Beachbody Results: This Stay-at-Home-Mom Lost 81 Pounds and Won $1,500!

Beachbody Results: This Stay-at-Home-Mom Lost 81 Pounds and Won $1,500!

Amanda Yanik, age 28, lost 81 lbs in six months with 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, and Beachbody On Demand Challenge du Jour. She entered her results into The Beachbody Challenge and won $1,500!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before starting the 21 Day Fix six months ago, I was feeling fairly well. I had been working all summer on clean eating, training for my first ever 5k, and had lost 34 pounds. Although I felt healthier, I still didn’t see how this was going to become a forever change. I wanted more than weight loss. More than a diet. I wanted a complete lifestyle change and whole new way of living. I wanted to be toned, fit, and only eat what my body needed–not what my head wanted. I wanted to cut out sugar and empty carbs and fill it with fresh fruits and vegetables. I was feeling like I needed more, I just didn’t know what that more was until my wonderful aunt (and now Coach!) filled me in on the Beachbody program. Now I am hooked and I have made it my passion in life to help others discover the amazing-ness that is Beachbody!

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
After an intense three years full of moving from another state, having two children, becoming a stay-at-home-mom, breaking my leg, and buying a house, I felt lost. I felt like I had gotten swallowed up in pizza and chocolate and laying on the couch and watching TV and I felt awful. I wasn’t taking care of myself and I was losing all that makes me who I am. I was spending so much energy on my kids, my house, my husband, his new job, and everything else, that I forgot to take care of myself. I packed on a ton of weight and felt absolutely horrible. I kept justifying it since I “just had a baby” or I “just broke my leg” or we “didn’t have enough money for a treadmill,” but by doing that I really let myself down. My weight creeped up into the 360s–and that was post-pregnancy!–and I was ashamed. Ashamed of my 4x and 5x shirts not fitting, ashamed I was outgrowing Lane Bryant clothes and was going to have to start shopping online for bigger clothes, ashamed of my grocery cart–I needed a change.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
People have always told me that I have a “pretty face.” It may sound silly, but I hate that sentence. It just makes me feel as if they are really saying, “well your face is nice, but the rest of your body is a hot mess.” And I think I hated it so much because it was true. I felt awful about myself and struggled with my self-esteem. It affected my marriage and other relationships. I would be jealous of my husband’s co-workers and feel envious when I saw friends online losing weight. I would justify it by listing all the wonderful things that I had in my life: my husband, my children, my house, wonderful friends, but I realized I could never really appreciate all of those things without being happy first with myself. Losing weight during the 21 Day Fix has helped my confidence tremendously and therefor has made me a better mom, a better wife, and a better friend. It has inspired me to become a Coach and bring this amazing feeling I now have to others and I am now living the perfect life! Beachbody was the puzzle piece my life was missing for 28 years!

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
21 days! It seems so quick and easy! I love the short time frame and the intense amount of activity and healthy eating that is crammed into those short three weeks. When I first heard about it I thought, “I could eat well for three weeks” and now that those three weeks have passed (plus another 21 weeks on top of that!), I’m always ready for the next three! It provides an opportunity for short-term goals, which are essential in building a long-term lifestyle! I am still obsessed with my Shakeology that I used as a meal-replacer every single day since August and cannot wait to get my golden scoop! It makes me feel healthy, full, and alert. Plus I poop every day! That may be way too much information, but before the Shakeology came into my life, I was beyond irregular and uncomfortable. I can’t imagine starting a morning without Autumn, or Shaun T, or the Beast and my Shakeology!

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I honestly am in shock at my results. I had been working out and calorie counting for a few months previous to the 21 Day Fix and was able to lose 34 pounds during those 10 weeks, but in the last six months with Beachbody, I have now lost an additional 78 pounds! It has been astronomically, amazingly life changing! I love the workouts ranging from 21 Day Fix, to TurboJam, to Hammer and Chisel, and INSANITY MAX:30. With the help of the trainers, I am stronger, more flexible, and I have improved my overall endurance. I was able to complete my very first 5k run, as well as 2 more, after starting with Beachbody and ran my most recent one in record time! I also was able to start wearing clothes that haven’t fit me in over 10+ years and surpassed my 100 pound goal marker! I began as a miserable, unhealthy, unmotivated size 32 and am now a happy, radiant, optimistic, healthy size 18! My confidence is off the roof and made me so proud! But not only has my life changed, but now as a Coach, I work every single day to help others to do the same! My husband has lost over 40 pounds and my challengers have lost a combined total of over 200 pounds!


