I've always been big for some one who is so short, even as a kid. Every couple of years I'd get slim (for me ) and then slowly but surely I would balloon right back up to be bigger than when I started.
I'm 5'5 and I haven't been under 200lbs for very long since I was 21 years old. While I've worked out over the years I was never good at dieting and I've never felt like an athlete. I played a few sports in school and I've learned to lift weights but it always felt like a chore and it was never some thing I enjoyed and therefore I never kept at it.
I was in a car accident in 2007 and I damaged some of the discs in my spine. I used that as an excuse to completely let myself go. Physically, mentally and emotionally I fell apart. After a rough few years I pulled things together, found a great job ( I supervise and manage homes for adults with developmental disabilities ), I married the most wonderful women on earth who encouraged, loved, and supported me through my hard times (and my whole adult life really) and recently I've enrolled in a graduate school program to further my career. So things have been going great except for my weight, my health, and my fitness level. Truth is I didn't have any major changes in my life that made me decide to jump in and start the DDPY process.
But here's what happened: One morning back in May I was sitting in a team work seminar at work that was being put on by a PE teacher/coach from a local college. What she was saying was interesting but I couldn't focus on anything except how fat I had become and how poor my overall fitness level was. I felt like absolute crap that day.
All morning all I could think about was how when I was in college (the same one the person speaking was from) I walked everywhere and I ate so much less (drinking was another issue lol). I just couldn't pay attention to what this nice women was trying to say because all I could focus on was how much thinner I was back then (it was a good period for me weight-wise that ultimately wouldn't last).
While I had flirted with the Idea of trying DDPY prior too that day I never pulled the trigger and instead I tried to diet (I wouldn't follow it) and going to the gym (I accomplished little to nothing). In that chair, on that day, I had enough. Something just went off in my head. I knew DDP could help me if listened to him and followed his plan.
I texted my wife in the middle of that long seminar during a break and asked her to order it right away, and she did. It showed up two days later and we have been doing it together every day since.
I think My wife and I both found comfort in each other's unhealthy habits before DDPY. We would justify our poor choices with the comfort that the other was making the same poor choice. Now we find comfort in working out together and we hold each other accountable to stay on track and to keep going. I eat healthier now, I try to walk 10,000 steps a day, I try to drink more water and I've tried to breathe in order to regulate my heart beat when I'm under stress at work. All these things were inspired by DDP and his DDPY program.
In the 13 weeks ( I just started intermediate and I'm so excited !) we've been doing DDPY I've had zero back pain, I've lost weight, my clothes fit better and I feel healthy again.
DDP has taught me through his program and his inspirational personality that I don't have to be anything that I don't want to be and I don't want to be fat anymore. I don't have to be out of shape. I can be a brand new me.
It's changed me so much, and I'm so grateful words can't express it properly.