Weight Loss Inspiration from Across the World
It takes a lot to legitimately surprise me these days. That’s probably a side effect of living life to the fullest, which regularly has me in all sorts of interesting positions, many causing a fair amount of adrenaline to pump through my veins. But, a couple weeks ago, I have to say I was pretty blown away by a weight loss inspiration story from the other side of the world.
One of the tasks I happily delegated to our lifesaving assistant last year was the transcription of all of our YouTube videos. Now, this was no small task as we have hundreds of videos at this point, so our assistant was forced to get an assistant. She chose an enthusiastic transcriptionist from Eastern Europe. Serbia, to be precise.
Fast forward six months. My phone buzzed to notify me of this text:
My name is Ivan; I come from Serbia and I used to work as a transcriber on your videos, and the reason I am writing to you now is to let you know that you have changed my life to better.
Namely, I’m 30 years old, and I have been physically inactive since I finished high-school; basically, last ten years.
I wasn’t fat, but I wasn’t fit either. Throughout years, I was experimenting with nutrition; I’ve been vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, and I never felt good during those times, I was often hungry, no matter how much I ate, and to kill that feel, I ate a lot of bread and pastry, because it was the most convenient, especially while sitting in the office and writing or transcribing, or during the pause between the classes while I was back in college.
For some reason, I didn’t gain as much weight as I should have. But, during the last year, my metabolism slowed down, and I started to gain weight. I went from 65 kg to 75, and it wasn’t muscle that I gained, it was fat, because I was physically inactive, as I already mentioned.
So, I started to worry that I might be following my father’s steps who is now 92 kg.
At the same time, I was outsourced to do transcription for your YouTube videos; I believe it was November.
To be entirely honest, my first thought was – This guy is crazy, doesn’t he have anything better to do in life?
Then, after few months and dozens of videos I’ve transcribed I started to think – Gee, look at this guy; he’s older than I am, he’s in great shape, he eats well, he feels well, he active and he’s happy, while I, on the other hand, felt miserable.
So, finally, in March, on my 30th birthday, I decided to give it try – I got myself Insanity DVD, and I switched to Paleo.
It was hard; my form was bad, but I was motivated. Unfortunately, after a month, I injured my foot, and I could continue with the Insanity program.
However, I stayed on Paleo, and I plan to stay on it my entire life. The food is tasty I can almost eat as much as I can, but I eat good foods, I have a lot of energy, and what is the most important, I am loosing weight, and I finally look and feel like a human being.
After two months, I’m back on 65Kg, and I am happy with my looks. As soon as I recover my injury, I will get back to working out.
So, I want to thank you very much for making those great videos, because you changed my life and the way I look at nutrition and fitness.
I will attach my before and after photo, just to convince you that I am not making things up.
So, have a great day and stay strong!
Mind blowing, right??? First of all, I am so stoked for Ivan. He got it, he committed to it, and he took back control of his life. I know firsthand how good that feels and I couldn’t be happier for him.
Second, I will tell you that getting a text like this is immensely gratifying. It was one of those “I get paid for this???” moments. Not only do I get to spend my days doing what I’m passionate about as a Beachbody Coach, but I get to send ripples out into the world that motivate people I’ve never even met to get healthy. I get to make a difference.
And, there’s icing on this cake of weight loss inspiration. (Okay, bad analogy!) I happen to know that this young man is going to be a father soon. And, based on the feeling I get from Ivan’s message, I’d venture to say that he will alter the life of his future child for the better as a result of making healthier choices for himself.
Seriously…I get paid for this???
Ivan didn’t pay me a cent for my “coaching,” but he gave me a priceless gift. And, I’ll never forget it. If Beachbody were in Serbia, you can bet I’d be mentoring him so he, too, could experience the gratification of paying it forward!
Ivan’s weight loss inspiration all started with watching my YouTube videos. Okay, he was forced too watch them, but they still changed his life. And, hopefully this post can serve as weight loss inspiration for others.
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