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phoenixhawk
Oceanside, CA
I am 42 years old, and an airline pilot by day. I've practiced Martial Arts for 26 years, including Tae Kwon Do for 7 years, 3 years of Aikido, and 12 years of Hap Ki Do.

I read a lot of mystery novels, and have written 2, the second of which is in its final editing stages before being submitted to publishers. I have also had a superhero fiction story published in the comic book City of
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Growing up, I was always a chubby kid. I was never athletic, never really excelled in any sport. I was self-conscious, always embarrassed of how I looked, never wanted to be seen without a shirt on, More ...
Growing up, I was always a chubby kid. I was never athletic, never really excelled in any sport. I was self-conscious, always embarrassed of how I looked, never wanted to be seen without a shirt on, and that continued into my early adult years.

It wasn’t until just before my 16th birthday that I found a home in Tae Kwon Do. Something had been calling me towards martial arts for my entire life. When I finally was able to start, I threw myself into my practice 110%. I was good at it. I began competing and winning. I started to get in better shape, though my eating habits still kept me slightly overweight.

In my latter college years I finally had had enough of being embarrassed about my physique. The scale had tipped 170 pounds. I was tired of being that dumpy kid. Living in an apartment with 2 other college aged guys, our home was full of fat-filled, calorie dense food. I asked my roommates to help me by getting rid of the junk, my first real step in losing weight. Though college had caused me to take a break due to time constraints, I continued my martial arts practice several days per week, and started riding a stationary bike every day. At first it was just to warm up before stretching, but eventually grew to an hour daily. The weight started to come off, but I wanted more. I started reading books on diet and metabolism, though 20 years ago the information we had wasn’t as plentiful as today. In order to expedite the weight loss, I decided to restrict my calories, though I couldn’t find a solid answer as to how much was enough. So I took a guess and settled on 1000.

During this time I had gotten engaged, started accruing debt, and struggling to get a foothold in my career path as a pilot. I felt like my life was spiraling out of control, but I could control one thing: My diet/exercise. So I threw myself into it. While eating 1000 calories per day I increased my exercise to my daily biking time + 3 times per week martial arts, and added running. Then I added swimming, and eventually weight training.

The weight came off in sheets. I lost almost 30 lbs in a month, but it wasn’t healthy. My body was starving. I could feel myself crashing as the energy ran out, but refused to back off. I lost muscle weight as well, eventually getting as low as 122 lbs. It was then that my FAA Doctor told me that I needed to gain weight back or risk losing my medical certificate. I realized I had a problem.

With the support of my family and friends, and a lot of effort, I reigned myself back in, and settled at a comfortable weight of 145. I stayed there, until I had knee surgery.

I was closing in on 30 years old at the time, divorced, and on the road 4 days per week flying for a regional airline. I ate whatever fast and cheap food was available in airports, my weight continued to slowly creep higher on the scale.

I had found another martial arts school, and through practice slowed some of the weight gain. 2 years ago, my fiancé and I moved away from the school I had attended for the previous 12 years, thus cutting my exercise back, and again my weight started to climb. In an effort to get a grip on my expanding waistline, I bought a home gym and used it 2 to 3 days per week, off and on. I just could not discipline myself enough with it. I didn’t have a good enough set routine, and never saw any progress.

I would stand in front of the mirror in the mornings and poke at my stomach, once so lean and cut years before, and was completely depressed by it. Kim would tell me over and over that I wasn’t fat, but I felt it, in my mind, I was back to being that fat kid I had been in school.

When I reached 40 years old, my waistline was pressing out on size 34 jeans, and my weight was back up to 170 lbs. Every day it seemed worse. I felt like I would never get a handle on it. Then I saw the P90X infomercial. At first I wrote it off, but I saw it again later, and paid a little more attention. The third time I saw it I wrote down the information and looked it up online. It still looked too good to be true.

Skeptical, I went to the Beachbody Message Boards and asked if it was for real. I got a resounding “YES!” from the community. I saw the real pictures of real people saying “this works!” and started to believe. I was sold.

I ordered the program and asked Kim for her support and help. I told her I felt awful about the state of my body and that I really wanted to make changes. She looked at it and said “The only way I can help you is to do it with you.”

And our lives were changed. We started watching what we ate, threw out all of the junk. We started eating 5-6 small meals per day, clean foods that were healthy. We did the workouts with intensity, fighting through the muscle soreness and fatigue. We supported and pushed one another, and the changes started coming.

90 days later I was amazed at the results, and still am. I went from 20% bodyfat down to 8-10%. My weight was down to 145, and my waistline less than 30”. Now, into my third round of P90X, I am solidly between 4-6% bodyfat, at 140 lbs. I am in better shape than I have ever been, with more lean muscle mass and less fat.

Most of all, I FEEL better. I am, for the first time in decades, proud to walk around without a shirt on. And I did it through healthy means. I am stronger and healthier than I have ever been.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of all, is the impact my changes have made on those around me.

In Round 5 of P90X I have been working on adding muscle mass. My arms are bigger, and my proportions better. The right mix of heavy lifting, diet, and supplements does wonders.

I have to thank Tony Horton, everyone at Beachbody, and in the online Community that surrounds them, for this amazing gift.

Programs
Meal plan:
Your current meal plan is: Balanced Slim Down at 2400 calories.
Workout programs:
P90X® - primary program
ChaLEAN Extreme®
10-Minute Trainer®
P90X One on One®
Rockin' Body®
Gear:
P90X Chin-Up Bar
Heart Rate Monitor
Push-Up Stands
Resistance Bands
PowerStands™
Supplements:
Shakeology®
ActiVit® Multi-Vitamins
Whey Protein Powder
Pure Creatine
P90X® Peak Results and Recovery Formula
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