†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Sheila Brown is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My self esteem was at an all time low. I moved from Indiana to North Carolina a little over a year ago with my fiancé. I had a very physical job before I moved, so I truly was in the best shape of my life. Upon moving, I gained 30lbs by having a desk job, which was very stressful and where I didn’t move for 10 hours a day. I kept up my workouts by going to the gym, participating in kickboxing classes, a little weight lifting, and running outdoors. I just didn’t realize how badly my eating habits were until I joined Beachbody. No matter what I did I kept gaining weight and was at the heaviest I’d ever been. My clothes didn’t fit, I was embarrased to even think about wearing shorts and was dreading summer. I would cry almost every day wondering what I’ve been doing wrong and how I can get back on track.
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 was my eating habits. I didn’t eat unhealthy core foods, but I was using heavy ingredients to supplement them, and eating way too much. I started calculating my calorie intake and on the 21 Day Fix I was eating on average 800-1000 calories per day. I was eating 2200-2900 per day before that. I was shocked and horrified to say the least. I didn’t eat because I was hungry, I ate because it tasted good and it was there. The meal plan and portion control menus have truly changed how I look at food and what the true purpose is. I have not been hungry, light-headed, dizzy…anything and I eat almost 2000 calories less per day but still have a ton of energy. Beachbody rocks!!!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I lost 10 lbs in 3 weeks. I hadn’t been able to lose even 1 lb in the last year, so I am thrilled. I am proud of myself for setting a goal and sticking with it. I didn’t cheat on the diets and if anything I ate even less than I was allowed. It was a test of my resolve and I passed with flying colors!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I look at myself differently. Even though I still have 15 lbs to lose, I know it’s possible and I have the proper tools to get me to that goal and beyond. Just living a healthier lifestyle is the best reward. My friends and co-workers notice my progress and change in demeanor. My fiancé is the biggest supporter in my life. He always loves me unconditionally, but several times a day he compliments me and makes sure to reinforce how proud he is of me for doing this for myself. He’s the best and now I can look forward to setting a wedding date because I will be able to fit into the dress of my dreams!