Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was sad, sluggish, and felt very insecure. I looked at the challenge ahead as an uphill battle that seemed impossible. I thought about wanting to be healthy all the time, but just wasn’t consistent, and lacked the discipline to implement the things I knew I should be doing. I didn’t like the way I felt or the way my clothes fit. I was embarrassed with how unhealthy I had gotten. Playing with my kids was difficult because I had very little energy and was tired all the time. Everything felt hard. I felt defeated.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I knew I wanted to make healthy changes but kept believing all the excuses we tell ourselves. I don’t have time, I can’t, I’m too weak, it’s so easy for everyone else, etc. They aren’t true. I saw a few different inspirational posts from friends and one talked about a Challenge Group for January. I thought that having the support of others to help motivate me would give me the push I needed, and I was right. As soon as I joined the group, I immediately felt like it’s now or never and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. Was it hard? Yes. But it would be worth it in the end.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
One of the huge challenges was trying to do it on my own. Another was not having a set plan to follow. The Beachbody programs make it easy. They tell you what to eat, how much of it, and which exercise to do each day. I printed my meal plans and workout schedule and followed along. It made things way less complicated, and the easier it was to follow, the more likely I was to get it done. Each day I put a checkmark next to the date on the calendar when I finished the routine. It gave me a sense of pride. One day at a time. One workout at a time. One meal at a time. Before i knew it… time passed… and results showed. I am convinced these programs set me up for success and am so grateful for the Challenge Group I was part of. Motivation is tough… but the support of others helps so much!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked that it incorporated weights and the exercises were set up in a way that anyone could follow along. Regardless of your fitness level, you could attempt the move and do as many as you could for each rep.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I lost weight and inches, but most importantly, gained muscle, confidence, and energy. I am so proud that I got through each exercise each day. It wasn’t perfect. Some days I had less motivation and it was tough to get started, so I would put on my workout clothes and procrastinate a little. But I always ended up doing it. I could have put forth a little more effort, but at least I finished each day. I was so proud to accomplish making it through. I am even prouder that I can finally fit back into my “normal” jeans.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed for the better. I am healthier and happier. I play with my kids more, am part of a group that rock climbs, and I have a lot more energy. I lead an active and clean eating lifestyle and feel the positive changes in my mind and body.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The group’s support helped more than I know how to describe. Seeing others post made me feel normal, gave me ideas, and helped motivate me to do my best. The inspirational quotes my Coach posted were great reminders that just added fuel to my fire which led to my success. Every time I posted something, group members would comment or like it, making me feel good and helping me to keep going. Knowing I had to post to the group helped to keep me on track too. Even though they didn’t judge me either way, they just supported me and wanted to see me do well.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach helped push me and give me confidence. I wasn’t quite sure I could do it at first, but reading all the uplifting and motivational posts helped to change my thought process and convince me that I was capable. She also kept the group members interactive by asking us questions and having us post pictures. This helped us give each other ideas on different foods to try and helped us support and motivate each other. Having others there for you makes a huge difference.
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?
I started my journey with the 3-Day Refresh, which was a great way to cleanse all the junk and jump-start my healthy eating. I then did P90X and used Shakeology as a supplement. Shakeology was my lifesaver. The convenient little packets were easy to take with me and made sure I didn’t skip a meal and that I got all the nutrients I needed to support the extreme workouts. I needed the fuel to be able to perform and get the results I wanted.
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