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Doug Lost Weight and Became Athletic Looking

How about some morning inspiration to start the day off right.  Doug woke up today and found out that he had won $500.00 in The Beachbody Challenge – a contest that you enter and have a chance to win based on your success story.  Doug made a commitment to his family to be healthier, lost weight, got more energy and as a bonus, he and his family have that $500.00 to enjoy!

He was interviewed by Beachbody and then a panel of judges reviewed his interview and before and after pictures and today he became a winner in one more way.  Here is Doug before and after and below his pictures is his interview:


Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?*
I have always worked out in gyms, but never saw great results. It was because I wasn’t pushing myself hard enough, or eating well enough. I just thought having a great body was not in the cards for me.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?*
At the beginning of every summer, I would see all of the guys at the beach or pool with strong, muscular bodies. I would feel jealous and wish I had that look from both a health standpoint, and a confidence standpoint. A friend had great success losing 50 pounds with P90X, and INSANITY, so I decided to give P90X a shot!

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?*
The biggest challenge for me was finding the time. With 2 kids and a full-time job, it was hard to workout. I saw it as selfish. I could have been cleaning the house, or doing laundry, to help out my wife and kids. I had to commit to the program and I did!

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?*
I did P90X3 this round to become all around healthier. Not trying to get lean or huge. Just working on flexibility, athleticism, agility, and fitness. X3 is for those who want to enjoy life…period.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?*
P90X3 burned off that last bit of fat that showed off my abs, but more importantly it got me more flexible and athletic.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?*
Just having more energy to play with my kids and family.

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I ran my first; it was great because it got a few others in shape too!

How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Josh is amazing. Even though he has thousands of people he is coaching, I felt like I was the only one. He was easy to connect with and would answer any question I had. If I was doubting myself, or the program, he would get me right back on track.

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
One benefit, that was not on the label, was a new sense of energy. Since drinking Shakeology, I feel better in every aspect of life. My sleep is better, my energy is better, and I know my body is now working better than it ever has.

If you would be interested in entering The Beachbody Challenge and having a chance to win $500.00, just click here.

If you have questions, I would be glad to answer them.

Kevin Discovered the “P90X Lifestyle”

When I saw Kevin’s story in the Team Beachbody newsletter, I knew that I should share it with you.  Success stories are what inspire us and motivate us and Kevin’s story is so typical of what so many men face these days – in shape in high and college and in the military and then they come home a life takes over and health and fitness as a priority get shuffled to the bottom of the list.  Kevin, though, took charge of his life, participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for April 6th!

Kevin lost 64 pounds with P90XHere is the prize winner’s interview conducted by the Team Beachbody staff:

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before running across the P90X lifestyle, I was (obese) at 32.9% body fat, stuck in the everyday teleworker lifestyle; the never ending loop of sleep, eat, work. Did I mention I was out of shape? After a brief tour in the Army, I started my professional career and have been completely focused on it since.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I can remember writing down my Day 0 numbers and thinking, “Wow, how sad….How did you let yourself get like this?” Recording those numbers (Weight: 195lbs, Height: 5’7”, Waist: 38”) was a huge wakeup call for me. My father’s passing and struggles with high blood pressure, gout, diabetes and obesity for the latter 20 years of his life, was a reminder of where I was heading. I did NOT want to subject myself or my loved ones to this. It was time to change my life.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
I would have to say that the biggest challenge I had to face before starting the program was simply the feeling of actual self-fulfillment. To quote, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” I wanted to find something that I was 100% responsible for, something that only I was to blame for failure or congratulate for success. Team Beachbody and P90X have helped me find this. While I have not yet reached my overall goal, I have surpassed what others and I have expected.

Why did you choose this particular program?
I started the P90X program back in March of 2013 with the encouragement of several co-workers. Four of us decided to start the P90X program and were committed to completing it. Two of us stuck with it, and have completed the program several times over since.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I’m Happy!!! I’m Confident!!! I’ve lost over 20% body fat and over 8″ in my waist. I’ve proven to myself that I can do it!

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Saying that everything has changed may seem a bit cliche, but it’s the truth. Accomplishing this has given me a sense of fulfillment that I did not have before.

