Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I used to be pretty active in the early 2000s as a zookeeper, running most days, and doing resistance training regularly. I also watched what I ate so was able to keep my weight in check. When I became a manager in 2006 I started to acquire unhealthy habits due to working a mostly desk job. I became sedentary, drank coffee with sugar and creamer all day, snacked too much, and yo-yo dieted several times, so my weight was constantly fluctuating. I reached my heaviest weight of 175 lbs. in January 2016. I felt unhealthy, wouldn’t even look at myself in the mirror because I was disgusted that I had let myself go, my anxiety became worse, and I was very recluse as a result of all of this.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My turning point was December 2015 when I found that I became breathless when I was sitting upright. My belly rolls pushed on my diaphragm and made it hard to catch my breath. This scared me and I realized that I needed to make a change immediately. I wanted to feel healthy, look my best for me, and be an example for my son who was also starting to put on excess weight.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Before the 21 Day Fix, I knew what foods I should and shouldn’t be eating but I wasn’t paying attention to portion sizes and how much of the various food groups I should be consuming daily. 21 Day Fix made planning and prepping my meals simple and I knew I was staying on track with my plan by just following the simple instructions. I also drink Shakeology daily and look forward to having it every day. It feels like a treat to me and keeps my sweet tooth in check. Plus it makes me feel amazing.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I followed several Beachbody programs throughout 2016. I did 21 Day Fix, INSANITY, INSANITY MAX:30, Body Beast, and CORE DE FORCE. I love that Beachbody offers so much variety and there is literally a program for everyone to suit their style and taste. I followed each program to completion and sometimes did a hybrid schedule to keep things interesting. I never became bored and still look forward to my daily workouts.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I lost over 50 lbs. this year. This makes me incredibly proud of myself and I feel like I can accomplish anything I set out to do. I made a commitment to my health and fitness and was not going to let myself down. I feel much more toned, energetic, focus is great, and my endurance level has greatly improved. I have more muscle definition than I have ever had in my life and I know I worked hard to achieve that.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Greater overall fitness, energy, focus, confidence in myself and my abilities. I feel like I can accomplish anything and am very motivated to keep going. I don’t know where I would be without Beachbody but I am so happy I made the decision to commit, and succeed!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I felt more accountable to stay on track and liked to hear feedback from others going through the same process. I was pretty motivated so really didn’t need to be pushed too much but it was great to check in and log my daily workouts. I also hoped to motivate others in the groups by setting a good example each day and by also completing my goal this year.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
She answered questions I had about ordering products and inspired me to become a Coach also. She gave positive feed back on my progress posts and I felt like I really wanted to make her proud of me… which she let me know she was. I love that as a Coach I can now pay it forward and help others reach their goals also.
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 really curbed my cravings and almost seemed like my dessert so I never felt deprived. I feel focused and energized with the shakes. I recommend Shakeology to all my friends and family who are struggling with diet issues. I truly believe that Shakeology has a lot to do with my success with my nutrition and overall fitness. It made eating clean much easier for me and makes me feel great.2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
BOD has played a vital part in my success. I can stream the workouts from anywhere I go so that I never miss any of them. It also allows me to workout in different locations, and to try new workouts for fun and variety so that I never get bored.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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