Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Through my teenage years, weight was never an issue. I could eat what I wanted and never gain a pound. I was in martial arts so with being active, weight was not an issue. Then came a full-time job, marriage, and starting a family, and exercise was pushed to the side. The last five years of my life, I went from a healthy 180 pounds to a staggering 330 pounds. Stress at work and having my father pass away put me in a state of depression. Every day I would look at myself and be ashamed of who I was and how I could let myself destroy my body. I outgrew all my clothes, suffered from high blood pressure, joint pain, mood swings, and embarrassing profuse sweating.3 All of my co-workers would make comments and I got the nickname of Back Sweat. All the comments just made my depression worse. I was sad every day. I had no energy to play with my two children, and all I wanted to do was nap and gorge on food as this was my only happiness and comfort. Yet it was destroying my life and affecting my family too.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My wife started the program back in April 2015. Within two rounds of 21 Day Fix, she looked amazing. At 330 pounds I said, “There is no way that I will even try that.” I kept telling myself that I’m just a husky guy. I outgrew my 44-inch pants and needed 46-inch pants. That just killed me. A month later I suffered an injury to my hand and needed surgery. When the nurse checked my blood pressure, I was 170 over 110. The nurse and doctor said I was a walking heart attack waiting to happen, and I needed to make a lifestyle change now or not see 40. That wasn’t the breaking point. The breaking point for me was when my daughter wanted to go on a go-cart ride and when I went to sit in it with her, I couldn’t fit in it. The operator said I was too heavy and could not ride. I then hit rock bottom. My wife was rocking the program so I asked myself, “When am I going to change?” I decided to start 21 Day Fix in December 2015. Twelve rounds later, I’ve lost 80 pounds and 34 inches off my body.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was getting my mind wrapped around the whole lifestyle change. I thought “Oh great, I can only eat salads and bland foods” and “How am I ever going to make time for exercise and actually stick with it?” The 21 Day Fix program with Shakeology really made the transition from eating fattening, greasy foods to healthier foods more of a breeze.2 The color-coded containers are amazing and helped me eat the right amount of food. I could still actually eat anything I wanted, just in moderation. The 30-minute workouts are amazing. The workouts fit in my day with ease so I can get on with my day. The support from Beachbody (i.e. Coaches) is amazing. The Challenge Group’s support makes myself believe that I’ll never ever go back to the way I was. Thanks to Beachbody and 21 Day Fix, I feel alive. Thank you!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked how the moves were so simple and easy to do. Don’t get me wrong, the first couple of rounds were not easy. Having a modifier to follow was essential. Every day I pushed harder and harder to the point that I did not need to follow the modifier as the program was making me stronger. I also love the challenge pack. The easy-to-use color containers for food and having Shakeology really helped change my transformation journey. 21 Day Fix has changed the way I live my life and I am enjoying every minute of it. Thank you Beachbody.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Going from 330 lbs. to 250 lbs. in 9 months is my greatest achievement. I always dreaded clothes shopping since I thought, oh great, what size am I into now? I outgrew everything. Now since losing weight, it is like a rush going to the store to buy new clothes. I’m buying smaller sizes when before I had to buy bigger. I no longer sweat, lost the nickname of back sweat, and my health has turned around drastically for the better. My doctor is even getting curious about the program. The best thing of all is this year on vacation I actually got to ride in a go-cart with my daughter and had extra slack on the seat belt. Losing all this weight has given me my life back, and I can be active with my kids where before I had no energy to do so.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I now have a new outlook on life. Before being overweight I would have no energy. I was unhappy, and lost interest in activities I loved to do. I would constantly nap throughout the day and lay on the couch eating and being lazy. Now I have so much energy. I’m constantly on the move. I now look for any challenges and attack them. Being active is the best way of life. I now do as much as I can in one day to live life to its fullest. I’m happier than ever, friends, family, and co-workers have also noticed a huge improvement in my moods, and especially in my activity level. Getting complements on my body transformation is a great sense of euphoria. I just started the The Master’s Hammer and Chisel and am looking forward to a long, active, healthy lifestyle with Beachbody. Thank you for giving me my life back!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My wife is a Beachbody Coach and my Coach, so having her as my spouse and Coach is the ultimate bonus. I have watched my Coach from the beginning and her encouragement was inspirational. At the beginning of my journey in the first week, I was in so much pain from starting the workout. I called my Coach from work and was in tears. My Coach told me: “It’s okay. I have been in your spot. I have felt your pain. You can push through, and you will get stronger.” Since that day I pushed through, and yes I did get stronger. Every day my Coach holds me accountable. Without a Beachbody Coach, I would not have completed the program. I would have tapped in the first week and would be on track to be over 400 pounds in months.
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, or digestion/regularity?
I absolutely love Shakeology. I have more energy than ever. All my fatty food cravings have disappeared; I feel full longer; and I also believe that it helps me recover from my workouts. I have one shake a day and feel better than ever. Family, friends, and co-workers also mentioned that I rarely have mood swings, whereas before I would be very moody. This all changed since taking Shakeology. I look forward every day to have my Shakeology, and it feels like Christmas when it comes in the mail.2
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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