past winners

Michael H.
2015 Fall Transformation Challenge Runner-Up

86.61% change in body fat *
*Results not typical
Michael H.

I will forever remember the year 2015, it will echo through my thoughts for the rest of eternity. To say the last 90 days hsa been a “Challenge” would be the ultimate understatement. Sometimes we have to endure much before we are able to see the prize. I am no stranger to challenges but wow. I began just like anyone else, prepared to better my physical state. I worked with Brady and Susan when I started my journey. I began to see tremendous changes taking place when the bottom fell out. The first life challenge came in the form of my ex wife moving almost 2 hours away with my children. We had 50/50 custody and I only found out when I did because my 7 year old daughter asked me if I had seen their new house! My children have been my world since my divorce. I was overly involved in their lives, coaching, putting my job on the back burner just to put them first in my life, etc. Needless to say I was completely crushed. The 90-Day Challenge became a distant memory. I fell into a deep depression and was unable to focus at my job and life in general.

The next blow came when I lost my job. I saw it coming but I was paralyzed and unable to do anything about the situation. The best way I can describe how I felt was like the movies when they show a person that is fully aware of all the bad things that are happening to them but physically unable to respond or do anything about it. I would literally lay balled up on the floor in tears because I needed my children and feared I would only get to see them every other weekend. Unfortunately the next challenge came in the form of physical anguish. I was in a hurry to take my oldest daughter to the movies with a friend but the rest of my children wanted to start a fire out back. I will spare you the details but the next thing you know I am on fire right in front of my children. I suffered 2nd degree burns on the right side of my body all down my face and arm. I felt like I was melting for a couple of days, and I won’t tell you about the blisters and peeling and having to tell my children it was going to be ok without breaking into tears because of how life was falling to pieces around me.

Here I am, broken, jobless, and with 2nd degree burns down a good portion of my body when my 10-year-old son comes up and gives me a great big hug and tells me how much he loves me. He sits down next to me and just begins to talk like nothing had happened and everything was going great. He tells me how he knows I am hurting but that everything will be ok and that I need to keep my head up and press through. Through the shower of tears I felt strength like none I had ever felt before. Then my son told me he wanted me to finish strong and win the 90-Day Challenge. He told me that he would work out by my side, and so we began. I pushed myself despite the pain from the burns to make my son as proud of me as I was of him.

I have lost around 60 lb and my son has lost 20 lb. The next thing you know, I weighed in and I was in first place! My family implemented all that Susan had taught us. The first and most difficult thing we did was to reduce our portion sizes. Then we increased the size of our breakfast, or in my case I made it a point to eat breakfast for a change! We made sure to round our meals with proteins and complex carbs, and my son had to throw in some of the ice cream food group every once in a while. I would like to say thank you to Racheal, Hope, Chaney, Kamron, Hayden, and Grace. I couldn’t be more proud of each one of you and grateful for all you did to see me through this time, and of course I especially want to thank Hayden and say how proud I am of how much progress you have made and weight you have lost. Lastly I would like to thank the dear friends I have made at Life Time for all the encouragement each time we pass at the grocery store or elsewhere. I would especially like to thank Susan for putting up with me, and thank you Brady for providing me with motivation.

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