Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started this program, I was lost and sad. I was really stressed from working 60-plus hour workweeks and didn’t know where to turn, other than to food. It started to consume my life, and I would just hide at home from friends and family. I felt terrible about myself and where I was physically and mentally, and knew I had to change something drastically.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
When I saw that picture of myself from May of last year uploaded to Facebook, I knew I had to do something. I knew that wasn’t me. I’d known a few people who had success with Beachbody, and I knew that I needed to do something to completely change my lifestyle. A friend from high school that I lost touch with reached out to me after I liked several of her posts. We chatted for a week or so, and I knew that this was something that could change my life.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I have had knee surgery two times from tearing my ACL.3 I had been self-conscious about working out and even nervous I would become injured again. The 21 Day Fix workouts were a great way to ease my way into working out in the comfort of my own home before I became comfortable with working out now wherever I can.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I love that all the information and tools are given to you! The portioned containers are great because it is so visual! The workouts are an awesome way to burn fat in a short amount of time in the comfort of my own home! I work two jobs and 50 to 60 hours a week, which doesn’t leave a ton of “me” time. The workouts are quick but definitely not easy, and they challenge me each time!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I’m so proud of myself for sticking with a program that turned into a lifestyle. I’ve been overweight my whole life, and nothing has ever worked for me. I put in the hard work of changing my lifestyle, and my whole body completely transformed. I dropped a ton of weight and clothing sizes, and I have never felt better in my entire life. I didn’t weigh myself during this process and still haven’t. For me, the number on the scale means nothing compared to how I feel and how those non-scale victories feel. I didn’t want to discourage myself or become obsessive by focusing on my weight. I know that in May of last year I was a size 22, and I am now a size 8/10. I also know that I’ve never felt better in my entire life.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel like a completely transformed person from the inside out — not just physically but mentally as well. The program changed my whole mindset and how I look at health and fitness. I am excited about these things in my life and so happy to strive to be better. I used to dread anything physical, and now I crave it. I try new things constantly whereas I would never dream of doing that before. I am the happiest I’ve ever been, and I’m still working and striving to be the best I can be. I don’t know if it would have ever been possible without this program and the help of my Coach and team.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Oh my gosh, the Challenge Groups were one of my favorite parts of the whole journey. I’ve met the most inspiring, motivating people who have made a huge impact on me. I’ve made some true friends in the groups and their constant support is something I don’t take lightly. They always keep me motivated and excited to post and see what everyone has posted for the day. I still continue to participate in them and tell everyone I know about how wonderful the support system is.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Emily was there every step of the way. She reassured me that I could reach out and ask questions at any time, and I sure did. There were times when I wanted to say, “OK, I’m done with this.” Emily was and still is so encouraging and always willing to listen and give advice no matter the topic. I’m so thankful for all of her help and guidance.
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?
Shakeology is my favorite thing on this planet! It has changed my entire life! I have noticed so many changes in my health since drinking it daily! One huge one is cravings. I don’t crave anything horrible for me! No cravings, and I’m fuller for so much longer!2 I have more energy than I’ve ever had in my life! I also sleep so much better. I used to have so much trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and I haven’t had that issue in a very long time.2
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.
2These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.