Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
The word that frequents my mind most is ‘miserable.” After adopting two small children I soon realized how much I was unable to do with them and how much time and effort I gave to them, setting aside myself for their every need. My workouts became more and more difficult to move through. Though I did as much as I could with the children, I could not show the deep sadness I felt within. It became evident though as I began to stay in the house more often for fear others would see me and I would somehow embarrass my children, my partner and myself. I reached a point where I simply gave up on me. I felt unworthy, I felt trapped in a body that I somehow I managed to let go… again. I thought I had reached a point in my life some 7 years ago, where I was at a place of peace with my body, mind and soul, but along the way, I lost sight, lost my way, and lost control of my body. I was simply not ready to continue that journey i had already begun with great success
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
There was no “magical” day where I awoke and said, “that’s it”, I’m going to get back to where I was, because in reality, we can never go back, we must move forward. So my transformation journey was gradual. First and foremost, I began to shift my mindset. If you can label that as inspiration, then that became my inspiration. Of course, this is not to say my children and family were not inspirational to this journey because they were and continue to be, but in order to travel any journey it all begins with ourselves. We must learn to focus on even the smallest of accomplishments and pride ourselves on what we are capable of doing. In my heart, I knew that if I were to grow into the best version of myself, I needed to set forth on a journey that would not only transform my body, but also my mind and soul.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Oh challenges, my gosh, my journey has been full of them. From being a mommy to being a partner and all that glorious “stuff” that happens in between. I have to say my greatest challenge has been not giving up on me. I finally understand that in order to take care of me, I needed to trust the process. I was challenged with children’s snack food constantly; challenged by the time of day I sometimes got in my workout, and challenged by my own internal struggles of being worthy of this amazing transformation that was occurring. I had to learn to let go of those feelings and that giving up was simply not an option. BB, became a strong source of inspiration for me. With social media, I was constantly reminded of transformations that I realized I was capable of accomplishing as well. Beachbody became a true source of inspiration for me daily. I must also add that Shaun T truly inspired me beyond anything I ever could have imagined. His inspiration is truly like no other I have experienced.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I began my journey with T25, modifying with Tania. I had to start out slow as I was recovering in the span of 14 months, from r3 separate meniscus surgery repairs; all due to carrying too much weight and doing more than my body was capable of.3 After a 3 rounds of T25, I received the go ahead from my orthopedic surgeon to start some jumping, and jumping I did with MAX:30. But I began wanting more, so I challenged myself to ASYLUM Vol. 1. Sometimes I had to modify, other times I did not. After ASYLUM Vol. 1 my confidence was near the clouds, so I embarked on ASYLUM Vol. 2 with great success. I even did a round of CIZE, which I love and prompted me to become a CIZE instructor (with Tania!)I am now at a place where I know and feel what my body needs, so on some days it’s MAX:30, other days it’s an ASYLUM workout, and CIZE will always be a part of my life. As you notice, I utilized Shaun’s workouts, as I feel his motivation in my soul and that has been a catalyst on my journey.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My results: first and foremost on this journey, I’ve learned to let go of the negativity and baggage that weighed me down. I live in a much different frame of mind, and I believe in myself once again. I believe in my internal power and greatness. Physically, my goodness, simply squatting down to pick up something off the floor no longer takes my breath away! My body has completely transformed because I trusted the Beachbody programs and the process. And, I trusted myself. Simply put, I am proud of the woman I am growing into and let’s be real, it’s so nice to see some muscle separation when you’ve only dreamt about it!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am growing into the person I was born to be. As soon as I shifted my mindset my body followed suit and despite the sagging skin (hey, I’m 51 and at my age, that skin no longer bounces right back!), I am proud of that skin. It’s a constant reminder of the person I left behind to become the person I am today. My confidence feels as though it can touch the stars, and I walk with my head facing forward, instead of always looking down. We’re all born for greatness, we just need to seek out that which brings us to that place, and I have found that place within myself internally and externally. Does that mean my fitness journey ends here? Absolutely not. I will work on filling out some of that sagging skin with more Asylum, but in the meantime, for the first time in my life, I can wear a tank top, look in the mirror and say, ‘you did that.’ “You made that happen.” What an amazing feeling that is. Truly, truly amazing. I feel so connected now to life, to the Universe, to others.
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?
OMG… Shakeology has been the absolute bomb on my fitness journey. Are you kidding me? Shakeology is that magic that fuels my mind, body and spirit. I honestly do not know where I would be without my daily Shakeology. And you know what? It’s probably one of he most exciting meals of my day as I make some pretty awesome shake recipes. It’s been a tremendous asset on my fitness journey, and I will never, I repeat, never miss a day of Shakeology!
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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.