Name: Donovan M.
Location: San Diego, California
Was: 285 pounds
Lost: 46 pounds*
Additional weight lost:
As Of: July 2009
Name: Donovan M.
Sky’s No Longer the Limit For 45 kilos (100-Pound) Club Member
Overweight his entire life, Donovan tried not to let it get in the way of living life to the fullest. Still, keeping up with his friends on the tennis court or even his adventurous mother was a struggle for the 36-year-old whose weight at one point reached nearly 400 pounds. After trying almost every diet program on the market with little success, Donovan began to resign himself to the fact that he would always be overweight. The worst part, however, was that he knew that if he didn’t drop the weight, he would never be able to cross off the No. 1 thing on his bucket list: Skydiving.
“I never came to terms with that because it was something I had always wanted to do,” shares Donovan. “But because I was over the 240-pound weight limit, I wasn’t allowed to jump. I was starting to give up on so many things in life and skydiving was just one of them.”
Despite his dwindling hope, Donovan still dreamed of losing the weight so he could one day make the jump. Around that time, while having lunch with a friend, he learned about Isagenix®. Just one day later, after talking with his friend’s sponsor and learning more about Isagenix, Donovan was ready to take a leap of faith.
“What did I have to lose,” shares Donovan. “The price was reasonable and there was a money-back guarantee, so I decided to give it a try. It scares me to think of if I'd said no; I'd still weigh around 400 pounds.”
Not long after joining Isagenix, Donovan learned about the 2008 IsaBody Challenge®. Competitive by nature, he signed up for the Challenge not only for the chance to win the $10,000 grand prize, but also to stay motivated if the going got tough. Using the Cleansing and Fat Burning System: 30-day and 9-day supply throughout the Challenge, he committed himself to the program and surrounded himself with a team of friends, family and two coaches. As the weight came off and he hit personal milestones, he sent e-mails to everyone he knew updating them on his progress. This not only kept those around him in the loop on his progress and goals, but the kudos he received spurred him forward to reach even higher goals.
Donovan’s impressive weight-loss of 53 pounds* secured his spot as a finalist in the 2008 Challenge and he became a member of the 100-Pound Club — but he didn’t stop there. He just couldn’t. His weight still hovering around 285 pounds, he knew he was still about 45 pounds too heavy to jump out of an airplane. He decided to sign up for the 2009 IsaBody Challenge and was even more determined than ever to win the top prize and finally fulfill his skydiving dream.
During the 2009 Challenge Donovan dropped another 45 pounds* and took home first place in the Men’s 18-35 Category. With a weight of about 232 pounds, he’s still going strong and striving for his ultimate weight goal of 225 pounds with only 10 percent body fat. As for his other goal, Donovan turned that dream into a reality shortly after finishing the 2009 Challenge.
“Standing in the open door of the plane was a dream come true — almost unreal,” he shares. “I'd worked so hard to move my numbers down below the limit and I could barely believe that it was happening. Afterward, I was so pumped — it was everything I'd hoped it would be — and I immediately started thinking about all the other adventures that would now be available to me.”
With his life and health back on track, Donovan is now excited and passionate about sharing his story with others: “I’m a walking billboard! People are coming up to me all the time and asking me what I did!”
As for his new adventure? Donovan is dating.
“I now have the confidence to approach a woman and talk to her,” he says. “Before Isagenix, that never would have happened.”