Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
So this is me! Mom of two, wife, teacher… and now Beachbody Coach. In 2014 I saw a picture of myself and I was stunned. I honestly did a double take. I’m not 100% sure how I got to that unhealthy place but I do know that after having my kids and returning to my pre-pregnancy weight, I sort of lost control. This was the result. In February of 2014 I decided I needed to get myself back on a healthy track and so I did. I purchased the 21 Day Fix the day it came out and committed to completing 21 days with my accountability group. I decided I was going to take about an hour a day to take care of myself. My husband and kids have supported me along the way. I ended up losing 85 pounds in about eight months. I’m happy, I’m healthy, and now I’m on a mission to help anyone that wants to be helped!
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I have two young children and I want to be a healthy mom for them. I do not want them to think it is okay to eat junk and not exercise. I want them to live long lives and I knew that I needed to be a model for them. My kids are adorable and I would hide behind them in pictures. I felt that if they looked good then I looked good. When I saw a picture of myself that my sister had snapped of me when my kids were not around, I was horrified. I was obese, seriously obese. I remember thinking that I was too far gone, that there was no way that I could possible lose all that weight. That it would take me months, years, surgery…I just felt so defeated. Then I read a quote that said, “If you want different results, you need to do something different.” I signed up for the 21 Day Fix the next day and so my journey began.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
I am a social eater. Most of my weight gain came from overeating on date nights, parties, and Sunday “I am starting the diet tomorrow” binge sessions. I needed to find a way to follow the program and still feel like I could go out with my husband for dinner and drinks, or go to my best friends party and not feel excluded. I quickly learned how to utilize my accountability group to its fullest. Each time before I went out, I would post and ask for tips. Then I would make sure that I had an assortment of containers left for my evening out. Occasionally I would post pictures of the menu where I was and ask for advice. I couldn’t fail, not with everyone cheering me on.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved the 30 minute workouts. As a working mom of two young children I just don’t have an abundance of time. The gym is out of the question for me so I need to get up before the kids each morning to do my workout. I was willing to get up 30 minutes early to get my workout in. I also love the portion control system. The containers are so helpful for measuring your food. Unlike other programs the 21 Day Fix really teaches you how to make life changes. This program is not a quick fix that results in regaining the weight lost. This program rewires your brain and helps you create new healthy habits.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
In my 4.5 months I lost 60 pounds. 60 pounds! I knew at that point that I would reach my 85 pound weight loss goal. I went from a size 20 to a size six in my jeans in eight months. Beyond the weigh loss, I feel better than I did when I was in High School. I have increased energy and I am so focused with personal and family goals. I am no longer hiding behind my children in photos. Now, I stand by their side and show them that their Momma is proud of who she is. I want them to be confident in themselves and the best way for that to happen is for me to be confident with myself.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am now working as a Team Beachbody Coach. I was able to leave my job and stay home part time with my children. I feel that I am blessed to have this opportunity and I honestly could not have written a better ending to my weight loss journey. This August when I realized that I would be able to stay home with my kids I had to pinch myself. I honestly thought it was a dream. For me Beachbody has changed so much more than may appearance. It has changed the mom I am ,the wife I am, the friend I am… I am thankful that I now get to help others achieve their goals and I am looking forward to what the future holds.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
My challenge group helped me to stay on track. I felt that I made a commitment to myself but I also made a commitment to the group. It was the most positive weight loss atmosphere I had ever been in and I would recommend a Challenge group to anyone who is looking to lose weight or to improve their health and fitness.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My coach checked in with me frequently. We were working together at the time so we spent a lot of lunches together planning out our meals and fixing up recipes to make them Fix friendly.
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?
I drank Shakeology from day one. I find that it really increases my energy level and that it totally fights my cravings for junk.
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