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I am an Chef & Restaurant owner of Visions Restaurant in Bethesda, MD. I produce a Podcast called ChefLife available on iTunes and run a website to talk about the restaurant industry called www.cheflifeonline.com. I am in a beautiful relationship and a serious geek in my offtime. In 2008 I plan to return to my prior health goals and expand my business.
My fitness goal:
Being from Italian background and always a fan of eating, my weight has been an issue most of my life. Most likely , it has affected me in many ways, socially, physically More ...
Being from Italian background and always a fan of eating, my weight has been an issue most of my life. Most likely , it has affected me in many ways, socially, physically and possibly even in my career. Never shy, I always felt confident, but never the less, I knew somewhere in my head, that I needed to lose weight. In high school, I played football and wrestled, working out in the gym gave me strength, but my weight could always have been better managed.
As an adult, my time in the restaurant business as a Chef has never made losing weight easy. One would think that we have access to all kinds of fresh exciting foods to eat, which is true. Reality is that our hours are bizarre, long, and you end up eating the easiest thing possible, at the worst times of the day. I never BLAME the business, but without a solid program to follow, finding the balance was never easy.
After selling my restaurant and moving back to my home area, my weight continued to climb. Getting married and adjusting to a new phase of my career working for a new company, the stress probably added to my weight gain habits. Although happy, I knew somewhere in my head, that a time was coming to get this weight down. About two years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes…a major shock! In reality, this was another step in the direction of serious health problems. I educated myself on the disease, and learned that losing weight would also help treat this problem. The time had come, but I needed to find a way to work this into my daily life, and be able to follow long enough to make a change.
Ralph H. (known as "ChefRalph" here...a Beachbody Hawaii invitee from 2005) is my boss and after seeing him come in to our restaurant for several months getting healthier and healthier, I pulled him aside and asked him what he was doing?!? After learning about Beachbody, I bought the program and started it right away. In reality, I did it for a month, and got out of the habit. Even after seeing 20 lbs or so lost, I just lost the “push play” habit .
Long story short, this February, I realized that there was no more time to wait, I started the program in February and ran straight through to May losing 58 lbs in the process! I ate protein bars daily, a sensible lunch, and cut out late eating, carbs and sweets. I never missed a workout and felt an amazing sense of my body. Muscles came out of me that I hadn’t felt for years! At first the yoga moves, and cardio really kicked me in the backside, but after getting it down and going to 3-4 after about 40 days, I felt amazing.
I have had such a dramatic change, many people are stopping me and asking me what I did? I have become a walking, talking advertisement for your products! I believe in the people doing the videos, I like the fact that I didn’t have to lay out a ton of money for the initial program, and I love that I could progress as I felt comfortable.
I have continued Power 90 through almost another whole cycle now, losing another 30 lbs, for a total loss of 88 lbs in less than 6 months. I cannot imagine strapping that weight on my back now and trying to work. By the way, through my diet and exercise, my sugar levels have become normal, my knees and back feel great, and my energy level is unbelievable. There are days I sleep just a few hours, but I still feel great, and PUSH PLAY every day!
I am confident that I will incorporate programs from Beachbody for the rest of my life!
p.s. As this represents my first “success story” I submitted.. now at around 10 months after starting the program, I have lost 106 lbs, and have purchased the Master Series, to be started next week. I just continue to feel amazing, continue to promote my new healthy lifestyle to the people around me, and continue to push play. I cannot say how much this system helped me, motivated me and changed me for the better. I’m looking forward to many exciting things in 2007, and this can only be had with great health. THANK YOU BEACHBODY!!!
PPS...I have slipped a bit in my health situation, but none the less, I am returning to BeachBody to bring my weight down and my health level up. I am reinspired to return the lbs I have picked up, I have a new restaurant and a great relationship that inspired me daily. Believe in BeachBody, it WILL change your life!!
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