Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was tired, out of shape, terribly overweight for my size, and my knees and back hurt from carrying all this extra weight. I wouldn’t go out, and if I ran into people at the store I would avoid them. In the winter I wouldn’t leave the house except to take my children to school. I remember being in the gym, in a cardio class thinking that everyone was looking at me, and all I wanted to do was cover myself up and hide. Being invisible would’ve been perfect for me back then. Emotionally I was embarrassed not only for myself, but for my kids. Being overweight ran in my family, and when I was little I always thought we were just the ‘fat’ family. I never thought I could change the way I looked, or the way I felt about myself. I thought this was it just the way it was meant to be. I was always tired, I had constant negative self talk, and when I failed at something, I ate to make myself feel better. So when I was a ‘fat’ mom, I was embarrassed for my children as well.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I’ve tried every fad diet in the book, but what really propelled me this time was seeing the pictures from my daughter’s wedding. I had promised myself I would lose weight for the wedding, and I didn’t. At that point I knew I needed to make some changes. At the same time, I was watching my niece post on Facebook about her journey with Beachbody and decided to reach out to see if she could help me. Being a mom to five, and grandmother to 3, really inspired me to be a good role model for them to look up to. I also wanted to be involved with my younger children. We go to the Jersey Shore often, and I wanted to be able to enjoy the activities without getting out of breath, and without being embarrassed.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I was my biggest challenge. I didn’t believe in myself. I didn’t believe it would work. I knew I would do the program, and in my head I knew it wouldn’t work. I would make excuses the night before as to why I wouldn’t be able to make it to the gym the next day. So, my biggest challenge was my own negative self talk. I started with the 21 Day Fix program, and having the modifier there really helped me get through the workouts. Having the Challenge Groups gave me an opportunity to share, and to support others which is a huge part of my personality and my real life, I had been hiding from others, so these groups gave me an outlet to show my real personality.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
My Coach suggested I start with the 21 Day Fix, and I just went for it. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting myself into, but I made the decision to start, and got up everyday and pushed play. As I got into the program I loved that there was a modifier. Listening to Autumn’s constant encouragement and support also got me through the workouts. Without her there pushing me along I would have quit many times. I found the meal plan to be just flexible enough that it would work for the way my family ate, but still be a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. All in all the program made sense. Exercise, eat right, and drink a dense nutrition shake.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Starting this program at 51, I never thought I would have the results that I have gotten. I went from a size 16 to a size 2. I feel amazing. At times the feelings are almost surreal. My mind still has to catch up with my thoughts sometimes, but that is an ongoing process. I am able to do things I never thought possible at my age. I am now the confident person that I always imagined being, and the person I always tell my children to be. I am most proud of the fact that I can take credit for all of my success. I did the work, I put in the time, and I changed my life. Not to overlook the importance of my challenge groups, I am the one who had to push play every day.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed in almost every way. How I am as a wife, mother, and friend. I love being a wife and mother, but Beachbody has given me purpose and worth as an individual. It has changed my health, and longevity to be there for my children and grandchildren. I have become an active person in this thing called life… I am more present in all aspects of my life. It has also given me the opportunity to be the giver that I have always been inside. God put Beachbody into my life at just the right moment because I believe we all have a calling in life, and this is mine, to help and serve others in health and fitness.
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 love Shakeology and I drink it everyday. It is an important part of my daily nutrition, and I won’t miss a day. I drink it when I travel, and I believe in it so much that my entire family drinks it.
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
In the beginning when I started the 21 Day Fix I only used the DVDs, but I have come to love and rely on Beachbody On Demand. I use it when I traveling, in hotels, at the beach, or when we go camping. I’ve even used it at the gym. It’s just so easy and accessible, takes away any excuses I may have, and I love the variety of workouts available.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.