Virginia LaDuke lost 65 lbs. with FOCUS T25, 21 Day Fix, PiYo, P90, INSANITY MAX:30, 3-Day Refresh, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. She entered her results into The Beachbody Challenge, and won $1,500!
Virginia is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before Beachbody, I felt incomplete and nonexistent, as if I was not really enjoying life. Time was passing, but my life stood still in a bubble of self-hatred. I lived like a hermit crab and never wanted to leave my house. I was ashamed of myself and wished there was someone to blame. But I couldn’t, because the situation I put myself in was all my fault. I lacked confidence and self-love, which put me in a dark, deep hole of self-destruction. I loathed my body and knew I needed to change my ways, but I was scared. I was scared of failure.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My number one inspiration has always been my children. I wanted to be a good example for them and instill good, healthy habits that they will carry on throughout their lifetime. I did not want them to see a mommy that hated herself. I wanted them to see a strong mom that loves and respects herself and her body. I wanted to teach them self-confidence and learn that they too are worthy of great things. With that, I also wanted to get healthy so I can be around for the long haul. Before I started any program, my last doctor visit was not a good one. When your doctor tells you that it is possible you could experience a heart attack before the age of 30, all I could do was watch my life fly by and end with two beautiful children left motherless. In that very moment, I knew I needed to change and finally, in my heart, I knew it was time to commit.
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 my mind. I needed to learn how to control it with positivity (to wash out the negative thoughts), as well as how to love myself enough to know that I am worthy of great things. I had to learn to be my biggest cheerleader. What helped me was the outpouring of love and support I got from my Coach and Beachbody team. I acquired a whole new family. I now call them my “Fit Family,” my family of other Beachbody customers and Coaches who all share in the same common struggle to want better for themselves.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
What I like best about the programs I have done are the convenience and results you can get in a short period of time. I am a busy, full-time working mom of two, and the gym is not an option for me. So to be able to work out in the privacy of my own home all while being able to keep an eye on my children has been fantastic. I am also pressed for time, so being able to achieve the results I have in only 30 minutes a day blows my mind! Over the course of a year, I have completed FOCUS T25, PiYo, 21 Day Fix, P90, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, and INSANITY MAX:30. Now I am addicted, and going to continue my way down the list of programs you offer until I complete them all. I am a Beachbody lifer now!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
The results I have achieved I could not be more proud of, and I say that with a grin from ear to ear. Not only have I had a physical full-body transformation on the outside, but what I am most happy with is my transformation on the inside. I have learned that weight loss does not always equal happiness if you are not in love with yourself and your whole wellbeing. Beachbody is not just at-home fitness programs; it is a community of love and support. It has been therapy for my heart and soul. It has led me to my greatest achievement of having self-love.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has completely changed. It’s almost as if the old me never existed, and I can’t even remember who I used to be. Before, I never wanted to leave my house and now, you can’t keep me inside. I have found a love for nature, and if I could spend my entire life outdoors, I would. I see the beauty in the world now, and I am learning to explore it. If not for Beachbody, I would still be that shy, timid girl hiding in her shell from the rest of the world. I became a Coach so I too could share in my passion for the love of health and fitness. I now love talking to people, and am forever grateful for the new friendships and opportunities that have crossed my path.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
It helped to keep me accountable for my actions. It also pushed me to strive to be the best I could be through love, support, positivity, and the inspiration of others being in the same boat I was in — working hard toward our common goals. As one, you stand alone, but as team, you stand together to achieve greatness. Staying and being interactive in the Challenge Group helped me stay accountable by seeing others achieve what I wanted to achieve. The group gave me a sense of hope as I watched others working hard to complete their goals, knowing that I too can do it.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
By genuinely caring for me and my whole well-being. Melissa has a heart of gold and did not, and would not, allow me to fail. She believed in me 100 percent, and that is what I needed most in my darkest days when I did not believe in myself. She was, and still always is, a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen to my struggles. She lifts me up and shines light into my life.
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 and the common core that holds my nutrition together. Just within weeks of drinking it, I noticed I had more energy, my skin was glowing, and it diminished all of my junk food cravings.
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