Morgan Spayd lost 80 lbs. with PiYo, CIZE, 21 Day Fix, 22 Minute Hard Corps, 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?
I had just given birth to my fifth child back in October 2015, and I desperately wanted my body back. After having a baby, body image is tough, and along with hormones and lack of sleep, it is a bad recipe. My extra weight made me feel unattractive, and I had zero confidence. It made me even more tired and left me feeling depressed. I hid in pictures or avoided being in them at all.4
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I had been experiencing a roller coaster effect with my weight. I would gain weight during pregnancies, but luckily I would be able to lose between each pregnancy. I could never keep it off during the pregnancies, and it was a constant back and forth. My lifestyle and eating habits never changed for the better. I always counted calories or weighed food to lose my weight in the past, and it was a quick fix that never lasted. I wanted to make a change in my lifestyle. I wanted to learn how to properly nourish my body. I wanted to learn not only how to lose weight and keep it off, but also I wanted to learn about nutrition and clean, whole-food eating. I was concerned about what my family and I were consuming.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was the nutrition. I have a sweet tooth, and I had a hard time at first portioning food and staying clear of sweets. The color-coded containers really helped, and I still use them for my maintenance. I love them! Shakeology really helped my sweet tooth cravings.2 The high-protein diet helps to keep me full throughout the day. The other struggle for me was getting my family to eat what I was eating. Once I found slow-cooker 21 Day Fix friendly recipes, that turned things around quickly! I am still working on them with some things, but they have come a long way as well! I love the support of my team and the challenges to keep us accountable. The online community is so valuable!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I’ve been through several different plans and always felt starved, but not with this one! I like that I can eat and feel satisfied! Also I love that I am adding to my overall health by eating cleanly! I have learned so much! I absolutely love PiYo. It combines everything into one, which I appreciate as a busy mom, and it hits where I need it: in the core! This type of workout is easier to get done in the morning, too, which is a plus! I also did CIZE, and I loved the dancing. I did a round of 21 Day Fix, which I appreciated for the short workouts and the challenge. The last full program that I completed was 22 Minute Hard Corps. This one was the toughest and had the best full-body workouts that I ever have done. After losing all of my weight, it was awesome to be able to do a program that previously I never would have imagined that I could do! I loved getting it done in only 22 minutes and adding in the tough core workouts. I also utilized the Special Ops workouts… amazing!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am proud to report that I have lost 80 pounds! Not only did I lose my baby weight, but I kept going and got down to my all-time goal weight! I never thought that after five children I would be as small as I was in my 20s! I am so proud to get out my clothes from college and wear them! More than this, I am also proud that my children see that with determination and commitment, you can achieve your dreams! I am also proud that my whole lifestyle has changed and that I am aware of chemicals and preservatives in items all around us. I have learned so much, and I can pass this healthier lifestyle onto them while they are still young. I am proud that I have improved their nutrition as well and hope that they continue to make healthy choices throughout lives!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed so much! By losing all of my weight, I have gained so much confidence! I always relied on other things to help make me feel beautiful. I hid behind my long hair, and it was my hallmark. I actually cut 14 inches off of my hair and donated it with the new confidence that I achieved! I feel so energetic and able to tackle daily life in a busy household of five young children! I love taking pictures and now I love being in them! I feel healthier and have changed my lifestyle. I know the dangers of chemicals in food and household items, and know when I look at a label if it is something that I want to put into my body or my family’s. I now love to cook because I know what to cook! I love eating cleanly and passing this down to my children!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I love the Challenge Group! It was a great inspiration and wonderful asset with assistance for recipes and recommendations! A great support system!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
She is fantastic! She checks in on me and gives me so much support.
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 used Shakeology and love it! I will continue to use it to feel satisfied in the morning, and feel like I am getting my chocolatey shake and daily dose of superfood nutrition. It also definitely helps curb junk-food and sweet cravings. I loved using Energize, Hydrate, and Recover during 22 Minute Hard Corps. When I was working out at this level, it really helped to be kind to my body. It gave me energy, kept me hydrated, and helped make me feel great after the workouts also!2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I love using Beachbody On Demand when I travel. It keeps me on track! I also use it at home for some of the bonus workouts with the programs that I purchased. Another feature that I love is being able to browse and use many number of workouts to mix things up!
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
4Always consult with your physician before commencing any fitness program or nutritional product if you are pregnant or postpartum.
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