Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I felt very tired, sluggish, out of shape, bloated and very unhappy with my physical appearance. I was very unhappy about the way I looked especially when I was no longer able to fit into the clothing that I owned or be able to shop at certain stores. I lacked motivation which had an effect on my personal life with my family and friends as well as my work life. I looked at myself in the mirror each day and thought “how did I let myself become this way?” Deep down I knew the answer which was poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and unhealthy choices.These feelings had gone on for months where I would look at myself in the mirror and just be unhappy with the way I looked. I didn’t know what to do or how I could make a change. Also I am a Type I diabetic so by not eating healthy and not exercising it caused me to have very high blood sugars and require me to take high levels of insulin which is also not very healthy for your body.3
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was physically and mentally tired of feeling out of shape and unhappy. The shape that I was in was unhealthy, especially for someone who was a Type 1 Diabetic who is subjected to many health risks. I knew that I needed to make a change. I knew that I needed a new plan in starting a healthy lifestyle from what I had tried and subsequently failed in the past. I knew that if I did not make a change I was going to further go down the path of feeling sad, feeling like crap, and feeling like I had no control over the body that I had. I knew that if I did not make a change I could be looking at some very severe complications in the future. I continually saw friends of mine posting on social media about Beachbody. I saw their results and I saw the success they were having. I had never imagined that the results they were having could be achieved from at home workouts but they were in fact happening. I did a little research on various programs and decided on INSANITY MAX:30.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge that I had faced with starting the program was the doubt and the lack of confidence that I had in myself that I would be able to lose weight and reach my goals. I hadn’t worked out in months, I was terribly out of shape and I was lacking motivation to make a change. However, I started the INSANITY MAX:30 program, and from the start I loved the challenge and difficulty that the program had. I loved the way the program pushed and motivated me. Each day I would push play, and I felt that competitive desire to see how far I could make it before I would max out. I loved the challenge of seeing if I could beat my previous weeks time. The program started to give me my confidence back and the motivation I had once lost once I started seeing changes in my appearance. Also I joined a Challenge Group which provided me with support. Support was something I had always been lacking as well, but I found that in the Challenge Group which made a big impact.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I absolutely loved how difficult MAX:30 is. I loved that I could get such an intense workout in just 30 minutes from home. I also loved working out with Shaun T. I really felt when I was working out that Shaun T was right there with me motivating me and pushing me to reach my goals. I felt that he was talking directly to me during the workouts to keep going to get stronger and to reach my max. For someone who was a former college athlete and is very competitive, this program was perfect for me because I had a competition with myself to see if I could go one more rep, one more minute or even one more exercise before stopping. This program brought back that competitive edge that I had lost and it completely changed around my mindset that I could reach my goal of losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My goal for this program was to lose weight and to gain back the confidence that I had lost. I am most proud of that in 6 months I have lost 62 lbs, and have completely reshaped my body and mind. I had gone from 274 lbs to 212 lbs in those 6 months. The last time I was that weight was almost 20 years ago, so it was a big accomplishment to get to that weight. I knew that by losing the weight it would allow me to achieve even more success due to the new feeling of motivation and confidence that I had. Losing the weight has allowed me to feel healthier, have more energy, and to have better control over my Type 1 Diabetes. It gave me more confidence and more motivation that I could achieve new goals that I set for myself that I probably wouldn’t have thought I could do before I started the program. It has also given me the desire to share my story and help others reach their goals with people who were dealing with the same struggles I had.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has completely changed since I started INSANITY MAX:30, and started using other Beachbody products such as Shakeology and the 3-Day Refresh. Through my success, others have been able to see how big of an impact it has had on my life. They have seen how happy, confident, motivated, and driven that I am now and that my overall personality has completely changed from what it was. I feel that through my success I have been able to inspire others to try Beachbody and follow what I did. The program has allowed me to get into great shape and has allowed me to be able to physically do things that I previously was unable to do such as long, intense 50 to 75 mile bike rides. It has allowed me to fit into clothes that I hadn’t fit into in years. Finally it has given me the desire to want to help others and have an impact on their life after seeing the changes that have occurred in my life. I want to help inspire others to reach their goals and be a resource to them for success.
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 very instrumental in my success. It held me accountable and provided me with support by helping me stay on track for eating healthier and exercising. The group had an app that would allow me to document if I was drinking my Shakeology, what foods I was eating and what exercises I was doing. That really held me accountable to stick with it because I knew the Coaches and group would see what I was doing. The best thing about the group was knowing that I had such a supportive group behind me. I felt that I wasn’t doing this on my own and had others behind me that could share in what I was doing and the success that I have had. I put the time and effort in to eat right and workout but I had that emotional backing to continue to push forward each day. Also, I was able to develop some new friendships and help motivate others in the group which has been great.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Just like the Challenge Group that I had joined, my Beachbody Coach was very instrumental in my success too. John helped me to stay on track by continually checking in with me to see if I had any questions or concerns, to talk to to me about my present and future goals and to celebrate in my success as each week passed. He had gone through a very similar journey that I was going through so I knew he understood what I was going through and would be able to share with me how to reach my goals. He gave me great advice that led me to the success I have now been able to enjoy.
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 drank Shakeology every morning as part of my journey to living a healthier lifestyle. Shakeology was very key in my success as part of my diet. It gave me a healthy option that I could have at any time of the day. I primarily drank Shakeology in the morning with my breakfast but I would also drink it when I needed a quick, healthy snack that I could take with me. I loved that their were a nice variety of flavors as well as recipes that were very delicious. The greatest benefit that I gained was that it helped me lose weight. Shakeology gave me energy, helped me feel really good and stopped me from eating unhealthy options for meals. From the start I could tell that Shakeology was a game changer in my daily life with my overall health.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
Since Shakeology has a very low glycemic index, I felt confident that I could drink the shakes. It was great to have a product that had so many health benefits which had such a positive effect on me. In 6 months of drinking Shakeology and working out with Insanity MAX30, I was able to have a dramatic change in my health which I know will have benefits going forward.2
Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…)
By drinking Shakeology I noticed that it had a big impact on my health. My doctor was very happy with the results that Shakeology was able to provide to me. Before I started drinking Shakeology my health was in bad shape however once I started drinking the shakes I was able to become healthier.2
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.
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