Mandy Irizarry lost 85 lbs. with TurboFire, 21 Day Fix, CIZE, and INSANITY MAX:30. She entered her results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for February 27th!
Mandy is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My body and I have always had a love/hate relationship. I blew out my knee five and a half years ago and had to quit working out. Within those five and a half years, I put on 30 pounds. By the time I started working out again, I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child. It was a really rough pregnancy, and I gained 85 pounds on top of the 30 pounds that I had already gained. I’m not one of those lucky ladies that loses her baby weight fast. It took me two years with each of my older two before I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight. The day after giving birth to my son, I weighed in at 245 pounds. I was the highest I have ever weighed. At my six-week postpartum check-up, I weighed 235 pounds. My doctor gave me the clear to start working out and dieting as I felt needed. I wasn’t breastfeeding so calorie restriction was fine.* And so it began.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
What inspired me to begin my journey was how I felt physically and emotionally. I was depressed and hated myself a lot. I was very active before blowing out my knee. I loved working out and running, and I wanted to get back to how I felt then. I wanted to be fit for myself and for my family.
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 facing me when I started the program was my hurt knee. I never have had surgery on it like I was advised to. So I knew I’d have to build it back up.* I also have a thyroid issue, and was always told people with thyroid issues can’t lose weight. Well guess what, I’ve lost a great deal of weight and I’m still losing. I started slow but chose to do TurboFire, because it looked like fun. I had to do low impact the first time through the program, because of my knee issues. But as the weight melted away and my muscles built up, the more high impact I could start doing.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved watching everyone else. Their enthusiasm really helped me get pumped up and want to keep up with them.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have managed to lose 50 pounds using TurboFire. Next I did two rounds of 21 Day Fix, and can credit 25 more pounds down to that. Then I did CIZE, which brought my total weight loss down to 83 pounds. I just started INSANITY MAX:30 last week, and so far I’m loving it.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Yes, it has changed in so many ways. I’m stronger, mentally and physically. I’m healthier, and I’m 85 pounds lighter, which is awesome in itself. I still have another 25 pounds I want to lose, and I’m still working very hard every day to get there. But with the Beachbody programs, I know I will achieve my ultimate goal.
You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes.
Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
*Always consult your physician about your unique medical needs before commencing any fitness program.