Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My husband and I got married and became extremely complacent. We drank 3-5 times a week (heavily), and smoked a lot when we drank. The weight just kept coming but I wasn’t doing anything about it other than secretly hating looking at myself in the mirror and dreading shower time. I had never been this big in my life, not even when I was pregnant! Something had to change, our children were watching…
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
We had purchased INSANITY and tried it twice, failing both times. I was too fat and wasn’t ready to commit 100%. Drinking and smoking were much more fun than working out and hurting myself! My husband had an epiphany Thanksgiving day when we were in California visiting family and had stayed up all night “partying”. I went to bed fairly late and when I woke up, he was still going at it with his brother. The family came back over for breakfast and knew exactly what had been going on and the look in their eyes was enough to shake my husband to the core about his life decisions. He started P90X that Monday. Watching him in the living room for about a month, I was ready. Popped in INSANITY for the third attempt and finished the program in its entirety with amazing results. Problem was, we were still drinking and smoking… We’ll get to that later.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Drinking and smoking were fun! It was our “release” time, our “us” time. How in the world are we going to incorporate working out, eating healthy, and Beachbody, and still be able to “have fun”?! And the food… seriously, how was I gonna give up In ’N’ Out, Del Taco, Taco Bell, and all those other “yummy, convenient” places?! This was gonna be tough. My Coach, Sommer Tucker, never gave up on us! But for 3 years, weren’t fully, like 100% committed. Well isn’t this embarrassing……we lead a double life. Coaches by day, partiers by night, all the while, hiding it from our team and friends, and never receiving 100% benefits of actually being “healthy” because honestly, how in the world can you be healthy sucking down vodka and smokes?! Then one day Sommer reached out and asked us to be part of a test group… It all changed from there.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Pushing me to limits I never thought I could reach. Getting results you only see on TV or in magazines. When it’s real, and it’s happening to you, it’s totally different than looking at it through Facebook or any other social media avenue. These were my results, no one else’s, mine! And they are amazing!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Where do I start?! Over the course of the past 4+ years, as a team, my husband and I have quit smoking, quit drinking, streamlined our “friends” and hold those closest to us that encourage us to always be a better version of ourselves, and always move forward. At the age of 43 & 45, we are full marathon runners, certified INSANITY and P90X instructors, we have opened a training center where I teach Insanity live 4 nights a week, and my husband teaches OCR fundamentals and gets people ready to run races and kill ’em! Our team of Coaches is growing daily, and here’s the coolest part of it all; our kids do everything with us. They run 1/2 marathons, spartan races, come to the training center daily, inspire their friends to do the same, and see us as the parents we were meant to be. Leaders, providers, mentors, and an inspiration in their lives. We are the family that stays and plays together! No more watching mom and dad partying on the porch. So proud that part of my life is over!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I have inspired 100’s of people to do the same! Get healthy, fit, work on their marriages, communication skills, life skills, just an all around great package. Life is amazing, and I’m so incredibly happy I have the chance to see it through clear eyes. It may have taken me 3 tries to get all the way through INSANITY, and a couple of years of in and out embracing it, but I’ve never been stronger in my entire life! And getting ready to run another full marathon next weekend in Huntington Beach!
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
She never gave up on me, and always encouraged me to push through the demons in my head. As long as I stayed out of my own way, I’d be just fine! We were each others biggest fan, and still are. There aren’t times of weakness anymore, but when there were, we’d remind each other that the outcome of sticking to the plan far outweighs the opposite! And, our kids were watching every move we made, even though they never said it. How can we expect our kids to grow up with self love when we can’t even do that to ourselves! We changed…
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 daily for the past 4+ years is the key to our nutrition. We have since gone fully plant based diet, and the shake gives us what we need to fuel our bodies. We don’t use it as a weight loss, but as a supplement to our diets, and our kids drink it daily as well! Energize for the boost before a workout is always gooood! And the recovery is amazing for those weeks where I incorporate the earlier rounds of INSANITY and really push my class!2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I think it’s awesome! Very convenient to be able to have the all access and take it with you anywhere! Great value for sure!
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
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