can think more clearly.2 I don’t feel as if I am in a daze anymore. I am thankful for each day I am on this planet, and I find the positive side to situations.
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