Your New Change

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. ~ Epictetus

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I remember the birth of my daughter like it was yesterday. It was such a beautiful event, miraculous even. My joy was diminished though by the deep sadness that the sheer girth of my body was so large (355 pounds) that I couldn’t even hold my daughter close to my body. It broke my heart. For years my unhealthy lifestyle plagued my mind and heart. My family had a long history of dying young because of heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory problems related to obesity. All of those issues were beginning to manifest symptoms in my life and my doctor made it very clear to me that, like family members before me, my life would be short and I would not be around for my growing family if I did not make drastic changes to my health. Something clicked on in my mind at the moment of my daughter’s birth. At that very moment I committed in my heart to change my life and to take hold of my health so that I could be a proper provider for my wife and my family and to put an end the disheartening family tradition of bad health. So My journey began the very next day in my humble garage on my little island with a small refrigerator full of healthy food, an extremely supportive family, a DVD player, and a couple of resistance bands. I pushed play.

The journey was not easy. At 355 pounds I could barely move. I had the P90X series but I couldn’t even get past the first warm up of the first workout! I knew I wasn’t fit enough to do a regular P90X cycle so each day I would do Cardio X or a p90 cardio workout. Some days I could only do a few minutes before I was drained! But I took it day by day, pound by pound. My family loved me through all of it even on the days when I was grumpy! My wife kept our food healthy and she even sacrificed some of her favorite foods so I could be faithful to my goals. I gave up all the fast foods, the beer, the high calorie snacks, etc. I replaced it with leans meats and veggies, whole grains, healthy meal replacement bars, and lots of water! And during the whole journey, if I ever felt like giving up, my little baby girl would smile at me or give a little laugh. It was like a boost of adrenaline straight to my heart. I kept at it and never forgot the words of my Native Hawaiian ancestors to ‘Kulia I ka nu’u’ which means to ‘Never settle for anything less than excellence’.
Before I knew it I had lost 20, then 50, then 70 pounds! And sure enough I was able to do more and more workouts. By the time I lost about 90 pounds I was able to do a full cycle of P90X. I kept gaining muscle, getting stronger, and losing more weight! By the time I entered the monthly MDB competition I had lost over 170 pounds! That’s crazy! Since the competition things have only gotten better! I have done a few more cycles of P90X and have integrated it with Tony’s One on One workouts, Ten Minute trainer, and the new Chalean Extreme. At this point in my transformation I have lost a total of 190 pounds, I am more fit than ever and now I enjoy taking on new fitness challenges and pushing harder than ever before! My family and friends have been inspired and have begun their own health journeys. I have also had the honor of being on local TV and sharing my story with all of Hawaii. Every day I get phone calls from people wanting to transform their bodies with no surgery and to get P90X style fit! I have helped dozens of people get started and some of them have had amazing results!

I will be eternally grateful to Beachbody for the gigantic role that they have had in completely changing my life. My family is still in complete shock of the transformation I have gone through and my doctor is absolutely floored! He sees no health problems looming for me any more and hopes to use me to inspire his other patients. I still reflect every single day on the moment of my daughter’s birth. I recall the horrible feeling I had being unhealthy and not being able to hold her close. But now, each time I reflect on that memory, I pick up both my daughter and my recently newborn son and I hold them close . . . Because now I can!