“What a journey my life has been for almost 4 years now.”

Personal, mental and physical struggles turned into positive transformations mentally and physically all around.

Before My Transformation

Before My Transformation

When I turned 40, I was diagnosed with Anklyosing Spondylitis, Spondylitis.org, an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the spinal joints but can spread to other parts of the body, as mine did. Leading an active lifestyle with chronic pain became tiring. After being diagnosed with AS I let myself go physically and mentally, mainly b/c of the anguish I put upon myself but AS was such a nice 40th birthday present. Jokingly of course! With the lack of weekly exercise regimes I once had, my body began to change for the worst. Muscle turned into fat, I reached 200 or more lbs and my BMI was reaching 30.

Last year was tough, traveling for my job, I spent many hours on a plane with back pain, sometimes chest pains, what I found out later was the AS that spread to my ribs. Blood pressure was on a steady rise, I never felt like I was fully there, mentally. Some mornings it took me 5-10 minutes to get out bed b/c my back was stiff as a board and the pain was a 10 on 1-10 scale. I had to make a change. That’s when I talked to Seay Stanford and she told me about Shakeology. Though I was then on Humira to reduce the signs and symptoms of AS, I still struggled. Seay explained the ingredients of Shakeology, and though skeptical at first, “WTH”, I’ve got nothing to loose. Since December, when I started replacing 1 to 2 meals a day with Shakeology and beginning to follow the fitness programs offered, also by Beachbody, I have lost a total of 36 lbs. I feel wonderful. I have practically no cravings for junk food. My energy levels are higher than I can remember,and I’m beginning to have signs of a 6 pack, which I truly never thought I would see. I am no longer taking my blood pressure medication.

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“It’s what inside you that causes you to make a change.”

When I do randomly test my BP it comes in around 118-132 over 68-87, depending on the time of the day. I no longer feel dizzy or out of it mentally. My physical appearance is impressing me, every week, with the changes I’ve seen. I can’t give all the credit to Shakeology and P90X and P90X2, they helped tremendously. The transformation started with, ME! I was fed up with the way I was feeling. I have received messages from a lot of you congratulating me on my accomplishments over the past 5 or so months. Thank you all! But you’ve also expressed to me how you’ve been fighting with similar emotions about your weight, fatigue, loss of energy, lack of focus and too many others to mention. Let me say it all starts with “YOU”!!! It’s what inside you that causes you to make a change. You will decide when you are ready.

I believe, sooner the better! Though 6 months ago, I would have told myself “Whatever” but I did and I wont go back. If you have been contemplating making a change, if even a little change in your diet or may already eat healthy, (or think you are): now is the time. The things I’ve learned about the food we eat since beginning this journey have been an eye opener. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedules to read this. Maybe follow the link above to learn more about AS, and the struggles I still deal with everyday. With Shakeology and the Beachbody fitness programs my days are easier, and I feel AMAZING!!!”

-Chris D.

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