Name: Paul E.
Location: Talking Rock, Georgia
Was: 242 pounds
Lost: 65 pounds* and six inches
from his waist*
Additional Weight Lost
Since the Challenge:
As Of: May 2010
Name: Paul E.
Georgia Construction Manager Regains Joyful Spirit & Reenergizes Life
After falling 13-feet to the concrete floor from a ladder at work, Paul was laid up at home, only wanting to sleep and eat. The fall left him with several broken vertebrae, a major head injury and a damaged spirit.
As an added, almost unbearable blow, Paul was diagnosed with prostate cancer only six months into recovery from his trauma. The traumatic event and cancer scare left him stuck at home, feeling disheartened, and steadily gaining weight, as he turned to food, out of boredom, and for solace. He wasn’t sure if he’d ever get back to his joyful self ever again.
“Honestly, I was sort of down and wallowing in self-pity,” recalls Paul of his near-death experiences. “‘Why me?’ I kept wondering.”
Before the near-fatal accident, Paul enjoyed a robust career managing construction projects overseeing as many as 100 men at a time, and weekends were devoted to playing with his many grandkids and enjoying gardening with his wife Ruth Ann.
Intent on restoring her husband’s health and character, Ruth Ann knew she had to take charge. Having achieved her own success with Isagenix® (with a 50 pound* weight loss), she hoped that Isagenix would help her husband lose weight and reclaim his “old self.” Unfortunately, Paul wasn’t too keen on the idea at first.
Lacking his former determination and motivation, Paul was initially resistant to change. But, his “clever” wife was able to entice him after a while and got him to try an IsaLean® Shake. That was it.
“The IsaLean Shake tasted great and right away, I felt more energetic. I told her ‘Honey, this could make a puppy pull a freight train uphill,’” says Paul, with a chuckle. He adds, “Not only was it good for me, but it also tasted good. I figured, if your taste buds like it, most of the battle is over.”
As he traded his previous breakfast of three eggs and three sausages for a Natural Creamy Vanilla or Natural Creamy Chocolate IsaLean Shake each morning, Paul’s weight began to fall off. He incorporated IsaOmega Supreme®, Isagenix Multi-Enzyme Complex™, Ionix® Supreme and Cleanse for Life® into his routine and his energy began to shoot through the roof. Even his large suppers began to change.
“Surprisingly, I was satisfied with a five- or six-ounce steak or fish for dinner, along with a salad or vegetables, as well as half of a baked potato or some wheat pasta,” explains Paul. “I know it sounds almost miraculous, but I didn’t have cravings for the bad stuff I used to eat.”
Now 65 pounds lighter, Paul says his results fueled his spirit and he’s reclaimed his former enthusiasm for life.
“Everything’s changed. I feel like I have a future, now,” explains Paul.“I’m 70, but I feel like I’m 50. I feel like a new man.”
Paul jokes that his wife was more than pleased when his newfound energy and brighter spirit propelled him to help her around the house, including vacuuming and resuming care of their backyard garden, a project they now enjoy together again. In addition, Paul has jumped back in to rejoin the weekend family fun and is no longer sitting on the sidelines.
“We’ve got eight kids and 40 grandkids and great-grandkids. You know, I’ve got to keep up,” says Paul, with a laugh.
Paul is proud to be the 2nd-place winner in the Men’s 50+ Category of the 2010 IsaBody Challenge® and is amazed by his strength and stamina, for which he credits Isagenix products. His regular workout routine now includes an hour on the treadmill—walking at a brisk pace to increase stamina, as well as sit ups and curling 50-pound dumbbells to fortify muscle tone. To accommodate his slim new, 36-inch waist, he bought all new clothes and is proud of how he looks now.
“My 70-year old body is looking pretty buffed these days,” says Paul.