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Nov 21

My Incredible Body Beast Results and Story

Where do I even begin? The last year and a half for me has been by far the most challenging time in my entire life. I went from beginning to feel sick to extremely sick, to not knowing what was wrong, to finding out I have Lyme Disease, and then going through 10 months of extreme treatment. To top it off, after I finished treatment I was extremely weak with a severely compromised immune system. Below I’m going to go into detail about my story and how I went from not being able to function to achieving absolutely incredible Body Beast results. I hope my story inspires you or someone you may know. No matter how great of a challenge you are experiencing in your life, you can always conquer it.

My Body Beast Results Story

living-with-lymeI remember the first day I experienced strange symptoms. I sort of chalked it up as a “bad day” of not feeling well, but that feeling never really went away. Instead, it progressively got worse. The first real physical symptom I experienced was pain in the back of my head. It was odd, I had never had something like that happen before. What was so strange about it was that the location was specific. It was right in the connective tissue between the neck and the skull on both sides. As days went by, the pain intensified and more symptoms began to show up. I started developing pain in a specific spot in my spine, dizziness, extreme fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, breathing issues, slurred speech, memory issues, ringing in my ears, and the list goes on and on. Months went by and everything seemed to progressively get worse to the point where I could barely function throughout the day. All I wanted to do was sleep. To make matters worse, every single doctor I went to assured me that nothing was wrong and that it was “all in my head.” Many of them even tried to get me to take pain killers and depression medication. If I wasn’t going to get help from doctors then I was going to take matters into my own hands and that’s exactly what I did.

I started doing an insane amount of research on my symptoms. After sifting through all the looking-at-oceanbullshit I finally came across Lyme Disease as the possible culprit of all my problems. Instantly I thought back to all the times I was bitten by a tick when I was younger. Apparently Lyme can lie dormant in the system for years until something triggers it to come out and play. It could have been a number of things I guess, but I’m sure stress played a big part in it. Anyways, I sought out a Lyme specialist and got tested and the test came back positive. When I found out I had Lyme is was sort of bittersweet. Now you’re probably asking, “How in the hell can it be bittersweet?” When you suffer for months and months without any answers, it’s a relief to finally know that you’re not crazy like the doctors kept saying you were. On the other hand, though, I knew I had one hell of a journey ahead of me.

When I found out I had Lyme was when my symptoms were the worst they had been. I knew that if I didn’t fully commit to treatment and change my lifestyle that I might not be around much longer. Then we found out that Melinda was pregnant with our first son. To be honest, it scared the hell out of me because all I kept thinking about was still being extremely sick when he arrived. But at that moment I swore that I would do everything I could to heal so that I could be the father I wanted to be when he arrived. It was all the motivation I needed. My specialist started me on an antibiotic treatment plan, but I did additional research and discovered some natural ways to heal as well. I combined both plans and committed myself 100% to getting better.

There were a lot of ups and downs. I had to change treatment plans multiple times after hitting plateaus and there were weeks I’d feel better and then weeks where I felt worse. When dealing with lyme, that’s to be expected, but nobody can imagine the mental challenge that presents. If you’re not in the right place mentally I can completely understand how it’s easy to slip into a depression, but thankfully I’m very strong mentally and was able to push through it. I owe that to my upbringing and involvement in personal development at such a young age. When I was 15 years old I read a positive thinking book called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. That book has had a major impact on everything that has happened in my life to this point and it most certainly played a role in my progress with Lyme.

body-beast-day-1-sideOne of the problems I had during my Lyme journey, though, was that I wasn’t able to work out. When you are eliminating the Lyme bacteria, the dead bacteria can overwhelm your system. Even though I was detoxing regularly, it still wasn’t enough to eliminate all the toxins, so my symptoms would get worse. In the Lyme world it’s called a herxheimer reaction, or “herx” for short. Every time that I would work out I would experience absolutely awful symptoms for a week or so because I was moving those toxins around in the body and eliminating them. Because of that happening every time I attempted to work out, I decided to hold off on working out all together until I was done with treatment. Looking back that was a major mistake because exercising was helping me detox quicker, but hindsight is 20/20. Anyways, once I finished up with my treatment, I was extremely weak and the lightest I’ve been in years at right around 158 lbs.

I was much better when treatment ended, I would say even around 90-95% better. At that point I swore I would commit to Body Beast and get some of the best Body Beast results anyone has ever seen even though I knew I would go through ups and downs while going through the program. I knew that as soon as I started I would have some symptoms return because of the stored toxins in my muscles and fat cells. I was correct and a lot did return, but I pushed through it every single day even if I felt awful. I was determined. I wanted to show people that if you don’t use excuses you can accomplish some incredible things in your life. Then I had some major obstacles pop up. Because my immune system was so weak after months and months of antibiotic treatment, I developed a few very serious infections. The first was a staph infection in my ear, which caused me the worst pain I have ever experienced before, and I have experienced a lot of pain. Second, and worst of all, I developed a MRSA infection on my face. If you don’t know anything about MRSA, it’s a very serious staph infection that is pretty much antibiotic resistant. I almost landed in the E.R., but luckily the bacteria responded well with treatment the doctor gave me. Despite all of the obstacles, I still pushed through and finished my 90 days.

brody-and-iTo say that my Body Beast results were good would be an understatement. I believe my Body Beast transformation is absolutely fantastic and that’s because I pushed as hard as I possibly could. My nutrition was spot on, my supplement use was as well, and I gave maximum effort during every workout. It’s interesting because a lot of the stuff I learned about nutrition while going through Lyme treatment played a big role in my ability to heal and add on muscle fairly quickly. I was taking multiple vitamins daily, drank my Shakeology twice a day, and used the entire Performance Line. I will go into detail about what supplements I used and why I used them in another post.

