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Michael E.
Age: 32
Gender: Male
State: Maine
Primary Program: Beachbody® Ultimate Reset™
Supplement: Beachbody Ultimate Reset™
My Stats
Before AFTER
Height6'4
Weight240220
Dress/Pants Size3835
Waist39.5
Hips44.5
Chest36.5
Right Arm13.5
Left Arm13.5
Right Thigh26
Left Thigh26
Body Fat %2823
CholesterolHDL/LDLHDL/LDL
Blood PressureSYS/DIASYS/DIA
as-of 08/08/2012
Michael E.
LOST 20 LBS and 3 pants sizes in 21 DAYS!
"I have suffered from heart palpitations for 15 years, every day, and haven't had a single palpitation since completing the Ultimate Reset."
What Michael E. won:
$1,000
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body? * My name is Mike Elliott. I am 32 years old, and used to be relatively fit. After I got married, I became very interested craft beer and brewing beer at home. I was also in retail management; where I routinely ate from the "retail diet": fast food...every day. This irregular lifestyle coupled with a terrible diet which included daily alcohol intake caused my weight to balloon from 190 lbs to 240 lbs in a few short years. I developed a sugar and caffeine addiction as well. I spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars every month eating out and drinking beer. It really felt that food was a pleasure trap for me, rather than understanding the role of diet in my life.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey? * I also developed chronic neck/back/joint pain from my 10+ hours on my feet, consistent lack of sleep (approx 4-5 hours a night) and diet. I also developed consistent heart palpitations and regularly suffered from panic attacks. My doctor wanted to put me on anxiety meds to keep me calm and also had me take several stress tests and ultrasounds on my heart. Although my heart was given a passing grade, my doctor still wanted me on anxiety medication and told me I was now officially obese and at risk for future problems.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge? * After watching the DVD's, we were very nervous but we made a commitment to each other to see this through to the end. Week 1 was incredibly difficult; I had constant headaches from the lack of refined foods and caffeine, plus the influx of liquid oxygen (which takes a few days to get used to). However, the food was amazing! There was great variety, and I could actually taste the different flavors as they were meant to taste. I developed a real appreciation for what food does to our bodies, and after the first week, I had lost 10 lbs!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose? * the food was amazing! There was great variety, and I could actually taste the different flavors as they were meant to taste. I developed a real appreciation for what food does to our bodies, and after the first week, I had lost 10 lbs! Weeks 2-3 were a blur as we settled into a routine. I woke up every morning full of energy and excitement because I couldn't wait to taste the different fruits we had prepared. Normally mundane foods began bursting with flavors I had never noticed before! This caused me to naturally limit some of the rich foods that are allowed in the Reset, such as olive oil and some berries as their flavors were so intense.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of? * I lost 20 lbs, and my wife lost 16 lbs. What I am most proud of is the integration of a family walk every day. My 4 year old son now looks forward to this event when I get home from work, and we actually run about a mile of this route...he loves to show me his muscles!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program? * We are much more focused on fitness in our home. We make our own food, drink a lot more water and have engaged our children in this lifestyle, at a very impressionable age. My kid doesn't care about TV or video games. He is concerned with racing his daddy on the family walk! I have developed a desire for colorful foods such as fruits and veggies, and have picked up on the possibility of a gluten allergy that I was previously unaware of. My doctor is testing me for Celiac as the moment. I have also started a Facebook Group that has grown to 45 individuals who are on various parts of their wellness journey, and they are laser focused on everyone else succeeding. It's a great way to keep me accountable.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable? I didn't participate in a challenge group, although I was active on the Reset FB page.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey? I asked a lot of questions, and he challenged me to not give up. Wayne ALWAYS answers his emails in 24 hours or less, which was helpful when I was feeling discouraged.
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 did not take Shakeology during the Reset. I did, however, purchase 6 bags (3 tropical, 3 chocolate) in preparation for Les Mills Pump. I use it every morning for breakfast now.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have? The nutrition guide was most helpful, and I appreciated the shopping lists. You just have to follow the plan. Don't over think it! Open the book to Day 1, look at the recipes, set alarms on your phone to remind you when to drink water and take supplements and/or eat and that's it. Don't make it your own; just follow the program and you will be amazed.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Tell us about the greatest challenge you faced. How did you overcome that challenge?
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody® program. What achievements are you proud of?
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
How did Shakeology® support your transformation? What are the biggest benefits?
What tips or tools on TeamBeachbody.com did you find most useful? What made them so instrumental?
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