Alyssa Bailey lost 74 lbs. with 21 Day Fix, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, INSANITY MAX:30, Country Heat, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. Here’s the story that she shared with the Beachbody Challenge contest.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started with the 21 Day Fix and Beachbody, I was newly engaged and a new full-time teacher. I was tired all the time and wanted to sleep all day. My doctor had told me that my blood pressure was high. I hated looking at my body and felt depressed about how I had let myself get to this point. I remember eating fast food or candy bars in the privacy of my car and hiding the evidence. I wanted to be healthy and eat healthy, but I didn’t know how to do so besides count calories.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
In June 2014, my boyfriend asked me to be his wife. I wanted to look and feel beautiful on my wedding day. I knew I wasn’t healthy and knew I needed to make a change. It wasn’t until November of 2014 that I was able to find something that I felt could help me make that change. I came across my Coach online and she was hosting a Challenge Group that was just for women getting married. The portion control of the 21 Day Fix and the 30-minute workouts from home seemed doable for me. So I took a leap of faith and had great success with the support of my Coach!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge I faced before the 21 Day Fix and Beachbody was my own mind. Before Beachbody I was my own worst critic. I let my stress build up to the point where I would let food and sleep be my comfort. I was able to hide how I really felt on the inside and always appeared happy; but in reality, I was lost. Beachbody gave me my confidence back. The positive self-talk in each workout program, the easy-to-use portion-control containers, and the endorphins I got each day from working out my body helped boost my self-confidence. Through personal development and exercise/nutrition, I have been able to find who I really am and help others do the same along the way.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
21 Day Fix made it easy to figure out what to eat and how much. The nutrition guide helped me find balance between all of my food groups and find a healthy balance with treats again. It helped me fit in exercise in my daily routine with 30-minute workouts.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
The results I achieved from not only 21 Day Fix, but The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, INSANITY MAX:30, and Country Heat, have been incredible. I have found my inner and outer strength to push myself to be better in all areas of my life. I am stronger mentally and physically and, to me, those are the best results I could have ever asked for. (The smaller pants are nice too!)
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Before Beachbody I would waste the day away by sleeping and/or eating. As a special education teacher, I needed to be able to focus, especially when I had students who were having unsafe behaviors. Now I have energy to focus on my students and give them my full attention when I am at school. I have been able to set the example for many of my students on how to choose healthy foods, and they will often say that they want to drink water instead of soda because of something I have said. I have been able to walk confidently into meetings that may be challenging, because I have found my inner confidence to stand up for what is right. I am also now able to walk into any store and actually know what size I am without having to worry if I will be able to pull it over my tummy or hips. Most importantly, it has helped my marriage because it has given me the confidence to be unapologetically me.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Participating in a Challenge Group helped hold me accountable. Knowing that someone or a group of people was going to ask where I was, or if I did my workout, made me committed. Plus knowing that they were all going to want to see me in my wedding dress at my fitting was motivating as well.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Brooke has supported me by always being there when I needed it. I related to her binge-eating journey and knew that she understood what I had gone through. When I was stressed or had made a mistake and binged, she always gave me support and encouragement. She would give me alternative ways to cope with the stress or encourage me to go push play — even if it was for 5 minutes, it was better than nothing.
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 did not start Shakeology until February 2015. However, once I started Shakeology, I felt the difference. I had more energy and was able to have a well-rounded breakfast each morning.2
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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