At the age of 47, Barry reached his heaviest weight. At 476 pounds, this husband and father of two feared he would follow in the same footsteps as his father who had passed away at the age of 66, weighing 420 pounds.
At that point, Barry resolved to make a lifestyle change.
Two hundred pounds later, he is a new man. But success didn’t happen overnight. For him, this transformation was a long journey.
After Barry made the decision to lose the unwanted weight, he decided to audition for a popular weight-loss program he saw on TV. He traveled across the nation for seven years auditioning for the show—and even admits that he spent $5,000 on hotel bills.
“I sent in video submissions every April and I was dedicated to being on the show because I knew I could win,” explains Barry.
After years on the road, Barry made a humbling discovery: “Making it on the show was a pipe dream, and I knew that laying on the couch and doing nothing wasn’t going to help me.”
Knowing he had hit rock bottom, Barry went online to seek counseling and support.
“I found a weight-loss chat room and took a leap of faith,” says Barry. He opened up to a group of complete strangers and shared his struggles. “I was a wreck. I was feeling pretty scared.”
That’s when Barry met his “little angel.”
Spreading his Wings
The next morning there was a message in his inbox from a woman named Alison.
Alison replied to Barry’s cry for help within hours after he had posted. She wrote: “I know you don’t know who I am, but I happened to read what you wrote in the chat room, and I’m reaching out because I want to tell you about a system that could get your life back.”
Barry heard his father’s voice in the back of his head. “My father always told me never to discount anyone,” says Barry. “Always listen to them and give them a fair chance.” So that’s exactly what he did with Alison.
Alison helped introduce him to Isagenix, along with Larry, who is now his mentor, and explained how the transformation wasn’t just a physical one, but emotional as well.
Barry’s 27-year-old daughter, Holli, a licensed nutritionist, was initially a skeptic of Isagenix. She asked to research the ingredients behind the products before her father took them.
“The most amazing thing was that my daughter couldn’t find a thing wrong with the products. She gave me a thumbs-up,” laughs Barry.
With that, Barry started on the 30-Day System. After two weeks of taking Isagenix, he felt his body change inside and out. With these amazing results, he knew that Isagenix was the lifestyle for him.
“My favorite Isagenix product is the Creamy Dutch Chocolate IsaLean® Shake,” shares the father of two. “I just took Isagenix one day at a time, one week at a time, and kept focusing on eating healthy and following the program to a tee.”
Before Barry released a total of 220 pounds* with Isagenix, his youngest daughter Laura, 15, helped him set up a Facebook account. The native New Yorker found his friends from his childhood, but was ashamed of his image.
Barry never put up a profile picture in fear of judgement from his Facebook friends. It even left him reluctant to reach out to others.
Today, Barry has proudly posted a Facebook profile picture on his page, no longer ashamed of his image. Instead of being filled with fear to reach out to others, his original nine friends soon became 5,000 friends—maxing out his Facebook account. And he even has 1,300 followers on that social media account.
“I’ve found the community of like-minded people who know that we are all in this together,” says Barry, who has hopes of achieving Director status in two months. “The most important thing you can do for others is be there for them; and that’s what we do.”
And best of all? Barry went from a size 60 to a size 34 with the continued goal to lose 22 more pounds.*
“When people ask me, ‘What’s it going to be like for you now that you lost your weight and you’re 20 pounds away from your goal? What do you intend to do?,’” explains Barry, “my answer is, ‘Why go off Isagenix? It’s vastly increased the quality of my life and I don’t plan on looking back.’”
The Isagenix 100-, 200-, 300-, and 400-Pound Clubs are communities that recognize, celebrate, and support those who reach a weight loss of 100 pounds or more using Isagenix products. For more information, or to join the Isagenix 100-Pound Club, please email 100PoundClub@IsagenixCorp.com.
*Weight loss should not be considered typical. In a study performed in 2012 by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, subjects lost an average of 9 pounds with an average of 2 pounds of the loss from visceral fat after 30 days on an Isagenix system. The subjects also had a greater level of adherence and had more consistent weight loss from week to week compared to subjects on a traditional diet.