Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I had my second baby in July 2015. From the time I was about 22 I had an eating disorder, so the only way I knew how to lose weight was via fasting and other disordered behaviors. I knew when I had my son if I tried to lose weight, I would end up sick all over again and lose the weight the wrong way. When my son was around nine months, I knew I had to do something, something had to change. I felt lazy and unhealthy. I was not happy with my body. I knew I needed to change and I was starting to get restless, which meant the eating disorder would soon make its way back into my life if I didn’t do something.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I decided to change my life because I knew I had to do something. I wanted to be healthy, feel good, and set a positive example for my kids! I also knew that I needed to be active. What really inspired me was this goal I had to change my life, to be like “those people” who work out, eat right, and are super fit! I wanted to be fit and healthy! I just didn’t know how so I decided to just try. Just start the program and commit myself to complete it and follow it from Day One. After T25 and 21 Day Fix EXTREME, I was ready for new challenges. I knew I didn’t have weight to lose but I knew I was ready to focus on building my body, gaining muscle tone and strength, and see what I was really capable of. Body Beast and lifting weights opened my eyes to completely new goals. Now I am working towards getting my body in the best shape possible, and even considering competition as I continue to work through this program again!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
When I first started, I said to myself: “I’m not really going to change how I eat. I’m just going to work out.” After about week one, I slowly started to change that without even intending to. I gave up Starbucks and started Shakeology instead. I gave up fast food and junk food like chips, and I started drinking lots more water. Slowly my meals changed into healthier options and by about week four, I was changing my whole life all because of the motivation of the Beachbody program, my Coach, and my Challenge Group! I literally feel better than ever in my life, and I can honestly say that I no longer have my eating disorder. The voices and depression that it tends to leave behind have vanished, and I am 100 percent healthy and pushing harder to continue to change my life! Beachbody helped me overcome that by providing the resources, motivation, and support as I navigated through the new program.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
With T25 I liked that it was 25 minutes. Even if it killed me (which it did in the beginning), I could do 25 minutes. Who can say no to 25 minutes of their day no matter how hard those 25 minutes are!? And Shaun T is one of the best motivators I’ve ever seen! My second program was 21 Day Fix EXTREME. I lost eight pounds with 21DFX, and saw my arms tone up and begin to build muscle. I loved watching the definition in my arms come out, because my arms were always my most hated body part. I love that as I got further along I felt stronger, I could feel the improvement week by week as my muscles grew! And seeing that in the progress pictures was a huge motivation. Body Beast simply works. Following the calendar and progressing each week works.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I’ve lost 40 pounds overall. I’ve gone down three to four pant sizes and one bra size (two cup sizes!). But despite those physical changes, my outlook is so much better than it was. I look forward to working out and feel healthy. I feel so good and strong, it’s incredible. Shakeology is something I never thought I’d get into, but I can’t miss a day. I look forward to my shake. I feel healthy and nourished knowing I have it, and I feel proud of myself for making the steps to change my life. I’m eating better, working out consistently, and setting new goals all the time to keep improving! I have loose skin from years of obesity (a lifetime really), I never thought my arms would look so amazing, and my legs. I love my biceps, triceps, quads. I’ve seen my body transform and felt it strengthen week by weeks. I’m proud of my body now, I’m proud of how strong I look, how fit I look. I’m proud that people can see my dedication to this craft.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I honestly think it saved my life. If I didn’t start this program and working with Beachbody, my eating disorder would still be probably my next step toward losing weight again. And I know it would have eventually killed me. This program changed my life, because I am healthy in a way I’ve never been before. I’m in shape, strong, gaining muscle, and eating better, and everyone in my life has taken notice. I can’t wait to keep going and see how far I can go! I have new goals. Lifting has opened my eyes to a whole new world. I never ever had goals of body building but now I’m continuing to work towards these new goals including maybe even one day doing a competition, or at least getting my body in the shape of a competitor!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The Challenge Group held me accountable as I posted pictures and checked in for workouts. I knew that people were watching me (so to say) and expecting me to succeed! It felt great to have the support and motivation of others on similar journeys as I worked through my own. My Challenge Group keeps me motivated because I know they support my goals. They ask about how I’m doing and I know they expect my posts so that keeps me going every day. I know my group looks to me to inspire them, they expect me to show up every day and that holds me accountable.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Mike was awesome! He encouraged me, made me feel like this was really something I could do well at, and always checked in. I felt like he was counting on me as much as I was to make it and succeed, and when I did, I knew he was just as proud! My Coach is as excited about my results as I am, and I know he cares about my progress. I talk to him about my goals and what program would be best to go to next, he’s a good source for information as I build my own business as well.
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 helped me kick my Starbucks habit! My Café Latte shakes are my treat more than just some meal or snack. It’s really my reward and it nourishes me in a way I know I wouldn’t be through something else. I honestly felt healthier and more clear once I started drinking Shakeology.2′
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I use BOD for all of my workouts. I love the ease and convenience. I use my Roku upstairs and my laptop when I’m downstairs. Not having to have DVDs whenever I am is awesome, and I can select whatever I want no matter where I am!
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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