So what do you think of Kevin’s story?  Does it sound like your life?  Are you looking at your family health history and wondering if your lifestyle choices are going to make you follow in unhealthy footsteps?

You can change your life by taking The Beachbody Challenge™. It provides great motivation to get fit and the chance to win cash prizes. To enter The Beachbody Challenge, just go to my Howtobefit.com website and click on “Enter the Challenge” on the left hand side of the page.

In the beginning…

On March 25th, 2007, I did my first P90X workout (Kenpo) and didn’t much like it (sorry Kenpo lovers).  It wasn’t until I started doing other workouts (typical guy – I didn’t read the directions) that I fell in love with it – so much so that near the end of that year, I started this blog.  There have been rough patches along the way and life has kept me from posting and updating you on all of the new and exciting things that are always happening in “X” World, but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel and now I just may be able to make this blog what it once was and what it deserves to be.

I am a little bit older and so is my P90X set, but it still works and it still can get me into great shape.  Now, of course, I have P90X2 and P90X3, but P90X will always be my first love.

p90x-coverLife is a journey.  The DVD’s that I’ve watched and worked out to countless times all tell a story.  I hope that you will join me on my “X” journey and let me help you, too, get into the best shape of your life.


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!

Fat and Lethargic to Mean and Lean!

Patrick’s story…

“I was always a little overweight growing up. And even though I was active duty Army for 7 1/2 years and maintained Army standards throughout my enlistment, at times I was pretty close to failing the Army Physical Fitness Test and body fat percentage standard. Fast-forward 5 years — I was at my heaviest weight (265 lbs.) and in the worst health ever. After work I’d go home, watch TV, and crash early. I’d eat out or have fast food delivered just about every single day, which is probably why I had high blood pressure and was suffering from gout. Because of my poor health, I was in chronic pain, had difficulty walking, and felt pretty down about myself all the time. I was on a path of self-destruction and knew I had to do something to save my own life.

Then one day I decided that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! So I ordered P90X, did it three times, cleaned up my diet, lost 80 pounds, and felt amazing. But after losing so much fat, it was time to add some muscle mass. I knew Body Beast was right for me and would give me the results I wanted. Body Beast did not let me down. It pushed me as hard as I could go, and I really enjoyed the program and loved the intensity of the weight lifting sessions. Beast gave me an immediate pump, and its concentrated muscle group workouts can’t be beat. My favorite thing about doing a Body Beast workout is that after I’m done, I feel so BEASTLY!

In 90 days I packed on 15 lbs. of muscle and now my whole body is more filled out. I went from having 15 1/2 inch biceps to 17 inch ones. My chest is more lifted, my shoulders are bigger, and my back is HUGE. I got a six-pack developing, my legs are stronger than ever, and they even have some shape to them instead of looking like chicken legs. I truly do love this program and the results that come with it. I’m more fit now than I’ve been in my entire life and the people who have known me for a while constantly congratulate me and compliment my weight loss and muscle gain—it never gets old!

Beyond working out, Shakeology was also crucial to my success. It helped me lose weight, keeps me regular, and cleared up my skin. Cleaning up my daily diet and adding Shakeology has made all the difference in the world because now, my gout and high blood pressure are definitely in check! I’ve also been taking Hardcore Base Shake, Fuel Shot, MAX Creatine, and Super Suma. They helped me meet my required calorie and macronutrient levels for Body Beast. I don’t think I would have gained as much mass without the Body Beast Supplements.

My online Challenge Group was very supportive of my workouts and progress and I loved the teamwork and comradery. Plus, my Coach, Donna, was great. She’s been there for me since day 1, always supporting and helping me, especially in the beginning when I needed it the most. Donna’s a Rock Star Coach!!! She inspired me so much that I, too, became a Beachbody Coach. It feels so great to be a positive role model in people’s lives and I truly want to help end the trend of obesity. I know that if I can lose weight, other people can too.

I told myself when I was overweight, that I deserve to be healthier, happier, and more confident. My own determination got me to where I am today and I would tell everyone who is starting a lifestyle change to find your “why I want to do this,” and that should be enough to keep your determination going. I recommend that you find a support group, or someone to keep you accountable, eat clean, keep a food diary, and exercise every day!”

Meet Patrick.  He participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for October 16th!

