My name is Dominic. I am in my mid 40s, & a father of 2 young boys (ages 3 & 5). My journey started quite some time ago. I grew up as a heavy kid & graduated college in 1989 weighing in at approx 240 lbs (I am 5 ft 8). The only exercise I did growing up seemed to be lifting cookies into my mouth - one at a time...and, it showed! I did like to downhill ski however. In 1990 - one
My name is Dominic. I am in my mid 40s, & a father of 2 young boys (ages 3 & 5). My journey started quite some time ago. I grew up as a heavy kid & graduated college in 1989 weighing in at approx 240 lbs (I am 5 ft 8). The only exercise I did growing up seemed to be lifting cookies into my mouth - one at a time...and, it showed! I did like to downhill ski however. In 1990 - one year later & at the age of 23, I tore my ACL & had complete reconstructive surgery on my left knee. I was in physical therapy for 3 days per week for close to 6 months. The doctor said that if I didn't continue the therapy & build the knee strong, & I tear it again, that I would never ski again. Well....I was determined to not let that happen!!! I got so tired of going to physical therapy appointments after work that I made a deal with the doctor & told him I could do this myself at a gym...and, I would PROMISE TO GO, because I loved to ski too much to not do it.
So I signed up to a gym & started slow. After my first year, I was back to skiing & my weight had dropped about 30 lbs. I was feeling better & started getting more into doing other things during my workout. After two years I was down to about 180 lbs / size 34 waist. I had a new goal - I wanted to get down to a size 32 waist, and get down between 160 & 170.
Over the next 6 months, I tried kicking up my workout by an extra 15 minutes per, & started modifying my nutrition even more - finding ways to substitute "the bad stuff" in recipes for "better stuff". I did my nutritional changes slowly, & in such a way that I never completely deprived myself. THIS WAS THE KEY TO MY NUTRITIONAL SUCCESS.
Not only did I achieve my goal - but I exceeded it. I got down to 155 / size 31 and was very lean. (Almost too lean I think for me). However, I felt very balanced physically, emotionally, & spiritually!
I continued at the gym 3 - 4 days per week for 45 - 60 minutes per visit for those 18 years....faithfully - without fail. I don't think there was a single week where I didn't make 3 days per week. During this period, I got married, & my first son was born. I continued working out at the gym regularly until 2009.
In 2009 & 2010, many changes started occurring in the household. In fact, the only good thing that occurred during this during period was the birth of my 2nd son. "The Household" was being turned upside by numerous changes being experienced within the family - which for me, also included a promotion to Director at my job. For the first time in many years, I started letting myself go, & didn't get to the gym. I then learned I had some lower back issues & collapsed discs in my lower back (L3, 4 & 5). At my worst point, there was a week where I could barely walk. I started gaining weight, and my body lost some of its tone during this time - my weight was approaching 190 lbs. The heaviest I had been in many years.
Finally, in the springtime of 2011, I decided ENOUGH! I will not have this. I heard about P90x, & decided to cancel the gym membership I wasn't using, and do the program. I started slow for the first few weeks of the workout. For the same price as much gym membership I started seeing results quicker than I ever had before working out at the gym!
By the end, I was back down to 165 lbs/size 32 jeans & found that the back pain I had been experiencing was completely gone. I successfully completed it - with more defined muscle than I ever had before! I was feeling awesome!
A couple weeks later, I went on vacation for a week, & when I came home I decided to do a round 2 of p90x. To my dismay, I somehow hurt both of my elbows ...and ultimately weeks later diagnosed with tennis elbow in both arms. I tried to get back into p90x in fits & starts but found that I couldn't do many of the weight bearing exercises without alot of pain. Even just holding a gallon of milk was unbearable.
I tried a couple of other (non Beachbody) programs, but I didn't get the results I had experienced before, nor, did I feel as good either. 2011 into early 2012 continued to be a difficult time for me, but I saw it through & moved into a new place with my sons in August. During this period, I worked out very sporadically, & my nutrition slipped quite a bit from where it was. I fell into a pattern of living and eating "conveniently". As a result, my weight starting creeping up again...to 180 lbs, with a (tight) size 34 waist. I also wasn't feeling as good at all.
This past September (2012) & a month settled into a new home, I started thinking that I needed to make some changes. One night I saw the commercial for Insanity, & did some research on the program - I learned that it was from Beachbody. Knowing my prior experience with P90x was successful, I was intrigued with what I saw. What especially caught my attention was that it didn't require lifting weights! I could do this!
I ordered the program & was hooked. Upon completing Insanity, I lost about 3 inches in my waist & transformed the shape of my body. I have continued on this path, & completed Insanity Asylum in Feb 2013, and will be doing Les Mills Combat next.
I am feeling great again - - physically, spiritually, and emotionally! Honestly? The best I've ever felt. The secret? Living a healthy, balanced lifestyle!
Having been heavy through my teens & early twenties, lost the weight and kept it off for so long, and then slid & gained it half back.... I KNOW first hand that nutrition and fitness are vital to living a balanced lifestyle. Given that I've had a very difficult couple of years, its a WONDERFUL place to finally be. Beachbody products work!
Whatever you may be struggling with, don't give up! Don't let anyone or anything get you down enough that you give up on yourself. And, last but not least... KEEP MOVING!!!
Hoping to see you on the journey! Dom www.KeepMovingFWD.com
If you think this page contains inappropriate content or is in violation of Team Beachbody's Terms and Conditions , you may report it to the administrators here. Your comments will be kept confidential.
Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Consult your physician and follow all safety instructions before beginning any exercise program or using any supplement or meal replacement product. The testimonials featured may have used more than one Beachbody product or extended the program to achieve their results. The information on our Web sites is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. If you experience any pain or difficulty with exercises or diet, stop and consult your healthcare provider.
The views and opinions of authors, trainers, experts and any other contributors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect the attitudes and opinions of Team Beachbody or Beachbody. These views and opinions shall not be attributed to or otherwise endorsed by Team Beachbody or Beachbody, and may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes without the express, written consent of Beachbody.