Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was a partier. I loved to go out and have a few drinks, get fast food, and eat at all the best chain restaurants. A normal weekend would consist of Thursday night getting out of work, heading home, eating what my mother had made for dinner, then off to my friends’ house to start drinking, ordering pizza and wings, then off to the bar. Friday and Saturday consisted of the same thing pretty much, but also included frequent late-night stops at Denny’s for food as well.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My doctor told me that if I didn’t change my ways, I would be dead of a heart attack or a stroke before I turned 30,* and the birth of my nephew.
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 is continuing with the clean eating kick. It would be so easy at times to just order out and eat garbage. Shakeology has really taken that urge away from me. Seeing my results from clean eating and working out has been eye-opening and mind-blowing. Also, giving up alcohol was not easy. I was a borderline alcoholic and couldn’t go out without having a few. A 12-pack of beer was a light night.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Great workouts from great trainers! Always kept me motivated.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I started at 210 pounds and now I am down to 148.8 pounds, which is a 61-pound loss from starting the Beachbody programs. I am most proud that I have been able to keep the weight off. It’s the only time in my fitness journey I have been able to do this and still have the desire to work out. I have also been taken off my cholesterol medication and had my blood pressure medication cut in half, with the chance to come off it completely in my next visit. I have sleep apnea as well, and I use a machine and mask to sleep. The doctor believes I have cured that too with my weight loss and might be able to come off the machine in my next visit there as well.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I’m happier, healthier, have more energy, and overall feel I am a much better person. I love who I am so much now that I became a Coach. I am no longer known as the fat kid.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Challenge Groups are great. All like-minded regular people working toward the same goal and supporting each other. No negativity or anything, just positive energy; I love it! Having a couple of friends in the group to check on you every day made all the difference in the world. There were a couple days where I didn’t want to work out, but one girl said she couldn’t wait to see my results, and that was all it took to get me motivated and get my workout in.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
I didn’t have the support of a Coach while doing this. I have been doing this on my own and now I run Challenge Groups with other Coaches and our challengers, who all help to support one another. I love it!
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 has been great. It has taken away my cravings for junk and fast food. I have more energy now, am always in a much better mood, feel like I pay attention more, and am more focused.
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Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
*Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.
oConsult your physician before discontinuing or altering any prescribed medication.