Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Tierney 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 I started my first Beachbody program, I felt very stuck inside my body. I was sad and anxious and hated the person I had become. I had tried multiple exercise and diet fads but I never could seem to stick with them and every time I failed, it continued to lessen my hope for myself. I became lazy and completely unmotivated to do anything about it. I was frustrated with myself for not taking the steps to lose weight, but I couldn’t seem to grasp the idea that I would need to change my lifestyle to do it. I wanted a quick fix, and I disappointed myself every time it didn’t work the way I wanted it to. I remember being in college and thinking to myself, “I’ll just wait until I’m rich and I’ll pay for cosmetic surgery.” I had completely given up on myself.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
After graduating from college, I decided that since I now was living in the “real world” so to speak, I needed to grow up and start at least trying to take care of my body. I had always liked the idea of eating healthy, but I never learned how to do it. So I started following social media accounts that shared pictures and recipes for healthy meals. I then started to also follow some personal trainers and body builders that I found inspirational, and that helped me a lot to get motivated to work toward having an active lifestyle. It was because of these Facebook and Instagram pages I followed that I got a suggestion to follow the page of a girl who is now my Team Beachbody Coach. She invited me to join her Challenge Group and after one round of the 21 Day Fix, I had lost about six pounds, felt a whole lot stronger, and decided to become a Coach myself.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I was very intimidated by the strict nutrition and workout schedule. In the past, I had always messed up and missed a workout, or cheated on my diet and felt like a complete failure. But the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan allows for a few mess-ups here and there and encourages you to keep going even after a small failure. And my amazing Coach helped me out a lot in the Challenge Group to not give up on myself and keep my eyes set on my goals and the reasons I wanted to reach them.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I love that the 21 Day Fix workouts are only 30 minutes long. When I did my first round of the program, I was also working with a touring theatre and living mostly out of hotel rooms with an ever-changing schedule, so the length of the workouts was perfect to plan into my day. I also really liked that it wasn’t just cardio, but involved weight lifting as well. I had never done much with dumbbells and probably wouldn’t have even known what to do with them at a gym, but after completing the program, I felt like I could hold my own if I went to the gym and not feel like a complete idiot.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
After my first round of the 21 Day Fix, I had lost about six pounds and also started seeing some muscle definition in my arms and abs. Since then, I’ve used various other Beachbody programs, including INSANITY MAX:30, PiYo, and 21 Day Fix EXTREME, as well as other programs on Beachbody On Demand. I’ve lost about 40 pounds overall, gained a lot of muscle, and even more confidence. I hardly ever get depressed anymore and my anxiety attacks are few and far between. I’d say I’m most proud of my confidence level. I never really thought I was good enough to do physical things, or that I deserved to feel attractive, but now I’m so proud of the work I’ve done and I truly feel that I’ve earned the right to believe I’m beautiful and strong.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Since completing my program, my life has changed in so many ways. I’m happier, I’ve stayed consistent with daily workouts and healthy nutrition, I’ve found a job that I love, and I feel comfortable and confident in my own body — I didn’t even think twice about putting on a swimsuit this summer! I feel that I have a much more positive energy around me as well and I’ve developed stronger friendships and healthier relationships with those around me, which I think is a direct result of being able to finally love myself.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Being in a Challenge Group helped me so much to stay focused on my goals. Having that kind of support reminded me that I’m not in this alone and there are others out there struggling just like me. The constant support and encouragement that the Challenge Group gave me helped me to keep going forward and not give up, and I loved being able to give the encouragement back to the others in my group.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach, Hannah, has been a godsend. Ever since the very beginning, she has been by my side (over Facebook) helping me and advising me along the way. She is a true leader and genuinely cares about each and every one of her challengers and Coaches, and I can’t imagine doing any of this without her. She consistently checks in with me to see how I’m doing and offers advice when she can tell I need it.
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, digestion/regularity?
Shakeology has definitely helped me to lose weight, but it’s also helped me to establish a healthier lifestyle. Since I started drinking it daily, I’ve noticed that I’m more regular, have a better mood overall, and it gives me enough energy to get through my day without any kind of caffeine crash.1
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