2004 Hawaii Trip


Dear Beachbody,

I don't remember a time in my life when I didn't struggle with my weight. I have tried every diet and technique imaginable. I lost the same 20 pounds more times than I can count, and each time I lost it, I regained it plus more. It was a vicious cycle and a never-ending emotional roller coaster.

Weight is a powerful thing. It affects every aspect of your personality. I got to the point where I didn't want to be seen by anyone. I'd find reasons not to go to church, or to social events. I became more and more depressed, and drew myself further and further away from people. Even dropping my children off at school became a struggle after the first time I overheard a little girl tell my daughter, "Your mom's FAT!" I saw the hurt in my daughter's eyes. My weight was no longer just my issue. It was affecting my children. Yet even knowing that, it was easier to stay hidden in the car than to do something about it.

I quit weighing myself long ago—just didn't want to see the numbers. But in November I went to my doctor for the first time since the birth of my daughter 10 years ago, and learned that I was within two pounds of my post-delivery weight.

Later that evening as I was wallowing in my misery, I stumbled upon your infomercial, and that's when my journey began. And what an incredible journey it has been! I started your program the same way anyone does: I was tired of the way I looked, defeated by the extra weight, and hoping beyond hope that after all the diets I had tried over the years, Power 90 was the answer.

I had seen photo after photo of other people who had gone through your program and actually gotten real "Beachbodies." But could it really work for me, an inactive, five-foot, 171-pound ball of mush? I was skeptical, but decided to go for it. I might not become a Beachbody, but if I lost any weight at all, it would be an improvement. I set a goal of losing 20 pounds in 90 days, knowing full well that I was pushing the limits for someone in my shape. But I was determined to succeed and MAYBE, if I worked the program hard enough, it just might happen.

My first challenge was to find the time. Between working, taking my kids to their activities, acting as PTA President, and going to church, my schedule was full. The solution? I bought a portable DVD player, and when everyone else at work went to lunch, I Pushed Play every day. I learned to eat within the first two tiers of Michi's Ladder, and not only lost MORE than 20 pounds in 60 days, but have lost a total of 56 pounds and well over 60 inches in all! Every inch and pound was lost using only your program.

But I have gained so much more that what I have lost. I have been through a not only a physical transformation, but also a transformation of mind, body, and soul. I'm a different person! I'm a healthy person! I'm a strong person! I'm a Happy Person! And I could not have done it without the tremendous support group I found on the Beachbody Message Boards. Had it not been for the people I met on the boards, I may have never seen day 91, much less continued through two more rounds. What I have found through my journey is that the term "Beachbody" is more than a size. It's a frame of mind. It's a life change. It's FITNESS at its best!

The best piece of advice I can give others is a quote I live by: "There is no question as to whether or not you will do your workout, only to what intensity you will train."

Tony is right: going at your own pace and staying consistent is the key. Thank you for providing a quality program that works—one without pills, starvation techniques, or fad diets! I tell everyone I know about Power 90. It has changed my life! Before, I felt destined to live in a fat body the rest of my life, but I am now convinced that if you do the program the way it is intended, you cannot help but transform your body. All you have to do is Push Play. Thank you John, Carl, and Tony for setting the example. You not only talk the talk, but you walk the walk. You are right there doing the programs with us. You pushed yourself to the boundaries of Power 90, and then you challenged us to go further by giving us P90X. I can't wait to start! I may not have completed the journey, but I AM a Beachbody...For LIFE!

Crushin' it to the max and lovin' it,

Ronda H. "Ronnalynn"

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