Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Lost 57 LBS*
When I started this competition, I had no idea what products I should use. I had never taken vitamins or supplements. I had never even paid attention to how my body reacted to the things I put into it. For instance, when I felt sick or tired, I just assumed it was because I was sick or tired.
When my wife and I got married in 2001, I weighed 180 pounds. Within one year, I was up 40 pounds. From 2002 to 2013, I gained an additional 50 pounds for a total of 270 pounds. I was overweight and my self-esteem was low, but I refused to change. I tried different diets and weightloss programs, but I always cheated. I lacked the motivation to create change in my life; I was comfortable. That all changed when Amber and I found out that we were expecting our first child. I refused to be the hypocritical dad who sat on the couch munching on fastfood while he told his son to stop playing video games and go play outside.
My son, Talon James, provided the motivation that I needed. I wanted to teach my son how to throw a ball and ride a bike, but I could not even make it up a flight of stairs without breathing heavily. I realized that my current condition was unacceptable and it was time to make some significant lifestyle changes.
I thought of my son whenever I had a desire to cheat. Imagining him and me playing ball together pushed me through many grueling workouts. He is my world now. I refuse to be any less than the dad I pictured—the dad that plays and spends time with his son in order to develop a strong, lasting relationship.
At the beginning of the competition, I wore an XXL shirt size, and I was close to needing an XXXL. I broke the button on my size 42-inch pants. The same clothes I had almost outgrown before my lifestyle change were baggy by the end of April. When I finally broke down and bought some new clothes, my new sizes stunned me. I fit into a large shirt and a 36-inch waist pant. I had not been able to wear these sizes for over 10 years and now they fit me perfectly. In addition to dropping two shirt sizes and three pant sizes, I lost a total of 57 pounds!
Before the competition, I could hardly do any physical activity. When I attempted to run on the treadmill, I was barely able to break an 18-minute mile. To make matters worse, I pulled a muscle in my leg because I was trying to protect my bad knees. I turned to an athletic trainer for help. She evaluated me and made suggestions about how I could exercise while protecting vulnerable areas like my knees. In April, I ran four miles averaging less than 10 minutes per mile. I also started biking, swimming, and weight training. Last month, I ran my first triathlon and finished second in my age group. Running a triathlon has always been one of my dreams, but because of my weight I had never been in a position to do it.
Now that I weigh a lot less, I can run, bike, and swim without hurting myself.
These great changes have helped my self-esteem skyrocket. I no longer worry that people are going to judge me every time they see me. I have that old bounce in my step. My clothes are much smaller and fit better. I feel great!
“The doTERRA® products enabled me to change my life. They gave me the extra boost I needed to meet or exceed my goals.”
“These products are so powerful, I could feel the difference in my body’s performance when I took them as opposed to the days when I forgot."*
“I experienced increased metabolism and energy, faster recovery times after a workout, fewer cravings, less appetite, and, of course, less fat on my body.”
*Results vary based on diet and exercise. Typical loss may be less.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.