Meet Rachel V.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for September 11!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Heath and fitness were always second nature to me until I became pregnant with my 2nd baby. After having my second baby, it was very difficult to make myself a priority with a newborn, a 15-month old, a dog, and a husband who works a lot. I was feeling terrible about myself, but I just dealt with it. M job is to take care of the home and the family. I let myself go until I had almost reached my full-term pregnancy weight at 3-months postpartum. That’s when I knew things needed to change, and I could not live the way I was currently living if I wanted to be the best mom and wife that I knew I could be.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Once I had nearly reached my full-term pergnancy weight at 3-months postpartum, I knew things needed to change. I reached out to a former competitor of mine who had seen great success with Focus T25 and Shakeology, and discovered she was a Beachbody Coach. She encouraged me to take a huge leap to not only work on transforming myself, but also to help transform others in the process by becoming a Coach. I jumped in because I was committed to making a change, a BIG change. I wanted to lose the weight and feel good again. I wanted to rediscover the BEST me for my family. I want to be a happy and healthy wife and a strong mama full of energy. I want to inspire my family to be better, and I never want to say, “no,” to something my kids want to do because mama isn’t strong enough or because mama is too tired. I want to be the absolute BEST version of me for my husband, my kids, and for ME! I am happier and more confident when I feel good.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
I definitely took advantage of my pregnancies and my cravings. I have either been pregnant or nursing consistently since November 2011. So for over 2.5 years, I have been putting whatever I wanted to into my body. When I started Focus T25 and Shakeology, it was time to make a change. Shakeology has been a HUGE contributor to my success. I do not crave the junk anymore. I feel VERY full and satisfied, and the dense nutrition gives me the energy to not only nail my workouts, but to also feel more energized for my kids! With a 9-month old and 2-year old running around, I am NEVER tired! It’s pretty crazy and pretty awesome. These programs have helped me find a balance between enjoying and treating myself and working hard and fueling my body with the right foods.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Physically, I am down 35 pounds and 35 inches. I am back to a body I have not seen in longer than I can even remember! When I started this journey, my goal was to lose the baby weight. When I achieved that, I set a goal to get down to my wedding weight by my 5th Anniversary in August. Well, I am one month shy of that anniversary, and already surpassed my wedding weight! I honestly cannot believe it! I NEVER thought this was possible…EVER. Not only has the scale dropped, but I am also wearing a pants size that I don’t think I’ve worn in my life. I even bought 4 pairs of shorts recently, and I NEVER wear shorts! Overall, I am happier, I feel healthier, and I have more energy. I am a happy and healthy mom and wife. There is nothing better than that!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am inspired. Every…single…day. The coaching and accountability groups are incredible. I am a Coach, and am finding this to be the most rewarding experience. As I work on discovering the best ME for my family, I hold myself accountable by helping others discover their best selves too. I have a completely new confidence. Before I started this journey, I was embarrassed to leave the house. Now, I get excited to go places and to see people. It’s a new life, a new ME, and I love it.
You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.