Name: Harley D.
Location: Walkersville, Maryland
Was: 360 pounds
Lost: 167 pounds* and 9 pant sizes*
As Of: September 2010
Name: Harley D.
Harley Discovers New Lease on Life by Dropping Nearly Half His Size*
At 360 pounds, Harley was heartsick viewing photographs of his family’s Christmas gathering. One picture in particular really hit him hard though— it showed that his girth was wider than the Christmas tree. To make matters worse, he’d dressed as Santa Claus to entertain his children, but the costume black boots couldn’t fit over his thick calves.
“The kids didn’t care, but I sure did,” shares Harley from Maryland. “I couldn’t even be a good Santa.”
His jolliness was further cut short during the holidays by a doctor’s harsh warning, declaring that if he wanted to live, he had to lose weight. Harley decided it was time to put aside his poor eating habits and save his own life. That’s when Isagenix entered the picture.
After a friend gifted Harley with two IsaLean® Shakes, he boldly began his Isagenix journey and committed to the products. Soon, Harley replaced breakfast and dinner with shakes and the pounds began coming off. Six weeks in, he went for a checkup with his doctor, who was documenting his weight-loss and health improvements. In pure amazement, the astounded doctor looked up at Harley and exclaimed, “I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it!”
The health benefits Harley began to experience then started showing up on the job. Harley experienced more productivity and less pain at work, where he regularly puts together space-saving systems and organizational shelving for businesses. Prior to shedding the pounds, his physically demanding job left him with joint and muscle aches.
“I’d begin the day with my knees wrapped tight with ace bandages, ice packs tucked inside, to numb the aching,” explains Harley. “Now, I no longer have to rely on ice packs and pain relief methods.”
Joining the 2010 IsaBody Challenge® kept Harley committed to his regimen. When he contemplated quitting or even cheating, he kept his eye on the $10,000 prize, literally. As a reminder of the potential winnings, he scrawled “$10,000” on piece of paper and clipped it to a photograph of his wife and children on his car’s sun visor. At work, he placed similar signs inside his folders. At home, he taped signs, reminding him of the prize, inside kitchen cabinets—starting with the snack cabinet.
While the prize money initially was a key incentive for Harley, now he has a more meaningful purpose behind his new lifestyle.
“Now I realize that the most important thing has been getting my health back,” shares Harley. “You can’t put a dollar amount on the health and mental benefits I’ve gained. Isagenix has given me back my life.”
Now nearly half his weight, Harley can easily walk four miles on a mountain trail. Before his success with Isagenix, walking ¼ mile or tackling the stairs in his home left him winded. With a prior pants size of 54, Harley’s proud to share that a size 36 is now too big, requiring a belt. His achievements inspired those around him including his wife, who lost 30 pounds using Isagenix products.
These days, when Harley looks in the mirror, he gets very emotional.
“I almost want to cry,” says Harley. “That’s the guy I always wanted to be, but couldn’t get there. Now I’m no longer thinking of food all the time. It’s kinda like I was a bird in a cage, and now I’m free to sing my own song.”
Since losing 167 pounds, and becoming the 1st-place winner in the 2010 IsaBody Challenge Men 36 – 49 Category, Harley wants to help others achieve their weight-loss goals.
“When I introduce friends and family to Isagenix, I feel I’m getting paid to help people,” says Harley. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”