Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I have always battled my weight. In high school, I hit the weights pretty hard, and I was around 240 pounds when I graduated. I always tried to stay bulked up for football. Twelve years passed by and I found myself up to nearly 340 pounds and hated everything about my body. I was in a size 44 pants and a 3XL shirt (and these were starting to get too small). I always had a desire to get fit, but just couldn’t get the motivation to do it. I had tried 100 different times, succeeded a few of the times, but then just put the weight back on, plus more, a few months into it. I was concerned about getting high blood pressure and sleep apnea, and was literally embarrassed by my size.3
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
It was in November of 2015 that I decided to make a change. I had just turned 29, and I told my wife that I wanted to be in the best shape of my life on my 30th birthday, which was October 26, 2016. Many things inspired me to make this change. I wanted to be healthier for my family, and even more for myself. I’ve always been the active type, and I was to the point where I didn’t want to do anything but sit on the couch. The day it hit me like a ton of bricks was a fall day last year. I’m a high school teacher and head high school basketball coach. I had taken my students to a theme park for a school trip. We waited in line for about 45 minutes to get on a rollercoaster. When we get to our turn to get on, I sit down and try to buckle the strap. It won’t go around me, and I have to get off in front of hundreds of people. I was humiliated and hated myself for allowing myself to get this big. I decided that day that it was time 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?
My biggest challenge was motivation. I didn’t want to do anything but lie on the couch. When I popped in that DVD of INSANITY, I thought, “There is no way!” I did the fit test, and I thought I was going to die! Day after day I continued to put the DVD in, and I pushed myself to keep doing it. It was tough, but I made myself do it. I was inspired by Shaun T, and wanted to keep working to try and get the body that I had always dreamed of. This program pushes you hard, makes you sweat, and you see results. I couldn’t be happier being 130 pounds lighter and leaner than I’ve ever been. I turned 30 just a few days ago, and I am in the best shape of my life! I reached my goal thanks to INSANITY!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I really enjoy the intense exercising. After I am done with my workout, I am pouring sweat, my muscles are burning, and I feel good about myself! I feel like I get a good workout in every time I do it! It pushes me each and every day!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My weight loss is the biggest thing that I am proud of. I was downright fat before this! I am also proud of the muscle I have gained too! I feel like I am leaner than I have ever been. It has taken a lot of work and discipline, but it is definitely worth it!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life is completely different. I am actually proud of my body instead of being embarrassed of it. Before, I was embarrassed to take my shirt off in front of my wife. I have the best wife in the world, and she always has shown me more love every day, no matter my size. She has supported me through this journey, and allows me time to get my workout in and prepare my meals each day. I want to continue to try and be the best husband and father that I can be, and I know this weight loss will help me do that.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.