Jesus M. Durano Jr.
Jesus M. Durano Jr.

Jesus was born and raised in the Philippines. He moved to the United States when he was 15 for high school, college and eventually a prestigious managerial job. But things weren't working out for him personally or financially. It was during his late teen years he started to party way too much. He was headed down a dangerous path of addiction. For 14 years Jesus let alcohol and drugs influence his life. In 2005 he went back home to Cebu City to be with his family. Jesus gave himself 3 months to acclimate to his new life. He found a great job and was working a lot, but his personal demons crept back in and he started partying way too much again. It was affecting his life; ruining relationships; and draining him financially. In 2006 Jesus decided it was enough!

"I checked myself into a Rehabilitation Center in Manila called New Beginnings Foundation. It was a bit fancy, but a family friend was working there as a drug/alcohol counselor, so I thought it would be the best place for me. I checked myself in on September 17, 2006 and I have been clean and sober ever since. It was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. Every year prior had been a struggle for me both mentally and physically. Finding the balance of day to day activities was the most difficult thing to handle. Like FGN Christa, I had anxiety, among other things. During all those years I saw therapists, psychiatrists and even a psychologist because I had behavioral problems that needed to be addressed. I had anger issues and I was also a very reactive person. At one point my family convinced me that maybe I was manic depressive or bipolar. But I refused to believe that and I refused to take medications because I knew deep inside that I could work it out myself. I could be above my addiction both mentally and physically. And I was. Every year I learned more about myself. Slowly all these so-called disorders' subsided and eventually were under control. I was finally in a good place! I am lucky that I was able to control my addiction as it doesn't happen like that for everyone. And yes, exercising the right amount is what got me through this all these years. I turned 50 this July. I am single and happy and I wouldn't trade it for the world."

Jesus was a huge fan of Billy Blanks' Taebo and when he saw Christa's style he was immediately hooked. He was already going to the gym, but he was tired of the treadmill, elliptical and the indoor bike (spinning). He liked to do a lot of cardio, but it was too monotonous. He craved something different. So he went to YouTube & PopSugar and found "The Cut" workouts. Those exercises were difficult for him at the beginning, but after a month he found his rhythm, started losing weight and never looked back. He joined B&B in December of 2019!

"Because of B&B I have finally balanced my workouts with 'Heavyweight.' I'm not a tall guy. I'm only 5'5 so I have always been reluctant to use too much weight as I might bulk up. But I have let go of the control, which means that I am following the B&B suggested workouts. I knew it was important for me to incorporate weight training in my workouts. If it were up to me I would do KO Squad, Sweatbox and Full Body Knockouts throughout the week. But I have learned (from my past life) that it is important to listen! Now I follow the schedule so I don't over train. I am back to the size I was in 2010, but this time I am healthier and finally comfortable in my own skin. As a person in sobriety I keep my lifestyle simple. I go out for coffee and nice dinners with no alcohol involved. I know this is B&B, so I would never impose my sobriety on anyone. Just because I can't drink doesn't mean everyone around me can't. I just always set boundaries. Coffee, dinner and outdoor activities are my kind of fun now." ~ Jesus M. Durano Jr.

Where in the world are you from? Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

What's your fav B&B category? Sweat Box!!