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Sunday, February 12, 2012

When I was about to turn 40, I was feeling pretty bad every day, I was also eating badly every day. You know what I mean? I had taken on a different job that was much more labor intensive. This job was really kicking my butt! My elbows hurt, to the point I was wearing braces for tennis elbow. My hips were killing me; I was having issues with my wrists, just pretty much a mess. To go along with my bad diet, I was also drinking 3 or 4 micro brew beers a night on the weekdays, and even more on the weekends.
One day my son came home from school, with a picture he had drawn and colored. It was of him and I holding hands, (you know the type, the sun was in the corner of the page shining down on us and a scribbled tree off to the side) But He also made sure to point out the beer I was holding in my other hand. It was like getting punched in the gut! I decided I was going to make a change; this was not the role model that I wanted to be for him. I had seen P90X on TV and I decided to order it.
I did not change my diet a lot at first, but I did stop the drinking on the weekdays, I was too tired after the workouts for that anyway!

Me Just before 40 years old: This was not at my heaviest, I did not let anyone take my picture because I was not happy with myself. I may have been around 220 pounds here, I was 225 and popping out of a 36in waist pant when I got P90X.

I did 2 rounds of P90X and was slowly changing my diet. (baby steps)
Me at 40: around 180 pounds.

While heading to the ripe age of 41, I had kept up with my P90X workouts, I also tried insanity. Then I made Hybrids of the two. But In the spring, it was time to put my fitness to use, I started racing my mountain bike. I took 2nd place overall in the state (MMBA Championship Points Series) for my age (40-49) and class (beginner), and don't let this fool you, beginner class in MI is pretty hard, it's like an all out sprint for 10-14 miles of trails while trying to pass maybe 40 other riders, what a great year I had!
I don't really have any pictures other then like my profile picture, a lot of me on my bike; I was living on that thing! lol.. I was feeling pretty fantastic though and still working on cleaning up my diet, but I was far away from eating super clean.
Me coming in to take 3rd place at the Fort Custer Stampede!

My Son in Red/blue, and my younger brother in black/yellow.

Then In Feb. 2011, my wife told me she was leaving, packed up and was gone 3 days later. She had started working out with me in the beginning and for a while things were great! But then she got injured and stopped. (She was just not eating enough; it was too hard for her to kill that mentality that you have to eat less to lose weight). She never did get back into it after that.
I was turning into a different person by then. Working out every day, eating healthier (I even had to buy different foods just for myself.) Then it seemed like everything I did would make her feel bad. I was into health and fitness; she had started to gain all her weight back. I think in the end she felt a lot of guilt and shame every time she seen me and in the end couldn't live that way. (That’s how I seen it, though I am sure her side would be different) But, I had changed so much that when she did leave and my son wanted to stay with me, she let him stay. (I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the products beachbody puts out, and the changes it brought to my life. Without it I would have surly lost my son as well.) I may not have been the best of husbands, but I was turning into a much better father.

I'll say this about being healthy, when you wake up every day feeling fantastic; it is hard for anything to keep you down! I got back on track very fast with my workouts and riding. But I did not get to race at all, I was learning how to be a single dad and let me tell you, this is not easy!
I did a solid round of p90X just before P90X2 was coming out, age 42 just after my Round:

I will be 43 in May, and I plan on racing again this year, I want to shoot for #1 and if I don't get it, it will not be because they are in better shape! It will be because they are just a better biker. I have not really opened any of the P90X, Insanity or P90X2 Diet books and it has taken me almost 3 years to dial my diet in. (So let that be a lesson to you!) Diet is KEY!! I have been in fantastic health for the last couple years without getting this kind of results. This time I stopped drinking beer on the weekends when I started P90X2 and really tightend up my diet.
So here it is, a week 4 Result Picture of P90X2.

Beachbody has not only greatly improved the quality of my life but put me in a place where I was able to keep and take care of my son. It left my wife feeling safe enough, to let him stay with me.

Beachbody has been a true blessing in my life, and I am so very thankful that I placed that first order of P90X..

"I feel Charged, Energized, A super High that is pouring out and flowing over. I can almost see it jumping from me to those around me, like a spark catching fire.. Life has never felt so grand! My eyes are watering just thinking about where I am, my heart is open and full of love for those around me, it's so wonderful to be fit, healthy and alive!"

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