Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before starting this program on January 4, 2016, I was a wife and working mom of three kids that always put other’s well-being before my own. I was not at my healthiest and had seriously gained a lot of weight. I had told myself two years prior at age 39, that I would be healthy and fit by my 40th birthday, which in translation meant I would lose a lot of weight. I did not feel good about myself at all. I would often look in the mirror and ask myself, “How did I let myself go like this?” I avoided the mirror from time to time so I wouldn’t have to face that question. I could tell that my confidence was fading.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Well I was at that point in my life where I was highly disappointed in myself. I dreaded trying on clothes or attending upcoming events where I would need to purchase a dress. My mom said she had been following a friend of ours on Facebook. She told me to check her out on Facebook and listen to her story. I became friends on Facebook with my current Coach Brandy Watkins. At that point my mind was made up, I needed to try something.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenge was fear. I was afraid that I would get in this program and fall off and not stick with it. Autumn Calabrese helped me overcome my fear. She was very encouraging and motivating. It was as if she was literally standing right in front of me telling me to keep going. “Don’t stop until you are done”. “You can do this”, “No excuses”. “Don’t undo all of your hard work in the kitchen.” Changes not only were taking place for me on the outside, change was taking place on the inside. My confidence was soaring. I realized that I wanted this to become a lifestyle change and not a quick fix. I did 21 Day Fix for 5 months. I loved Autumn so I went on to do 21 Day Fix EXTREME for 5 months, and incorporated Country Heat in there as well. I then started CORE DE FORCE when it launched.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The number one thing that I loved was that it was 30-minute workouts that could take place in my own home. Remember, I am a working mom of 3 kids. So going to the gym consistently was out of the question. 2. Autumn was very encouraging throughout the workouts 3. The workouts included total body workouts. 4. The meal plan was simple, it was not restrictive! You could still enjoy the foods you love to eat. The plan is doable! Also, Shakeology is a very key component to my health journey! Fueling my body with Shakeology after my workouts is paramount, and when I miss a day, the day just doesn’t feel right.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
A large part of my weight loss was from 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix EXTREME, but with all these programs combined, I lost approximately 54.2 pounds and 46 inches! My confidence is through the roof! I am now a Beachbody Coach wanting to help others reach their goals. What I am most proud of is my resolve to stick with this lifestyle change. I stopped calling it a diet long ago. Diets to me suggest a short term fix. I am on a continuous journey of being healthy and fit.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My confidence is though the roof. I am stronger physically, and mentally. I am more dedicated to making this journey a successful one!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The Challenge Groups made me more accountable. I made sure I got my workouts in and my Shakeology down for the day! My group, headed by Brandy, has been a strong arm of support for me. Brandy is very encouraging and knows the ins and outs of Beachbody and being a Coach. In this group we support each other. We send words of encouragement, share recipes, share our ups and our downs. I strongly believe that this is what separates Beachbody from the rest. Having that personal touch with your Coach and other members who are all on the same journey!
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Brandy was always there! She sent me recipes, shouted me out to the group, encouraged me to become a Coach. On days when I was down she would lift me up. She has really shown me how Coaching is supposed to be done. She is a beautiful person inside and out!
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?
As I mentioned earlier, Shakeology was a godsend. Because I was so ready to begin my transformation, I ordered the essential pack without Shakeology. I was encouraged to try it. If you know me, shakes are not my thing, but I tried it and can’t do without it. It is a daily part of my nutrition. My energy levels are higher, mood is better, and oh yeah, digestion is on point!2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I love BOD! I don’t have to pack DVD’s anymore! And no matter where I am, I can access it! There is no excuse not to work out!
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
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