Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started, I was exhausted all the time. I was 30 years old, but had no energy and was crashing on the couch after working, and taking melatonin to fall asleep every night. I would come up with excuses to stay home, because the thought of going places with people exhausted me. And I was increasingly unhappy with my body, but felt powerless to change it.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I actually saw an older photo of me pop up in my Facebook memories. My face was glowing in that photo. I was probably 60 pounds lighter at the time — and it shocked me. How did I get to this place, where I had no control over my body or energy? A Facebook friend had been posting about her own journey and about the private Facebook groups she ran, so I reached out to her and said: “I’ve had enough. I need to do something!”
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Before I found Beachbody, I wanted to drop the weight and would make vague plans to start working out — even printing out blank calendars and hanging them on the calendar to cross off each day that I worked out. I never started, though. I couldn’t find the motivation to get a workout in. When I discovered 21 Day Fix and the Challenge Groups, that all changed. I had an actual fitness and nutrition plan, where the hard work was already done for me. I knew exactly what was expected of me on each day. And I had a group of people who inspired me each day to get off the couch, people who were expecting me to get my workout in. It felt like a team, and I couldn’t let my teammates down!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The expectations are so clear and so doable. It’s only 21 days. Workouts are only 30 minutes. Reps last only 60 seconds. It set me up for success so that I can take it one minute, one half-hour at a time.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Within days, the heartburn had disappeared and I started sleeping better. Growing up, I had more than 20 surgeries on my legs, and my knees were hurting — strained from all the extra weight. That knee pain started going away. The weight started dropping off. Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds, and I dropped from a size 16 to a size 4. I can do push-ups and pull-ups for the first time in my life, so now it’s no problem to carry the groceries or the 20-pound cat litter jug up to my apartment. The thing I’m most proud of, though? My energy skyrocketed. My confidence grew, and I became a more patient friend, girlfriend, sister, and co-worker.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I started this all to lose a little weight. I’ve done that — 70 pounds and staying steady. Everything changed, though, inside and out. My energy skyrocketed. My confidence grew. I had a healthy outlet for my stress and started sleeping better, so I was calmer, more patient, and more focused. Because I slept well and then worked out in the morning, I was more energized and focused by the time I got to work. And I’ve met this network of incredible people across the country — other challengers and Coaches who inspire me every day and who have become my best friends. It’s an overhaul of your lifestyle, but the rewards are huge. Anyone can do this!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The Challenge Group was a game-changer. I had a clear plan in place, where the hard work was done for me. Then I had a support network to get it done. My Coach cheered me on and welcomed me into a private Facebook group. I work well in that environment, because I feel the expectation to show up every day to be there for my teammates. On days where I just wanted to stay on the couch, my Facebook feed was filled with healthy talk — motivational memes, sweaty selfies, and progress photos. It was a constant reminder that I have goals and that I have a support network, and that we’re all in it together.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach is always the first person to say encouraging, positive things!
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?
Shakeology was like my gateway into fruits and veggies. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was three years old, but I definitely wasn’t getting enough vegetables, let alone protein. Shakeology was just a simple way for me to start getting in incredible nutrition — and then I started adding frozen spinach and chia seeds. I had a serious addiction to cookies and cream ice cream before, and this curbed my sweet cravings. I love experimenting with Shakeology recipes, from protein balls that I call “cookie dough bites” to waffles!2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I love Beachbody On Demand. It eliminates all the excuses. It’s right here on my phone, wherever I am — so I never have an excuse to not get in a 10-minute ab workout or a 30-minute cardio session. When I complete one program, I have dozens more to choose from. It’s fun to try a few sample workouts to find the next program to fall in love with and to get me to my next goal. I have so many options, right at my fingertips, that I know I can find something I enjoy to take on next.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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