Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I have always been a yo-yo dieter. I thought the only way to lose weight was to drastically cut calories or cut out all carbs. When I was able to lose weight (like for my wedding), I was never able to make it stick. In 2014, my husband and I decided to have a baby. I started my pregnancy much heavier than I wanted — around 165 pounds. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during the pregnancy. Luckily, I was able to control my and the baby’s weight gain, and I had a healthy baby boy in October 2014. After the delivery, I actually gained more weight. I was not prepared for that! I mistakenly thought breastfeeding would get me back in shape. Well that didn’t work for me, even with exclusive and extended breastfeeding! My weight spiraled out of control to 181 pounds. On top of adjusting to being a new mom, I just didn’t recognize myself in the mirror. I was also scared of getting diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I was in a very low place.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I knew it was time to make a change. I wanted to be healthier and happier. I wanted to do it for my son and my husband. But most of all, I wanted to do it for me. I just didn’t know how. My sister recommended the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology, and I thought, “Why not, I will give it a try.” I told myself I would fully commit to it for 21 days. I started on August 1, 2015, and have never looked back. I have now done The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, 22 Minute Hard Corps, and many of the other workouts on BOD. In total, I have lost 58 pounds, and I have continued to tone up.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I just didn’t know how to eat. Period. The 21 Day Fix and Shakeology showed me how wrong I was in the ways I had tried to lose weight before. I didn’t need to cut out all carbs. I didn’t need to cut calories or eat next to nothing. I could eat a lot of food and not feel hungry. Once I started eating clean, I swear my body craved more vegetables, healthy foods, and less sugar. I was finally giving my body what it needed, and it gave me what I wanted!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved the container system of the 21 Day Fix. I was a bit intimidated at first, but after about a week, I was totally adjusted to it. Now I can eat right wherever I go. I know my portions by heart, and I can make it work as a lifestyle.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I lost 50 pounds from August 2015 – March 2016. Since March, I have lost an additional eight pounds and now weigh 123! I now wear a size two petite. I honestly can’t believe it! I am proud that I lost the weight with good nutrition. That is not something I was able to accomplish before.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My relationships are better. My self-confidence is higher. I sleep better. I am more productive and have more energy. I don’t get sick as much. I want to participate in life more. I am a better mom. And now I am helping others and changing lives as a Beachbody Coach!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I really like the support of the Challenge Groups. I joined one a little later in my journey and wish I had done it from the beginning. The support from your Coach and the challengers keeps you accountable and dialed-in.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Sabrina has been so supportive. She inspired me to become a Coach, and I am very excited about helping and inspiring others!
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 is amazing! I don’t go a day without it. It has kept me more healthy and I sleep great. It also helps with digestion and curbs cravings.2
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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