Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I am a stay-at-home mommy of 4 kids and married to my best friend. I have always struggled with my weight after having my children. I worked so hard to lose over 122 lbs. in 2014 just to gain it back after my 3-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April of 2015. I lost myself in her disease and became very depressed. I stopped working out and eating healthy. I stopped being active and enjoying life. I started to hide from the world and became a hermit. Nothing fit anymore, and shopping for larger clothes was horrible. I was so embarrassed and ashamed of ruining all that hard work I had done. How was I to be any kind of role model for my kids? I felt like I let everyone down and most of all myself. My relationships started to struggle and I was always moody because I was so unhappy. I was not in a good place.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
About 6 months after my daughter’s diagnosis, I was counting her carbs and measuring out her insulin when I realized that I am the one that keeps her alive. If I am gone, who will check her blood sugar 8–10 times a day? Who would make sure she doesn’t slip into a diabetic coma or seizure because her blood sugar was too high or too low. And how can I live such an unhealthy lifestyle for myself when I am teaching her how to be healthy because her life depends on it?
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 fitting “me time” and workouts into my already busy schedule. Starting with the 21 Day Fix program was great because to me it was the basics of how to be healthy, and it was so easy to follow. I eventually started waking up early to take advantage of the quiet time when the rest of the family slept. By the time I had done 22 Minute Hard Corps, Country Heat, and The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, I had a great schedule down and was able to make no excuses for not finding time for a healthy lifestyle.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I love Autumn Calabrese. She inspires me, her energy is awesome, and, being a fellow mommy, she keeps it real! The workouts were easy to follow, easy to remember, and the Meal Guide had some yummy recipes. The color-coded portion-control containers were just as important to me as Shakeology. I needed to learn how much to eat during my day because I would either under eat or over eat.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have never felt this good in my life. I have energy all day and can keep up with 4 busy kids and their crazy schedules. I have physical strength I never knew I could have. I can run a few miles again with no huffing and puffing. I can actually do push-ups and I am amazed at losing 107 pounds in less than 1 year.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My self-esteem and confidence is through the roof. I have learned to love myself and be my true, authentic self! My marriage is thriving and my children are so happy that mom can join in on the activities again, instead of sitting on the sidelines taking pictures.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I loved the support from the Challenge Groups. Seeing that I was not alone was a great help. Plus being able to reach out at any time to a fellow challenger for help or just to listen was great. You get so many good ideas and tips too on how to keep motivated.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach would check on me at least once a week. She truly cares about me and my success. She has become one of my closest friends over this past year.
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 drink Shakeology every day, and after the first 30 days I noticed I was more regular and my GI tract was functioning properly. I had more energy and my mood swings subsided. I am happy all the time. Plus I get better sleep at night. I started drinking Energize to help push me through some hard workouts and I notice on days I use Energize that my workouts are more intense and I have better results.2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
BOD is such a lifesaver. It is accessible anywhere there is WiFi or on your phone. Plus, DVDs in my house don’t last long with the kids, so this made it great to have all the workouts I wanted at my fingertips without having to go look for them or clean sticky jelly off of them. I also like having all of the program extras there such as the meal guide and workout calendar. I will never go back after having BOD.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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