Insanity Workout Success Story: Gary Donovan
March 11, 2013
March 11, 2013
How Insanity Changed Gary Donovan as a Dad and a Husband!
I’ve known Gary for years, and I’ve seen him attempt Insanity in the past, but I saw him in December and I could tell he wasn’t where he wanted to be. He committed to doing 60 days of Insanity with a group of guys in his neighborhood, and the results….speak for themselves. I’ll let Gary tell you.
My name is Gary. I’m 37 years old. I have a beautiful wife and 4 wonderful children. I am a restaurant manager so that means crazy hours and lots of snacking. I have worked in restaurants since I was 16 years old and enjoy it a lot. I have been a little heavy most of my adulthood until about six years ago. My wife and I were going to take a trip to Hawaii. I had to lose weight fast so I did the South Beach diet and gained the weight back as soon as I stopped the diet.
Success and Struggles
I then crossed paths with Todd Midgett who turned me onto P90X. WOW!! I was in the best shape of my life. Things were great being in shape weighing 168 pounds. But then I slowly stopped working out and became lazy. I even purchased Insanity and gave up 2 weeks in. Over time I had managed to reach 220 pounds. I have never been so over weight.
My life was good but there was something missing. I was too embarrassed to go to the pool. I was even hesitant to go to the beach. “How did this happen and why don’t I get off my butt and do something about this!” ran through my head every day.
Day 1 Day 60
I finally made the decision this January to give Insanity another go. Thank God I did! A group of friends said they wanted to start an Insanity Challenge group, so we did. What better time than now, so I committed to them and myself with the support of my loving wife, to go to my buddies house every night, where 7 of us held each other accountable.
Below is the results of Gary’s Fit Tests every 15 days, his numbers blew my mind!
What’s Your Life Like Now?
It’s been great doing the workouts. Throughout the pain and agony I found a way to “dig deeper”. I now have so much energy. We have all come a long way. I am proud to say that I have lost 25 pounds so far. I will be starting Asylum with Todd and the guys in a week and I can’t wait.
So Why Not You?
If Gary’s story tells you anything, it’s that it’s normal to have success (be it P90X, Insanity or whatever) and then fall off the wagon. It also shows you the power of accountability you can get when you do it with a group of other people. We have people from all over the country working together with Insanity and the Asylum, you don’t have to be in the same town to do it.
Sometimes I wish I could flip a switch inside of people and allow them to see themselves as we see them. Amanda, one of the women in our Insanity group now, has lost 11.5 inches in 30 days and down one bra size. She posted this in our Facebook group the other day:
“So I just have to say Insanity and this group has given me so much more confidence in myself after my divorce. I just hit me last night all of a sudden while I was out. I let myself get arm twisted into speed dating. Ugh. I was so surprised by how relaxed I was and I had a great time, no worries, no self conscious thinking. And when all was done and some people stuck around I had 3 guys all trying to talk to me at the same time. 3 of 13 isn’t bad, especially when some of the girls were 25. And I already have some match notifications today too. I will do my Cardio Core and Balance again today and tomorrow is my rest day 🙂 Thanks ya’ll for supporting me!!”
Here’s the cold hard facts, it’s easy to lose the weight, it’s much harder to re-program your metabolism and keep the weight off. You have to be willing to work! That’s exactly what Gary found out. You have to be willing to work, it’s not easy, but the reward and the confidence you gain by finding the person within, is what opens your eyes to the world you always wanted to live in. A world where you can go the pool and the beach and feel “ok” with how you look.
Summer Is Coming!
If you want to take the leap of faith that Gary did and join one of our Challenge Groups, be it Insanity or whatever program you’re interested in, then contact us today! Or if you are ready to COMMIT, then click here and let’s get started.
It’s time for you to take your life back. The decision is up to you, only you can change, we will support you and get you to the finish line. Just meet us halfway.