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Weight upon at beginning of Les Mills: 230lbs
Current weight: 205lbs
My name is Jeff G. and I am a young professional in the Phoenix area. I have been enjoying the benefits of Beachbody and Shakeology since the Fall of 2012. Before my experience with Beachbody, I kept in shape as most young adults do; by trying to eat right, maintaining a gym membership and signing up for the local road races. I had even completed a full marathon, several half marathons, multiple sprint and olympic triathlons as well as a 70.3 Half Ironman triathlon. However, I continued to struggle to keep my weight down and stay in shape. It wasn’t until I began my journey with Coach Jeff and the Beachbody team that my fitness was taken to the next level.
In the Fall of 2012, I ordered the Les Mills Pump Challenge Pack and paired it with the chocolate vegan Shakeology. The Shakeology helped me regulate my cravings and control my eating. Les Mills Pump was a challenging but entertaining program that held my interest and kept me motivated the entire time. Halfway through the program, I noticed myself getting stronger but leaner. The “rep effect” really helped me grow as an athlete. I have lifted weights for years but it wasn’t until I started working with the Les Mills team that I really saw the benefits. By the end of the program, I had lost over 25 pounds and improved upon my last sprint triathlon time by over 10 minutes.
Since completing the first 90 days of Les Mills Pump, I have managed to keep the weight off by combining my triathlon training with a modified Les Mills Pump cross training program. I also continue to enjoy the chocolate vegan Shakeology as part of my daily diet.
I am now beginning my next Beachbody program and I could not be more excited. I have just begun Les Mills Combat and I am extremely excited to see how lean and ripped I can become over the next 60 days.
Thanks to Coaches Jeff and Amy and the whole DitchtheBelly team for your continued support and motivation. “Kia Kaha!”
Throughout my life, I had always been active in sports and enjoyed physical activity. Over the last several years, however, I had experienced daily discomfort as a result of the years of sports, car and motorcycle accidents, broken bones,
resulting arthritis and general youthful disregard for my body’s well-being. Between low back, ankle and knee pain, arthritis in several joints and scar tissue on each IT band, and a newly impinged bicep tendon, it was difficult to imagine being more active than an occasional round of golf (with a cart, of course). Accordingly, I found myself pushing 200 pounds at a doctor’s appointment, which was so shocking that I demanded the nurse re-weigh me after taking everything out of pockets and taking off my shoes. I was still 200 pounds.
About a year ago, however, I quickly accepted an invitation from a friend to play on a men’s softball team in a recreation league. I was almost immediately frustrated and equally disappointed as I realized my body didn’t react or move as quickly as I had expected (however unrealistic that expectation may have been), and the level of pain during and after games was an unpleasant and unwelcome surprise. After cursing my youthful arrogance of invincibility, I found myself accepting the fact that daily pain and discomfort was just going to be my unwelcome houseguest, and if I chose to participate in softball or other physical activities, the inevitable pain and soreness would have to be taken into consideration. And so it went for about 7 months.
Then I received a call from my friend, Jeff, extending an invitation to attend a BeachBody event at his home on a Saturday morning. Despite being an easy-going, open-minded and objective person, I do not usually enjoy “events” or “seminars” or “get-togethers” where the inspirational and feel-good motivational vibes are only alive and well until you get about halfway home. However, Jeff was very enthusiastic and got me excited before we even ended our telephone call. While I wasn’t terribly overweight, I figured it would at least be worth listening to and maybe I could stand to lose a few pounds and gain some muscle strength (in the back of my mind, I was remembering what my doctor had said about how putting motion into my joints would help with arthritis). So what the heck, I would check it out.
While listening to everything BeachBody had to offer, as well as the success stories, including Jeff’s, I was still hesitant to make a real commitment to get healthy, because that means making a commitment to get healthy, which meant holding myself accountable. I figured I had weights at home, I’d just start working out again and trying to eat better.
