Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I am a registered nurse and Clinical Training Specialist, I am mom to four kids, and I am my husband’s full-time caregiver. In 2009, my husband was in a catastrophic car accident, leaving him with a brain and spinal cord injury as well as triggering a series of heart attacks in him. He is now a Palliative Care patient and his time with us is short. Before his accident, I wasn’t in great shape but I was what is considered “average” in the United States at around a size 14. I would exercise and try to watch what I ate. After his accident, though, everything changed. Any focus I may have had on my own health shifted to getting him through each of his medical crises, while taking care of our kids and maintaining my full-time job so I could pay the bills. The stress took a toll on me and my weight shot up to 270. I was tired, my body ached, and I was so overwhelmed. I didn’t think I had the time to fix myself because I had so much to do. Emotionally, I was tired and just sad.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
In November 2015, I was standing in the kitchen, feeling exhausted as I cooked dinner for everyone. My knees hurt, my feet hurt, and I would get winded just walking from one end of the house to the other. My eldest son (who helps out as much as he can), came into the kitchen, gave me a hug, and said, Mom, I am worried about you. You are so stressed out and you don’t feel good, I can see that. If you keep this up, I am afraid you will die before him, and who would be here to take care of him if that happens…or us? No pressure there, right? But he was right. Something needed to change. I was morbidly obese and completely unhealthy. My husband and my kids need me to be healthy and strong. I need me to be healthy and strong!
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 and the ambivalence I had regarding making changes to my life. Could I do this with everything else going on? Do I have time for this? Do I have the energy to commit to doing this? I decided that it was time to commit time for myself. I had to do this. CIZE made it very easy. I didn’t have to go anywhere starting out and I could do it in my living room in just 30-45 minutes and it was fun! The workout was hard at first but it got easier and easier. The Shakeology shakes are wonderful and I noticed very quickly how much better I felt after doing the 3-Day Refresh, the 7-day CIZE Down and Shakeology. I had more energy, my focus was so much clearer. Physically and emotionally, it made me stronger and it made me realize that taking care of myself is not an option. Self-care is just as important as taking care of my family and I give it priority. I now run 5k’s and obstacle races and LOVE working out and eating clean! I am ME again! Beachbody saved my life.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
CIZE is so much fun! It was a dance party in my living room with fantastic music! Shaun T. is so motivating and such a great instructor! Through a DVD he motivated me to believe that I could do this! That is no easy feat. Shakeology tastes so good and it nourishes me and gives me energy and focus to do what I need to get done!2
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
In eight months, I have lost 110 pounds and 7 dress sizes (down to a size 8 now, from a 22). I am tone, I have definition, I have stamina and I am strong! And I have had others tell me that I inspire them to do the same thing. That is a pretty amazing feeling! And I believe I can continue to do this because it is not hard!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am extremely healthy, both physically and emotionally. I feel like I can accomplish anything! And now I get to motivate others do get healthy, which is an amazing thing for me! My family is now also eating a cleaner diet and my kids are getting more exercise, as well! I am now doing 5K’s, 10K’s and insanely fun obstacle mud runs and my kids are now joining me on these excursions! Trying on clothes is no longer a chore and I take pride in how I look now! I am happier, healthier and I am not just existing anymore. I am living and thriving!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The encouragement I received in the Challenge Group and from Brittney was phenomenal! Brittney was with me every step of this journey and she helped to make this easy for me! She is fantastic!
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
She touched base with me regularly via phone calls and texts and in person. She was always available to answer my questions and was my biggest cheerleader! I can’t imagine having done this journey without her!
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?
I was obese but undernourished. I was tired, I lacked good focus, I didn’t sleep well at night. Once I did the 3-Day Refresh and Shakeology, my energy levels increased, my focus got sharper, my sleep was deeper and more restorative, and my digestive process was more normalized!2 For possibly the first time in my life, I truly felt nourished! And, to keep that feeling going, I followed the diet plan and became a clean eater. I feel 15-20 years younger than I really am!
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I have relapsing/remitting Multiple Sclerosis, which, for me, causes a great deal of fatigue and causes a mental fog and some digestive issues. Shakeology has actually helped to combat these symptoms in a major way!2 My mental clarity is sharp and I have energy to spare and my gut is so happy!2 I don’t even need a cup of coffee like I used to! Shakeology has made me so much stronger and healthier!
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
2These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.