When I was a kid I was considered fat by my peers up until about the 7th grade. I was called every name in the book. Now granted I played little league baseball and was pretty good but I was still fat. I remember pictures of me as a kid holding a bat and seeing my belly hanging over my belt. I couldn’t figure out why I stayed so overweight since I was a good ball player.
I got tired of getting called all the names and fighting trying to keep everyone from making fun of me. I decided I wasn’t going to be fat anymore and joined a very popular weight loss program. I continued to play sports and lost 25 pounds eating what the program told me to eat. I started lifting weights and “getting into shape.” (Remember I was still just a little kid in junior high at this time).
Time went on and I kept the weight off. I worked very hard jobs during the summers; first with a street construction crew, than delivering lumber and shingles for a lumber company. When I was 17 I was in a single car rollover accident and broke my back in a company truck.
After I healed I told myself I wasn’t going to let that get to me and ventured into “body building.” I think my drive to get my back stronger and to keep the weight off kept me going on a workout schedule and I was able to stay in shape. I noticed during this time I was able to eat just about anything I wanted and still keep the weight off. I didn’t realize I was burning all those calories working and weight lifting.
When I turned 21 I joined the police department. I continued to keep the weight off and stay in shape, but noticed it became more of a struggle as I got older and further into my career. I quit working out as much and got lazy. I developed this mindset that I would be able to keep the weight off and I would work out when I had the time. I was eating very poorly at fast food places and anything that was open during the night shifts.
At about my 10th year into my career I started noticeably gaining weight back. I tried several diets, diet pill fads, tried lifting weights and getting back into a workout schedule. It just didn’t come as easily as it did when I was younger so I would stop and tell myself I’ll get to it later.
I continued to slack off and gained more fat and lost the muscle mass that I had gained in my younger days. I bounced back and forth for another 10 years or so, hitting 240 pounds at one point. At 6’00 tall I should have been in size 38 pants at that weight, but continued to squeeze into size 36’s. I told myself this isn’t right I shouldn’t be this big. I should be in shape.
I started and stopped what I thought were workout routines. I tried running and lifting, just lifting, push up routines, etc. At one point I pulled the 240 down to about 200 and was starting to look pretty good. I was getting it back. However without a set schedule and something to drive me I gave it up to laziness.
I had been having heart palpitations and went to the doctor. He told me I had atrial fibrillation or a-fib. After being told this I started working out again. I was given a routine from our police academy fitness instructor and I also started running the stairs in our headquarters building. I was doing this with a guy who was trying to get on with the police department so I had an accountability partner and we pushed each other. I maintained about 210 to 220 for a couple of years and my workout buddy ended up going to the academy. I stopped working out again and started losing muscle mass and gaining fat.
I saw the infomercials and heard about people at work trying P90X and Insanity, but not being able to complete them because they were so hard. One day, at age 43 and 22 years into my career, I saw the Insanity infomercial and noticed they were giving away t-shirts if you completed it. I told my wife we needed to do this because I wanted that shirt.
I ordered Insanity and we began in March 2011. My wife invited one of her friends to join us and we completed it. All 3 of us got our t-shirts. Having that routine and Shaun T everyday gave me the drive I was looking for. I know I had to have the mindset to do it but without that simple everyday routine (don’t get me wrong, the workouts were very hard)it probably would have been just another yo-yo. Beachbody and Insanity was just what I needed. This structure is what I had been looking for all of these years. The structure of the programs which are put together by Beachbody helped me stay focused and accountable to myself and my health.
I lost 35 pounds and almost a year later I’m maintaining it. This is the longest I’ve gone without bouncing back and forth.
I started researching the coach program with Beachbody and decided I wanted to help people get into a routine and get healthy. I wanted to show them how Beachbody can make their goals a reality and not just a dream.
I think a lot of people are like me. They have the want but don’t have the structure they need. With Beachbody we can have the structure of a personal trainer in the privacy of our own home. We have accountability partners in the WOWY gym and with our coaches. There are a lot of tools to help us within Beachbody. This isn’t just another fad. Take it from someone who has tried the fads and trying to work out without any type of structure. Beachbody is a very good tool to use in your journey to getting healthy and staying healthy!!