Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Life before the reset was very difficult for me. I recently had a baby, and the pregnancy was very hard on me.4 I had gestational diabetes and hypertension. I delivered safely, but a few months after birth I started gaining weight rapidly, despite attempting to eat healthy and trying to commit to regular exercise. As a new mom I felt tired, sluggish, and like I was existing in a fog. My thoughts weren’t clear, I looked like I had aged, my hair was thinning, my skin looked blotchy, and I had regular breakouts. Exercising was very difficult, and I suffered from digestive pain and cramping on a regular basis. Also, my cravings for sugar were at an all time high. And since I had GD while pregnant I was now at risk for developing diabetes later on in my life. I really felt that now after having 2 kids, I would never have the body I always wanted.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
In the last few years I lost my best friend to diabetes, my mother to RA, and my grandmother. But having struggles again after giving birth, something clicked. I realized that I couldn’t keep living with this hurt and weight. This was such a happy time in my life finally after so much loss. The prospect of starting a new family renewed my faith in life and the fact that I knew I would be needed now more than ever before. I wanted to be a positive role model for my children and feel like I could be at my best for them. I like to think of myself as a second time success story with Beachbody. Beachbody has never failed me! I believe in the programs and products and its proof that if you commit to yourself and to the plan you will succeed. But this time I wanted to be in better shape and better health than before. The Ultimate Reset was going to allow me to be my best self yet, and I believed now that I was starting a new life, it was time to achieve a new level of optimal health.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Food addiction. Food has always been my struggle; it has always been a war where I would advance, and retreat. It always seemed like two steps forward and ten steps back, when I was off my game. I knew that I would not reach my goal if I didn’t deal with the demon that was my food issue. So the first thing I did was read the program guide from front to back. I needed to enforce the foundation of what good health was in my mind. So the next thing I did was throw out all my old take out containers that reminded me of bad choices, and I replaced them with new clean containers in portioned controlled sizes. This allowed me to prep all my foods for the week, and take my lunch everyday. The Reset made me organized with my eating overnight! I went to the farmers market before my first day, and was amazed at how much food I could buy for three people.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I loved the meals! Wow, so easy and fresh. I also loved how I felt each week. I noticed that after the first week I was sleeping better and more sound. I noticed how alert I felt at work. When everyone wanted snacks like chocolate or cookies, I had my greens (my favorite by the way!) and was totally fine. There was no guesswork with the Reset. Since everything was on a schedule, all you needed to do was to follow it. I also loved how budget friendly everything was. I was able to feed my family of 4 for the duration of the Reset on $200! Before the reset we would spend $200 a week on groceries. My wallet was very happy! 🙂
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I was amazed with my results! My sleep improved, my cravings are gone, my skin looks amazing, and I don’t feel hungry all the time. The biggest shift has been in my mood. I don’t feel anxious or scatter brained at times. And I am visibly slimmer, and fit into clothes I haven’t worn since 2014! I gained back a few dress sizes, and 3 belt loops, now that my waist is smaller. I am most proud of the fact that I got organized and stuck with it! That has been the hardest thing for me. My family feels better now that our meals are more organized and prepared. And I know that I am making my daughter proud of me when she’s sees how happy and vibrant I have become over the last 3 weeks. The cloud of sadness and loss has faded and made way for a more confidant, healthy me, from the inside out.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Well, for the first time in years, I now pack my lunch every day. Its automatic for me now, and I don’t event want to spend money on lunch knowing I might be caught out there waiting for Mr. Food Addiction. There is no temptation to make bad choices. I fit in my old clothes again, and I have been feeling amazing every day since I finished the Reset. My family has grown stronger now that we are all more active in planning our meals together. My daughter enjoys flipping through the meal plan, and coming up with ways to spice up the existing recipes in a healthy way. And I am showing my son new foods to try. Doing this will impact them for the rest of their lives. I am most proud of that. And for the first time since having a baby, I feel like I will achieve the fitness I have always wanted because I am working on my biggest problem, food addiction.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Challenge Groups are an amazing way to stay connected to the core purpose of why you want to make an active change. My Challenge Group started with a few women who were all like me, addicted to food. The most fun thing about them was sharing the recipes and posting pictures of the food, also how our refrigerator looked before and after getting organized. Challenge Groups are a must have to be accountable and successful!
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach is not active, but I have other team members that cheered me on. Honestly the Coach that helped me the most is my husband Neftali Millan. He was my rock, helping to prepare meals, giving me encouragement and doing the Reset with me. He was hands down the reason why I had such success.
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?
The supplements were awesome. They gave me energy and clearly they worked! I really love the taste of the greens, reminded me of eating spinach which is one of my favorites!
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
The biggest change was my eating issue. It may not be a clinical diagnosis, but it was a huge battle and one that was destroying my life partly due to sadness over my losses. I know that I will always have to watch out for temptation, but the Reset has made it easier to cope and feel prepared. My cravings are gone for bad foods and I now crave healthy foods more than ever!
Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…)
I will find this info out when I go back to my doctor later this month. But I know how I feel and how my body responded. My body fat dropped, and I ‘m not concerned about getting diabetes anymore.
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
4Always consult with your physician before commencing any fitness program or nutritional product if you are pregnant or postpartum.