Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Mandi is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I did a round of INSANITY in Spring 2013 and felt great! However I did not continue with it once I completed it. I love to run so in the fall I got back into working out and was running 15-20 miles a week. Then I found out I was pregnant and due to some serious health issues I was not able to workout. I had my son in late May 2013, and even though I was 3 lbs less than my pre-pregnancy weight 6 weeks post baby, my body did not look anywhere near what it did before. FOCUS T25 came out the beginning of July which happen to be right when I was able to work out again.4 Even though I had done INSANITY, I never was fully happy with the weight I was and wanted to be more tone. Then after the pregnancy I didn’t feel myself and wanted my body back. If have since completed three rounds of FOCUS T25, 3-Day Refresh, PiYo, and most recently 21 Day Fix.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was inspired to change my life for my son and husband. I had battled many health issues of my own during my pregnancy. My son was also born with a condition called Gastroschisis which left him in the hospital for 3 weeks after being born. I knew that going forward I needed to be the healthiest body and mind for my son in order to care!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
When I first started my journey my son was 8 weeks old. Trying to juggle the responsibilities of a new mom along with focusing on my health was difficult at times, however I wanted and needed a change. Over the course of the next year I continued to struggle with asthma related symptoms that often left me quitting my workouts or modifying them significantly. However, I was determined to continue on with my journey so I never let it stop me.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved the flexibility T25 offered. Having a newborn doesn’t always permit things to be scheduled. If I needed to adjust the workouts for certain days I was able to. I believe this was one of the main reasons I was able to be so successful. Tania, “the modifier” was also a life saver. When I was struggling with a move I knew I also had and option to do what she was doing. This helped me stay motivated and avoid taking as many breaks. Also the 3-Day Refresh was fast and I didn’t have to starve doing it. It was the perfect way to get the the weight off I gained and get my body back in check. With PiYo, I loved the rest it gave my body. Lastly the 21 Day Fix gave me structure for my nutrition which what I was in desperate need of. Also the short duration of the program helped me stay focused.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have lost over 20 lbs and 22 inches. However, my physical appearance is not what I am most proud of. I am most proud of how much I have changed as a person. I was able to peal back years of emotional stress and baggage that I was carrying. I feel confident, healthy, and proud of the hard work that I have put in. Getting the results that I have gotten was not anything I thought would have been possible prior to Beachbody.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
It would have been so easy for me to find excuses along my journey that would have stopped me. However, I didn’t which has taught me so much about myself. I have learned how to accept compliments(which by the way has been quite a feat), to accept that along a journey we have good and bad, and that i really do have abs:) I also am now much more confident which has helped me be a better wife, mom, and teacher.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The Challenge Group was amazing. I was able to connect with people who were having successes as well struggles similar to my own. Everyone was also so supportive and it also helped me, helping the others in my group as well. It also helped me stay accountable. There I was able to ask questions, have accountability, and motivation.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
She set an amazing example. When I first started my journey my Coach as doing the same program I was doing. She started my journey by being right there along side of me and supporting me. As I have continued my journey she has always been there for questions as well as leading by example in our Challenge Groups.
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 take Core Cal-Mag, Core Omega-3, and the ActiVit multivitamin. I also use Shakeology on a daily basis. Who knew you could have chocolate everyday while still getting healthy! I also used the 3-Day Refresh most recently.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I have so much more energy for my my crazy busy life.2 I have been very healthy other than preexisting asthma.
You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes.
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.