Mike Costello lost 85.2 lbs. in 10 months with P90 and P90X. He entered his results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for February 24th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Ten months ago, I weighed in at over 302 pounds. I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. What discs are left are bulging, my ligaments are thickening, and there is severe spinal stenosis throughout my entire spine. This has left me with major nerve damage in various part of my body.* I couldn’t walk a block without severe pain in my leg and back. I felt horrible physically, mentally, and emotionally. I would never go out and do anything. I rarely took off my shirt in public, especially after seeing myself in the picture I posted to my profile.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Wanting to be around for my fiancée, kids, and granddaughter was my major inspiration, but my fiancée was my biggest inspiration. She has done P90X off and on for years, runs marathons, and is all around outgoing. She blew out her knee running a marathon a few years ago, and put on some weight during recovery. One day, she asked if I’d try a nutrition plan with her, and I figured that I had nothing to lose. That got the train rolling, and there has been no looking back since.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge was learning what exercises I could and could not do.* With the spinal stenosis and other issues I mentioned before, I had to be careful not to do the wrong moves and take myself out of commission for long periods of time. But like Tony says in P90X, “Do your best and forget the rest.”
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved the variety of exercises. I never got bored doing the same exact routine every day.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I’ve lost over 85 pounds. Overall, I am most proud of my weight loss. Secondly, I am proud of how I am starting to look much more fit.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel so much better about myself. I have a ton more confidence and actually love buying new clothes now. I have so much more energy. I hate just sitting around the house now. I’m always looking for something to do, whether it be hiking, sneaking in an extra workout, or walking the dog for the 100th time. Best of all, other areas of my life have dramatically improved as well.
Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (e.g. blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, etc.)?
All my vitals improved so much that my doctor is no longer concerned with any of them. In fact, I just saw him the other day and he actually said I was as healthy as someone in their 20s, even though I am now 47. I am hoping he meant a healthy 20-something.
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Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
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*Always consult your physician about your unique medical needs before commencing any fitness program.