Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I’m a mother to four children in less than six years. The baby was three months old when I started the program, and my oldest had just turned six. I felt pretty ashamed of the way I looked and really sad about the way my clothes fit. It was really hard to make the time to take care of myself with so many others to take care of.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was really discouraged when the baby weight wasn’t coming off. Then I started slowly gaining more weight, and I just couldn’t bear to keep going in that direction. About that time a friend, now Coach, contacted me about joining her Challenge Group. She was really encouraging, and what I was doing clearly wasn’t working, so I gave it a shot.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I was afraid that I would put in all the work, and not see any results. Also, I was worried how it would impact nursing my baby. After my third child, my attempts to lose weight negatively impacted my milk supply to the point that it actually affected her growth. I was really afraid that would happen again. I worried maybe I was just being selfish. I still have a long way to go, but I’m already a long way from where I started. One thing I learned, which I didn’t expect, was that it is not selfish to ask my family for 30 minutes of the day to take care of me.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I like that it is always challenging. I’ve done eight rounds now, and I still have to push every day.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have lost nearly 50 pounds! Never did I imagine that was possible. I was elated to hit my original goal of 30 pounds. My body has been completely transformed. That is what I am most proud of. I didn’t starve myself and just get skinny; I built a brand-new me.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am so much happier! I was dealing with a lot of self-esteem and postpartum issues before I started. There is a new confidence in me now. We have been under a bit of stress due to my husband’s employment situation, but I find it much easier to deal with now. Asserting control over the parts of my life I can change has helped me in accepting the things I don’t have any control over.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Being a stay-at-home mom, my existence is sometimes very isolated. Being part of the group helped me to realize that I’m not alone, and there are others working hard toward goals similar to my own. The group was very quick to cheer success, and just as quick to encourage someone having a rough stretch. Working outside a group, it’s easy to slack, because you’re only cheating yourself. When there is a group of people working hard and posting about it, it starts to feel like you’d be cheating them too.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Ashley is really enthusiastic and always encouraging. When I doubted I could do the program, she was sure I could. She also said more than once, “I’m proud of you.” Those are powerful words.
How did a Beachbody supplement, 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, or digestion/regularity?
I drink Shakeology daily, after every workout. Between that, eating healthy, and exercising regularly, I do have much more energy and sleep much more soundly.
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