†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Michelle is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.
Michelle Gardiner lost 20 pounds with 21 Day Fix. She participated in The Beachbody Challenge® and won the $500 Daily Prize for January 11th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I have been a professional athlete, an all-American Division 1 volleyball player, a coach, and a trainer throughout the past 25 years. However, I never had the über lean body I always wanted. I have always been very strong for a girl but never had the bikini body I wanted. I always thought, “Oh I can eat this junk food because I worked out today” or “If only I worked out more, I would be thinner”. I have never been happy with my body for as long as I can remember. Then I had 2 babies in the past 6 years, I hit my 40’s and my body changed even more for the worse. I sometimes had low energy and low motivation for life. I have always beat myself up for not being thin enough and was much more negative…more of a “glass half empty” kind of girl.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My kids were my main inspiration because I am an older mom. My Beachbody Coach is a childhood friend, and I saw her amazing transformation first hand. I tried Shakeology and I lost 12-15 lbs right away.2 Then 21 Day Fix came out, and taught me it was much more about my eating than the working out. I thought I would try 21 Day Fix because I knew portion control was likely a big problem of mine. Worst case scenario, I thought to myself… I’ll get some new workout DVDs and some cute Tupperware containers for the kids’ lunch boxes. Boy, was it the best 60 dollars I have ever spent! Hands down the best thing I have ever done for myself. My whole entire existence has changed. I am the happiest I have ever been in my adult life (at 45). I’m more positive, I smile more, I don’t get down on myself as much anymore. Life. Changing. I tell you! My glass is finally half full!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was eating too way many sweets and too many carbs, as well as beating myself up for not working out more regularly. Shakeology completely stopped my 4-5 night a week ice cream problem. To this day, I no longer crave ice cream because I do my daily Shakeology.2 I call this a miracle because ice cream has been my favorite food most of my life. The workout programs have shown me that anyone can squeeze in 25-30 mins a day, no excuses. There’s always time! 21 Day Fix showed me the right way to eat (smaller meals, more times a day) to get leaner. 21 Day Fix showed me how badly I was overeating in all of those categories, and I am forever so grateful! Thank you!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am super proud that I reduced in overall size and dropped 20 pounds. I toned up my lower back fat, my arms and shoulders cut up nicely, carved a few abs, and my legs and booty definitely got firmer too. I pretty much got smaller everywhere. My arms didn’t measure smaller but they definitely got firmer.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I have a lot more energy and motivation for life now. I used to dread having to participate in my toddler’s classes and now I have the energy to get up and down off the floor and join in her activities. I’m a much happier person now and find myself smiling at others without the insecurities I used to harbor. I also became BB coach because I want to pay it forward and inspire others to take control of their eating to experience the same amazing results. I run monthly Challenge Groups for the 21 Day Fix and have so many people (both men and women) getting awesome results. I’m excited that all of my clothes fit again and I don’t have to dread looking in my closet for something to wear. If anything I need to go shopping to buy much smaller sizes to fit me. I’m tired of wearing belts now! I am the happiest and healthiest I have ever been in my adult life and it is making the pain of turning 45 this year much more enjoyable. Tony is right, “Aging is for suckers!”
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