As I expected, I left feeling motivated to get back into shape, but unwilling to commit to a particular program. I found myself making weak excuses as to why it was best to hold off. Jeff refused to let me slide, and continued to provide the motivation I needed to finally commit to living a healthier life. So upon Jeff’s recommendation, I purchased the Les Mills Pump and Shakeology program and I committed to Jeff’s January 2013 challenge group.
I am currently preparing to join my third challenge group and looking forward to pushing myself to new limits. I didn’t think I would ever be excited about working out. The results came quickly and the difference in energy and stamina were almost immediately noticeable, despite me not immediately or drastically changing my eating habits (although I eventually found the more healthy decisions I made with food, the less appealing the unhealthy food choices became).
To date, I have lost 30 pounds (almost all of which was belly fat) and continue to gain muscle weight. I’m eating healthier than I have in 15 years and feel stronger than ever. I’m reacting and moving as quick as I did 20 years ago and outlast some of the “twenty-somethings” on my softball team! The aches and pains from my arthritis and scar tissue are virtually non-existent. And it’s always nice to be reminded how far I’ve come when I hear people comment on how much more fit and healthy I look. I cannot thank Jeff enough for inviting me to change my life, and then continuing to motivate me to succeed from the beginning of this adventure, up to and including last week. Thank you, Jeff!!!
32 years old
To try and be what I once was…
To be blunt, I “woke up” one day and weighed 240 pounds. I use the term “woke up,” because putting on that kind of weight for me had been happening over a long period of time. As a former college football player, I never thought I would be here. It was the antithesis of the ‘problem’ I had in high school and college, where I couldn’t get over 175 pounds, no matter what I did. Here I was, 32 years old, and weighed an ugly 240. “Ugly” being the operative word, because my body was not pretty.
The gym was a waste of time and I didn’t know what to do. Then I happened to connect with an old friend via social media and that’s when things, specifically my life, turned around for the better. Jeff Curry, my Beachbody Coach, was a former co-worker, but more importantly, a good friend. He told me his success story and wanted to get me going as soon as possible. I was all in and was started on my path to living a healthy lifestyle.
I started “small” with Les Mills Pump and Shakeology. It was awesome. I was motivated again and LOVED working out, whereas I used to dread it. In my first 90 days, I was able to drop 40 pounds from the workouts and Shakeology. Granted, a healthy lifestyle is much more than that, but the workouts were definitely the catalyst.
Since my initial 90 days, I wanted to take the next step and am now doing P90X and loving the improvement. All I can say is, thank goodness that Jeff helped me make some changes, otherwise, who knows where I would be now. I am forever grateful that Jeff reached out to help me and proud of myself for putting in the effort.
A few small changes make a big difference and anyone can do it if you put your mind to it!
No before/after pics here. That was NEVER going to happen! That said, I will post before/after observations. I did Shakeology only sometimes once a day, sometimes twice. I lost about 18 lbs by the scale and have kept it off.
My scrubs (what I wear most days) are 2 sizes smaller. I bought and wear shorts in a size I haven’t seen since before nursing school 7 years ago. I could use smaller undergarments but I’d rather stab myself in the eyes than shop for bras!
I have lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, 2 chronic conditions that rob all energy. I was missing 4-5 days a month from work due to pain and fatigue. Since April, I missed work with food poisoning in May and the flu in August. I have not missed work because of pain or fatigue! I haven’t taken Prednisone for a flare up either. Right now, I can’t remember when I NEEDED a nap last. That used to be daily sometimes twice daily.
My hair, skin and nails have nearly recovered from the blow of chronic meds for so many years. People are asking me what I’m using to glow like I do. Shakeology!!!
Last winter I asked for lab work at my annual exam because “I just KNOW I’m diabetic” I said. I was afraid. I was not diabetic but it was closer than ever before. I’m confident I could have an A1c drawn today and I will NOT be that close again.
I may not look like a million bucks, but I feel better than I have in as long as I can remember! Go me! That’s what I started Shakeology for and that’s what I got. Kudos to you all that can work out like you do. I wish it was me that could do all those things. Really I do. But I’m extremely pleased with what I have gotten from drinking a super yummy drink!