†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Erin is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
When I delivered my second baby in September of 2014, I weighed in at 254 pounds. I was uncomfortable in all my clothes. I didn’t want to be in pictures, because seeing myself like that made me want to eat. I would eat due to stress, depression, happiness, you name it. I have been a yo-yo dieter my entire life. Over the last five years, I went up and down between 135 and 254. I was tired all the time, and struggled to play with my children. I didn’t want to go out or let other people see me. I had one pair of pants that fit. I wore them at home, to work, and to the grocery store. If they were dirty, I would just stay home. A co-worker asked me why I was wearing jeans one day. I was overcome with embarrassment, but had to admit that nothing else would fit and I didn’t have money to buy anything new. I hated myself and my body. I felt guilty for not being a better mom to my two boys, and I was ready for a change. I did 21 Day Fix, FOCUS T25, and then 21 Day Fix again. It gave me a huge boost in confidence and helped me.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My sister became a Beachbody Coach, and watching her change her life gave me hope that I could change mine. She started to encourage me to join her 21 Day Fix Challenge Group. Despite my hesitance, I decided I was ready and placed my order. It didn’t take long for me to see results, and from there, I couldn’t stop. I could see myself where I wanted to be. My kids are my “why!” I want to be here for them. I want to teach them how to be healthy. I don’t want them to go though the unhealthy battle with food that I did growing up. I don’t want them to use food to fill their emotions. I want them to understand the importance of eating healthy and exercise. I want to have energy to keep up with them and to enjoy them. After a few rounds with 21 Day Fix, I decided I was ready for the next step, so I gave FOCUS T25 a try for the full 10 weeks. I am now back to 21 Day Fix workouts with some random BOD workouts sprinkled in when I need a change.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Before I started this journey, I could not control my eating. My portions were out of control. I went back for seconds and even thirds at most meals. I didn’t think I had time for exercise, and I was tired all the time so I just didn’t bother. I didn’t have energy to clean, so I’d order dinner out to avoid dishes. Processed, easy-to-prepare foods lined my pantry. We would have pizza or Chinese three to five times a month. The other nights we would have chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and hot dogs. I know now that we were walking a thin line and teaching our children horrible habits. I was able to gain control of the kitchen after a few rounds of the 21 Day Fix, but I felt like I still needed a boost in my stamina and make time for exercise. FOCUS T25 was the perfect choice for me! I gained endurance and built up my stamina, so I could continue with 21 Day Fix.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I chose 21 Day Fix in the beginning, because I needed something to help me gain control of my diet. I needed quick in-home workouts, because I am a busy mom to two little ones. They were three-and-half years old and three-and-half months old when I got started. I switched to FOCUS T25 to build my agility and stamina, but jumped right back into 21 Day Fix after the 10 weeks were complete. 21 Day Fix really, truly changed my life, and I will always go back to it no matter how far I come in this journey! I am only 25 pounds away from my goal weight, and I am so much healthier than ever before!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I still have a ways to go on my journey, but I am a much better mom than I was when I started! I’ve lost 76 pounds and more than 50 inches since the beginning of my journey. But I am more proud of the person I am becoming and the habits I am teaching my children. I feel like I can breath now. I have energy to take my boys for walks and to chase them at the playground. I am more positive and I yell a lot less. The confidence I have gained along this journey is incredible! I feel like I can stand up for myself and my children now. I can speak to new people without instantly thinking that they won’t like me. I don’t feel like I have to hide anymore. I actually want to be in pictures with my kids now! I have seen an enormous change in my body but the mental changes are what I am most proud of.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed so, so much since I began this journey! I am happier, healthier, and more positive than I have ever been in my life. I am becoming a better person every day. I don’t crave the fatty, high-sugar foods anymore. In fact, a lot of foods that used to be my favorites make me sick now. I know now that I am capable of so much more than I ever believed possible. I can make it though an entire FOCUS T25 workout now without having to hit pause 25 times. I can also get through the entire Plyo Fix only modifying two or three of the exercises! I can keep up with my kids — a newly walking 10-month-old and a very active four-year-old. I feel so much better about myself, and I now know that I can achieve anything. My marriage is stronger. I have more confidence, and am stronger too, both mentally and physically. I have been able to convince my husband to join me, so we are reaching for the end goal together! Our kids now have healthy role models!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Having accountability was key for me! On days when I didn’t feel like working out, I would see sweaty pictures of other challengers, and I would know I couldn’t let them, or myself, down by giving in to excuses. I loved that I was able to share my feelings about a workout or a recipe without being judged. I could complain about being sore, and have five to 10 others say the same. So I knew I was never alone in my struggles. If I did not start with a Challenge Group, I would have given up within the first week. I never pushed myself like I did when someone else was counting on me. Now I know that I can achieve anything. I know that I am strong and that I am worth it. I truly want to inspire others now. I want to run the best Challenge Groups and help others change their lives the way mine was changed.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach is amazing. I could not have gotten to where I am without her love and support. She was a key factor in my life change. She was my support when my husband decided he “needed” takeout. She was the voice in my head when I wanted to eat my son’s mac and cheese. She would text or call just to check in and see how I was doing. I am so grateful for her and all she has done for me.
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 has changed my life as well! I can’t see my life without it anymore! A few days without, and I notice a huge difference. I’m irritable, grouchy, and just plain tired. With my daily shake, my energy is up and my bloat is down.2 I can play outside with my almost four-year-old, and not have to sit down after five minutes! I love knowing that I am in control and that I have a nutrient-dense superfood at my fingertips at any time of day! I will be starting the 3-Day Refresh in a week or two, and I am so excited to reboot my weight loss!
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