You can change your life, too. Take The Beachbody Challenge™, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody® program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.

Healthier, Stronger and Fitter

Giving people hope with P90X is a great blessing that I have.  Having done P90X workouts since March 25th, 2007, I know them almost by heart.  To this day, even with all of the new Beachbody workout DVD’s, I still fall back on P90X and P90X2.  The latter makes it so much easier to recommend P90X to almost anyone.  Tony Horton himself stresses modifying and as we all know says, do your best and forget the rest, right!

When I see a great P90X success story, I share it here because we all need to be inspired and to inspire.  Jill’s story was on the Team Beachbody message boards.

Meet Jill! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for September 6th.  Her story in her own words is below.

“What can I say? It happens. Late nights at work, fast food on the way home, drinks with friends. I knew I had gained a lot of weight, after my first pregnancy, but I had an answer—I just didn’t step on the scale! By the time I found out I was pregnant again, I was up over 200 pounds and—after my fourth month—my doctor put me on bed rest. Except, I just kept eating and gained even more weight—up to 241 pounds and going.

After the baby, I knew I had to do something. Not just for me, but for my babies. They needed a mom who could run with them, so I threw out the junk food, filled the ‘fridge with good food, bought P90X, and got started. The before and after photos were amazing, and I wanted to be one!

P90X was hard, but I loved that it was easy to follow. The instructors were awesome, they were actually sweating and working hard. And that kept me going. Plus, I loved the way Tony gave tips all the time and reminded me to do my best and just bring it. He kept me going.

But I’ll be honest. I had trouble sticking with the program. But Beachbody helped me overcome that with all of the great support and networking that the website offers. The advice and support from all the Coaches is amazing. Everything you need, anytime you ask.

I am so proud of my achievements. I have lost 68 pounds and have never felt this healthy or strong before. Now people are asking ME for weight loss advice. I was even called an inspiration the other day. That’s amazing, but I think my greatest achievements are finally having confidence and finally believing in myself. Thanks, Beachbody, you changed my life!”

Do You Have An After Picture Yet?

Know what happens when you put work first, yourself last, and smoke and drink in all your spare time? You get fat. Get divorced. Never have any energy. And hate the way you look at feel.

Know what happens when you realize that life’s passing you by and that if you don’t change now, your three little kids are going to grow up without a father? You throw out your smokes and your booze, order P90X, and set out to change your life.

In the 1st 45 days of P90X, I lost 45 pounds and gained a tremendous amount of strength, energy, and happiness. One of the greatest things about this program is that Tony shows you how to modify every move until you’re strong enough to do them full out. And I got to say, modifying the routines and still achieving my desired results was what kept me motivated to keep pushing play every single day.

In just a month and a half, I went from a size 44 (which was tight) to a size 36, and my body fat went from 31% to 14%—so I had to go out and buy new clothes. Before P90X, my triglycerides where at 1500 (10 times higher than normal), but now they’re stable at 105. Not only am I happy about that stat, so is my doctor!

But I couldn’t have done it on my own. My biggest cheerleader my Coach, Valerie, who was very instrumental in my success. She was always there for me when I needed support, and when I started thinking about becoming a Coach, Valerie was the nudge I needed to take that step. But all along, my #1 motivation to change were my kids—those little rascals are everything to me. So even though I’ve lost a ton of weight, my biggest transformation has been inside of me. I’m so thankful that I put that DVD in the first day and stuck with it. People are starting to notice the new person I’ve become, and their compliments feel great.

Not only do I now work out every day, I also drink Shakeology, take the Results and Recovery Formula, Joint Formula, and eat P90X protein bars every day, too. Shakeology’s great because it fuels my body with proper nutrition while giving me tons of energy. R&R helps me recover quicker from my workouts by reducing the pain in my muscles. The Joint Formula has saved my knees. And the P90X bars give me that extra boost of energy I need after a long day of work, and before I work out.

Since my journey first began two years ago, I’ve completed P90X2 and INSANITY, and am currently doing Body Beast and RevAbs. Living healthy and Team Beachbody have become permanent parts of my life and I’ve never been happier or have had this much confidence. Thanks Beachbody, you saved me.

Anthony participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for July 17th!

