Mari Paese, age 52, lost 27 lbs. with a variety of Beachbody fitness programs, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. She entered her results into The Beachbody Challenge and won $1,000!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I started my Beachbody journey in February of 2016 after my youngest of four returned back to college after Christmas break. I found myself at an all time high in my weight and an all time low in my life. I felt lost after being a stay-at-home-mom for 24 years, and was confused with what my new role in life was now that all my kids were gone. For the past 20 years I suffered from Fibromyalgia that started with the birth of my last child and increased 11 years ago after two major neck surgeries.3 I was 51 years old, needing something in my life, and realized this was the time to work on myself. I did not seek out Beachbody, Beachbody found me.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
One night while laying in bed I saw an invite for a Challenge Group. It was at this time that I messaged the girl asking what it was all about. She explained about the accountability group and at home DVDs. Well I hated going to the gym and was not an avid fitness person at all. As a matter of fact, I hated working out. The girl leading the challenge dropped off 21 Day Fix at my house to try. I fell in love with the DVDs within two days. I loved Autumn’s personality and encouraging spirit and the thought of an accountability group was right up my alley. I called my neighbor back and signed up. It was as I was signing up she told me all about Shakeology.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I was never a huge fan of working out. I was always skinny my whole life and ate really well. After a hysterectomy I slowly gained over 20 pounds and wasn’t able to lose it.3 Any type of exercise could cause a flair-up in my Fibromyalgia so I became afraid to workout.3 People still saw me as skinny but I knew how to hide it.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Since starting Beachbody, I have lost 27 pounds and over 20 inches. I have maintained my goal weight for over a year. I went from a size 8 to a 2. I am extremely proud that I have literally only missed working out 20 days since February 2016. I have done multiple rounds of 21 Day Fix, two rounds of 21 Day Fix EXTREME, PiYo, Country Heat, CIZE, CORE DE FORCE, 3 Week Yoga Retreat, Hammer and Chisel, and am currently doing T25.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
More importantly than the weight and inches I have lost, I have gained my life back. I will never be able to put in words the pure happiness that I feel each day. These programs have changed my life. They have given me my life back and now I am trying to do that for others. I love being a Diamond Coach, and helping others find the joy in their fitness journeys like I have found on this fitness path.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
This last challenge was just a online challenge led by Autumn Calabrese. It was fun to post and check in every day and participate with the hundreds of others participating. I met new friends and enjoyed inspiring others. I felt honored when Autumn commented on my post. I have continual Challenge Groups going that I am in charge of. I love the connections and closeness Challenge Groups hold.
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I love Beachbody On Demand. It has allowed me to be able to access my workouts wherever I may be. I bring my iPad with me on vacations and workout from our hotels or condos. I also love the variety of workouts available at my fingertips. It’s been so much fun exploring and trying various workouts!
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.