How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I truthfully don’t even know where to begin to answer this question. My life is 100% different today than it was just eight months ago. Not only am I thinner, healthier, more confident, and overall happier–but so is my family. To watch my sweet boys and my amazing husband learn better eating habits, work out alongside of me, and have more energy is just so heartwarming. Being a mom of two young children and watching them change as I change has been one of the most rewarding parts of starting my new life with Beachbody and I can’t even fathom where we were heading before I made the choice to start the Fix back on August.My boys were couch potatoes and now they do sit ups with me, I was lonely as a stay at home mom and now I have this amazing community of Coaches and challengers that I surround myself daily, my once lazy husband wakes me up to work out, and I truthfully could just go on and on. I am thankful for Beachbody and all it has given me every sine day of my life.

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
My beautiful aunt, who also is my fearless Coach, puts herself out there every day on our Challenge Group page. She shows her ups and downs and encourages us to share ours as well. Her videos, motivational quotes, and recipes always keep me excited whenever I get a notification saying something was posted. I’ve tried many new recipes that she recommended as well as ones from other members. I’ve made new friends and learned so much about other women who all live different lives, yet we have our Challenge Group as common ground and we all are striving daily for the same thing. Every week we cheer each other on for our weight losses and applaud our workouts and critique our daily logs to see where we could do better, what was good, and get new ideas for foods to fill our containers. It is truly a major part of my success so far and I am looking forward to creating my own.

How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach has been there all along. She has told me from Day one that I needed to become a Coach and has supported me in everything I’ve done. She has offered advice, recipes, motivational quotes, fun videos, and all the tools to help me train for my own business. She is always striving to better herself and inspire others to take action as well. My Coach is one of the busiest women I have ever met, but she is always there with an answer or funny quip when I need it. She’s the best and I could not have made it to where I am now without her funny videos, photos, and posts on our page as well as our many silly texting conversations. She was a huge fan of mine when I ran my 5k and helped me come up with a workout plan to incorporate running with the 21 Day Fix program. She rocks!

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 love me my Shakeology! Yum yum yum! I tried a few of the recipes, but still come back to my plain chocolate shake. It is beyond delicious and I have it every day after my morning workout. I truthfully go to bed at night looking forward to my workout being over in the morning so I can savor my yummy chocolate Shakeology! I always thought people who drank protein shakes were a bit odd, especially when they said they actually tasted good, but now I am that person who takes me shaker cup with me whenever I have plans so I can still have my treat. I don’t drink it out of obligation, but out of love! It has deceased my sugar and chocolate cravings massively and holds me over for a few hours! It is filling, delicious, and energizing. I don’t even need my coffee in the mornings anymore since I have my Shakeology! I can’t say enough good things about it and I have been recommending it to everyone I know!

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
Three years ago I broke my leg falling down a flight of stairs. It wasn’t a simple break; it was a torsion fracture of my right leg and a severe sprained left ankle. It was the worst time of my life. I was in double leg casts and a wheelchair for three months. I had to crawl up my stairs to get to my apartment in the snow and rain. One time I fell off my chair and couldn’t get up, so I laid on the floor for hours before my husband came home. The surgery resulted in a huge metal plate and seven screws being placed in my leg and, although three years had passed, I still struggled with tendonitis, major inflammation at the surgical site, and a lot of pain due to the plate rubbing.* Now that you know my back story, let me just say that about 75% of the pain and swelling and discomfort I had previously is gone. Just gone. With each pound and each inch that I shed one this life journey, I find it easier to move and I feel stronger. Without the 21 Day Fix I would not feel the best I have in years!

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 am not aware of my previous blood counts or blood pressure, however I do know that I had a ton of non-scale victories over the course of my first round of the 21 Day Fix! I am able to wear a shirt given to me years ago as a gift that has never fit, but I loved it too much to donate it and it looks fantastic! I am able to dry my shirts and pants where before I was stretching them out after a wash and air drying them to prevent shrinkage! I can put on my husband’s comfy flannels and button them all the way down! I fit more comfortably into my son’s glider as I feed him his nightly bottle and can stand up without needing my arms! I take photos of myself and don’t take 100 more trying to find a good one without a double chin! My wedding band needs to be re-sized as it is falling off my finger, so I am currently wearing a promise ring my husband gave me in college! And honestly the list could go on and on, but let’s just say 21 Day Fix has changed my life forever and for the better!

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