By Success Stories
After Matty was injured in a hit-and-run accident, his chronic back pain kept him from working out. He was stressed and depressed, and he gained a lot of weight. But he took his health back—and lost over 60 pounds—with two Reboots.
I made juicing a habit after watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” back in 2013. That summer and fall, I had done a triathlon, a marathon, and a half marathon. I was feeling great.
But everything changed that November, when I was in a hit-and-run car accident. It left me with a herniated disc in my low back.
I was in so much pain and discomfort before my spine surgery in July of 2014. It was hard to walk, work, and sleep. I was a mess. I ended up having two more spine surgeries in December of 2015.
I developed high blood pressure, was drinking too much, and was dealing with anxiety and depression from my back. I felt stuck. There are a lot of things in life we can’t control, and it was disheartening to me to have my body “let me down.”
Every year I have a big birthday party. Who doesn’t like a party, right? I was celebrating my 31st birthday, and by then I had ballooned up to 235.5 pounds. When I looked back at photos of past birthdays, I knew I had to change.
I had to stop comparing myself to what I was like before the accident. I had to stop shaming myself and start implementing new habits. A big part of those habits was juicing.
I watched “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2”—which really inspired me to change. I initially did a 10-Day Reboot plan, and then a 30-Day plan. I read The Reboot With Joe Juice Diet book and also utilized the Juice Diet app to help track.
I remembered how great I felt juicing. I incorporated juicing along with cutting out processed food and sugar, and I kept alcohol consumption to a few days a week. I realized all those glasses of wine I was having during dinner were simply out of habit.
I also started moving again, incorporating various cardio and kettlebell exercises.
I juice either once or twice a day now—in the morning and with my evening meal. Sometimes I will do a day of just juice.
During my recent 12-day trip to Maui, I was able to find a local natural food market and get my daily juices while on holiday.
I was the most active on this trip that I’ve ever been. I ran the Day of Hope 10K race! And I came back from my vacation feeling revitalized.
Since February, I haven’t gained a pound. I have either lost weight or stayed at a plateau.
I did two triathlons this year. An international distance in August and sprint distance in September.
I also did a Thanksgiving 5K race with a friend. Between the two of us, we have lost around 100 pounds.* It was our celebratory race to vitality and health.
People and clients keep telling me I look good. My response is always the same, that I feel really great! My energy is back, my skin is clearer, and I almost find my body craves micronutrients from fresh juice.
I haven’t been on any pain medications, steroids, blood pressure medication for some time now. The best part is I have had zero back pain since I started taking back my health in February. My doctor said I’m an inspiration.