Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
When I started the program, I was not happy with where my weight was. I wanted to lose weight and tone my body. I was self-conscious about my body, and was terrified to take the “before” pictures! I was not able to keep up with my children. I worried that they were embarrassed by my weight. I was very self-conscious. I felt very helpless to lose the weight, and believed that there was no way out. I was destined to be overweight. I actually did not believe that I could even lose the weight. I was sure that I would die as an overweight, unhealthy person. The hopelessness that I felt was overwhelming.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
One of my main motivations in losing weight was the death of my father. He died of complications from diabetes, and I decided that diabetes was not going to kill me as well. My husband also inspired me. He invited me to take this journey with him. He is my inspiration and encourager! My children were also a motivating factor. I didn’t want them to have to deal with losing a parent, because of an unhealthy lifestyle. Even though I didn’t believe that I could lose the weight, I was desperate and had to do something. I so badly wanted my kids to be proud of me. I wanted to be the mom that could run with her kids and keep up with them. I also wanted to be healthy, and to not have to worry about dying from complications due to my weight. I needed to be around for my kids, and if I didn’t change something, that was not going to happen!
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 faced was that I was a major stress eater. I would get stressed out, eat horribly, and then feel depressed and figure that it was a waste of time to exercise, because I was undoing it all with what I just ate. Through doing the program and following the eating suggestions, I was inspired to stop the stress eating. It was hard at first, but I now consider myself a recovered stress eater. These days, when I am stressed out, I pull out a Beachbody program and push play!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I love the 30-minute workouts! I also like the encouragement to “do your best and forget the rest.” I am now doing exercises that I thought were impossible for me the first time I did them! I also love the results that I have had doing P90X3!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am proud of the way my body looks now. I toned my body, and feel much stronger. I still have more work to do, but am so proud of my results! I actually bought a bikini for this summer, and am not ashamed to wear it! The achievement that I am the most pleased with, though, is that I know my kids are proud of me. They tell others about the weight that I have lost, and brag about me lifting weights. It thrills me that my kids want me around and are not embarrassed of their parents. I have modeled healthy living for them, and they are following my example.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I think the biggest change is my self-image. I have gone from dreading workouts, to having huge anticipation of starting the next 90-day challenge! I can now keep up with my three sons, and have the energy I need to be a great mom! I no longer have to worry about diabetes and high cholesterol. I am so grateful that P90X3 has become a part of my life. I wish I had found it earlier. One other thing that has changed is that we have decided to provide foster care for a baby. I would have not had the energy to do this before I was introduced to Beachbody. I can now easily take care of this sweet little one with special needs. Beachbody has changed my life in so many ways, including helping us to add to our family.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The encouragement is awesome! Seeing other people’s results helps me push through! I posted my workouts and nutrition daily, and this really kept me on track. My Challenge Group has become my fitness family!
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
He is great at encouragement!
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 really helps to curb my cravings for unhealthy snacks. I took medication for stomach problems before starting Shakeology. Now I no longer need them. I feel so much better all around since starting Shakeology. I have so much more energy since taking Shakeology, and I am hooked!
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I used to have urgent bathroom issues before starting Shakeology. I no longer suffer from those issues! My cholesterol has been lowered, and my doctor says that I no longer am at risk for diabetes — I was formerly at risk for diabetes due to family history and related health issues — or high cholesterol.
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*Kim is an Independent Beachbody Coach. Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.