Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before 21 Day Fix/Fix EXTREME, I didn’t care about myself. I would eat whatever I wanted. I was to a point where I would go to a doughnut shop and order three doughnuts for myself and devour them. Before I knew it, all the weight I had lost after having my baby in July 2015 was back on. I hated my body. I hated getting dressed every day, because the outcome was always tears. Nothing fit right, and I resented myself for it. I hated myself for letting me get to that point.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was inspired to change my life because I looked at my two sons and realized that if I didn’t change what I was doing, I may not be here for them in the future. They are three years old and nine months old, and I want to be able to keep up with them when we play. I never wanted to be a parent who spends all of their time in the background. I took pictures of my body in November 2015 before I started. It was a shock to see myself in those photos. I did not realize how unhealthy I had gotten until I looked at them. I was in denial. My kids were my reason and they still are in part. But I’ve found self-love on this journey, and I am now doing it for myself as well.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenge before I started was loving myself. I was absolutely disgusted with myself. I hated me. The Beachbody programs that I used were 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, and INSANITY MAX:30. They helped me overcome my self-love issue, because I was finally putting myself first. I finally loved who I was becoming. I don’t regret spending a single penny on any of this; it changed my life and my outlook on life.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I love a good challenge. When 21 Day Fix was becoming too easy no matter how many times I upped my weights, I moved on to 21 Day Fix EXTREME. It was a great decision, because it was just the challenge I was looking for. I could tell that it was cutting my muscles the way I wanted.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
To date, I have lost 27 pounds and 40-plus inches from all over my body. I am proud of the fact that these programs have taught me that success is more than the number on the scale. I’m proud of the biceps that I now have. I’m proud that I am now a better mother to my children, because I’m the healthy mom that they so deserve. I had my second cesarean section on July 31, 2015. I am proud to say that my belly is flat now, and I’ve lost the overhang of my scar. I’m proud of who I am now.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed in multiple ways! I’m happier as a person in every way possible. I look forward to working out now. There are very few days when I do not feel like pushing play. Was it easier to sit on my butt and get bigger? Heck yeah it was, but I don’t want easy anymore. I want to be challenged, and I want to see how far my body can go. I’ll never stop pushing to better myself now, and that feels amazing.
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 Groups helped me reach my goals, because there was always an incentive to do so. Posting daily pictures post-workout and not wanting to miss a day kept me accountable. If I didn’t post, I would get messages from women within the group asking if I had pushed play yet that day. Challenge Groups are great, and they’re something I recommend to everyone who starts a Beachbody program.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Stephanie supported me in so many ways. When I am doing well, she sends me gifts as an incentive. Recently, she sent me a new workout tank that says “Crush it” on the front. That is one of my favorite sayings after a good workout!
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?
Shakeology helps me cut my cravings for my weakness — chocolate! It keeps me full for a few hours too. It helps with digestion and the vitamins in it made me feel good about stopping my daily multivitamin.2
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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