Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I had always played sports growing up; it was something my family was always involved in. I played high school softball, summer ball, and then went to college playing Division 1 softball. I had always had a “team” of support in college from my nutritionist, trainer, and teammates to push physically and mentally. Unfortunately, I would say I was the girl you could call “skinny big.” I worked out like crazy but ate horribly! McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, and Burger King, all the time! When I graduated, I stuck with the working out, but soon it was kid one, kid two, and then kid three — all of them being C-sections. I got bigger and bigger, and my confidence dropped tremendously. I wore big clothes and even felt uncomfortable around my husband. I did not like who I had become and didn’t know where to turn.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I started experiencing terrible upper stomach pains to the point one time I went to the ER. They ran all sorts of tests, and the doctor said I was having issues with my gallbladder. Years prior, I had already had my appendix taken out. He summed it up by saying my body is having a tough time processing all these fatty and greasy foods. His exact words were, “Here is my script for you: eat better and exercise!” I knew I had to change to allow myself to be the best, and in return I would be able to be the mom I knew I could be!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Sticking to any program longer than a couple of weeks! Beachbody helped me, because once again I felt like I was a part of a “team.” I had ongoing support and people to aspire to become like when it came to weight loss, confidence, and just overall lifestyle changes. I never feel alone, and it’s just amazing that Beachbody provides the full package: workouts, meal/nutrition guide, support teams, and shakes. It’s a one-stop shop!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The intensity and the whole-body focus.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
The first thing that I noticed was my excitement to start working out again! I thoroughly enjoyed the burn! I am proud of my commitment and passion for bringing exercise and well-being back into my family! Then to see my body transform from losing weight and clothes fitting differently to the choices of food I was making outside of my household.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I used to suffer from quite frequent migraines. However, since working out and taking care of my body nutritionally, they have drastically decreased! My little boys (four, two, and one) try and do some of the moves and even ask to go outside (four- and two-year-old) and exercise. To see them doing some of the exercises is the funniest but most rewarding thing ever; for I know that I am not just transforming myself but planting the right seed with my children! My husband has jumped on board as well doing the workouts, drinking the shakes, and referring people to me quite often. I have more energy, more positivity, and am enjoying life more.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Candi was a former teammate of mine in college. After some years, she had her first child and I had my third within a couple of days of each other. I remember after some months seeing her post about Beachbody, and often thinking why can’t that be me losing weight, feeling better, etc.? Then one day she texted me and sent some information to me! I read over the material and still was skeptical. After a month or so, I just said, “Enough is enough, I want the Hammer and Chisel Challenge Pack.” She motivated me from the very first day, and helped me see that now I am the girl posting about her weight loss and happiness!
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?
With a very busy household, I often make breakfast for everyone and then just begin chores, errands, or tending to things we need to get done. I would get fast food for breakfast, or would forget to eat or not eat until the later part of the day. This caused some serious digestive issues and made my migraines even more prominent, because I was basically nutritionally starving myself. Since having the chocolate Shakeology for breakfast, I can legitimately say I have not eaten out for breakfast. I love Shakeology! It is providing me with so many nutrients that I call it my fuel for my tank.
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.