Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I have always been athletic with a background in martial arts and bodybuilding. Like many other adults, after I married and had children life took over and time for myself was nonexistent. As the years went on and the pounds packed on, I was embarrassed to take my shirt off at home in front of a mirror let alone in public at the beach.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
It was as simple as breathing… one morning I woke up sick and tired of being sick and tired of the life I was living and how I was treating myself and my body.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The hardest part was choosing to begin; having that moment of reflection and affirmation of “now is the day”… I don’t have to wait until Monday. As I now say, “if not today… when?” Beachbody provides a great group for support, you are not alone in your journey as you struggle. It affords me the ability to do it on my own privately or shared with those in my circle. The meal plans provided are simple, the workouts are simple… it’s not brain surgery. It only takes commitment to yourself, a little preparation, and daily dedication.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
It sounds cliché but it really is as easy as hitting play on the DVD player. It’s normal people with a life similar to yours working their way to a healthier life.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
In 90 days I was able to shed 39 pounds by working the program, not just in exercise but also diet. But more importantly, it’s not about the pounds I lost; it is the new lifestyle I have found while losing the weight. The commitments I have made to myself, to my family, and subsequently others that are now in my life looking for help in getting their own fitness on track. I am making a difference for others by living a true and authentic life for myself.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I have always been one to lead a group, whether it be by choice or default and sometimes because I was forced to. Since Beachbody, I have found my passion for a healthy lifestyle again. I have allowed myself to know and understand that making time for myself is not wrong nor should I feel guilty. In turn I am a happier person living a much happier life, for myself and also for my family.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
By participating in a Challenge Group, it is all about accountability! How can you willingly sign up and not participate? At the end of the day this journey is a personal one, but doing it with others simultaneously provides support and understanding and a comfort that you are not alone. Additionally, I participated in a Challenge Group while I was on vacation. It was double incentive to stay on the program while on vacation — again proving this is more of a lifestyle than a “diet.”
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Catrina was there day in and day out… for my endless questions, silly or redundant. She provided answers when I had struggles, solutions for when I hit a plateau, and she led the charge by example.
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 have used protein in my diet for years, but Shakeology added something different. Not only does it provide a healthy meal replacement but it also fuels my body before and after workouts. I feel I really hit the ground running once I incorporated Shakeo in my daily diet intake.2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I haven’t used it yet… but it will save me room in my luggage the next time I travel because I won’t have to pack my plethora of DVDs.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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