Angie Vargas lost six lbs. in 60 days with INSANITY MAX:30. She entered her results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for February 19th!
Angie 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 the program, I had recently given birth to my second child. I felt that I needed to start becoming the person I want to be for the rest of my life, as soon as my doctor gave me the go-ahead. I felt like a disaster physically. My pregnancy had been taxing to my body. Although I admired what my body had done, twice now, I did not want to get stuck in a rut of feeling like it was supposed to be that way, because I had a baby. In all honesty, I did not like my body and could not believe the way I looked when I took my “before“ photos. With my first pregnancy, the weight had just melted off pretty much, but with this one, it did not happen that way. There were days when I just felt gross and felt guilty for feeling that way every time I looked at my baby. I knew that I could not feel that way about myself and expect to raise a daughter that loved herself.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I wanted to be the best mom I could be for my two kids. I wanted to like myself, and be healthy and fit to play with my kids. I wanted to have the necessary energy to enjoy my three-year-old son while also caring for my new infant. I wanted to get back to that person I used to see in the mirror, and with whom my husband fell in love. My husband never stopped telling me I was beautiful, but I wanted to feel like myself again anyway.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Remaining consistent has always been my biggest challenge when it comes to any exercise plan I make for myself. I usually start very motivated, and at the first sign of an obstacle, it all goes to the wayside. I have always kept myself just fit enough that I feel OK with myself, because I am a small person and everybody thinks I am fitter than I really know to be the case. My Beachbody team (Alpha Omega) and Shaun T (via the workouts and his Instagram account, which I follow) have helped me tremendously with accountability and motivation. Shakeology is responsible for at least half of the motivation and success. I cannot go a day without my shake, and it makes me feel better all around. Recently, my entire house got sick with bad colds and coughs. I had a runny nose for two days! I sincerely think I am a lot healthier than I would be without the shakes. I have a long way to go to get to my final goal, but I am inspired and will keep going for the long haul for sure!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
INSANITY MAX:30 is perfect for me, because it is 30 minutes a day with a required five days a week and an optional sixth day. I still get “time off,” which I need. Additionally, it uses your own body weight to build strength and stamina, which is my preferred method over weights and equipment.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I lost some weight, which was important to me, because I need to get down to a specific weight at which I know I will feel my best. I think I lost more fat weight than the scale shows, because I probably built some muscle, which is important to me as well. I am very proud of the inches off my waist! I am losing pregnancy weight here so my waist, hips, and thighs are the most affected, but especially my waist. I am also incredibly proud of the endurance I have now. It’s hard to notice during your everyday activities, but recently I went for a walk with my daughter in her baby carrier and my dog on a leash. We climbed this hill near my house that I used to struggle with during pregnancy and right after, and I didn’t really notice the hill until I was at the top and realized I had just climbed it with very little effort! That made me extremely proud of myself, and I felt like a living result right there.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I just completed it this week, so I’m not sure how it has changed since. But I think I will see that I am going to remain motivated now regardless of whether I am doing a particular challenge. I just cannot disappoint myself after all this hard work! I still have days when I don’t love the image in the mirror, and that is where I need to keep working. It will motivate me to keep going, because as I said before, I have a long way to go — this is just the start!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I am somewhat competitive, and I like to keep them informed of how I’m doing. When I was having a rough day or week, seeing their posts (be it inspirational ones, photos, etc.) kept me focused and made me want to have something to post and share as well!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach is really Matthew and his wife Crissy. They and the entire team are very supportive and very happy to be doing what they’re doing, which is quite inspiring! Crissy Bergeron has been extremely supportive throughout my journey, and I know she will continue to be, because it’s who she is.
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, or digestion/regularity?
Shakeology is the backbone of this whole thing for me. I talk about it above. I cannot go without it, and it has provided me with energy and digestive regularity. I feel it has made my immune system stronger — given that in a household with a preschooler, when everyone got sick, I barely had the sniffles for a day or two and was fine after that.+
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