Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I’ve done so many Beachbody programs and I have had amazing experiences with them all. However, I’ve always been lacking in one area–nutrition. I can workout as hard as I want to, but if I’m not fueling my body right, I am undoing all my hard work. I’ve been a vegetarian for over a decade, but I’ve basically just eaten carbs. I’ve been at a plateau with my nutrition for basically ever, and I was at a point where enough is enough and I needed this reset to completely change my lifestyle.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
What inspired me to begin this specific transformation journey was that I have always struggled with my nutrition and binging, mostly on white carbs, cheese, and alcohol. I always overeat. I’ve been watching so many nutrition documentaries the past few months, and I’ve become 90% vegan. I’ve been a vegan before but I was reluctant to try new foods. This was a huge wake-up call when I got this program in December and did not even start it until April. It was due to being at my wit’s end with my nutrition and not being able to look in the mirror because I was working so hard and not progressing. I’ve never been where I want to be with my health, and this was my final test of willpower to really see if it’s possible.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge I faced was eating healthy consistently. I always workout but I always put my diet on the back burner. This is why I specifically chose this program–you’re not really supposed to workout and the entire focus is on nutrition and getting healthy, making this a lifestyle change and completely redefining the way you think about foods and nutrition. The Ultimate Reset did this. Due to the strict meal plan, new foods and recipes, and my willpower throughout these three weeks, I’ve come away with an entirely different mindset about nutrition and what I put in my body. It absolutely is a reset, and not just a “quick fix.” I’ve done the 3-Day Refresh several times, but this was really the kick-start I needed to look at nutrition differently and fuel my body with the foods it actually craved–whole organic foods full of the phytonutrients I need to stay healthy as a vegan, not sugary carbs! 🙂
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked that the entire program’s focus was on nutrition, and that it came with ways to “go the extra mile,” which I definitely utilized. I like that there were Facebook groups available with the grocery lists, substitutions, water intake, tips, and advice along the way! I loved the way I felt every single day. I prepared for this challenge by taking dairy out of my diet so I think it was a bit easier for me, but I saw my relationships improve significantly, my energy increase, my productivity increase, I had more mental clarity, I felt super confident with my body for the first time, I was noticing a new take on my health and nutrition and it was rubbing off on those around me, and I had less stress! My lack of motivation, binge eating, stress-eating, cravings, drinking, my old habits, and my bad self-esteem basically disappeared!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am so incredibly proud of my results. I lost 12 pounds from simple vegan nutrition alone! I did this entire cleanse as a vegan, and I also lost 12.7 inches!! This includes measuring the largest part of my stomach area. My skin is clearer, teeth whiter, my hair doesn’t get as oily, I’ve tried new vegetables, I feel lighter, and I’m not bloated for once!† For the first time in my life, I followed a program 100% perfectly. I never cheated–not even once. I never slipped up because I knew this was a life changer for me. Every time I stepped into Whole Foods, I was actually excited to try new produce, and to make this my consistent healthy lifestyle 🙂
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I look at everything differently! Right after I finished this program, it was my birthday. Instead of overeating and binging on tons of sugar, I stuck to my vegan lifestyle, ate in moderation, knew when I was full (for once), and educated my family about my new lifestyle. I’ve always preached about being a vegetarian, but I definitely wasn’t a healthy one! Now I feel like I can talk about a whole foods, organic vegan lifestyle with confidence, because I’ve stuck with this, followed it perfectly, and made it a part of my day to day life. I will be using many of these recipes from the Ultimate Reset, will be juicing daily, and I can’t wait to see how much more I can change solely due to the completion of this amazing program.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
I coached myself through the program. I did a lot of research prior to starting and found nothing on doing this as a vegan, nor any support. Therefore, I decided to take initiative and blog about my journey. I have 21 days of videos, all the recipes on my Pinterest, a daily blog evaluating every single day of the reset, so that anyone going through this journey does not have to go through it alone. I offer daily tips, advice, recipes, etc on my blog so other people can have the support I did not. Honestly I think it was a good thing for me because it was a very personal journey. I had to have the willpower alone, the dedication to get through it on my own, and in the end I think my tips and daily check ins will help a lot of people 🙂
How did a Beachbody Supplement or 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?
I was so happy I could have my chocolate vegan Shakeology for a snack everyday! I looked forward to this daily because it’s my favorite, it’s delicious, it gave me a much needed energy boost, and I’m used to drinking it daily! I was on the Ultimate Reset the whole time, so I already listed all the benefits. At first, I couldn’t sleep and I had a hard time with that, but I could tell my digestion was getting back on track from eating so many veggies. My mood went up and down because this is a major cleanse, but my mental clarity was amazing! I also gained so much confidence throughout this journey, and became a much stronger individual overall.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
My digestive issues significantly improved. I’ve been drinking Shakeology daily for over a year and I’ve seen my health improve. Shakeology has saved my nutrition, and offered me a healthy alternative to quick unhealthy foods. I do not crave bad food nearly as much!
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