Meet independent Beachbody Coach Ashley, age 28 from Virginia Beach, VA.
She entered The Beachbody Challenge in April 2015 and won $1,000!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Shakeology helped me regain my health after a devastating miscarriage. It helped me regain my body and confidence again because it made me feel good from the inside out! Before I started Shakeology I had lost 40 lbs on other team Beachbody products and I knew this would be a great try!
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
As I watched the scale go up I finally realized undoing all of my progress wasn’t going to bring my pregnancy back.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Fitness, nutrition, and commitment were words that I never used in the same sentence. I was the classic band wagoner. I was so worried about falling into that pattern again. At first, every day was a struggle to get motivated, to put on my work out clothes and press play. I had to keep my goal in mind, I just had to keep focusing on my goal! On the days I really struggled, I would look next to me. There sat a beautiful little girl who was taking in the world around her. What was I teaching her by not sticking to my commitments? What was I teaching her by not taking care of my health? I did not want her to ever experience the pain and embarrassment I felt every day. So, I got up, put on my work out clothes, and pressed play! My Beachbody Coach, like she could read my mind. On my rough days right as I was about to skip my workout, I would get a motivating message from her. She helped keep me motivated and going! She made me feel like I wasn’t alone in this journey! Something I never got before!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Ease! Just pour, shake, and off you go with the healthiest meal of the day!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have made big changes in my body from the beginning of my weight loss journey. Of course, I was happy and proud of my physical changes and definition I got with Shakeology! I lost the weight I had regained! What I was most proud of was the emotional growth I had during the program. I regained trust in my body. I started to feel like myself again. I was pulled out of the dark shadows and brought back to living life. The emotional pain of losing a pregnancy still follows me but, it doesn’t consume me like it did before this program! That is what I am most proud of!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Since completing a hybrid of Beachbody programs, such as INSANITY, FOCUS T25, P90X3, and 21 Day Fix, my life has done a complete 180! I went from that depressed girl to smiling every time I walked past a mirror. I stopped hiding in the shadows, behind the shopping carts, under baggy t-shirts. I could confidently leave the house without the constant fear of running into somebody I knew that would see how big I was. I felt more affectionate, playful, energetic, but most importantly, happy! I finally could find inner happiness again. It was an amazing feeling, a feeling I desperately missed before Insanity came into my life. Health and fitness no longer seemed like a chore in my life, it became an important daily part of my routine. Something I actually looked forward to doing. I no longer craved fatty, sweet, or processed foods. I haven’t been through a drive thru in so long, haven’t tasted breaded deep fried foods, or heavy desserts… and you know what? I don’t miss any of it one bit!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
The group support was amazing. It gave me somewhere to vent, brag, and look to for motivation on days I was lacking. Everybody was a team because we were all in it together! Every week we had to post how our week was, I didn’t want to be the only person who didn’t make any progress. So that really helped to keep me motivated and accountable. I not only had motivated myself to work hard, I was accountable at the end of the week to make I did it lol. Challenge Groups are actually brilliant! Seeing everyone achieve their goals was inspiring. I had this amazing group of people all fighting the same fight I was. I had my fellow challengers to lean on when I was feeling weak.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach was amazing. She always had this genuine caring demeanor that I loved. She helped me meal plan, she listened to me whine when it seemed too hard. She motivated me on my weak days. Reached out to me even if I was having a hard time in my personal life. It was so helpful knowing I had that support, in every aspect of my life from my Coach. Almost like having a personal cheerleader, therapist, but most importantly a friend through it all! Had it not been for her help and support, I am not sure I would have made it through!
†Results vary based on starting point and effort.
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