I began my transformation with DDP YOGA (then known as YRG Fitness) in June of 2010. In the years leading up to this, I had pretty much lost all confidence in myself. My marriage had ended badly, and I lost the lucrative job of 9 years that meant so much to me. The one change that also took place during this time, that I would describe as a positive one, is that I had quit smoking. After giving up smoking, I immediately gained about 35-40 LBS. Several more years went by, and I had put on another 30 LBS. I had gone from a comfortable weight of 180 LBS, to a bloated 250. I ate processed and frozen foods much of the time, and felt like crap as a result of it. I would experience pressure or tightness in my chest sometimes, or a frequent stabbing pain in my side. From a physical standpoint, I felt horrible most of the time. I was so consumed by desolation and despair at that point over where my life was going, or more specifically, wasn't going, that I just stopped taking care of my health. It's not like I ever intended to eat unhealthy. I just never gave it a great deal of thought. I figured I could eat what I wanted.
Fast forward to June of 2010. I proclaimed that 'Enough was enough. It's time for a change", and so I ordered the DDP YOGA DVDs. I began the program on June 13, 2010 at a beginning weight of 245 LBS, and I never looked back. I embraced a new lifestyle of fitness and healthy eating habits. I was previously someone who hated diets, was always miserable on them, and ultimately could never stay on one. I also didn't really care to work out prior to starting this program. I viewed working out as too physically demanding. With other workouts, it always appeared that you had to be on the verge of collapse in order to be getting any real results from it. With DDP YOGA, you're getting maximum results, and not killing yourself to get there. That's the beauty of it.
After I started on the program, I soon realized what poor eating choices I had been making all that time. I immediately eliminated processed and frozen foods from my food intake. Soon after that, I also cut out beef as well. I eat plenty of buffalo now. Buffalo hot dogs, buffalo hamburgers, buffalo sirloin. I never imagined I would like buffalo or bison, but I have grown to love it. The only time I have beef now is when I occasionally go out to eat at a steakhouse, once every few months. Within 10 months after having started DDP YOGA, I had lost 55 LBS. I had gone from uncomfortably carrying 245 LBS around on my six foot frame, to a trim and healthy 190 LBS! I felt better physically than I had in over 15 years. It truly felt like I had regained control of my life. Not only did my body feel completely revitalized, but I began to exhibit a more positive mental attitude toward things. I was no longer getting upset at the trivial problems of life. I had more patience, and was a happier person in general. Also, I was successfully maintaining a healthy weight of 190-195 LBS. I felt great. In my mind, things couldn't have been going any better. Then things took an unexpected turn.
It was August 2011, and after 14 stellar months on DDP YOGA, I was involved in a serious car accident. An elderly woman made a turn directly in front of me, and I was unable to stop in time. The front of my car impacted the side of her vehicle. My car was destroyed, and I sustained whiplash. I suffered compressed vertebrae and a herniated disc in my neck, and pain also radiated into my left shoulder as a result of this. It was disheartening, but I was forced to discontinue my yoga workouts because it hurt so much. I was in tremendous neck and shoulder pain, and working out became unthinkable at that point. By December, I was quite disappointed when I stepped on a scale and saw that my weight was 223 LBS. As a result of my car accident, I had stopped working out. I also started to feel dejected because of this, and began binging on junk food. I had regained roughly 30 LBS, and this was not acceptable to me. I knew something had to be done. There was no way I was going to let all the positive results from my hard work slip away from me.
In December, I started to slowly rehab my neck and shoulder. I still have trouble with my neck from time to time, but the pain has diminished greatly. After weeks of slow and steady rehabilitation on my neck, I felt like it was time to give DDP YOGA another attempt. I resumed the program on February 1, 2012 at an initial weight of 220 LBS. I gave it everything I had, and worked out 2-3 times a day, six days a week, for eight weeks. I never felt so determined about anything. Within two months time, I felt stronger and more flexible than I ever had before. Now that those two months have elapsed, I weigh 196. I am now just 7 pounds shy of weighing less than I have in over 16 years. I am 41, and I am in the best shape I have been in since my early 20's. None of this would have happened had I not discovered DDP YOGA. That's the simple fact. I would not have accomplished any of this without this program. I have succeeded in transforming my body through DDP YOGA, not once but twice. I currently weigh 196, but I will reach a weight of 180 LBS once again. I will never quit. I will stick with this fitness system until I can no longer draw a breath, or I can no longer move. This is a way of life for me now, and I couldn't be happier. DDP YOGA is undoubtedly one of the best things that has ever happened to me, and I am eternally grateful for having found it. It is with all sincerity that I give a heartfelt thanks to Dallas Page. I doubt if I can ever properly convey to him what a dramatic positive influence this fitness and nutritional program has had on my life. So, I will simply say "Thank you, DDP. It means the world to me."
My transformation will continue.
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