Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I worked an office job and came home and did nothing but sit on the couch. My first weigh in showed me at an embarrassing 340.3 lbs. Walking up and down my stairs was a surefire way to feel winded. I used to run to the store that is less than a tenth of a mile from work on break. I inevitably came back with a sore and aching back, and covered in sweat. I didn’t pay any attention to what I ate, as long as it tasted good. I had a very stressful job and I dealt with the stress by eating. I’ve never been so embarrassed of my body. Every picture and every video brought shame and often made me cry. I tried to be optimistic but I didn’t have a lot to feel good about when it came to my body. I saw a video of myself dancing last Christmas (2015). My sister took a cell phone video and beamed it to the big-screen HDTV. I had never been more ashamed of myself than I was at that exact moment. That was the life-changing moment I decided to order P90X!
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I got inspired when we took those cell phone videos of us all dancing at Christmas time. We had gotten a little novelty elf that sang out ridiculous instructions like “dance around in the snow,” and “put the present under the tree.” It was supposed to all be in good fun. Thanks to the power of technology, we beamed the video to the TV. I had never been so ashamed or embarrassed of the way I looked. It was on a day that I felt good about myself (until that moment)! Seeing just how big I was displayed on the big-screen TV made me realize I absolutely had to change something. Everyone was laughing at their embarrassing dance moves, and all I wanted to do was cry. I held it in, until I got home, and then bawled my eyes out in embarrassment and shame. I decided that I was going to conquer P90X!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge was that I was starting from a morbidly obese state. I was starting at 0. Walking 1/10 of a mile was exhausting. Many moves were impossible at my size and fitness level. I couldn’t wrap my arm around my leg for a simple stretch. I couldn’t go more than 6 minutes without being utterly exhausted. I was drained by the end of the warm-ups. I loved the encouraging words of “keep pushing play,” and “do your best and forget the rest.” I did stumble, I did fall, but I just kept showing up and improving every single week.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked that it was so intense and effective. I also liked the variety that P90X offers. I had seen all the success videos and transformations. I knew I was diving in head first into a truly daunting program, but I used that to motivate me. I have a history of being an athlete in high school, as I was a football player, and I have never let someone tell me I can’t do something. I knew I would struggle, but I also knew I wouldn’t quit.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I officially started on January 8, 2016. I crushed my goal of losing 2 lbs. per week. I actually hit that goal (101 lbs.) in 10 months, and I’ve lost 6 more pounds since then. I’m definitely still seeing a major redistribution of how the weight falls. I started out walking on lunch breaks, then jogging… now I’m so disappointed if I don’t do 5k+ on every lunch break! I’m also super proud of some of the yoga moves I can now do. Starting out at over 340 lbs., I thought yoga might be a lost cause for me. I tumbled and I fell, but I keep getting better every single week. I’ve improved my reps and my weight on each and every one of the lifting days.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed so much for the better, and everyone around me can see it. I am just full of energy, and have so much more confidence. I look and feel like a whole new person after losing over 100 pounds! Exercise is now a reward. I love being able to go out and enjoy everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Hiking is actually fun now that I’m over 100 lbs. slimmer!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I actually participate monthly in a Challenge Group with someone who isn’t my Coach. He just wanted to share his enthusiasm toward Beachbody products, even though he is aware I have no intentions of switching Coaches. His enthusiasm is contagious, and the challenges have definitely helped keep me accountable! The group has made a great way to hold me accountable at least 3 weeks every month!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Justin is great! I found him well before he found notoriety as the Beachbody Challenge winner. He has always been approachable but humble. I knew his schedule would fill fast, but he always has time to check up on me and my progress. So glad to call him both a Coach and friend!2
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 used Hydrate and Energize. They were amazing. The energy levels were great for intense workouts, and the hydration was essential since I was sweating buckets! It even had a great taste! My focus was always present after taking Energize! I just had to work out! I found myself being able to push past my plateaus thanks to this product.2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I love that Beachbody On Demand is accessible anywhere at any time. Wherever I am, it can be time to work out! I am about to enroll in the all-access pass, and explore some new workouts!
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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