To wrap this all up, here are my Body Beast results. I went from 162 lbs to 173 lbs, therefore gaining 11 lbs of muscle. In addition, I added 4.25 inches on my chest and 1.25 inches on my biceps. Hopefully my story was able to inspire you in some way and give you hope that no matter what you go through you can get through it and accomplish great things in your life. I focus on moving forward daily. If you enjoyed this post or know someone that it might help, please share it on social media. If you would like to be Coached by me (I’ve been an online fitness Coach since 2008), feel free to email me at Josh@JoshSpencerFitness.com. I’m here to help and maybe I can help you make some permanent changes in your life as well. You can also just add me as your Coach right now by clicking here.

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Aug 29

Body Beast Supplements to Put On Size

When it comes to Body Beast supplements to put on size, most people have absolutely no idea what they are doing. Right now I’m going through Body Beast and if you have no idea what that even is, it’s a mass building program by Beachbody. I’ve been through the program multiple times in the past and gotten outstanding results. However, this is the first workout program I’ve done since battling Lyme Disease and I’m pretty excited because of the amount of knowledge I gained about nutrition and supplementation. I have a feeling the Body Beast results I get this time around will be the best I’ve gotten yet.

It’s important that you don’t use just any supplement that’s recommended for you. Rather, only consume ones that you’re confident will be beneficial to your long term health and current goals. I’m using the entire Performance Line along with some additional high quality supplements. Below I’m going to break down exactly what I’m using, when I’m using them, why I’m using them, and some other things like taste and consistency.

Body Beast Supplements

Beachbody Performance EnergizeFirst I want to start off talking about my favorite pre-workout supplement, Energize. I’ve taken a lot of pre-workout supplements in the past and this one is by far the best I’ve used (Check out my full Beachbody Energize Review). Not only is it great quality, but it gives me an incredible boost that lasts the entire workout with no crash afterwards. And trust me, that’s important. With some old supplements I used to take, such as Jack3d and 1MR (which are awful supplements by the way), I used to crash hardcore, meaning I would be physically drained for the remainder of the day. I take 2 scoops about 15-20 minutes before my workout, and it usually kicks in within 10 minutes. The flavor and consistency are great as well. It’s sort of a tangy lemon flavor and mixes very easily. I haven’t gotten any clumps that I used to get with the old E&E formula.

Next, Hydrate is a supplement I use during my workouts. It contains key electrolytes and Beachbody Performance Hydratecarbohydrates that the body needs as you go through an intense workout. With my Hydrate, though, I also mix in 3 scoops of MRM’s BCAA+G supplement. BCAA means branch chained amino acids and they are important because they promote protein synthesis and prevent protein catabolism, which is just the breakdown of muscles. When you’re trying to put on size, you want to do everything you can to prevent the body from using muscle as a fuel source. The BCAA’s is a watermelon flavor and tastes excellent. The Hydrate is more of a citrusy flavor and tastes great as well.

Beachbody Performance RecoverAfter my workouts I take 2 supplements, Recover and creatine monohydrate. Both of these are part of the Beachbody Performance Line. I would also say that out of the entire line of Body Beast supplements to put on size, these 2 are the most important. I shake together 1 scoop of Recover and 5 grams of creatine and take it within 30 minutes after my workout. Recover contains additional BCAA’s along with 20 grams of protein and 10 grams of carbs to help the body recover from an intense workout. As far as flavor is concerned, out of all the Performance Line supplements, this one tastes the best. The one I use is the new orange flavor and it tastes like an orange creamsicle.  It reminds me a lot of the old P90X Recovery Formula that I used to take when I first went through P90X in 2008. With creatine, without getting too scientific and boring the hell out of you all, creatine basically helps you pump out more reps and improves recovery. Whenever I take creatine is when I notice the most strength gains.

At least 30 minutes before I head to bed I use the Recharge supplement. The time when Beachbody Performance Rechargeyour muscles recover the most is when you sleep. Recharge contains 20 grams of casein protein, which is a slow-release protein. It also contains BCAA’s and the two combined help aid the repair of the muscles during sleep. It’s vanilla flavored and tastes great. I just shake up one scoop with water right before I head to bed.

ShakeologyThe only other supplement that I take is Shakeology and you can read my full Shakeology review <<– here. Basically it’s a meal replacement that I now use as a mid-afternoon snack. I’ve been using Shakeology every day for just about the past 6 years. The one I use is the Vegan chocolate and I blend it with coconut almond milk, an organic banana, 1 tablespoon of almond butter, and ice.

And there you have it, the Body Beast supplements to put on size that I’ve been using since starting this round of the program. So far I’ve had incredible results. My recovery time is much quicker and I’m seeing quicker strength gains than I ever have before. If you have any questions about any of the supplements, feel free to contact me over on Facebook or email me at Josh@JoshSpencerFitness.com. If you would like to add me as your Beachbody Coach, just click here.