Jessie Valentine, age 30, lost 110.8 lbs with a variety of Beachbody fitness programs, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge® and won $2,000!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started my journey with INSANITY MAX:30 and Shakeology, I was very unhealthy. I had no energy and was not happy with who I had become. Due to my lack of energy I began drinking 2 or more energy drinks daily. I had continued to eat all of the things I ate while working out twice a day for college football, but football was over and so were my workouts. In my field of work, I worked closely with contractors daily. They always came bearing gifts of pizza, pop, donuts, or some sort of fast food. I continued to gain weight and before I knew it, I was 327 lbs with minimal muscle. It got to the point where I was ashamed when I looked in the mirror. I wouldn’t even take my shirt off in my own home because of my lack of self esteem and embarrassment.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
A combination of things lead me to begin my transformation journey. In August of 2013 I was blessed with a daughter. From that moment on I knew that my life was about much more than just me. I wanted to be here for her as long as I possibly could. Not only did I want to be here, I wanted to be able to do things with her and not be out of breath or exhausted afterwards. The extra push I needed came in April of 2014 when I received my results from the blood work I had done. They offer it through work as an incentive. I was not pleased with the results, to say the least. My cholesterol and A1C levels were both elevated. With a history of diabetes in my family, I knew I had to make a change.
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 before beginning the program was my nutrition. I thought that I could continue to eat like I was a collegiate athlete without any consequences. My whole life I had focused on “being big” and building muscle in order to be the best I could be in the sports I competed in. As a child my grandmother owned a restaurant, and after she passed my mother took over. Needless to say I have never experienced a shortage of “home cooked food”. In my family, healthy isn’t usually an option, and neither is eating just one plate. The 21 Day Fix nutrition plan really changed the way that I look at food. It wasn’t until I started using the portion control containers that I realized how much I really was eating. A serving for me was a bag of chips or a whole pizza. Vegetables, other than occasional corn, were not in my diet at all. I now eat carrots, tomatoes, and salads daily. That is something I thought I would never do.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I have used multiple programs. I started with INSANITY MAX:30 then went on to Body Beast, P90X3, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, 22 Minute Hard Corps, and then back to Body Beast. I did not do the 21 Day Fix workouts, but I followed the eating plan with my wife. With the exception of Hammer and Chisel, I was able to do my workouts in a 8×10 area, with little to no equipment, while working on the rigs. The programs were short, intense, and allowed me to reach my goals of losing weight and toning.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Since January 2015 I have lost 111 lbs and 54 inches. When I began my journey I was wearing a size 42 pants. I am now in a 32. Also my recent blood work results show that all of my levels are where they need to be. I can keep up with my two daughters (ages 3 and 5 months) without being out of breath and exhausted after playing with them. Sometimes my toddler wears out before I do! That’s a great feeling!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Since losing 110 lbs and making myself a priority daily by exercising, drinking my shake, and fueling my body correctly, I feel amazing! I have more confidence than I have ever had in my entire life. I never thought I could feel this good. The goals that I set for myself when I first set out to lose the weight were goals that I never thought I would achieve, and I have blown them out of the water. Daily tasks such as climbing the stairs, walking, tying my shoes, bending over, etc have become so much easier. I used to dread those tasks, and now don’t think twice about doing them. I am happy, healthy, enjoying my family each day, and truly living life to the fullest. I know that making this lifestyle change has added years to the time that I will be here for my children and wife. The men in my family don’t have a good track record. The average age they live to is 65. I have made it my mission to focus daily on my health and fitness so that I can make it much further!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Participating in a Challenge Group helped me in countless ways. The top two ways were the motivation and accountability it provided. I didn’t want to be the only one at the end of the day that didn’t do my workout or fell short on water intake. The group wasn’t about just sharing your success. We also shared our struggles. In doing so we saw that most of the other people were struggling in the same areas and we were able to give input and suggest ways that we combated certain situations.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach supported me every step of the way. It helps that she lives with me and could keep me out of the refrigerator late at night! But all jokes aside she is the one who talked me into giving these programs a try. I was very skeptical but she was very passionate about the programs and insisted I would see results if I just committed to showing up every day and making small changes. I didn’t believe that only working out 30 minutes a day could give me the kind of results I was looking for, but man was I wrong. I am in the best shape of my life and very thankful for the extra push that she gave me to begin this journey.
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?
I was someone that always skipped breakfast. I told myself I didn’t have the time. I now have Shakeology every day without fail for breakfast. It gives me the energy I need to get my day started, curbs my cravings, helps with my ability to concentrate while at work, and tastes like a cheat! I have also seen good results so far with the new performance line. The Energize gives me the kick I need to push play at 5 am and allows me to push harder than I would be able to otherwise throughout the workout. I have also noticed that with Recover and Recharge I am not experiencing quite as much muscle soreness as before.2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
Beachbody on Demand has allowed me to throw all of my excuses out the window. Especially with the new app. Being able to download programs and access them even when I don’t have an internet connection has been a game changer.
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
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