One day, I was being fit for a suit and when the girl measuring me stated I had a 42 inch waistline, I was shocked. Last I had measured, it was 34 at my belly button. My weight gain and poor health habits had gotten away from me. Then a day or two later, I saw a tv show called “the Doctors”. They were talking about the inherent dangers of abdominal, visceral fat in men and I took a closer look at myself and my life. If I am going to be here for my wife and potentially children, I knew I needed to make a change now.
I borrowed a book from the library titled “The Lean Belly Prescription” by Travis Stork (one of the hosts from the tv show The doctors). I read about half of the book and that was enough to convince me I need to take action NOW! A friend of mine told me he had just bought P90X, so I looked into that and found Insanity. I bought it and got to work.
When I first tried to start Insanity, I was not able to complete even 15 minutes of the first workout. I was bummed out, but I knew if all those girls in the video could do it, then I could too. I did another, low impact cardio program and walked on the beach 3-4 days per week and took it easy with the 1st five Insanity workout discs, 2-3 days per week, building up my stamina for about 5 weeks leading up to my pre-determined start date. I officially started Insanity August 7th (my 43rd birthday) and continued the 63 day program nonstop.
Before starting my workout regimen, my wife helped me lose some weight with The South Beach Diet.
I started insanity weighing at over 32% body fat summer of 2011. I finished my first round of Insanity weighting in at 163 pounds at 18% body fat. My waist went from 42 to 35. The most amazing thing is since I’ve started, I’ve dropped my total cholesterol from 285 to 175 (the lowest it’s been in over 17 years). I’m not sure if the cholesterol improvement are mostly from the exercise or Shakeology, but I do know it is all Team Beachbody.
I have become such a believer in the effectiveness of the Beachbody products that I agreed to become a coach. I’ve developed a burning desire to help others meet their goals too. I love this company and I’m so glad there were people ready and willing to help me save my own life. Now it’s my turn to pay it forward and help others who reach out.