Meet Sonia S.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for July 29th!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My life before the Ultimate Reset and ChaLEAN Extreme is now a blur. I look back at my before pictures and I don’t recognize who that person was. I think about how unhappy I was with myself and how I just let myself go. I felt that I didn’t have the time or energy to care about my health, or how I looked and felt, so I just ate what I wanted without thinking about the consequences and damage I was doing to my body. I had no motivation or energy to exercise. I just kept telling myself that most people don’t lose the pregnancy weight from having kids right away. The problem was that my second child was going on 5 years of age and I looked heavier than ever. I dedicated all of my free time to my kids to be the best mother to them possible. I cooked them fresh, nutritious meals everyday so they can grow up strong and healthy. I didn’t realize that the best gift I could ever give them was to take care of myself to ensure my health and be around to take care of them.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was inspired to make a change one day at work. I am a nurse in the emergency department and cared for a 37-year old patient that woke up with a severe headache, arm weakness, and difficulty speaking. She was a mother of 3, inactive, overweight and arrived that day with dangerously high blood pressure. She was diagnosed with a stroke. I witnessed her cry as she expressed her fears of the uncertainty of her future and ability to care for her young children. I ended my 12 hour shift that day realizing that with my current lifestyle it could have been me laying in that hospital bed. I was scared and knew I had to make a change. My sister had struggled with weight loss in the past and had recently completed the Ultimate Reset with amazing results.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
I had no concept of portion control. Ultimate Reset taught me to measure everything. My 1 cup of rice was actually 2 cups. And I realized I was just as full with 1 cup. I was also not drinking enough water. In the evening I would try to play catch up with little success and only drinking 1/4 of what i should be drinking. The Ultimate Reset taught me to drink throughout the day. I never leave the house without my water bottle these days.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life since has had a complete makeover. I am proud of my accomplishments and love who I see in pictures and the mirror today. I bought my first size 2 dress in 12 years. I never thought I would see that size again because after all, who weights less than they did in college? The weight loss gave me the motivation to continue with my journey. Most people lose enthusiasm and often quit a program because they don’t see results right way and get discouraged. With this program you not only see results right away, you feel amazing. I felt better than I had felt before and wanted to continue with my health transformation, so for the first time in my life I started an exercise program: ChaLEAN Extreme.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
My husband and one of our couple friends did the Reset together. Instead of barbecue fatty greasy burgers with beers we had a nice night out on our deck. We grilled amazing salmon with fresh herbs with lemon and mint infused water. To our surprise we felt full after our first reset meal and had energy to kick the soccer ball with the kids. Normally we would be too bloated to move after drinking and eating greasy food. Doing this together definitely helped everyone because we were there to support each other and the temptation was not something we needed to worry about since we all ate the same delicious food.
How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach was my rock through this entire journey. She helped me with the shopping list and encouraged me to stick to the program. The food prepping ahead of time was the best advice she could have given me because my long days working in the emergency room left me with very little time to cook!
You can change your life, too. Take The Beachbody Challenge, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.