Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started my Beachbody journey, I was depressed. I was so down on myself and how I looked. I was at my biggest after having three babies so close together. I used that as my excuse to not doing anything about it, and eating a family-sized bag of chips as I watched my life go by. I was not the girl I used to be. I was so happy and full of life. But as the weight packed on, my light dimmed more and more.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Honestly, my kids! I was huffing and puffing just walking up the stairs to tuck them in at night. Being so young and wild, I wanted to play but would break out in a sweat immediately. This was reason enough for me to just not move. I wanted to play! I wanted them to look at me and think that their mommy was Super Mom! That’s when I decided to just start! I wasn’t going to make any more excuses… No more waiting for the right day. No more waiting for the new year! Just start!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was being proud of myself for just trying each day. I was so hard on myself if I didn’t keep up with the people in the video, or if I had to take breaks. I should have just been proud that I tried and completed the workout each day. Beachbody has helped push me past what I thought I could do, and pat myself on the back no matter what…because at the end of the day, I did it. I made that small change to my body.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I used a couple of programs to get here: INSANITY — I loved how motivating it was so I kept going and pushing through each round I did — and the 21 Day Fix Nutrition Guide — I saw food in a whole new way! Food was my number one enemy. This showed me that you don’t have to eat only salads and super low calories to lose weight. I could eat hearty meals, and still lose pounds and inches!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
In addition to the obvious — losing weight and inches — I gained respect for myself! I gained the respect of my children when they see mommy working out. I gained my life! That sounds so cliché, but it’s true. I never thought I’d ever look in the mirror and be proud of my body and the person I’ve become. I was as thin as a teenager, but never saw myself as strong. I still saw a “fat”girl. Now I see a strong mom that has set an amazing example for her kids. I am most proud of just making the time to do this. I had a baby in the middle of my two-year journey, and didn’t let a pregnancy throw me off. I’m still a strong mommy of four!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I have more energy, and I now make time for myself. How can I take care of my beautiful girls if I’m not taking care of myself? I absolutely love that my girls even look forward to my workouts, because they have started doing them with me. They are six, five, and four, and sometimes do better than I do, but I love watching them. Even when I don’t have my trusty containers with me, I can still picture how I’m supposed to portion my foods and always have a mental note on what foods I need to eat while out.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I have been a part of so many Challenge Groups on Facebook, and absolutely love them! I don’t think I would have been as successful if it weren’t for the support I had from those groups. Posting sweaty selfies after every workout, meal plans written out, and just seeing everyone else post about their workouts has kept me so motivated. Accountability is so key to my success in addition to the support I had from my family.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Angele is amazing! I ended up switching Coaches after I had my baby. I felt I needed a Coach who was continuing to make changes in herself, and Angele was doing just that. I had been friends with her for a long time, have personally witnessed her own journey, and knew we would be a perfect fit…and we are! She has supported me so much these past few months and has helped push me that much harder with her relentless posting.
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 has definitely helped me with cravings and energy. I’m a big, big lover of chips and sweets. The Strawberry Shakeology was just sweet enough to curb those and to make me feel full for so much longer.
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