Kristen K. lost 60 lbs. one year with FOCUS T25, P90X3, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, PiYo, and Body Beast. She entered her results into The Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for September 11th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before Beachbody, I didn’t realize it but I lived a very unhealthy life. I didn’t worry about what I ate. I didn’t exercise regularly. I smoked half a pack of cigarettes a day and I drank every weekend. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about being healthy and I probably didn’t care. I was never confident with my body, even though I had lost some weight after high school. It wasn’t in a healthy way either. In 2011, just before I got married, I had been doing INSANITY with my husband before our wedding. I had lost some weight and even had to have my wedding dress taken in. In 2013 after I had my son was when my struggle with my body and self-image really began. It took me to a very low place in my life. I was sad and lonely. I hated leaving the house. I hated getting dressed in the morning because I had no clothes that fit so I lived in my husband’s sweatpants and baggy T-shirts.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Here I was, a new mom who should be enjoying every minute with the biggest blessing on Earth — instead I was trapped in my own miserable mind. I would complain to my husband about how I hated the way I looked and felt. I regret that I wasted an entire year with my focus on hating myself instead of loving each second with my precious baby boy. My transformation started when I joined a private mom’s workout group on Facebook. A four-week challenge was starting and my husband had FOCUS T25 in the basement. I thought: “Why not take this challenge and focus on me for just 25 minutes a day. Who can’t find 25 minutes a day?” My challenge to myself was to get my workout in before I could log in to any social media sites. My challenge was to know that I could be a better version of me to take care of my family.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge I faced before beginning the program was my attitude toward exercise. I always thought that exercise had to be grueling and painful. That I would always be sore for days on end and I never could understand how the heck people actually enjoyed being in this amount of pain! When I started to switch my focus (thanks Shaun T) to how this workout was about taking care of me instead of punishing me — that’s when the light bulb switched on. I looked forward to my “me” time. I deserved to exercise because I could. Because I was strong and I was a priority!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I did a number of programs to lose 60 lbs. in 12 months — FOCUS T25, P90X3, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, PiYo, and Body Beast. I loved working with the different trainers. Each one has a different magic about them that really makes you feel special. They make you feel like they care. Like you are important and your success is important.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have lost 60 lbs. in 12 months. I have also lost my negative attitude and found my self-confidence. I am so happy to enjoy the time I get to spend running around and being active with my family. I am most proud of being able to have gained a healthier lifestyle while being a mom and working full-time shift work. There really is no excuse to not take care of your health.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
How hasn’t my life changed? I feel good. I feel happy. I feel healthy. From the inside out. I want to help the world realize their potential and feel the joy and freedom that taking control of my health has given me.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Once I started working with my Coach and being a part of her team, being held accountable and knowing that I can inspire others is the primary reason I have made it this far. When you know others are out there finding time for their health and fitness, it makes you think — if they can do it, so can I. I will find time. My Coach reaching out to me is really what kept me on track. Her messages of encouragement and personal posts about her own journey are definitely huge factors to helping me lead a healthy lifestyle.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Kate’s posts are always an inspiration and a reminder to keep fit and healthy! She worked out throughout her entire pregnancy and even started back into it only weeks after having her son. I love her support and positive outlook toward health and fitness. Whenever I need support or have any questions, she continues to be there.
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, digestion/regularity?
Shakeology gives me a quick, healthy, and filling meal before work and in between my busy days running after my toddler. My energy level has increased tenfold since drinking Shakeology again. I forgot what it was like to feel this good! My husband has even started to drink Shakeology again and said the same thing.
How did a Beachbody supplement, nutritional product, or program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I have struggled with acne my entire life. Since drinking Shakeology, I have noticed that my skin is so clear and healthy looking.
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.