Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I hated my body and I hated myself. I have always struggled with my weight being the ‘fatter’ one of me and my 4 sisters. I went into bad eating disorders in my teens because of this; anorexic, diet pills, and then binging because I didn’t know how to lose weight healthily and in the right manner. I was never taught how to. I hated my body. When I was 19 going on 20 I lost about 30 lbs., and was the skinniest I had ever been, but I was barely eating and exercising a lot. I was skinny but unhealthy. Then things happened and I slowly began to gain weight back. I turned 21 and moved to a college town. I began drinking just about every night and was eating like crap. I started feeling depressed, and drank and ate food to numb my pain. I hated myself with everything inside of me, but I couldn’t stop. I was so lost and had no idea how I’d ever get out. It was so bad that I gained 20 lbs. in 2 months.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Honestly, I got to a point where I just kept weighing myself and the weight kept gaining. It went from 170 to 180, 180 to 190, 190 to 198; that’s when I said to myself that if I went over 200 lbs. I would join Beachbody. I inquired with my Coach about joining after seeing her post her results. I was working out here and there but I could never get a routine. It’d be 2 weeks straight then nothing for weeks on end. I needed help! About 2–3 weeks later I weighed myself and I was 210 lbs.! This was the heaviest I had ever been and I was at such a low. I was in such a dark place I had to get out.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Food, eating healthy, having a consistent workout routine, and not having a support system! Beachbody literally had everything I needed! It gave me a food plan and told me how much and exactly what I could eat. Just laid it out for me! Then gave me these workouts that I had to do every day, and they were fun! And then Shakeology — OMG that beautiful drink — it helped so much with my cravings, weight loss, digestion, and energy!2 I also got an accountability group on Facebook. It was amazing. I posted every day, and for me that was big! I needed something to keep me accountable, and I found it.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I started with 5 rounds of 21 Day Fix, and this was perfect for beginning! They were only 30 minutes, hard but not too hard, and Autumn is amazing at helping you get through it! Then I did FOCUS T25. I loved how insane the results were and Shaun T is amazing! Then I moved on to Body Beast. I was feeling too skinny, so I did this program to gain muscles. I loveee it! It truly made me appreciate how food fuels your body. Before this program I was still having a hard time eating, but after Body Beast, give me all the food! It is an amazing feeling and I’m so strong now! Truly! I’m currently doing CORE DE FORCE, and am looking forward to another round of Beast after.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
This is a loaded question! It has changed in so many ways! Obviously physically, but also emotionally and mentally as well! My entire life is better; I am happier, I am confident in myself, I love eating food, and I eat healthy almost 100% of the time! Seriously! Very rarely do I eat something unhealthy because it just makes me feel like poop, and that’s not worth it in my mind anymore! I have more energy and working out is my stress relief. I love it! I cannot say enough about Beachbody programs. They have changed my entire life! I wouldn’t been here without them!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Participating in the Challenge Group helped me stay accountable. Before Beachbody I had no one to help me be accountable and this was a big area of struggle for me. I made a promise to myself that I would post daily after my workout or even if i did not do them and my struggles! I still to this post in my groups daily! I love having this group of people who are all on the same journey and they are there to support you and help you along the way no matter what.
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 is life. I love it with all of my being! It helped me with regular digestion, weight loss, and cravings. That was huge! It gives you natural energy! I just love every part of it. I also started using the Beachbody Performance line when I started Body Beast and I feel it had a huge part in my muscle growth, soreness, and fatigue.
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I love Beachbody On Demand. I use it all the time. I love having the accessibility to bring my workouts wherever I want in my house via my laptop, or when I go places. I can get them at the snap of a finger! I am so happy to have access to every program because I love everything Beachbody! Also, during Body Beast, I had to take a week break from weights (doctor’s orders/body issues) and because I had BOD I had access to workouts I would not have had otherwise, and was able to do a variety of workouts that did not involve weights for that week. And it was fun trying out different programs!
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