Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
“Holy crap!” That was truly my reaction when mom showed me this picture from two years ago. All I could see was an overweight, depressed, tired, unhealthy, and unmotivated 52-year-old. It was pretty overwhelming to me. I remember thinking back to when I would tell people that this is what happens when you hit 50. You gain weight and can’t lose it easily. Your body aches and it’s hard to move. Sometimes it’s hard to think and concentrate. You don’t feel like you would be desirable to anyone. That’s what happens at the age of 50 when you’re “over the hill,” right? Wrong! Dead wrong. That’s the excuse that was in my head, because I was just too lazy to improve myself or do anything about it. A year later, I was watching TV and saw some infomercial about a 30-minute workout you could do at home. There were colored containers that were supposed to teach you how to eat. I already had a stack two feet tall of videos and books I’d bought that told me the same thing. They mostly were unused and unread. For some reason, I got on the computer and ordered that program, which was called 21 Day Fix. It arrived and it took its place with the rest of my unused books and videos. It took me six months of looking at that box and seeing the infomercial again and again before I actually talked to someone about it, and started changing my life for the better.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I am not sure what made me start. I think I was just tired of being tired all the time. I was tired of living the lie that life got worse after you turned 50.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My blood pressure and overall health was poor. Starting on my program, there were things to overcome with my age. If I couldn’t do one of the moves, I did something else for that time. Also, not overeating and using my containers was a big thing in my life. Now I am 54 and feel better than I have ever felt, even since I was in my 20s. I am off my blood pressure pills, and the doctors told me I’d be on them for the rest of my life.1 My asthma has improved. I have more energy and sleep better. I even look at my life in a completely different way. My life has changed for the better! Who knew spending 30 minutes a day is all it would take?
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I chose 21 Day Fix. I am not sure what it was, but Autumn motivates me and I look forward to our workouts together.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have gone from a size 38 in pants to a 32 that is a little loose. I have only been doing this since the end of September, but I feel my results are big. I have never had such great results from any program. Nor did I ever want to continue doing a program for any length of time.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed in a big way. I am no longer winded tying my shoes or walking across the floor. My asthma has improved and I am off of my blood pressure pills, and hope that remains okay for a while. I have a new spring in my step, and I want people to ask me what I did and tell me that I look great.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I am on my third Challenge Group and my Coach has been amazing. The accountable part of the group is enough to keep you motivated and on track. The love and support from everyone cannot be matched anywhere. The group, as well as my Coach, has been there for me for everything.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
She is always in touch with me. If she has not heard from me in a while, then she reaches out and connects with me. She answers all of my questions right away without any waiting on an answer. She is true to her group and is a great, loving person.
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 didn’t start Shakeology right away, because I couldn’t justify it in my mind as being a good thing. Now that I am drinking it, I realize what it does for me. I sleep more rested yet have more energy when I’m up. Also, it helps curb my sweet cravings.2
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I have way more energy and sleep better.2
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
1Consult your physician before discontinuing or altering any prescribed medication.
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