You can change your life, too. Take The Beachbody Challenge™, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody® program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.

A Skinny Guy in a Fat Suit

Meet Kevin.  Thanks to P90X, he doesn’t feel like a skinny guy in a fat suit anymore.”  Here is his story:

“Talk about totally sedative. I’d sit in front of a computer all day, then come home and sit in front of a computer all night playing video games. I snacked constantly. Guzzled sugary drinks. Gorged myself on fast food and microwave pizzas. Heck, I swear I thought potato chips were on the food pyramid.

And it showed. I was so ashamed, I refused to take my shirt off in public—even when I took my son to the pool. Yep, I was THAT guy at the pool wearing his shirt. And I hated it. I was disgusted with myself. I felt like a skinny guy in a fat suit that I couldn’t take off.

Until P90X helped me shed the fat. I chose P90X because I used to play football. I know the value of weight training. And I know that building muscle and losing fat are two different things. Since P90X includes the weight lifting side and the cardio for raw calorie burning, I was in. I’d never done yoga before, but it was a welcome surprise. I think yoga actually made me sweat more than the plyometrics.

And I got awesome results. I lost 81 pounds. I got the abs I always hoped were under there somewhere. I got the body I always wanted. I certainly get more attention from girls. (I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t an initial goal of mine.) But the biggest change is my confidence. I hold my head a little bit higher. And my confidence boost has spilled over into other areas. I’m now looking to pursue a new career path. I want to use what I’ve learned about nutrition to teach kids early on how to take care of their bodies, eat better, and stay healthy so they can live longer.

And it’s all because of P90X. Imagine that!

Kevin lost 81 pounds and won $500.00 in The Beachbody Challenge.  You can change your life, too. Take The Beachbody Challenge™ (go to Howtobefit.com for details)  for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody® program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.

I Had the Same Resolution Every Year…Until I Did P90X!

Melissa participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for February 11th!

Every New Year’s, I would say my New Year’s Resolution was to lose weight. But I never followed through—until this past year. I was a new mother. I was totally overweight. I had no energy, no confidence, and no self-esteem. I had headaches every day. So what would I do? Turn to food.

I was literally eating myself into an early grave. Until I made my New Year’s Resolution last year and followed it by starting P90X. I loved that P90X is a routine, sets a schedule so you have something daily to look forward to. It changes daily and it’s fun. Also, the meal plan and recipes kept my eating on track.

And when I started adding Shakeology, I gained a ton of energy, could sleep better, and felt like I could focus better. Don’t get me wrong, there were tons of days when I felt like giving up, but being in a Challenge Group helped me keep up—those people were there to support me, give me courage and inspiration.

And this time it worked. Thanks to P90X and Shakeology as well as TurboJam and TurboFire, I kept my Resolution. I lost well over 100 lbs. I have more energy, more confidence, I haven’t used pills for my headaches, my body doesn’t hurt anymore, my blood pressure and cholesterol are the best they’ve ever been— and I can run and play with my son without pain!

You can change your life, too. Take The Beachbody Challenge™, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody® program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.

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Not Headed for the Pine Box Just Yet!

Matthew participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for January 9th!

“It took me 7 years to deal with my father’s death. He died of a heart attack at 39, which wasn’t all that surprising since he was a big guy in very poor health. Unfortunately, I was taking after him—pushing 285 at just 26 years old. I couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without being winded. My blood pressure was 155/92, and I was on my way to a pine box when I saw Tony Horton’s P90X infomercial. The problem was I didn’t think I could do P90X, so I went on a diet instead.

I was getting married and lost 30 pounds on a strict low carb diet, but I gained it all back in 3 months. I felt like a loser, until I saw Tony again, entertaining and keeping everyone motivated. I thought to myself I have to at least try—if not for me, for my wife-to-be.

So I got over my mental block and got started. I lost 75 lbs. and I’m proud to say I’ve kept it off. The best thing about P90X for me is that even though I’m ripped, and in awesome shape, when I’m done I’m still dripping in sweat—and I love it. I started this whole process looking to drop weight, but instead I’ve developed a new lifestyle that I’ll carry with me for the rest of what I hope will be a long, long life.”

You can change your life, too. Take The Beachbody Challenge™, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody® program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.