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Man, inspired to change lifestyle, wins weight-loss challenge


At age 36, Bradley Jordan was 470 pounds, unemployed and suffered from deep vein thrombosis, sleep apnea, panic attacks and had to sleep with an oxygen tank, he said.

“I was afraid to fall asleep because I was afraid that my wife and kids would find me dead in the morning,” the Beavercreek resident said.

But what truly inspired him to change his lifestyle was witnessing his daughter, 3 at the time, eat seven ice cream bars in 45 minutes. “I remember looking at my daughter and thinking to myself, ‘What am I doing? I am leading my kids to being obese and having health issues just like me,’ ” Jordan said.

Jordan received more than $100,000 for losing 250 pounds and winning the Beach Body Challenge.

The Beach Body Challenge is a fitness challenge hosted by Team Beach Body. The fitness challenge focuses on fitness, nutrition, peer support and rewards.

“It has been an awesome experience — one of the best experiences that I have had in my life,” he said.

To begin the weight-loss journey, Jordan joined the Beavercreek YMCA and applied for a Beach Body coach. He worked with Rodger Mesina. “He (Mesina) helped me find who I was; he was one of the first true friends that I ever had,” Jordan said.

“He had motivation to lose weight other than the body image,” said Mesina, 38, of Fairborn, a fitness coach for Beach Body for four years. “It was for his family and his kids. He was just very driven, and it was really cool to see his transformation.”

While training with Mesina, he completed three rounds of Les Mills Combat, P90X, Insanity and Body Beast. “I would work out in my garage — no air conditioning, no fans, just sweat. I would work out at least two to three times a day. In 12 months, Jordan lost 253 pounds.

Mesina encouraged Jordan to apply for the Beach Body Challenge.

He was named a finalist in early June and learned of winning the top prize shortly thereafter. Jordan received $127,000. Mesina won $20,000 for being Jordan’s coach.

To sign up for the challenge, go to www.teambeachbody.com. Participants are required to take a before and after picture and sign up for a Challenge Pack, which includes enrolling in a fitness program, daily nutritional guidance and advice, support and online tool access. Prices vary as you build your own package.

“It was unbelievable to see what Bradley has accomplished,” said Amanda Palar-Jordan, his wife. “He has improved his health, and that has inspired me to become a healthier person.”

As for Jordan, he hopes his success can inspire others.

“I want to help them feel like I feel because it is the greatest feeling in the world,” he said.


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