Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started the 21 Day Fix, I had a BMI of 45 and was considered morbidly obese. I felt absolutely horrible about myself, both mentally and physically. I couldn’t play with my kids, I had to sit back and watch other moms play with their kids and have fun with them. I was embarrassed to be in a bathing suit, so we rarely went to the pool. I remember one little girl asking me if I was pregnant around thanksgiving 2015. I wasn’t. That’s when I knew that I needed to lose weight, but I had all the excuses as to why I couldn’t. I let those excuses win until Feb 2016. My top 2 excuses included “I have 2 kids, I can’t go to a gym” and “I can’t afford a gym membership”. My body constantly hurt. I was taking so much ibuprofen for different pains I had. My shoulders constantly hurt. I’d wake up every morning and my feet would hurt so bad I could barely walk. I’d get sharp pains down my legs and I was always tired.3
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
On 2/2/16, I stepped on the scale and saw 296. I weighed almost 300 lbs! I walked straight to the kitchen and dumped an unopened 2 liter of Mountain Dew down the drain. I haven’t had soda since. I decided that enough was enough, I knew what I had to do to lose weight and get healthy for me and my family. So I started eating healthy and walking 30 minutes a day. I was so bored and found myself slipping back to my old ways. That’s when I found the 21 Day Fix in March 2016. I didn’t want my kids to have a big mom that couldn’t play with them. I didn’t want my husband to have a unhealthful wife; I wanted him to be proud of his wife and to want to show me off (even though he still treated me like a queen at that size and loved me anyways). I wanted to be healthy and to be able to wear cute clothes! I was done with my excuses. My kids deserved better, my husband deserved better, and most importantly I deserved better than what I was doing to my body.
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 my own excuses. Beachbody and the 21 Day Fix answered those excuses and made them excuses no more! 21 Day Fix is amazing. It’s just one 30 minute workout a day, and I can do it in my own home! I love the 21 Day Fix because it tells you exactly what/how much you can eat, how much water to drink, and which workout to do everyday!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I love the simplicity of it. I love that someone who has no idea about losing weight can do it. I love that there is an app to help track progress. I love the workouts; they kick my butt. Even though I still have some room to improve, the muscle that I have gained while doing the 21 Day Fix is amazing! I have muscle! I’m also starting to see the ab line down the middle and sides of my stomach from all those ab workouts.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have noticeable muscles! (Yay!) I am so proud of myself for losing so much weight and being healthy! I’m proud of myself for working out everyday, no excuses. I’m proud of myself for eating healthy. I proud to be getting even more healthy and toned. My energy is up, I don’t have pains all over my body anymore (and if I have pains, it’s because Autumn kicked my booty and my body is trying to recover). I can get around easily and play with my kids. When I started with 21 Day Fix, I did everything modified. When I did a forearm plank, my stomach touched the ground. I can do almost everything unmodified now and my stomach doesn’t even come close to touching the ground when I do the forearm plank. That’s another thing I love, you can still see results when doing the modifiers. Even the modifiers are hard, no one should ever feel ashamed for doing the modifier, you will eventually be strong enough to do the workouts unmodified.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
The 21 Day Fix is an everyday thing for me; it’s my lifestyle now. Make healthy food choices, drink my Shakeology daily, drink my water, and work out. Since doing the 21 Day Fix, I feel so much better. I can climb a flight of stairs without being tired. I can fit in a regular size arm chair and not have to be afraid my weight is going to break it. I genuinely feel good about the way I look. I don’t have to be ashamed, I can be proud of what I’ve done and so can my husband and kids. I also love the energy I’m getting from Shakeology! I feel like it really does help with any junk food cravings and I feel like I’m sleeping much better/deeper at night. *Bonus*: Shakeology is so good, I feel like I’m indulging in an ice cream shake or something. Who needs those bad-for-you energy drinks when you can have something so good for you for about the same price?2
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I’m a part of a great group of women. All the ladies are always posting encouraging things on there that make you want to better yourself and keep going. The group just keeps you accountable for what your doing and it also gives you other people to interact with who are on the same journey as you.
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I love that Beachbody On Demand gives you access to so many free programs! Autumn released a remix The Fix recently, and I have loved being able to switch up my workout with new workouts! I definitely plan to take advantage of the all access pass this year!
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
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