Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m 39 years old, from the Hudson Valley area of New York. I have a wife and 2 young children (8 and 6). I work in orthopedic medical sales which is a fun and exciting, yet stressful high-paced profession.
What did your life look like before Stronger U?
I was the stereotypical guy who was filled with “normal” bad habits surrounding eating and drinking before getting into a high-paced profession and becoming a father. Those things came into the fold and it was very difficult to ever see another way to live. Sure, I always enjoyed being active with exercise and playing sports but as time went on it become less of a priority and eventually super uncomfortable to do much that resembled a “real” workout. I say that jokingly because I like many would compare myself to the 16-year-old me versus the 34-year-old me with years of poor health under my belt. I tried many different ways of losing weight including keto, Shakeology, Isagenix, and others. When I did stick to them I’d lose 20-30 lbs then revert after the starving and suffering was “finally over.” I can remember saying to friends “give me until next Friday.”
What does your life look like now?
To say it’s perfect would be a lie. To say it’s extremely improved is accurate. I’ve had some ups and downs but overall it has been a true life-changer. I can move and do things that I couldn’t have done ever, even when competing in high-level sports as a teenager. I can do things with my kids and family that would have made me miserable a few years ago. I did a stress test in May where the cardiologist told me I demonstrated the results of a high-level elite athlete. I honestly can say if I did one 5 years ago, he would have said quite the opposite. (Another point is I’m not training to compete or for hours, just general challenging time-sensitive workouts)
Where did you hear about Stronger U?
I heard about it through a local buzz that Mike Doehla had a cool company.
Why do you think Stronger U worked so well for you compared to other programs or diets?
It allowed/allows for variety and normal function through life. My life, family, and job requirements will never permit me to be in the gym 3 hours a day or take part in self-care for 3 hours before I start the day. SU teaches and builds a foundation to navigate through any situation eventually without realizing you’re doing it (once it’s instilled). There’s no day 31.
What was something you regularly ate while on Stronger U that people wouldn’t expect you to eat on a diet?
Everything! I’ve learned to keep it in perspective but I’ve eaten bread and pasta from Day 1. I have a smoker and use it for food prep for our family. I have cooked fatty meats and pretty much anything throughout. Steaks pulled pork and of course healthier stuff. I’ve had alcohol/beer throughout but in a much different way than pre-SU.
How much weight did you lose with Stronger U?
From day 1 SU to lowest I believe 75lbs or so. I’ve done muscle building back and forth so hovering around 65-70.
How many inches did you lose off your waist?
Did you have any favorite non-scale victories to share?
Probably that stress test. Also, being able to coach my kids and demonstrate skills to them comfortably both physically and mentally.
Has Stronger U improved your overall quality of life?
Without a doubt, it makes daily life so much better. I feel much more comfortable in my skin and being in a sales role it’s of course important to me to feel this way. I never knew there was a difference until after the fact. Maybe it’s just my thoughts but my relationships have improved for sure.
Has Stronger U improved your overall health?
Yes. Before losing the weight I without a doubt was having Atrial fib episodes, untreated sleep apnea, heartburn, gastric reflux, and other digestive symptoms (you name a few!). My blood pressure has gone from hypertensive to “you better have some salt so you don’t pass out.”
If someone is thinking about joining Stronger U, what advice would you give them before beginning their journey?
Just know that there is an answer for you and you can do it. It’s cliche but 183% true that if I can do this anyone can. It’s not the easiest thing but it’s definitely not as difficult as being unhealthy and feeling bad. Anyone is welcome to contact me privately to ask questions.
Would you like to give a shoutout to your coach, SU staff member, or community member?
Jeremy Galo has been great to work with. I’m not perfect and he’s been great for me. I’m not the biggest group member but I do look through and so many people have inspired me at all steps along the way. Countless times, the community has helped to keep my perspective straight. I’ve posted it before but CJ Tyger was the guy who I saw in week 1 or so that made me look and say “if this guy did this, I’m going to give it a serious attempt.” Haha, he’s also been great with periodic PM questions that I had especially early on.