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Success Story: How a 15-Day Challenge Changed My Life

Ryan Nolen

Age 23, Graduate Student at Kent State University
DailyBurn member for three months

Before After Ryan Nolen

Dorm Daze
Ryan never really paid much attention to his weight or diet. As a graduate student, it was easier for him to quickly pick up and eat fast food, like French fries and a burger, between and after classes than to cook meals. “I didn’t watch the amount of carbs or sodium I was consuming,” says Ryan. “I would just buy food that said it was lean or made from whole grains because I thought it was healthy.” It wasn’t until Ryan started his job that he decided he needed to make a change.

A New Job
Ryan was hired as a freshman orientation guide at his college — the first job that required him to dress up for work. “I used to wear sweaters because they disguised my actual weight,” says Ryan. “But I knew that wouldn’t be an option because it was summertime.” He decided to go shopping for some khakis and was shocked when he tried on his first pair. The pants were a size 40 — which Ryan had been for years — and they were too small. He bought them anyway as motivation to help jumpstart his weight loss.

A New Routine
While watching Netflix one night, Ryan came across an ad for DailyBurn’s DB15 challenge. Realizing that he had exactly two weeks before orientation started, he signed up that night and started with the first workout. “It was so addictive,” says Ryan. “And there was no excuse to skip a day — each workout was only about 15 minutes.” Though he didn’t have a scale in his apartment, Ryan estimates that he lost about 15 pounds just after the challenge, and was down 22 by the end of his 30-day free trial. Needless to say, when he went to put on his khakis for his first day of work, they were a little baggy. “My co-workers started to notice I was looking skinnier, which felt great,” says Ryan. “That’s when I was like ‘OK, I’m going to fully commit to this.’”

The Next Steps
Ryan continued working out with DailyBurn, choosing Move! with trainer Keaira Lashae as his next workout series. “I can’t dance, but for 30 minutes it made me feel like I could,” he recalls. In the following two weeks, Ryan did each of the seven workouts two times, and when he got tired of dancing, he switched to the Cardio Sculpt series. “I’ve tried workout DVDs before, but I always got sick of doing the same routine every morning,” says Ryan. “It’s definitely one of my favorite features about DailyBurn — the variety of workouts.” He began doing Cardio Sculpt in the mornings — his favorite time to workout — starting with Butt, Hips, Thighs. “There is this one move where you have to hold a squat for thirty seconds,” says Ryan. “It was so difficult, but I kept listening to what the trainer, Anya, was saying, that it’s only thirty seconds so you can’t justify not doing it.”

Future Forecast
Though he’s sometimes sore days after, Ryan is sticking with his DailyBurn sessions because he continues to see results. “I take it one day at a time,” he says. “I may also change my subscription to include Ignite so I can also focus on eating better.” As of now, Ryan has been using the DailyBurn Tracker app to keep tabs on his diet. He’s paying attention to nutritional information other than calories, and keeping his carbs below the amount recommended by the app. Ryan also purchased dumbbells and an exercise ball to use during the workouts. “It’s optional but I’m dedicated,” he says. “I even do some of the additional exercises that came with the ball post-video.” Ryan talks about DailyBurn so much that his transformation motivated six of his coworkers to sign up for the free trial. So what’s Ryan’s next goal? He has his sights set on a pair of colored khakis, size 36. “When I can put on new clothes that are a smaller size and look good in them, it’s the biggest confidence booster,” says Ryan. “And I have so much more confidence in myself now than I’ve ever had in my life.”

To keep up with Ryan’s success follow him on Twitter at @ryan08n.

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