Mary Howard, age 28, lost 81.6 lbs with CORE DE FORCE, various Beachbody workouts on BOD, 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?
Prior to getting started with Beachbody, I weighed 307.6 pounds, I was miserable, and I hated everything about my body. I felt insecure and inadequate. I used to sit in my closet, bawling my eyes out, trying to pick out clothes that didn’t make me look and feel “fat.” I canceled on friends because I felt too “fat” to go out. I was afraid to go to the doctor when I was sick, because I knew they were going to tell me (again) that I needed to lose weight, and that my blood pressure was too high, and all of these things that a 27-year-old girl doesn’t want to hear. I was always convinced I was going to die early, as a result of my poor health… and that terrified me. But after being overweight since I was a little kid, I had given up on the idea that I could actually do something about it. It felt like a lose-lose situation.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I’m so glad my Coach had the courage to reach out to me, because she gave me a fighting chance. With her help, guidance and support, I decided that, against all odds, I was going to conquer this mountain! She helped me to dig deep and find my “why” – my one thing that was worth fighting for, worth getting up early for, worth making sacrifices for. Because the one thing I want more than anything else in the world is to be a wife and a mom… but in order to have that beautiful, healthy, strong family I so desire, I have to be here! I have to be healthy and strong! And I do not want to pass my struggles on to my children! So at that moment, the fighter inside of me rose up and decided to fight – for myself, for my future children, for my destiny.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
I was at war with myself and my body. I felt trapped inside of my own body. I felt completely out of control. Beachbody gave me a simple system that I can follow, and it gets results. It takes the stress, the pressure, the striving out of it, and I know that if I just follow the system, I will get the results! And that’s what has happened!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
CORE DE FORCE was fun! I love that I can get amazing results in less than an hour a day! One thing I learned from my coach is that “all in doesn’t mean all day.” I can be all in with my fitness, but I don’t have to spend all day doing it. I can give it 100% in those 30 or 45 minutes, and then go live my life – without obsessing, without stressing, without spending hours and hours every single day working out. Less than an hour a day… that fits into any schedule!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I’ve lost 81.6 pounds with various Beachbody programs and Shakeology, and I’ve never felt better! But even more than the physical transformation, my entire life has been transformed through the journey. I have true confidence like I’ve never had before. I smile at myself in the mirror because I feel good about who I am. I no longer step on and off the scale 6 times a day, obsessing about the number – instead, I know that if I am diligent with the workout and nutrition plan, I will see results. I’ve learned how to make healthy choices for my body. I’ve learned to respect my body, to fuel it correctly, to push it hard and to protect it fiercely. The “after” version of Mary is nothing like the “before” version! And I’m incredibly passionate about spreading the message of Beachbody, because everyone deserves to experience this! Everyone deserves a fighting chance. Everyone deserves a chance to create their own “after” – their own comeback story.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I don’t recognize my life! It’s not just a physical transformation (though that has been amazing, and so much better than I ever even expected). Beachbody has affected every single area of my life, and I’m so excited for my next step in this journey!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I did not participate in a Challenge Group for the first couple months of my journey, but when I got involved it made such a huge difference! The accountability was incredible, and knowing there was a whole team of people on the same journey, fighting the same fight, facing the same struggles and overcoming the same obstacles…man, that was a game changer!
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Sommer has been a lifesaver! She is an answer to so many desperate prayers. I never would have made it this far without her. She has encouraged me, guided me, helped me up when I’ve fallen, given me tough love when I needed it, and she’s been with me every step of the way. I’m forever grateful that she has come alongside me in this journey!
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?
I’ve tried a lot of shakes, but none of them compare to Shakeology! I was skeptical at first… but after I did the research and heard some stories, I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so glad I did! I’ll never go back! Obviously, it’s incredibly convenient… it’s the one meal I never have to think about or plan for. I love knowing exactly what I’m putting in my body, and with Shakeology, I know I’m putting only the best in my body. And Energize! Wow! I’ve never been a big fan of pre-workout, but I got some at my coach’s recommendation, and it made such a huge difference! In addition to Beachbody programs, I’m also training for a half-marathon, and Energize has helped me through some pretty tough runs! It just gives me that extra push I need for my workouts. I may have been skeptical at first, but now I’m a believer!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 is so convenient, easy to use, and it goes everywhere with me! I also love that I have access to any program I want!
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
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