†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Lindsay is an independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
The year 2013 was a very hard year for me emotionally. I used food as my comfort through some tough times, and it got me to my highest weight. However, I got pregnant in January of 2014 and weighed in at 210 (my highest weight). After giving birth, my weight was 236 at my six-week postpartum appointment. I felt horrible. I was embarrassed to see people I knew. I couldn’t look people in the eye, and I had zero confidence. None of my clothes fit, so I wore the same few items while I stared into my closet full of clothes I couldn’t wear. I was wearing size 16 jeans before and after I got pregnant. I was so ashamed of how I looked that I refused to let my husband take photos of me with our new baby girl. I’m already looking back and regretting that I allowed my low self-esteem to keep me from making memories with my family.4
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Giving birth to my daughter changed my entire perspective on life. It suddenly wasn’t about just me and what I was going through; it was about getting healthy for her, and being a strong and healthy role model. I want to be someone who leads by example. I also want to add years to my life instead of taking them away, like I had been doing before she came along. Also, I was so tired of hiding from the camera and having only maternity clothes that fit me!4
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My challenges before starting the program were emotionally eating and binging, eating all junk food/consuming zero fruits and veggies, and not sticking to a program. Drinking Shakeology while doing PiYo and FOCUS T25 hands down helped me to overcome my struggles and change my life. It made me feel like I was having something “bad,” yet it is so healthy for me. It squashed my cravings; I could look at junk food and not want to eat it.2 The PiYo and FOCUS T25 calendars gave me the guidance and structure that I needed. There was no overthinking it — I just put it in and pressed play! Thank you Beachbody!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The first was Turbo Jam. Next was PiYo, and I loved that PiYo used controlled movements in a flowing pattern to shape my body. I loved that I used only my body to sculpt it. I didn’t have to have a full gym at my house to complete this program. Plus, I love Chalene! FOCUS T25 was completely different. I loved the intensity on top of the short amount of time that it took to complete. Plus, Shaun T is hilarious and super motivating.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I became healthier in mind, body, and spirit. I am most proud of following through the program and completing it. Doing it every single day no matter what the obstacles were. It is proof that I can complete anything! I am also pretty darn proud of my total stats — 33 inches gone from the start of PiYo. Plus I am down a total of 76 pounds since my postpartum appointment.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed for the positive! I have more confidence. I can wear all of my old clothes. I have energy to chase my daughter around (all day long). I walk with a new sense of pride in my body. I love that I don’t have to worry if I see anyone that I knew before I gained weight, and I don’t have to run and hide in shame. That means a lot.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Participating in a Challenge Group helped to keep me accountable. It helped me to realize that there were tons of other people going through the exact same struggles and triumphs that I was going through! It made me want to follow through and not give up!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Stayed positive and guided me in the right direction!
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?
I already wrote a little about Shakeology, but I will reiterate how much I love it. It played a huge role in helping me reach my goals. I drink it every day, and I don’t see myself getting sick of it any time soon. It keeps me full so much longer than my previous breakfast choices. I feel less bloated, it regulates me (sorry TMI), gives me such an energy boost to get done everything that I need to get done, and puts me in a good mood. I feel like I am getting to eat something “bad” for me, even though it is so good, and it is helping me to avoid junk food by squashing my cravings! I love it, and will continue using it every day.2
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4Always consult with your physician before commencing any fitness program or nutritional product if you are pregnant or postpartum.
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.