Stephanie Stancer, age 29, lost 124 lbs. with 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, FOCUS T25, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, 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 lived my life with blinders on. I have always been bigger, and I thought that was how I was meant to be. I told myself that it was okay to buy more clothes I didn’t really like every year, because the old ones “just didn’t fit right”, when really I was steadily getting bigger. I told myself, it’s okay for you to eat enough food to feed a small family because there was a salad in there… which was covered in ranch. I thought I was “winning” when I had leftovers from dinner to bring home, but then ate them an hour later. I told myself that I was fine with holding everyone’s purse while they tried on clothes because that store didn’t carry my size. I couldn’t ride a lot of roller coaster rides because my hips didn’t fit. I wore jeans and 3/4 sleeve shirts in summer. I lied to myself everyday. In reality I was the most unhappy person, but I never wanted anyone else to know. I never wanted anyone to pity me. I always put on a smile on for everyone and acted like everything was okay.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My son was three months old at the time; at that point I had gained back what weight I had lost before I found out I was pregnant. I was back in blinder mode. I told myself I was in survival mode. I had a baby, I was back to work, and I had no time to do anything. I was fine with the way I was. One night I was up with my son for a nighttime feeding. I started to wonder what he was going to be like when he grew up. Then I thought, I hope he doesn’t end up like me; always struggling with food, unhappy, and struggling with weight. That opened my eyes. It’s sad I didn’t want my child to be like me. At that point I decided I was going to do whatever it took to show him something different, show him what a healthy mom and lifestyle can be like. I needed to lead by example. I saw the Fix on a lot of late night infomercials, and I saw the results people were getting in a short amount of time. I liked that it taught you how to eat. I decided that was the program that was gonna help me get healthy.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was myself. I could give you an excuse for anything. “I don’t have time”, “there isn’t going to be enough food”, “I don’t like healthy foods”, “I don’t like working out alone”, “it’s too expensive”, etc. Well 21 Day Fix had an answer for everything. The workouts were only 30 minutes, the whole program was only 3 weeks, and the food list was huge! I loved how the portions sizes were bigger than I thought they would be, and then slowly stepped you down to smaller amounts. Beachbody introduced me to Challenge Groups so I never felt alone. And, as a bonus, I gained a whole new “fit” family and met so many amazing people.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
With Beachbody, I was able to lose well over 100 lbs and tons of inches. I have gained so much energy and so much self esteem. I have also learned how to make fitness a part of my life, and how to eat the right foods for my body. I’m proud of that the most, because it has given me a whole new perspective on my life and the healthy lifestyle I am showing to my son. Of course, losing a ton of weight is amazing too!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed so much. I am so happy. I am teaching my son what a healthy lifestyle looks like, and I have been able to help so many of my friends and family start their journeys. I have a whole new group of friends that I call my “fit” family. I go to bed at night knowing that we are helping so many people on their journeys and it makes me so happy. Without Beachbody and the Fix I don’t think I would have ever came this far in my on my own. I would have still been lying to myself and setting bad examples for my son, and who knows how that would effect him in the long run.
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 amazing. You meet so many wonderful people that understand and have been where you are, or are going though the same things. Knowing you aren’t the only one that isn’t a fan of a certain exercise really does help you not give up. Seeing that they struggle with it but still got it done motivates you to push through also. I love all the new tips and tricks I’ve learned from groups. It has taught me so much. Having to check in every day after you have worked out really makes you not want to miss one, haha. You don’t want anyone else to know that you didn’t get one in! Plus, seeing everyone else get a work out in makes you more motived to get one in too!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Dani was the one who introduced me to Challenge Groups. She is such a wonderful person and an amazing motivator. She took an amazing group of woman and made us into a family. Most of us still keep in touch though social media, and support each other. I couldn’t thank her enough for showing me a whole other side of Beachbody.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or 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, digestion/regularity?
Shakeology has helped fill in the holes that my nutrition was missing. I have gained energy and definitely improved my digestion.2 I love that when I’m in a hurry I can just shake it and go. I fills me up and keeps me from needing to grab fast food when I’m out and about.
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I just got BOD a few months ago. I love that I get to try all of the programs. I have never been so excited to work out. It’s like Christmas every day. I never get bored! If I feel like I need to focus on abs, there are workouts for that. If I feel tight, there’s yoga. It has also helped me with my Coaching. If someone has a question about a program, I can say I have actually tried it and let them know if it is the right fit for them or not, and now I don’t have to keep track of DVDs when I travel! Bonus: I can work out anywhere!
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
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