Depressed and Scared After Suffering a Heart Attack

Nelson suffered a heart attack in his early 30’s.  Here is his story…

“For most of my life, I was on the smaller side. But after graduating from high school, I packed on 10 pounds every single year from 1997 to 2008. Do the math. That’s 110 lbs. of fatness. YUCK! And even though I promised myself year after year that I was going to lose weight, I never did. Then when the doctor told me I weighed over 300 pounds my heart dropped and I felt like such a loser! I knew I had to change. So I did.

I lost 40 pounds in 4 months and felt like a million bucks. But after suffering a heart attack in my early 30’s, I became depressed and scared, fell back into my old habits, and packed back on over 50 pounds of fatness. Then a light came on in my head and my inner voice started telling me, “DO NOT GIVE UP!” Right before my heart attack my wife (back then she was my girlfriend) bought me P90X but I never got to use it. But once I had somewhat recovered, it was time to bust it out and press play.

The greatest challenge for me was just starting a workout program! I was always waiting for the perfect moment to do something instead of taking the moment and making it perfect. I gotta say, in the beginning, I really wasn’t into changing my ways. I’d miss a few days of P90X then start the program over and over and over. I ended up completing 7 rounds of Phase 1 “do-overs” and unfortunately didn’t get that great of results because I wasn’t really committed to the program, or to the Beachbody community.

Finally, I got my act together, got 100% committed, followed the program guide that was already laid out for me, and little by little the pounds started to melt off. I took Tony’s advice of, “Do your best and forget the rest!” as well as Shaun T’s “Dig Deeper!” motto, and with undefeatable determination I completed 4 full rounds of P90X, 3 rounds of INSANITY, and lost over 100 pounds of gunk. I went from 305 lbs. in 2011 to 196 lbs. in 2013. I lost 10 inches in my waist, 2 inches in my hips, and 14 inches in my chest. I’m now off my meds and my doctor said my heart and health is perfectly fine!

When I first started my weight loss journey I ran a 16-minute mile, finishing completely out of breath. Now I jog an 8-minute mile, easy, yet am still striving to get even better. I even recently ran a full Marathon! Today I have WAY more energy and can spend tons of quality time with my wife, kids, family, and friends. They’re all so happy that I’m finally living life, and so am I. I truly believe that if my wife didn’t order P90X when she did, I don’t think I’d be here today. I love you Beachbody—you gave me my life back! I thank you. And so do my friends and family.”

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Nelson participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for December 2nd!

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