Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My life before the program was very different than it is now. I was overweight, unhappy, and had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and lower back problems. I also struggled with sleep apnea and walked with a cane. Two years ago, because of excess weight and balance issues, I suffered a fall. The resulting injury to my left foot and right knee was diagnosed as RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), a kind of nerve damage. I also had a torn meniscus in my right knee and needed arthroscopic surgery to fix the tear. My doctor told me I would need a total knee replacement very soon, as I could barely walk.3 A swimsuit was out of the question, and I always wore baggy clothes, like 2–X sizes 18–20. Needless to say, I hated my body.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I got tired of being fat, having no energy, and constantly going to the doctor; I wanted my health back. My daughter encouraged me to try a 21-day challenge, as she was just starting her own group. She became my personal Coach and motivator.
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 before the program was overeating and an addiction to sweets. The 21 Day Fix helped me learn portion control with the colored containers. It made it a lot easier for me to follow.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
What I really liked about the program was the colored containers. It was a lot easier to plan meals.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I had amazing results with the program. I lost 28 pounds and 19½ inches.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I get around a lot better due to increased mobility. I’m stronger and I like how I feel about myself. Not a day goes by without exercise, and I eat healthier. Thank you, Beachbody, for giving me back my life.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Participating in a Challenge Group helped me tremendously. Seeing the others post things every day made me want to have accomplishments that I could post too. It brought out my competitiveness, and made me feel good and work harder when others encouraged me. I was accountable because everyone knew I wasn’t cheating and the posted pictures were the evidence.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My daughter got me started on the program and was my personal Coach. Her inspiration and motivation kept me going and she never gave up on me no matter how hard it was for me. She wouldn’t let me quit and always said the right things when I needed it. If it wasn’t for her, I would still be fat with all my health problems. When I had a bad day and cheated on my diet, she would tell me “It’s OK, you can start over tomorrow,” and to not dwell on my mistake.
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?
My Shakeology gave me the energy to keep up with my exercise program, reduced the other bad parts of my diet, and tasted good.2 The exercise program gave me more energy, and it just kept getting better and better.
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program affect any existing health conditions you have?
Indirectly. The energy I got from the supplement and, in turn, the exercise all working together had a positive effect on my weight loss — which had good effects on both my cholesterol problem and my high blood pressure.2
Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program (e.g. blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, etc.)?
Once again, indirectly. The supplement, working together with the exercise program, has increased my mobility and balance. I can walk without a cane and balance on either leg. Those two things, which I could not do before, would be hard to measure, but they are certainly noticeable.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.
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