†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Cecilia 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 Beachbody programs and Shakeology, I was very depressed. I was depressed because I was tired, I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin, and I lacked motivation to do anything. I knew I had to do something when I couldn’t stay awake past 1 pm without crashing. As a mom, my kids depend on me to be strong, alert, and mentally stable. In July of 2014, I signed up as a Coach with the PiYo challenge pack, which forever changed my life. PiYo is way more than a workout program. It literally saved my life. I hated myself prior to starting. If I kept going down the path to self destruction, I’m not sure where my life would ended up.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Of course my children are a huge inspiration in everything I do. I want to be the best parent to them and be a positive, healthy role model in their lives. What also inspired me, was the thought of loving myself again. I put my trust in Beachbody programs and Shakeology, and the rest is history. The support I knew I would have in my Challenge Group inspired me, and the results of my Coach inspired me.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
I always lacked commitment to any kind of diet and exercise. For years, I struggled with knee pain, back pain, and mental anxiety. I always thought of what could go wrong. I focused on negativity instead of the possibility of what could go right. I doubted real success with my fitness goals. I gave up at just the thought of another knee injury or being overly exhausted from a high-impact workout. I financially could not see how I could possibly fit Beachbody into my life, but I made it happen. I sacrificed in the short-term for long-term success. Beachbody, PiYo, and Shakeology helped me overcome those obstacles by working with my body, no impact workouts, drinking one delicious shake everyday, and then the financial opportunities of being a Coach. You truly cannot fail when you have all the tools you need to succeed. I changed my priorities when I started seeing results so quickly, my whole lifestyle changed, and I am truly thankful for it!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved that PiYo is low impact, it left me no excuses not to work out. Chalene is a great motivator. I truly enjoyed every part of my workouts, even the challenging, more advanced moves, that I could still do! The pace of the workouts is set just right to keep you on your toes. Chalene takes you through each movement step by step so that you do not have to guess if you are doing the moves properly, which totally saved my knees. I learned how to properly do lunges and squats so as to not injure my knees, that was such a relief to me!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
If I had to describe my results with PiYo, I would use one word, transforming. My body was transformed, I lost inches, pounds, gained muscle, definition, and improved posture and flexibility. In addition, my mind was transformed. I started speaking to myself in a positive voice, I swear there are subliminal, positive messages in each workout. I went from not even closely being able to bend over and touch the floor, to now placing both palms flat on the floor at my feet. Even years of gymnastics and cheerleading didn’t give me this kind of range of motion.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Since completing PiYo, I would say it would be a shorter list to say what hasn’t changed in my life. Nothing is the same, my attitude is brighter and more positive, my inner voice is more uplifting and encouraging. My health has greatly improved. I am so much more limber and flexible, my muscles are strong and I don’t feel weak or sore. I am more encouraging to others and I recommend PiYo to anyone I know. It is way more than just a workout program, it is a life changer, a spirit lifter. Chalene, the trainer, feels like my best friend now. I enjoy exercise because I know I’m not getting injured. Everything about it has changed my life!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The support that I had in the Challenge Group was nothing I had ever experienced before when doing an exercise and diet plan. To have all those ladies right there with me everyday asking how I was doing, posting their ups and downs, sharing how PiYo was changing their lives, I did not feel so alone.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach, Colleen, is more than my Coach, she is my dear friend. As my friend and Coach, she genuinely cared about my success!
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.