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Drew’s P90X/Insanity Journey: There And Back

Drew is a member of the team from Nevada who, just a few months ago, injured his knee after battling his way to a 65 lb. weight loss. If you were to think that stopped him, you’d be wrong. Introducing Drew’s inspiring story… as told by Drew himself.

The Wake-Up Call

In January, 2010, my buddy Dave told me he was going to be starting a diet and trying to get into shape. At times, I tend to live in the glory of my high school football days but at 6’2 and 245 lbs., I wasn’t in the best shape of my life, that was for sure. Little did I know, I was just months away from the most humbling day of my life.

About six months later I was at a get-together with some friends. From a distance, I saw some guy I didn’t recognize. As I wondered who it was, it hit me. Yes, it was Dave, and he was FIT. I walked up to him and asked him how he did it. He said it was just eating good and exercising.

Success

I went home that night disgusted with myself. None of my clothes fit me right and I was embarrassed to take my shirt off.  At that moment, I decided that I would do whatever it took to lose the weight. I cut out all the junk food and started running on the track by my house.

To my surprise, after 3 months of hard work, I had lost 35lbs! There was no secret pill, no state of the art machine, just good diet and exercise. By this time, I had some serious momentum. Nutrition had become a huge part of my life, and I wasn’t about to let up.

Introducing…P90X

Remember Dave? He was still doing well, and told me about a program that he was doing called “P90X”. He said it was the hardest thing that he had ever done, and that the results were fantastic! I said “sign me up for two!” I borrowed P90X from a buddy and did it.

Let me repeat that: I DID IT. By January, 2011, I was by, in the best shape of my life. 15 more lbs were gone and I was getting some seriously sexy muscles (according to my wife). I was fit, confident, and definitely not ready to stop!

As if the madness of P90X wasn’t enough, I decided to intensify!

Hello Shaun T., my name is Drew

After what I had achieved, I felt like Insanity was the only way to keep going, other than pushing cars around the parking lot all day. I purchased Insanity and decided to watch the first DVD before I did it. Oh Lord, what was I getting myself into? I seriously began to doubt if this was even something that I would be able to do. “That’s just the warm up?!?” I said. But again, there was no stopping this mad man!

I can honestly say I have never workout out harder and sweat more than I did during that program. You want to talk about results? HA! After one month of Insanity, I was down another 10 lbs… 185 to be exact! My body was looking great and I was feeling like a million bucks.

Well my friends, I wish I would say I started month 2 and kicked it’s butt as well, but that’s not how this story goes.

Momentum Shift

During my usual Friday afternoon Insanity workout my heart rate was up to 182 and I was smokin! I was jumping in and out of the deep lunge position, when all of the sudden… “POP!!”

It was my knee.

I can’t remember the last time I was in that much pain. When I looked at my knee, I noticed that the knee cap was 90 degrees away from where it was supposed to be (pointing to the right instead of straight ahead). At that moment, I knew my Insanity career was over. I’d torn all the muscle tissue that surrounds the patella (knee cap), and the doc said  it would be at least 6 weeks in a brace.

At that moment, I felt like I was going through a bad break up. I didn’t want to stop Insanity, I didn’t want to stop running, I didn’t want to stop doing my plyometrics, but I had to. All this momentum, all of these routines that were beginning to define me, were all about to change.

Faith, Adjustment, Rebound

Being a Christian man, I accept that everything in life happens for a reason and God works everything for good.  I really had to stop and look at where I was and what I had accomplished. In 7 months, I had lost 60 lbs! Holy Cow! The Beach Body programs had taught me how to eat, train, recover, and succeed.

Bottom line was this, my whole life had changed and I wasn’t going to let a stupid injury get in the way. Yeah, there were things that I wouldn’t be able to do anymore, but there were also things that I would be able to do. I could still eat well, I could still work my upper body, and I could still help others. Immediately I put together a new schedule and I stuck with it.

Seven weeks later, I am about 85% recovered. I will never be able to do plyometrics again and definitely won’t be able to do Insanity.  But the good news is, that’s OK. I’m still DOING.

My pastor recently spoke on the different seasons of our life (Ecc. 3:1-10).  He made a great point I believe explains where I am in my life today: Even though we go through different seasons in our lives, those seasons do not define who we are. Who we are is defined by what we do with what we are given.

The Fit Road Ahead

My 9 month journey didn’t necessarily end the way I wanted it to. In fact, it hasn’t ended. This is just another season of life that will be followed by another and I have been given the knowledge on how to stay fit. I’m committed to always work my hardest and always try to help others.

If I can manage to accomplish those things, I’m cool with that.

Drew continues to apply what he learned and gained from both P90X and Insanity and has managed to create a hybrid program from each that allows him to accomplish his fitness goals despite his injury.  

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