Meet my friend Steve Osher. Steve was born in Brooklyn, NY in the mid 60′s. A big kid, Steve was an active baseball player and dreamed of playing in the big leagues one day. But at the age of 11, he was diagnosed with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, where the upper end of his femoral bones separated from the balls at his hip sockets. Between the ages of 11 and 15, Steve would endure 4 painful surgeries to correct the problem in both hips and be able to walk normally again and without pain. Just a year or two later, Steve would undergo another surgery, this time to repair torn cartilage in his knee.
Steve’s mom & dad had their own share of health problems. His mom has always struggled with her weight, and his father, although thin, had his first heart attack at 43. When his dad got that wake up call, he quit smoking cold turkey, and started gaining weight. Steve kept busy at the gym, working out and power lifting. At 36, he was doing a 1,200 lb leg press, and popped a blood vessel in his head. He blacked out for close to 20 minutes. Although an aneurism was expected, Steve’s doctor said he had just overdone it, and would be fine. Regardless, the scare stopped him from working out and he got discouraged.
At the age of 60, Steve’s Dad developed vocal chord cancer and the cancer took his life within a year, the day before Steve’s 38th birthday. At that time, he was 250 lbs. Steve checked out, spiraling downward – as he called it, “entering the dark side”. He was angry that his father was taken from him so early in his life. “I felt like I died with him,” Steve said.
Over the next 6 years, Steve grew to 358 lbs, turning to food for comfort and to fill the void that his dad had left behind. At 43, the age his dad had been when he died, Steve could no longer walk up a flight of stairs without trouble, his mom was worried about him, and he was worried about following in his dad’s footsteps. He vividly remembers his dad telling him before he died, “If you don’t take care of your mom, I will come back to haunt you.” He knew it was time to make a change.
Steve saw an infomercial for P90X and bought it. He did the first round of 90 days, and lost 8 lbs. He felt good, and said “What’s next?”, so went for another round. In his second 90 days, he lost 12 lbs., and signed on as a Beachbody Coach to get discounts on the products. At a Beachbody local event, Steve met founding Coach Traci Morrow, became friends and found out all about Beachbody’s Annual Coach Summit. Wanting to look his best for his first Summit experience, Steve started his 3rd round of P90X and this time stopped drinking sodas, alcohol, and stopped eating junk food. His third time was a charm, and he lost 47 lbs. this time! Steve was hooked.
At Summit 2010, Steve was introduced to Insanity and Shakeology, which he did as soon as he got home. Even though he had done multiple rounds of P90X, he wasn’t prepared for the level of cardio that Insanity had in store for him. He had to modify – a lot! But each week he got stronger and faster, and in 60 days, Steve lost 18 more pounds. He did an additional round before 2011′s Summit and lost 60 lbs.! By this time, Steve was back to where he had started before all the weight gain. He was so proud of his accomplishments, but wasn’t ready to quit yet. He kept going and eventually completed Turbo Fire, another round of Insanity, P90X2, and Insanity: The Asylum. This year, Steve has also completed the Ultimate Reset where he lost another 20 lbs.
Steve is down to 226 now, and is looking forward to Body Beast and other workouts that will slim him down and tone him up. Steve has advice for any of you who are trying to lose weight and keep it off:
- Modify, modify, modify!
- Never give up.
- Reach out to people – let them help you! When you’re in that place, you’re embarrassed, scared, alone and afraid to reach out. You don’t know what’s right anymore, and that’s where the Beachbody community comes in.
- Plug into local events for support and encouragement
- Take responsibility for where you’re at. Each day is a choice, and you can choose to be healthy one day at a time.
- Be willing to take criticism and trust that God is going to help you get through.
- It’s not just about fitness & health, and it’s not a “diet”. It’s about a lifestyle change.
- Don’t stop if you have a set back – forgive yourself and get back on that horse!
- Be open and ready, because it’s going to change your life in ways you cannot even imagine.
To find out more, visit Steve’s Facebook Page. And if you’re looking to lose a little weight or a lot, we’d love to help you. Let us show you how to lose the weight and keep it off. It all happens one healthy day at a time.