Johnathan reached out to me quite a while ago and said he was “actually going to do this”. Now I get a lot of emails from team members saying things like that and then I never hear from them again. Jonathan was different though, after his email to me I saw that he got himself setup right with his nutrition when he order Shakeology, the P90X Recovery Drink, and E&E Pre Workout. He was serious!!!
I got an update a while later from Jon where he told me he had lost 26 lbs! I was so taken back when I heard from him because usually people dont follow through like Jon did…But he wanted a results…he got the tools to get him there…he joined a team that would help him get there…he DID THE WORK!
Jon has now lost 35lbs and is in the best shape of his life! Just check out what he has been able to accomplish with a few extreme workouts like Asylum and P90X along with a solid nutritional foundation!
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Here is Jon’s story in his own words:
Growing up I was always on the heavier side. Over the last 12 years or so my weight has fluctuated from 190 ish (during my high activity time) to 215 ish during my low activity time.
Cycling had been my passion when I was younger but when my first daughter came along in 2003 and I completely switched career paths in 2005 it got put on the back burner. Years went by more kids (I’m blessed with all girls) came and fitness was not on the forefront of my mind. In about 2009/2010 my wife purchased insanity. My initial thought even before she put one of the DVD’s in was ” this is silly, I’m not going to workout in my basement when I should get out side!” Then I remembered that I don’t have a lot of time to get out and do anything outside.
So step one was to try Insanity. I stuck with it. Kinda followed the meal plan, cheated often. But my main hurdle at the time was lack of knowledge. I didn’t understand nutrition compared to what I know now and the changes that can happen by following something specific. I did the insanity program for about a year and purchased Insanity Asylum. Asylum was a nice change. It offered a more difficult workout with new challenges. I still didn’t see the results I envisioned for myself, again because lack of knowledge.
This brings us to October of 2012. I heard about Body Beast in an email from Beachbody. I was doing some searching on the web and stumbled across the Ripped Club site……..WOW! I saw Coach Todd’s results, read his struggle and thought ” this is almost my same situation”. I spent many hours the night I found the Ripped Club site reading basically every article I could find on there. That night I found the answers, the solution and most important the starting point of my transformation.
I placed my Beach Body order the next day for shakeology, recovery drink and pre workout drink. For the month of October and November I followed the fat shredder eating regime to a tee. Did my Asylum workout everyday. When I went on our family vacation on December 31, 2012 I had lost about 26 lbs. from 211 to 185. During vacation I decided when I got back I would order P90x and give that a go. I did a full round of P90x and another month of Asylum on the maintenance eating program. When my progress pictures were taken on this post I just finished my first month of my second round of P90x. When my progress pictures were taken I was at 176 Lbs. Yea, that’s right 35 lbs gone! My first time I have ever reached that weight other then getting bigger as a kid. I’m in a size 32 jeans! So exciting what’s possible! And it’s not over.
I’m now on my second month of my second round of P90x. Back on the fat shredder program and looking forward to my 1 year results coming up in 3 1/2 months.
Here is a short overview of some of my silly struggles and things I found to make things easier.
1. I have a crazy sweet tooth! This is my most difficult struggle. I get home in the evenings and crave sweets.
Things that make it easier.
1. Planning, planning, planning. I don’t struggle with trips, un expected events, or lunch meetings because I plan my meals for the day. When a lunch meeting comes up you can pretty much always get food that fits within your meal plans. I layout my food for the next day the night before.
2. Fitting in the workout. I workout at 5:00 am every day. I do this so it doesn’t effect my family’s schedule. Alarm goes off at 4:30am. I immediately drink a scoop of protein and p90x pre workout. Spend 25 min reading. Workout begins 5:00-5:10am. Good habits are difficult to form but once formed they are much easier to keep.
3. No excuses. Typically Sunday nights my brain goes back into work mode and I might get 3-4 hours of sleep. When the alarm goes off I make sure I get up, press play and get it done. No excuses.
4. Don’t listen to the ” nay Sayers”. Family, close friends and strangers have a hard time comprehending working out daily, at 5:00am. They also struggled to understand that I only eat a certain portion of carbs, protein and fats daily. There were and are still many times when I will get ” Flack” for my commitment to what I’m doing. It is funny that the original people giving me a hard time are now baffled by what has happened to my body.
I could ramble on much more about this but I will end it here. I am very thankful for finding Coach Todd’s site. It has changed many things in my life. It has given me perspective on fitness, eating well and eating healthy. I still struggle, but try to keep the slight edge in my favor and keep on the upstroke of our time here.
Thanks for reading!
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA.