Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Growing up I typically ate whatever whenever. I would eat at all times of day and night, and when I started at my current job, that’s when things started to really go downhill. Since it is a desk job, I sit all day and get very little exercise. The weight started to pile on and my eating habits did not improve. I put on about 50 pounds since I started this job, and my body started to break down. I started having back, knee, and ankle problems. I had a hard time sleeping. I couldn’t play with my son outside. Overall, I just felt I was getting bigger by the day, and I was embarrassed to be around anyone.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My wife and son are my long-term motivation, but the main catalyst in my transformation is the last thing my grandfather said to me last May. He said: “Wow, Joe, you have gotten really big” and repeated it multiple times during my visit. It is something that stuck with me for a little over a year while I tried various workout routines. The thing is that he was 100 percent correct. I then came across CIZE in July of this year, and that’s where my journey began.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Then during 4th of July weekend, my wife mentioned a workout she saw on Facebook called CIZE through Beachbody. I was skeptical because I had tried other workouts with no luck. The first week of CIZE was difficult, and I often thought of quitting. Shaun T was my biggest motivator. He was there every day telling me that I can do it, and I kept pushing because of him.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I chose CIZE because it was a fun routine, and I truly felt that I wasn’t working out. I loved the different moves I learned and could do it under an hour, which really worked my schedule. I also felt I could keep improving and getting better as well.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Since I began, I lost 65 pounds, 10-plus inches off my waist, and went from a size 46 pants to a size 40. I am the most proud that I can do all the routines without any issues and that I am in regular size pants. The biggest thing is that I can keep up with my son and take him to the park without huffing and puffing.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Beachbody has greatly changed my life in that it saved it. I now plan on doing T25 with 3-Day Refresh. I have a better outlook on my future. I just became a Coach, and I love when people who haven’t seen me in so long say: “Wow, you look great and are an inspiration.” I know if my grandfather were still alive today, he would be so proud and happy that I have lost all this weight.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.