“FOCUS T25 Has Given Me My Life Back”

“FOCUS T25 Has Given Me My Life Back”

Meet Kim H, age 31 from Bonnots Mill, MO.
She entered  The Beachbody Challenge in January 2015 and won $1,500!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before starting FOCUS T25 I was depressed and extremely unhappy with myself. I felt like nothing I did could help me lose weight. I would spend my lunch hour at the gym on the elliptical machine, but I still couldn’t lose the weight. This led me to reducing how much I would eat in a day, therefore reducing my meals to only eating lunch. Little did I know, that was causing my body to go into survival mode and holding on to every calorie I consumed. I started to think I had a thyroid problem, and maybe that’s why I couldn’t lose the weight, but my tests always came back normal. People would always say, “you have such a pretty face!” That seemed like a compliment, but I knew what the truth was. The mirror was my worst enemy! Any time I walked by a mirror, I would get upset. I hated the way I looked. Being upset with myself, led me to being easily agitated with my children and husband. I was just not a happy person, and that is not who I am.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My favorite thing to do is to be on the water or by the pool, but I started hating it because I was so unhappy with my appearance. The thought of going on the boat or to the pool gave me anxiety. How is it that you can love something so much, but hate it at the same time? On August 17th, it was my 31st birthday, and my husband asked me what I wanted to do to celebrate. He knows how much I love going on the boat and spending time with him and my friends. However, I was hesitant, because all my friends are small, and I wasn’t. My husband has always been my rock. He loves me no matter what, and told me I need to stop worrying and just enjoy life. So we decided to have all our friends join us on the river for a day of celebrating. The next day I looked at the pictures, and was disgusted by the girl who was staring back at me. Who was she? I mean she looked like me, but I could see the pain in her eyes. She wasn’t the happy person I once knew.

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 self-confidence! I let my weight control my life. I would avoid parties and get-togethers so that I didn’t have to be seen. My best friend called me one day and said she hadn’t seen me in a while and asked if I was pregnant. I told her no, and asked what made her think that, and she said, “because you always disappear from the public eye when you are pregnant.” That really struck me! Wow! Have I really been avoiding people for so long that they are wondering where I’ve gone? Fast-forward to today – I am excited about going to parties and get-togethers with friends. Even going to the grocery store makes me happy. I can finally hold my head high! I can finally say – I am proud of myself and my appearance! FOCUS T25 has given me my life back. The life that I have wanted for so long!

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved T25 because it was a very intense workout that I could do in 25 minutes at home. I didn’t need any equipment or a gym membership. I have a very busy evening schedule, but T25 fit right in and I was able to do it without feeling guilty, or feeling like I was neglecting my family.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
The results I achieved with FOCUS T25, Shakeology, and clean eating are unlike anything I ever imagined. In the 14 weeks it took me to complete the program, I have lost 42 pounds and a total of 33 ½ inches in my first round of Focus T25 (Alpha, Beta and Gamma). I have biceps, triceps, calf, thigh, ab muscles and muscles I cannot even name. I went from a size 14 to a 6. I couldn’t have gotten here without Shakeology. I tried other products before, and this one completely raises the bar. When I first purchased Shakeology, I wasn’t sure it was worth the money, but after one week of drinking a shake for breakfast, there is no way I would spend another day without Shakeology in my daily menu! The achievement I am the most proud of is myself. I am proud that I not only completed the 14 week program, but I Nailed It! Out of 14 weeks/70 days, I only missed one workout due to being sick. That’s right – just one! And that accomplishment makes me more proud of myself than anything.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has completely changed since completing FOCUS T25. Before starting T25, clean eating and Shakeology, I was so out of shape. Walking up a flight of stairs would leave me breathless. My 10 year old daughter loves going for walks with me and running, and now I can finally run with her and keep up. I have ran two 5 Ks since starting this journey 14 weeks ago, and I couldn’t be happier. I went from being an unhappy and depressed homebody, to being an active happy person again. I have lost 42 pounds, but gained more self-confidence than I ever could have imagined! I am all-around a better and happier mother, wife, and friend. I find it almost impossible to be unhappy, or to even have a bad day, because I finally have the missing piece of the puzzle that I always needed in my life and that is me… a happy me! I have two beautiful children, and the most loving husband a wife could ask for, and now I can finally be the mom and wife they deserve as well. Thank you Shaun T!

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 me stay accountable. It also helped me to realize that I wasn’t alone on this journey. If I was struggling one day with clean eating, I would reach out to the group, and they would support me and help me realize what I was there for. I was there to lose weight and get fit. That support helped me avoid temptations.

How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My coach there for me every single day! I never could have done this without her. She helped change my life! I would text her daily to ask her questions, and for her advice. If I didn’t reach out to her, she would reach out to me to make sure I was doing okay. I genuinely felt like she cared, and I know she did.

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 use Shakeology every single day! When I first started drinking it, I didn’t know if I would continue, but after a week of drinking it, I quickly realized what all the talk was about, and from that point forward I have never missed a day of drinking Shakeology. It is my out-the-door breakfast. It curbs my chocolate cravings, keeps me feeling full, gives me amazing energy, and has helped regulate my bowels! I love Shakeology!

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I use to be very irregular, but drinking Shakeology has changed that. I now have zero problems in that department!

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