Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
“Oops, I did it again!” Where do I begin? 3 years ago, I was ready to find myself again. I was extremely overweight, and I almost lost my then 9-year-old son to respiratory arrest from a life threatening asthma attack. As I saw him lying in the hospital bed in a coma on a ventilator, I knew it was time to take charge of my life so I could be the best role model I could possibly be. Fast forward a few weeks after we got home, and I was fortunate to run across a package of Chalean DVDs. It had everything I needed to get started. Turbo Jam, ChaLEAN Extreme, and Turbo Fire. So I gave it a shot and thought, “Well maybe I’ll lose a few pounds.” When it was all said and done, I ending up losing over 80 pounds. Let me give you a little background on my life. I have the most amazing son that was born in 2004. My husband and I tried for over 10 years to give him a sibling, and have another child. We never had any luck. When I had given up all hope, I ended up pregnant. And I 100% believe that it was due to the fact that I had taken control of my life. My small frame was no longer supporting all of the excess weight, and I no longer had high blood pressure. I was elated to finally be pregnant again. We were blessed with a beautiful daughter in August of 2014. Due to sleepless nights, and caring for this beautiful bundle of joy, I stopped focusing on myself. But guess what happens when you stop leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise? That’s right, you gain weight. And that I did. I gained every bit of it back. It is now time to focus on myself again. And I had no doubt on where I needed to turn to get my life back. I went immediately to Beachbody. I truly believe in them, and their products. I knew they helped me before, and they could help me take control of my life again. I knew I had to focus on portion control (which was out of hand for me), and I had to start a great workout again, one that I would look forward to doing. This time I turned to 21 Day Fix and CIZE. And let me tell you that I wholeheartedly know that I made the right decision. Within my first round, my energy sky rocketed and I lost many, many inches. With trainers like Shaun T and Autumn, I know they have my back. As odd as that may seem, although they are in my TV screen, I feel they are friends of mine. And they truly care about helping others and it is their passion and their gift they give to others. Thank you Beachbody for helping me gain my health back for a second time!
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
3 years ago I watched my little boy fight for his life. He was on a ventilator in a coma due to respiratory arrest from an extremely severe asthma attack. I vowed to be the best role model for him. That is when I first decided to take my life back. After putting all of my weight back on from my last pregnancy, and knowing that I now have a daughter to look up to me, I without a doubt have to set a positive example for her. I want her to grow up and always love herself and her body and to always be confident.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge for myself was realizing that it is okay to put myself first. It is okay to focus on my health and wellness. I have to take care of me in order to take care of my family. I have to be able to pour from a full cup. I can’t pour from an empty cup. The Beachbody team, trainers, and programs all taught me that.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I don’t even know where to begin. I love everything about it! 21 Day Fix got my nutrition to be on point, which I definitely needed help with. I would binge eat in front of the TV for hours, not paying attention to what I was putting in my body one bit. It taught me that healthy foods can be delicious, and if they are perfectly proportioned you never feel hungry. It is a no brainier when it comes to portion control. I love working out with Autumn. I trusted the process and her, and thought of her as a friend. She really pushes you and makes you feel strong. Plus I connected with her knowing she is a mom. I also loved the rotation of the workouts every day, because my body never became used to it. It was constantly changing.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I can now look at myself in the mirror now and love who is looking back at me. Before I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror because I was disgusted with what I had done to myself. I had no one to blame except me. I can now say I love myself again and I no longer have to hide. I can now walk into a room and hold my head high. I have found myself again. I am now leading by example to my kids, which is most important. Overall my blood pressure has decreased, which is wonderful! It decreased my overall fat percentages, and took a great amount of weight off of my small frame. I was shocked to see just how fast the pounds started to fall off! The health benefits will pay off in the long run. I do not get easily winded, and I have so much more energy!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I no longer turn the other way when I see someone in a store that I know. I don’t have to be embarrassed with the way I look. I am confident in myself again. I can chase my young daughter and my son again without getting winded. I am active, energetic and happy again. I never wanted my daughter or my son to grow up listening to me complain about my body, and put myself down. I want them to have a confident mom so they can grow up and always be confident and love themselves. That is especially so important to a young girl.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Yes! Yes! Yes! Challenge Groups are simply incredible. It is a community of people that support and encourage each other. You are surrounded by people that are in the same boat as yourself, and you all genuinely want to see each other succeed. The groups keep you accountable, and you make lifelong friends who share the same passion.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
I can’t say enough kind words about my Coach. She is simply one strong and beautiful woman inside and out. I actually first connected with her through Facebook and followed her for a while. She has a passion for what she does and I look up to her. She knows how to lift you up and make you believe in yourself. I knew that she was meant to be the coach for me. She is an incredible person.
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?
Mmmm, Shakeology. It is unbelievable. It always gives me a great pick me up and tastes wonderful! I never had to guess on what I needed to put into my body. There are so many ways you can prepare it and change it up. My body can tell when I skip a day. When I do, my energy levels drop dramatically, I feel sluggish, and my appetite is harder to control. It also helps my digestive issues by drinking it. My son loves it too! In the beginning it tasted so good I almost felt like I was cheating. I had to keep reminding myself that it is healthy! I recommend it to everyone. Between the shakes and the programs, I found myself with less stress, wonderful peaceful sleep at night, and my blood pressure has improved.3
Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…)
I used to have problems sleeping at night, and now I sleep like a baby! My joints are no longer sore.
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.