My Overall Goal: Lose Weight
Darrick Smith Won $1,000 in December 2009
Darrick Smith, from Stow, Ohio, won $1,000 in the Million Dollar Body Game® using Tony Horton's Power 90®.
When Darrick Smith stepped on a scale, it read well over 400 pounds. He was dangerously obese with a body fat percentage three times higher than healthy levels. He hated looking at himself in a mirror and became more and more anti-social.
"Most of my days were spent at the computer playing video games, MRPGs—anything, you know, just to pass the time. If I wasn't playing a video game, I was probably sleeping . . . anywhere between 15 to 18 hours of sleep, depending on the day."
Darrick wanted to lose weight, but everywhere he turned people told him that it was in his genes, and he would always be overweight—including his doctor.
"He told me that because of my genetics, I'd have high blood pressure, I'd probably get diabetes. I'm at a great risk for cancer and that the only thing he could help me with is medicine or an overpriced cardiologist. . . . It made me angry. It made me mad."
Then Darrick saw his brother, Ramall, lose well over 100 pounds using Power 90, and that gave him hope and inspiration to give the program a try.
"When I first started working out, I was always out of breath in the first 15 minutes. Heart was pounding in my ears. It was insanely difficult, but it was worth it. I knew each time I Pushed Play, I would be making myself better in some way."
Darrick had to modify Power 90 tremendously when he first started, but that's what he loved about the workout. He could do it at his own pace, in his own home. What he had trouble modifying was his bad eating habits. Everywhere he turned he was confronted with bad food choices. But Darrick overcame those struggles with his immense desire to live a healthy life.
"It was a lifestyle change that actually worked. It wasn't something that was going to yo-yo where you lose 5 pounds and gain back 15. It was a foundation of fitness. That's what I found. That's the difference."
By staying committed to Power 90, Darrick has dropped an amazing 161 pounds—161! He says that his friends and family almost don't recognize him. For all of Darrick's hard work and dedication, he is a $1,000 winner in Beachbody's December Million Dollar Body Game.