†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Carrie is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix and Shakeology, my confidence and self esteem was at an all-time low. I had my 4th child 2 years ago, and it seemed no matter how hard I worked out, or how hard I tried to stick to a diet, I couldn’t lose the weight. It was affecting all aspects of my life. I was tired all the time. I was hungry and irritable. I snapped at the kids and my husband. Many of my relationships were suffering because I felt so poorly about myself. The little energy I had was totally devoted to my husband and kids and their needs. I was constantly turning to convenience and fast food for comfort and ease.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
When I started back in July, my 40th birthday was staring me down only 3 months away. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I wanted to do something for myself. I wanted to be a better mom, wife, daughter, and friend and not the cranky, insecure person I had become. I had always thought that by my 40th birthday I would have my weight under control, and here it was fast approaching and I was still holding onto the baby weight and no baby because she was now a toddler. I watched a friend on FB, my Coach Kate Brockmeyer, invite people to Challenge Groups. I was inspired watching her document her 21 Day Fix journey. When she documented her 3-Day Refresh on video, and posted, daily I thought, “maybe I could do that!”. I eagerly ordered the 3-Day Refresh and 21 Day Fix.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
I kept losing and gaining the same 5 pounds. I would limit calories all morning, and do lots of cardio at the gym, and by 3pm I would crash and binge on high fat and sugary baked goods. The refresh opened my eyes to how much sugar I was taking in, and how at the end of the day I was left hungry and tired even though I was consuming thousands of calories some days. I was also doing tons of cardio with no results. When I started doing the 30 minute workouts I realized I could increase my metabolism and not be so exhausted hours after a workout. The 21 Day Fix really was key for me to realize I was eating the wrong foods, and even when I was eating the right things I wasn’t eating enough! I started eating more proteins, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables. It really was more food than I was hungry for because it was the right foods. Finally, Shakeology was my answer to my afternoon sweet fix so I didn’t binge on high sugar and fatty foods. It gave me energy and filled me up until dinner.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved the portion control and simple, clean eating meal plan. Clean eating had intimidated me in the past and the 21DF was so straight forward. The plan laid out so many food options that were quick and easy. I also found Autumn Calabrese on YouTube and all her tips and recipes there were really helpful. I now use things like coconut oil and almond milk that I was always nervous to try in the past because I didn’t know how to use them. In addition, I had never done a protein or meal replacement. I honestly was expecting not to like it but I love it. It is just the sweet treat that I need each day and it keeps me on track and full for hours. Plus, I know I am getting the nutrition I need. It feels like I am indulging in something I shouldn’t!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have lost 36 pounds, gone from a size 14 to a 6, and gained strength I didn’t know I had. I never pushed myself to do real push ups and now I can do 5 sets of 20. I am most proud that I set a goal to lose 28 pounds by my 40th birthday and I not only achieved that but surpassed it. There is no feeling like achieving your goals. I am most proud of the lifestyle changes I have made not just for me but for my family!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I have more confidence than ever before because I set a goal and achieved it. I am a better mother to my 4 kids, and a better wife because I have more confidence and energy. I am setting the example I always wanted to my kids- the importance of taking care of yourself and how doing something for yourself each day makes it so you can do more for others. I no longer look to my husband to build me up but within myself. I am a happier, healthier person overall with more to give. Most importantly, I had let my weight hold me back in the past from trying new things. I let it affect my confidence in other interests I have such as decorating and fashion. Now I know the sky is the limit and I won’t let insecurities hold me back from achieving my goals.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I joined a support group that was in progress. I loved all the recipe ideas, meal plans and motivation to stay on track. I knew people were “watching” because I was keeping up with their progress. It was very motivating knowing I was being held accountable.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Kate was there for every question I had. She cheered even my small successes. She has made me feel like I am her only client and that she is truly invested in my success. She encouraged me to share my journey and become a Beachbody Coach so I can help others who were in the same place as me when I started. I count her as a true friend. I love her positive energy and suggestions on overcoming obstacles. She was the one who encouraged me to submit my results to the BB Challenge.
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?
Shakeology has helped me stay on track. I used to crash in the afternoons when my kids would get home from school. I would turn to baked goods, granola bars and handfuls of trail mix to give me the energy to get through homework and carpool. I was exhausted and hungry every afternoon. Now I have my Chocolate Shakeology. I look forward to it more than any other meal of the day. It fills me up and gives me the energy I need to be present for the busiest time of my day.2
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