Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I could not breathe going up and down the stairs. My life consisted of working, coming home, eating, and laying on the couch. I was so uncomfortable with myself, I had gotten to a point where I did not even want to look in the mirror. I fought with my husband all the time, because I could not understand why he was with me, so I would just constantly see how far I could push him away. I was angry with my mother, because of how my life was. The worst was that I was constantly trying to keep my daughter from not turning out like me, but I realized finally that I had to change myself in order for her to have a better future.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My Beachbody Coach Rachael Winters. Her lowest body weight was 215, then she started Beachbody and is now 140. I did not think that it was possible to go from being obese to a normal size without having surgery. I thought that the smallest I could get was 230. Before Beachbody, I never thought it was possible for me to get under 200 pounds. I also wanted my daughter’s life to be better than my own. When I started, she was almost two years old, and she was already starting to pick up my bad habits. The only way I could change her future was if I changed my own.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I had so many challenges, but looking back on it now, the biggest one was changing my relationship with food. I have a problem that I think about food at all waking hours — at times I have even dreamed about it. Food was my best friend, but I had to teach myself that food is meant for survival. I cannot detach from feeling through food.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The list of Beachbody programs that I have not done is shorter than the ones I have done. I love something about all of them. Right now Body Beast is my main program. With my extreme weight loss, I have a lot of loose skin. Building muscle has made me feel more confident in my skin regardless of the loose skin.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am most proud of what I am physically capable of. It is an amazing feeling as a woman to feel like you can protect yourself with your own strength.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Everything in my life has changed. Working out and meal prepping is my hobby. I love sharing this with everyone, because my life has gotten so much better since starting Beachbody programs that I want to share it with everyone, and I do! I feel that I am more relaxed as a person. I have so much more energy, and I feel younger now than I did 10 years ago. I love getting dressed every day, because usually whatever I put on looks good on my body. I love how much happier all these changes have made my family. We do so many activities together. Before, our together time was eating and watching movies. Now that I have lost so much weight, I get messages and phone calls from people daily asking me how they too can change their life; that is the best part of all. I have been obese my entire life. There are many things that I wanted to do when I was younger that the weight kept me from being able to do. I hope that now I have changed my life, hopefully I can change someone else’s too.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The group held me accountable. Some days I really did not want to work out, but I could not check in if I did not do my workout.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
She is like my little cheerleader. I know for a fact that she has been where I was. She would constantly tell me how proud of me she was/is and gives me words of affirmation, which is huge for me.
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 love Shakeology! I have it every morning for breakfast and occasionally for dinner as well. It has definitely curbed my cravings. My biggest downfall was Doritos. I have not had a Doritos since December 17, 2013. I also started taking E&E, because some days I would just drag through my workout. I found that once I started taking E&E, I was no longer tired in the afternoons around 2–3 PM.2
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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