2005 Hawaii Trip


It's been a long journey. Most of my life has been spent morbidly obese, living in a world only fat people know, a world filled with ridicule, whispering, and loneliness. It's nobody's fault. I'm responsible for making myself that way. For whatever reason, I chose to be fat. I was never an athletic type. I never played organized sports. I was never very popular. And I really didn't care. I did what I did, and I ate my way to what I thought was happiness.

All of a sudden I was 42 years old and 315 pounds at 6' 3". I was over 40 percent body fat, had a hard time getting out of my easy chair, and could barely make it up the stairs. Whenever there was work to do around the house or anything that required physical labor, I either hired someone or had a family member come over and do it for me. I was an embarrassment to myself. Although I was a big guy and no one said anything to my face, I knew people were talking about me and whispering what people whisper. It's a lonely existence, not only because most attractive women don't want to be with a fat guy, but because being morbidly obese prevents you from enjoying so much of what life has to offer.

I believe that for most people who make a transformation, something triggers the change. It could be the onset of a disease like diabetes or cancer. It could be the death of a relative. Or, as in my case, it could be the fear of a long, painful death. Why is it that we work hard all our lives just to be sick during the time we finally get to enjoy it? I got sick and tired of struggling to get out of a chair, of having to pause at the top of the stairs to catch my breath, of the realization that all I had left in life was food and TV. It was time to make a choice: either I live, or I die a slow death.

I chose to live.

In August 2002, I started my journey to fitness. I already had a treadmill, dumbbells, a weight bench, and other miscellaneous equipment. I bought a software program to help manage my diet and I began educating myself. I started by walking on the treadmill and lifting dumbbells. After a few months I was bored, alone, and in jeopardy of falling back into my old ways. I was at the point where I needed something to happen. I needed to make a change. I needed to make the journey different from my previous journeys. You see, I'd been down this road twice before. I had lost significant weight, only to gain it back and then some over the following years. What was going to make this journey different? How would I save myself from the same fate?

Then it happened.

While I was watching TV at the end of a long day, an infomercial came on. Now I normally turn this meaningless dribble off, but for some reason, this time I didn't. For some reason this infomercial captured my attention. Power 90 made sense to me. I was looking for something that would help me get fit in my own home. No way did this fat guy want to go to the gym and work out! And the treadmill and dumbbells were losing their appeal real fast. But now I had Tony Horton telling me I could get in the best shape of my life in my home in just 90 days. His philosophy made sense, his reasoning rang true, his message came across as honest and sincere. There was no one screaming at me to "buy it now," just Tony educating me about how and why Power 90 works. I was captivated by the message. I had to order it, and I did.

When the package arrived I remember reviewing the DVDs and thinking that I was never going to be able to do this. It was truly hard work. This guy was expecting me to actually work hard. Was he crazy? I remember thinking, doesn't this thing come with pills or something? I walked away from the DVDs saying to myself, "That treadmill looks awfully good, I can do that." But I started reviewing the rest of the material and eventually found my way to the Message Boards. Here is where I struck the mother lode. Here is where the true gems are in the Beachbody programs. It's the people, it's the community, it's the support—support I had never had, and never would have had if it weren't for Beachbody and Power 90.

I became part of the community. I met many, many people who were in the same boat, struggling through the yoga moves, pushing the Pause button, modifying, modifying, modifying. I wasn't alone anymore. I became part of a great team of people who were not only making a difference in their own lives, but were making a drastic difference in mine. I created a Message Boards thread, I posted my pictures, and slowly somehow I became an inspiration to other people. As the weight started melting off, people began seeing themselves in me. They had hope that if I could do it, so could they. Whenever I felt like giving up or slacking off, all I had to do was log in, go to my thread and read the incredible posts there, or just go to WOWY and join the rest of the team working out right there with me. It's been an incredible experience.

Power 90 is an incredible program. I've done it now many times. I enjoy it, and it always helps me achieve the results I want. In addition I've made countless friends, many of whom I have now met in person and love. There are a number of Beachbody Support Team members who I talk to on a daily basis like "CyndiLoux," "Butterfly5229," and "She-She." They all help inspire me on a daily basis to continue pushing forward after three years of this journey. The close friendship I've developed with "TheLovelyChristina" has played a major part in my ability to push forward, despite the many obstacles that get in the way. Her constant inspiration and motivation is priceless, and would not be possible without Power 90 and the Beachbody Message Boards. Her drive and commitment to Power 90 make it that much easier to Keep Pushing Play. The team I've built to support me on a daily basis is a direct result of the inspirational foundation Beachbody has created through programs like Power 90.

With the assistance of Power 90, Beachbody, and the Message Boards, I've managed to lose 105 pounds of fat while gaining 15 pounds of muscle, and have gone from 42 percent body fat down to 12 percent body fat. I have very little loose skin and have had no surgeries. My cholesterol is 140 and my resting heart rate is 48. I'm in the best shape of my entire life and I'm 45 years old. It has been my pleasure to be part of the Beachbody Support Team, and I consider myself blessed to have viewed the infomercial on that fateful day three years ago. Without Power 90, I doubt I'd be in the shape I'm in today. Who knows? I might not even be here today. Power 90 has truly helped me save my own life. I can never repay the debt, but I can say it's the best investment I've ever made.

Thank you, Beachbody.

Fred E.

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