Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
In 2008, I began having symptoms of nerve pain, fatigue, weakness, difficulty walking, and muscle spasms all over my body. I was hospitalized and was found to have high levels of protein in my cerebrospinal fluid which indicated an inflammatory process going on in my body. I have spent the last 6 years in and out of the hospital with flare ups. My neurologist thinks my problems are autoimmune in nature, but I have never been given a definite diagnosis. I have lost several jobs due to my health problems over the past 6 years. My wife was carrying the load of our entire family and it was killing me. I hated looking at myself in the mirror because I knew the real me was in there somewhere. I was depressed and sick of being on a multitude of treatments and prescription drugs that were doing nothing to help me. I felt like I had to take control of my life and body if I was ever going to find myself again.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My family is my WHY for getting my health back, and they continue to be what drives me everyday to be the healthiest I can be everyday. My 3 kids needed their dad back, so I resolved that no matter how much it hurt, no matter how much pain I may endure, I was going to conquer my weight. I was determined that my family would get the REAL ME back. My wife Erica has never given up on me; she has been and is still to this day my ultimate inspiration!! The first few months of working out were painful, but it has been worth it — tenfold.
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 was making sure my body would not flare up with muscle spasms and nerve pain, and so far with Beachbody programs alongside Shakeology(which is the best), I am conquering my health issues!!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
In all, I have completed Focus T25, P90X3, Insanity, Body Beast, and most recently INSANITY MAX:30. I loved that I could start slow with Focus T25, and as I got stronger, I became not only more flexible, but my energy and stamina has become AMAZING. I love P90X3, because it has made me stronger. Focus T25 helped my cardio and x3 has made me stronger. Because the auto immune disease took me out of working out for years, I REALLY needed to strengthen my arms, legs, and back. These programs have given me strength beyond what I could have imagined.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I started my first Beachbody program (Focus T25) in September 2013. In the first 9 months, I lost 100 pounds!! In 1 year, I lost 112 pounds, and I’m pleased to report that after almost 2 years, not only have I kept it off, I’ve continued to lose even more! I have NOT missed a day drinking my Shakeology. I have never felt so good!! I look and feel better now than when I was in my mid 20’s. I am 41 now! My body fat has gone from 46% to 17%. My cholesterol was checked in Oct 2013 right after I started T25. It was checked again in May 2014. Here are the amazing results: Before After Total cholesterol 325 -> 177; Triglycerides 647 -> 92; LDL too high to calculate -> 104; HDL 45 -> 55.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
T-25, P90X3, INSANITY, Body Beast, INSANITY MAX:30 … and of course Shakeology everyday has changed my life by giving my life back! How? I can play with my kids! My wife has never seen me look and feel so good! I have suffered through this auto immune disease by having multiple lumbar punctures, multiple trips to the hospital, sometimes spending up to two weeks at a time getting a flare up under control. This has changed my life!!! I have my life back, because I can run with my kids. I am not hurting. I have energy. I AM HAPPY again. I am spreading a passion now for fitness for those who feel like they have no hope. Well, there is always hope, and it’s my life’s aim to ignite fitness and clean eating by sharing with people what Team Beachbody can do for them.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I created a Challenge group called CAMP. Clean Eating, Accountability, Movement, and Progress! I had to make sure I was doing my part so that I was being a great example to the group. I love Challenge Groups. It’s what makes working out tick and come together!!
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?
Shakeology is the best product on the market for energy, sleep, mood, digestion, regularity and finally curbing my appetite from sweets. Without shakeology, I would not have done as well, especially being on prednisone which makes you crave everything! I no longer crave unhealthy food, but crave healthy food. I cannot think what I would have done without it! I have more energy than ever before. I am thinking clearly. I am excited and passionate about life again!!! I am also taking the P90X after workout drinkand WOW, are you kidding me?! This drink helps me feel better after working my butt off, it makes my muscles feel better and I am not as sore. I have never in 5 years felt this good! I will take Shakeology forever, and I mean that. I am getting the nutrition I need, and my body has recovered from 5 years of multiple hospitalizations, and I am off all medications. Shakeology has brought me back to health. [note: consult your physician before stopping any medication]
Did you achieve any other measureable improvements? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…)
My blood pressure is down. It used to be really high, now it is normal. My triglycerides are back to normal, cholesterol is normal again. I may not need my neurologist anymore but for a YEARLY visit.