Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I am a mom of two beautiful children, ages eight and two, and gained about 60–65 pounds with each one. After I had my son eight years ago, I was able to lose the baby weight relatively quickly by dieting and running, but then slowly began to gain some back before I got pregnant with my daughter. After having her two years ago, I just couldn’t drop the weight. Between working full-time, balancing sports activities with my son, having a newborn, and just daily life, I had let myself go. I was making poor food choices, exercise was nowhere in my vocabulary, I had no energy, and just hated the way I looked. Outside of the day that I delivered my children, I weighed the most I had ever weighed in my life. I didn’t want to get on the scale in fear of the reality of what it said, and I lived in leggings and dresses because I just didn’t want to face the fact of buying the size I needed. I had zero confidence, never wanted to be in pictures, and just felt terrible about myself…
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My kids and my husband. After multiple failed attempts to lose weight, I had given up. In January of 2016, I had come to the reality that this was just how my life was going to be, and I needed to accept that. I cleaned my closet out and actually started buying clothes that fit — even though I was not happy. Finally in March, I said “Enough is enough — get yourself together and make a change!” Diabetes runs in my family, and what kind of example was I setting for my children?! I need my health — for myself and for my family. We had booked a couples’ cruise for August, and I was determined to make a change before this trip. At the time, I really knew nothing about Beachbody but I had heard about the 21 Day Fix program, and a friend recommended a Coach. Then, I made the call to my Coach — the call that truly has changed my life in so many ways.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge for me was food. I love to eat. I like big portions and all things that are bad for me, and I stress eat. I would constantly overeat, and had just formed really bad habits — like cookies in the afternoon and wine before bed. When I started 21 Day Fix in March, all of that changed. I found myself meal prepping, measuring my food, packing healthy snacks, and cutting out the alcohol. My old/bad habits faded away. I was committed to making a change in my life, and the structure around the program and the support of my Challenge Group helped keep me on track. What I loved most was that it became easy for me — no counting calories, no counting points, and I was able to eat real food. The combination of Shakeology and eating every 2–3 hours helped to keep me full throughout the day and helped to prevent overeating.2
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I chose 21 Day Fix because it seemed manageable for me. I did not have a lot of time, and I was not someone who particularly liked to exercise (okay, I was really lazy and made every excuse under the sun to avoid doing it). I knew that if the program was too intense or took up a lot of my time, I would simply not stick with it… So the fact that the workouts were only 30 minutes per day and it was recommended for a beginner made the program appealing to me.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I started seeing results immediately, which I needed, and on average lost about 10–12 pounds per month. I did 21 Day Fix for five months straight, then one round of 21 Day Fix EXTREME, one round of Country Heat, 3 Week Yoga Retreat, and three weeks of 22 Minute Hard Corps before starting CORE DE FORCE on November 7th. Within six months of starting Beachbody, I lost 70 pounds and reached my goal weight! From March 21, 2016 to November 6, 2016, I have lost a total of over 70 pounds and 53 inches. I have gone from a size 14 to a 4. I have energy, confidence, and I love how I am inspiring others to begin their own journey to a healthy lifestyle and to reach their goals. I am so very proud of all of those things — I feel amazing!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed in so many ways. I now have energy to keep up with my kids and look forward to working out every day. Eating healthy is now the norm (I still meal prep, plan, and use my portion-control containers). I love shopping for new clothes (and feel good wearing them). I now feel good about myself and know that I am so much healthier than I’ve ever been in my life! It’s my new way of life; for me this is a new lifestyle, a journey, and I don’t see a stopping point.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Being in a Challenge Group helped hold me accountable. I knew that I had to post what I ate at the end of every day and that I had to post my results on Monday. It made me think twice about making bad choices, and forced me to stay on track over the weekend since I knew the weigh-in was on Monday. I also loved the fact that everyone was on the same journey; they were supportive and there for me if I had questions. It’s a fun place to be and I’ve made so many new friends along the way!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Heather has been there cheering me on from Day 1. She believed in me and motivated me to always keep pushing. When I look at her story and see the success that she’s had because of Beachbody, it’s truly been an inspiration 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’m a 365er (well, in March I will be!). I never miss a day of Shakeology, and I’ve done the 3-Day Refresh several times and had great results. Shakeology has helped reduce my cravings, gives me more energy, and keeps me fuller longer throughout the day. I look forward to my shake every morning for breakfast!2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I work full-time and travel about once a month for work, so I take BOD with me wherever I go! I work out in hotel rooms when I’m traveling for work, and I take it with me on vacation. I love that Beachbody makes it easy for me to take my programs with me on-the-go — no excuses to not get my workout in!
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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