Allyson Shimasaki, age 52, lost 98 lbs in one year with a variety of Beachbody fitness programs, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. She entered her results into The Beachbody Challenge® and won $1,000!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I felt like I was out of control. I couldn’t fit into any clothes, and I couldn’t stand to see myself in the mirror. If someone would take a picture of me, I was always horrified at how I looked. My mother had an eating disorder when I was growing up, so I had some warped ideas about food.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I turned 50 and wanted to be healthier and able to keep up with my teenagers and watch them grow up. I have a lot of health issues in my family: stroke, heart disease, cancer, etc. and I decided it was time to stop neglecting my health and try to be in control of my food instead of letting it be in control of me.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge was an addiction to junk food. My diet was balanced: a balance of sugar and salt and fat. I ate for convenience and I ate for comfort, but I did not eat for health. The first year I PiYo, 21 Day Fix, and Hammer & Chisel, and I lost 98 pounds and 71 inches. There were days that I was tired and didn’t want to work out, but knowing how much better my body felt when I did work out helped me push through. Eating clean and drinking Shakeology has also been key in my health and fitness journey. Once I understood how different my body could feel when it was receiving the nutrition it craved, it was easy to keep motivated to stay on track. My second year, I have maintained my weight loss and lost some more inches with 22 Minute Hard Corps, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, 3 Week Yoga Retreat, and most recently CORE DE FORCE, which I loved!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I was not sure whether or not I would like an MMA-style workout, because I had never done anything like that before. Joel and Jericho were great at explaining and demonstrating the moves, and by the end of the first round I was really enjoying the workouts. I found the kicks and strikes to be a great stress-reliever as well as great core exercise!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
With CORE DE FORCE I lost 7 pounds and 5 inches between my arms, thighs, hips and waist. I really noticed the difference in my stomach area, and I could definitely feel the increased strength in my core. With all of the Beachbody programs, I have lost 98 pounds and 74 inches. Actually, they are gone. I don’t like to say that I lost them, because I am not looking to find them! I am proud of the fact that I stuck with the program faithfully, and I am very proud of the fact that my progress is now an inspiration for other people to make changes in their own nutrition and fitness.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Six or seven months into my Beachbody journey, my husband was diagnosed with liver cancer. The disease progressed quite rapidly, and my husband died four months after his diagnosis. In his final months I spent time caring for him which included lifting and moving him. Those were things that I never could have done before my health journey began, and I am grateful that I was able to be there for my husband when he needed me. With CORE DE FORCE, one fun and unexpected benefit is that people are now saying that they are going to be careful, so I don’t have to use any of my MMA moves on them! I love the fact that because I have been willing to put myself out there and share my journey, people feel comfortable enough telling me that they need help and asking for my guidance.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Having to check in every day was great incentive to remain accountable. The Coach and the participants were all really encouraging which made me want to stick with the program. We were all able to share both our struggles and our victories with no judgment – just support and understanding. The ability to “be real” made me feel that I could keep moving forward no matter what setbacks I might have faced.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
She was amazing. She gave us everything from daily inspirations to recipe ideas and encouraged us every step of the way. She created an easy to follow eating plan, and checked in with me personally regarding my own unique needs.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or 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, digestion/regularity?
Shakeology made it easy to start the day out right with the nutrition that I needed to keep me going. I had more energy and was able to sleep better. Proper nutrition and proper sleep carried over into many areas of my life enabling me to function better mentally and emotionally.2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I love BOD! It is much quicker and easier in the morning to turn on my Apple TV and choose a workout than to switch out DVDs. It is also great when I need to workout somewhere besides the living room. It’s a huge benefits being able to have my trainers and routines available to me no matter where I go.
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
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