While facing unemployment and back surgery, Illinois-native Michael L. had lost hope. His nutrition was poor, he was overweight, and he had no energy for himself or his family.
His trying situation came to a point where simply waking up in the morning seemed meaningless. “I couldn’t think of anything I had done to make the world a better place,” remembers Michael. “I knew people counted on me, but I couldn’t be counted on.”
A Life-Changing Decision
When Michael’s friend introduced him to Isagenix six weeks after his back surgery, his outlook was bleak. Michael turned it down, instead focusing on simply trying to get by. During his recovery, he realized his life was spinning out of control. Then, nearly six months later, Michael was introduced to Isagenix again. This time, it was his massage therapist who encouraged him to give the products a try.
“Here were two different people who didn’t know each other but were both telling me the same story,” he recalls.
Praying this would be the change he desperately needed, Michael made the decision to try Isagenix.
“I know September 4, 2014 is the day my life changed forever,” tells Michael. “I knew four days into the program that it was different. I had more energy, and soon I began losing weight. I didn’t believe it at first.”
Even before he started working out, Michael lost 30 pounds* with his improved nutrition. He had started living the healthy lifestyle he’d always wanted. Suddenly full of energy and passion, he began to share Isagenix with everyone he could, including his wife and children. He was so encouraged by his success that he wanted to further his progress.
“I thought, ‘if I’m going to talk the talk, I have to walk the walk.’ So I decided to join the IsaBody Challenge.”
During those 16 weeks, Michael lost an additional 21 pounds* and established an exercise routine that helped him achieve a stunning, chiseled physique.
Michael was not the only one impressed by his results. His children watched as their dad became an even greater role model and a more involved parent.
“This was the first time I can recall as a parent that I led by example,” recalls Michael. “My son wrote a Facebook post saying, ‘Dad, you inspire me.’ I started crying right in the middle of the gym when I read it.”
Inspired by their father’s newfound resolve for health and wellness, two of his children quickly began using Isagenix products and have had their own amazing results. In fact, his daughter is currently building her business while attending college. Recently, Michael’s other son began his own Isagenix journey as well.
Michael feels his proudest accomplishment is that of his family’s experience with Isagenix. Not only do his children share his passion, but he has also brought his wife and 80-year-old mother on board.
During his Challenge, Michael took advice from the Isagenix pros, including 2014 IsaBody Challenge Grand Prize Winner Amyra Mondon. Specifically, Michael followed one of Amyra’s tips to hire a professional trainer. He also learned workout tips from coaches at Savage Fitness.
With the support of his family, friends, and fellow Isagenix Associates, Michael looks and feels better than ever.
“This is what I should have felt like in my twenties,” shares Michael. “I feel like I’ve gained another chance. It’s a lot of fun!”
Not stopping there, Michael now knows his newfound title of IsaBody Challenge Finalist will help further his ability to share Isagenix with everyone.
“My passion is to help people get healthy,” he says. “I feel great and other people should feel the same way. I know now that I am making a difference.”
*Weight loss should not be considered typical. In a study performed in 2012 by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, subjects lost an average of 9 pounds with an average of 2 pounds of the loss from visceral fat after 30 days on an Isagenix system. The subjects also had a greater level of adherence and had more consistent weight loss from week to week compared to subjects on a traditional diet.