Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I hated my body. I never had an issue with my weight until about five years ago. My mother and sister always struggled with theirs while I ate anything I wanted. Then I had a hysterectomy. My metabolism completely changed. I gained a total of 75 pounds! I had no idea how to handle that so I treated my body the way I felt it was treating me. I didn’t even know where to start, because I never had to worry about my weight before. So I ate junk and just continued hating what I saw in the mirror every morning.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
A friend of mine kept posting stuff on Facebook about Team Beachbody and all these workouts she was doing. I just kept trying to ignore these posts because I thought, “Of course you can do all these workouts — you’re skinny!” Then one day, she posted “before” and “after” pics of herself. It turns out the girl I vacation with at the beach — the one I’m always jealous of in her bikinis — went through a struggle with her weight too. Her “before” and “after” pics showed how she had lost 41 pounds after joining Team Beachbody. She encouraged her Facebook friends to join her (she’s a Beachbody Coach). Finally, it occurred to me that maybe I could get back to the body I had before (or maybe even better!) if I just tried.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Quite simply, I was afraid of failing. I had made feeble attempts at losing weight and had gotten absolutely nowhere. And I felt like if I really tried this and failed then I would know that this body I hate was the one I’d be stuck with the rest of my life. I told my Coach I was worried about failure. She assured me that I could do this and to not be scared. After two weeks of pondering, I ordered 21 Day Fix. I looked at the containers and recipes, and felt pretty confident I could handle the portion control part of the program. But I was quite worried about the workouts. My kids came in the room to watch my first workout attempt. I struggled with it (I still do!), but my kids kept cheering me on. They kept telling me I could do it, and I realized in the middle of that workout that doing this was no longer an option. I have to do this — for myself and for my kids. I am showing them that you can do anything you set your mind to. I have a long way to go, but I will do this.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I chose 21 Day Fix, and I love that Autumn incorporates cardio, strength training, yoga, and Pilates! I feel so well-rounded! And I especially love that I’m not hungry! I was worried that I’d be shaky and miserable, but I’m not. Most days I struggle to eat everything I’m allowed to.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I’m proud of myself for doing better each time I do a particular workout. My mantra before starting the program was: “If I’m going to be fat, I want to be strong.” Well now I’m going to be strong and skinny!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I’ve lost 50 pounds, and I’m still going! I am so energized. I can’t believe I’m actually doing this! My self-esteem is definitely improving as well as my body. The last few times I went to the doctor, I noticed my blood pressure readings were increasing. Those numbers are now going down!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
To be honest, the Challenge Groups are now my reason for clicking on the Facebook app on my phone. Knowing that others are doing this with me helps. The other challengers in the group know exactly what I’m going through, because they are going through it right with me. Having that support is awesome! And when you see other challengers getting their workouts in for the day, it motivates you to get off your butt and get yours done too!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach literally talks to me every day. From answering little questions about 21 Day Fix to emotionally supporting me when I get down, she is there for me literally all the time. I honestly couldn’t get through this without her.
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?
Before I started with the program, I would get hungry every night before bed and have a bowl of cereal. Now with Shakeology, I was able to replace that nighttime snack with a shake. It works to get rid of those nighttime hunger pangs, plus it gives me a sweet fix.+
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