†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Nancy is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
What was my life like before the program? I knew I had a great family I knew I was loved, but I hated my body and was ashamed of how I looked. I hated being in family photos, because I would get physically ill when I saw myself in the pictures. I always hid in the back behind everyone. I felt invisible to most people, I felt passed over for job opportunities because of my weight, even though I was qualified. I felt I was not deserving of even a common courtesy from other people, like a stranger holding a door for me. Or Being acknowledged by my boss as we passed each other in the hallway. I knew I was not important. I never looked in a full length mirror because I knew it would ruin my whole day. I kind of just existed, I did for everyone else but not myself because I was not worthy and I did not matter.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
What inspired me was the fact that I was almost 60 years old. My children were grown; they didn’t need me to take care of them anymore. I was having episodes of rapid heartbeat and I was scared about my health.3 I knew if I didn’t do it now I never would. I had a beautiful 2 year old grandson and a daughter that I wanted be around to see get married someday. I saw everyone around me really enjoying and living life and I wanted to do that too. One of the worst times was looking for a dress for my son’s wedding. After going to dozens of stores I finally broke down and cried. Nothing fit me and I decided I would not be able to go to the wedding. Well I quickly lost 20 lbs. on another program and found a dress, but soon after regained the weight plus some. I wanted to feel good about myself for once in my life. I was tired of being tired, tired of being winded going up a flight of stairs, tired of sore knees and hips.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge I faced before beginning the program was putting myself out there, taking risks. I was afraid of rejection and knew that rejection was inevitable. I wasn’t fully enjoying life the way others were enjoying it The Beachbody program has given me back my confidence. It has given me back my confidence that I can do things I never imagined. It has given me the confidence and knowledge that my body is not fragile, that I can do workouts and I can sweat and it won’t hurt me and it will feel good. It has given me the confidence that I am worth being recognized and acknowledged and if I am not, it’s not because of me it’s their problem. I put myself out there now, I don’t mind being in pictures and I look forward to workouts and sweating. And I know I can make the most of the time I spend with my grandson and keep up with him.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved the 21 Day Fix program because it was so easy to follow. No counting calories or carbs, no figuring out points. Just fill my containers and eat. I loved the 30 minute workouts, which were easy to fit into my schedule. I knew I could find 30 minutes to get it done, and I knew I didn’t have to leave the house to do it. It was convenient. I liked that I didn’t have to buy food that I didn’t normally eat. And I liked that I was putting clean wholesome food in my body without a lot of preservatives. And I loved, loved, loved, the shakes. They are not only delicious, but they have literally helped to take all my cravings for junk food away and that I found that absolutely.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have lost 44 lbs. and 30.4 inches in 5 months. I have gone down 4 (almost 5) dress sizes. I have had to move the car seat up a couple of notches. I have energy to burn, I run when I don’t have to. My chronic hip, knee and back pain from stress of being over weight is gone! And my physician wrote on my lab results that she sent to me “Awesome, keep up the good job”.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am happy, I feel good, really good. I feel healthy and energetic and I feel good about myself. I get teary eyed sometimes when I really think about it. I wonder why God brought me this program at this time in my life. But I am not going to question it, and I am going to take it as a sign that I need to help others as I have been helped. This is the first time in my life that I have actually made a life change, and I have no desire to go back to where I was.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Participating in the Challenge Group made all the difference in the world. I knew I was accountable not only to myself but to the other members of the group. I knew I had some place to go for support and encouragement and answers. I received the confidence to put my story and pictures out there by seeing the confidence and bravery of the other members. I knew I was in a safe place where there was no criticism, only support and uplifting. There was a camaraderie and I feel as though I have made countless new friends.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
There wasn’t a day that went by that my Coach did not encourage me with her own story and struggles. She allowed herself to be an open book, thereby allowing us all to open and honest as well. She continually encouraged me and uplifted me. Told me how well I was doing and spurred me on. She was there every day to check on us in the group. She was not absent ever! She is my daughter so I may be biased just a little. But she has amazed me every day with the way she has supported everyone in our group. She is truly a professional and I have been astounded by how much I have learned from her. I had always thought it was supposed to be the other way around. I thank her every day for introducing me to this program.
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 was absolutely amazed when after using Shakeology for just a few days, I was hooked. I was amazed that it not only took away all of my cravings for junk food, I wasn’t even hungry. I had energy and stamina.2
Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…)
My cholesterol went from 221 to 166 LDL went from 142 to 100 Fasting Blood sugar 120 to 70+. I was taken off my blood pressure medicationo. And my physician wrote on my lab results that she sent to me “Awesome keep up the good job”.
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