Kaila McDonald lost 14 pounds in 24 days with 21 Day Fix and the Beachbody Performance supplements. She entered her results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for November 22nd!
Kaila is an Independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before starting the 21 Day Fix, I had let my fitness slide for almost a year. Thankfully, I had not put all of my weight back on, but I was soft and jiggly. I lost my breath easily, and I was starting to have a tough time carrying my daughter around as she grew. I felt like a failure for having lost track of myself for so long. I felt depressed and sad most of the time. I felt out of control with my eating habits, and I felt slow and pathetic whenever I did try to do something active. My daughter was starting to imitate me, and I hated that most of what she was seeing was me being worn out on the couch.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
When my daughter turned one, and my husband and I started talking about trying to get pregnant again, I realized that I would be giving my body over to another little person before I’d ever really claimed it again after my first pregnancy. Suddenly, I couldn’t just bide my time anymore. How many days could I complain about what I looked like and how I felt without putting some effort into changing? I talked to my husband about ordering Energize from the Performance Line. I believed that if I could just get a little energy to kick-start things, maybe I could be consistent this time.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenges going into this program were my lack of energy and depression, which limited my capabilities. I would put barely any effort into my workouts, feeling like I burned out before the warm-up was over. I hated feeling weak, and often that negativity stopped me from trying my hardest. With the addition of Beachbody Performance Energize, I had more energy to punch through even the most difficult moves, and 21 Day Fix is only 30 minutes a day! I could work out during my daughter’s nap without losing that precious time to do other things too!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
21 Day Fix was the exact program I needed! First of all, I can definitely spend 30 minutes working out. Anything longer, and I know there would have been days that I would have cheesed out! I love the way the workouts are structured too. If I can do something for 60 seconds, I’ll be done with it! That helped me push my hardest during each move, knowing that I only had to do it for a minute. I also love Autumn. She obviously lives the life she preaches about, and since she’s a mom, I thought, “Heck, I can look like that too!”
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Um, okay, my butt. Like, whoa. That one spot on my body has been the most stubborn, frustrating thing. But now I have a butt that looks good no matter what I’m wearing! Having a long torso, I have to fight to make it look like my butt isn’t slowly descending down my legs. But now it’s high, tight, and round in a good way! I also have the best looking and strongest abs I’ve ever had. I have these insane shoulders that look super impressive whenever I pick something up.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I can run all day with my daughter now. I don’t think she knows what to do with a mom who can keep up with her, but I know she loves it. I don’t sit on the couch all day anymore, thinking about all the things I should be doing. I twist, jump, and run without the little pangs of pain in my knee, low back, or shoulders. My body feels like a machine, and I feel like a frikkin’ boss every single day.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Emma just has a way of making you feel like you are capable of anything. I would tell her my goals, and she would give me higher ones to shoot for. Even when I came to her to admit I had failed in some way, she reminded me of my strengths and told me she knew I could do it. Emma is incredibly consistent and driven. She quickly became someone I looked up to and wanted to be like.
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 truly my best friend. It put my cravings back in my control, which was a huge part of why I experienced the success I did. I am such a lover of snacks and treats, but I knew I needed to learn to control those indulgences if I was going to get my body where I wanted it. I also was able, with permission from my doctor, to ditch my pre-natal vitamins as the nutrition in Shakeology more than covered what the vitamins were giving me. I’ve had digestive troubles my entire life, but Shakeology has helped me get completely regular. Performance is the bomb. I have the energy I need to do some crazy stuff. I recover so fast, and soreness is a thing of the past.
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program affect any existing health conditions you have?
Digestive troubles have plagued me for as long as I can remember. I can sum it up with this: I don’t dread going to the bathroom anymore. I sleep really dang well now too!
You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes.
*Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.