Meet Independent Beachbody Coach Stephen L. He lost 137 pounds in less than 2 years with a variety of Beachbody programs. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge and won $1,500!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was always overweight from middle school on. I had the worst eating habits and tried time and time again to lose weight, but I would always make excuses. I was always the joke and never stuck to anything. I was very unhappy, even though I didn’t show it. I just hated everything about my body.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I stayed big until my mid-twenties, mainly being lazy and making excuses! I also am a professional actor and got stuck in being the big, funny guy, so I got comfortable with that. The inner me wanted to change and not be the joke, to be taken seriously and show the world I could do this. One night, I actually watched the INSANITY infomercial and fell in love with fitness. I then found out about Focus T25 and the Beachbody lifestyle in general. I threw the excuses aside and did it! Not just INSANITY, but also INSANITY: THE ASYLUM, FOCUS T25, etc. I combined them and got the best results! Then the beast was unleashed for sure! I kept pushing play and got awesome results — 137 pounds lost and counting! This year and a half I dug deeper, stayed with the fight, focused, committed, and succeeded, thanks to Beachbody.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My eating habits and sticking with a program. Beachbody helped me with the awesome support system. They taught me how to eat right. Anytime I didn’t want to work out, I would just log onto TeamBeachbody.com and everyone would inspire me to keep pushing play. No matter how I felt, I would just keep doing it, and now I can’t go a day without my workouts. Shakeology helped with my energy levels, so I don’t go a day without drinking it either. Shaun T was always on that screen saying dig deep, and I did just that. He helped me find out about the fitness beast that was deep inside me!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Shaun T’s very intense and motivating, as are most of the Beachbody trainers! He makes you push yourself to your limits, and no matter how badly I wanted to give up, he was on the screen saying “No! Dig deeper!” Whether it was FOCUS T25, INSANITY, or INSANITY: THE ASYLUM, and now INSANITY:MAX:30, it was always great! I love my new life and busting my butt! Loved every minute of it!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
With Beachbody and drinking Shakeology, my energy levels were through the roof! I am more agile, I can jump higher, run faster, and I can actually move without breathing heavily. I fit into clothes from normal stores now, and I don’t have to shop the big and tall section. I get taken seriously, and I truly am in love with fitness now. I love my new body and love Beachbody for helping me achieve greatness!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I get cast in movies as the lead, not the funny, fat friend or the fat guy on the bench. The fat nerdy guy. I get taken seriously so I can take over one movie at a time. I get looks from girls now, laughs! Ultimately, I just get taken more seriously. I get to motivate people with my results to give Beachbody a try, like I did. The best move I ever made was joining Team Beachbody. Now the world will know the new, improved Stephen Linn. Sooooo happy!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Everyone in the Group was so motivating and supportive that it made me push harder. Anytime I didn’t feel like doing it, someone in the group would be crushing it and made me want to crush it.
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?
Shakeology is amazing! My energy levels are higher than ever. I just feel cleaner on the inside out. I love the variety of flavors so I don’t get bored with it. It has helped me on so many levels.
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.