Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My life before I began Beachbody was busy. I was the mom of three boys, ages 5, 7, and 9 at the time. My life was consumed with motherhood and the tasks of keeping a house. My husband worked away from home for three weeks at a time. I was the go-to person for everything that happened in the house. My needs always came last. I felt stressed out most of the time from the challenges of being a mom. I struggled with sadness and bouts of anger, which affected anyone I knew, but especially my husband and kids. I had always been overweight, and my many attempts to lose weight had been a failure. My weight had crept above 300 pounds, my heaviest ever, and I just didn’t know what to do about it. Doing anything felt exhausting. Simply walking up and down stairs, sitting down, or getting up were all very painful. My knees hurt, my back hurt, and because of the pain, I didn’t feel like doing much of anything. I would always pass up an opportunity to do something active in favor of staying home.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was inspired to begin this journey in February of 2014. I was flying back from a vacation in Florida to my home in Alaska, and I had to ask the stewardess for a seat-belt extension. I was completely embarrassed, and I knew I had to make a change. I spent that entire long flight thinking about what I could do, and I was stumped. I had tried to lose weight, but it always came back. I knew I needed a different approach than I had tried in the past. I wanted to be a better wife, mother, and a better version of myself, but I didn’t know how. I needed a complete lifestyle change. In addition to that embarrassing moment, my brother was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer, and knowing my strong family history of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, I knew I needed to get my weight under control.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Honestly, my greatest challenge was not knowing what to do. Once I made the decision to start, I didn’t know how to start. I had tried other programs such as Weight Watchers and the HCG diet. I was desperate to find a way to take the weight off and keep it off. I felt like consistent exercise was something I had not tried before, which is what made Beachbody appealing to me. The other challenge I faced was a challenge of my own making. I didn’t honestly think that I could lose 100 or more pounds. I wanted to, but I didn’t think it was possible. Beachbody helped me learn to incorporate both diet and exercise, and gave me the support via Challenge Groups that I needed to be successful. I truly feel the Challenge Groups, and having a personal connection to my Coach, are what made all the difference. I felt like there was someone out there who cared if I gave up. I didn’t want to let them down.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I started this journey with the 21 Day Fix program. I liked it because for the most part, the exercise was doable, and if something was hard, Kat was there to show me how to modify. I always felt I got a great workout, but I also felt capable. In my second year, I did the CIZE program, which was completely out of my comfort zone because I didn’t have prior dance experience. What was cool is that after learning the moves, I felt like I was really dancing! I had never enjoyed exercise so much. CIZE was fun because it was a physical challenge as well as a mental challenge. By the end of the program, I could simply put on a playlist of songs and dance. I now had a mobile workout! The most recent program I completed was Country Heat, and I like the dancing because it made the workouts fun again. I got amazing results with each program.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
With the help of Beachbody programs and clean eating, I have lost 112 pounds and 59 inches! I honestly never thought that was possible. I am most proud that I achieved these results with hard work and dedication. I didn’t use a gimmick or a cheat to get where I am. I am also proud of sticking with this, never giving up, surpassing the goal I set, and changing my life for the better. When I see people in my community, most of them don’t recognize me. I have changed both inside and out! Several weeks ago, I hiked for five hours up a mountain! I am finally physically fit enough to live life to the fullest. Living in Alaska, I was missing out on many adventures out on my doorstep, but now I can partake and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me. Beachbody taught me how to move, what to eat, and was there through the whole process via Challenge Groups.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed in almost every way. I am still a wife and mom of three boys, now ages 7, 9, and 11, but I am now a good role model for them. I do not struggle with feelings of unhappiness! I am genuinely happy with the life I have. I make my exercise a priority in my day, and I don’t feel guilty about it because I know that when I work to better myself, I am positively affecting my entire family. I recently became a Beachbody Coach, and now I have the opportunity to affect everyone I know. They see my success, and want to look and feel as good as I do. I never, ever thought I would find happiness working in the Health and Fitness industry, but I love being a Coach. I feel like Coaching has given me a purpose and a way of giving back. I feel like a completely different person. I am finding out who I am beneath all those layers of fat. I used to live a caterpillar life, and now I fly like a butterfly!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I believe the essential component that Beachbody provides that I have not found anywhere else is the Challenge Group. It is the reason for my success. You can have a great program of diet and exercise, but without the motivation to keep going, it will fail. I took being a part of a Challenge Group seriously. I found a family within the other challengers. They were people who were a positive influence and living a positive lifestyle. My Coach had a big influence on me. Whenever I reached a plateau, she was there to encourage me to not give up. I also worked very closely with a personal accountability partner — my best friend. She participated in challenges with me, and we worked out almost every day together. She shared my successes, my struggles, and my Shakeology!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Elise Bell was with me every step of the way. She was my encourager, counselor, teacher, and teammate. She acted as a role model for any behavior she expected of her challengers. Elise believed in me and saw my potential from the very beginning. Her belief in me gave me permission to believe in myself. I could not have done this without her.
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, or digestion/regularity?
I signed up for Shakeology when I purchased my first Challenge Pack two-and-a-half years ago, and it has been a part of my life ever since. I keep a packet in my purse for an on-the-go snack. Shakeology is my go-to when I am craving sweets. I love that my body is getting the nutrition that it needs without a whole lot of thinking on my part. I would say that Shakeology has improved my regularity. I used to suffer from terrible stomach pain from the food I was eating, and now I don’t have that problem.2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I have had Beachbody On Demand for about six months now. I really love being able to try out new programs. I am now doing 21 Day Fix EXTREME, which is a program I never thought I could do! Having so many programs at my fingertips allows me to push myself to my potential. I love the mobility of BOD, because I can take my workout with me wherever I go, and I don’t have to worry about a scratched DVD.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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