“Not Just A ‘New Years Resolution’ That I Forget About By February”

“Not Just A ‘New Years Resolution’ That I Forget About By February”

Results vary depending on starting point and effort. Jackie is an independent Beachbody Coach.

Meet Jackie K. She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for February 6th!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?

Before P90X3 and Shakeology (then PiYo & 21 Day Fix), I felt okay about myself. I had two kids just 13 months apart and had lost 20 lbs by changing my lifestyle. At first, I was happy with that because I thought I would never have more than a “mom” body. But being 20 lbs lighter helped a little. I’d never have to buy a bikini again, that’s for sure. But I was still sluggish and didn’t have much energy. I had two kids under 2 to keep up with; sluggish wasn’t an option. Then, I was struggling with depression and PVC’s. I was afraid I was starting down my family’s path of heart disease at the early age of 24. After a full cardiac workup, my physician felt my PVC’s were stress related and wanted to start me on anti-depressants.1 Two days after being on those, I couldn’t function at the capacity a mom, police officer’s wife, and career woman needed to. I knew that I needed another option to increase my energy, release stress, and help stabilize my mood that didn’t require medication.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
At first, I wanted to look good in my matron of honor dress for my brother’s wedding. But then it was about being the healthiest me for my husband, and my kids. I thought I didn’t have time to work out and take care of myself. Everyone else and their needs came before mine. But I realized that if I didn’t take care of myself, then it could cause me not to be around for my family. So I started taking care of myself to be an example and live a long, healthy life. As a Respiratory Therapist, I am around people every day who made/make bad decisions regarding their health. This has caused them to not be able to live life to it’s fullest capacity, or worse, end their life too early. I wanted to be able to practice what I preached to my patients. It was then during my journey, that I was tested for a heart condition.1 It opened my eyes to my family’s genetics and I wanted to be sure that if I was going down, I went down swingin’, and doing everything I could to end the trend in our family.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?

I’ve always been good at believing in other people and lifting others up, but I’ve always lacked self-confidence. 5 years ago, when I had all the time in the world and was in much better shape, I quit the original P90X two days into it. I have always been my own worst enemy. My excuses of “I don’t have time. I can’t do a pull-up. I won’t see results.” got the best of me. But with the help of my Coach, and my husband, I decided to take the plunge and give it a try. One thing about me that changed, since trying P90X, is that I don’t like to fail. So Beachbody, P90X3, PiYo, and now 21 Day Fix have all taught me that I can get a great workout in in just 30 minutes, and see excellent results. It showed me that I can do anything, as long as I apply myself and dedicate myself. The results I have received from these programs have been amazing. But the feeling of accomplishment I got after completing those 90 Days of X3 was so rewarding to me! I knew I could do more.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?

There were so many things I loved about P90X3, PiYo and now in 21 Day Fix. The fact that I didn’t have to leave my house, and have my own personal trainer, is awesome! By working out at home, I could eliminate a lot of excuses. The 30-minute workouts fit perfectly into my insanely busy schedule. With my husband working shift work, and me working outside of the home, time is often hard to come by. It was nice to be able to put the kids to bed in the evening and 30 minutes later have an awesome workout in and not have to sacrifice sleep in order to get it in. I also love the variety of the workouts. X3, PiYo and 21 Day Fix all mix up the workouts to keep me intrigued. None of the programs are too repetitive to make me “bored” with the program. I never thought “oh I don’t want to do that workout again.” Oh, the results… of course, I love them!

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I lost another 22 lbs through P90X3 and 7.5 inches around my waist. More importantly, I have my body back. Actually, I have a body better than mine back! Looking at my toned abs, biceps, and quads; if you didn’t see the stretch marks, I don’t think that anyone would believe that I had two kids just 13.5 months apart! I look and feel amazing! I’m mostly proud of the fact that I stuck to and completed, the entire 90-Day Program. I’m proud that I stuck with this and was able to reap the benefits. My favorite “new” part of my body, honestly has to be my abs! My upper-body strength has also increased greatly! I can now do multiple push-ups with my 30 lb 2-year-old on my back! PiYo helped me take my fitness to the next level. I’ve maintained my goal weight for almost 8 months now. But I was ready to define those muscles and prove I can be strong.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?

My life has changed because I now view fitness and nutrition as an everyday need in life, not just a ‘New Years Resolution’ that I forget about by February. I feel confident in my appearance, and it makes me happy that people can see my results. I worked hard for them, so it’s nice to know people can notice them! I have more energy to keep up with my kids, and I feel good! I’m more aware of what are good eating choices and like I said before, it truly has been a lifestyle change! I’ve also become a Beachbody Coach. It makes me so happy to be able to inspire others with my results to make a change in their life, and live a healthier lifestyle. I’ve also learned that taking time for myself is important. I have a lot of people who rely on me, but if I don’t take care of myself first, I won’t be around to take care of them! I overcame depression & anxiety problems without the need of pharmaceutical intervention. The natural high from working out has helped me regulate my mood!1

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Watching everybody have success in the Challenge Group held me accountable because I wanted to still have success! So even when I didn’t feel like it, I kept working at it. And when I backslid a few times, the Challenge Group participants and my Coach encouraged me that every day was a new day and I could do it! I knew I needed to check in daily with the group, so they kept me accountable. My Coach would text me daily to check in and make sure that I had completed my workouts and stayed on track with nutrition.

How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
He was always full of positive inspiration! He would post about his workouts and success, therefore you knew if it worked for him, it could work for us! There’s nothing more inspiring than someone who has been through this journey too! I had a rough week where I didn’t feel like doing it, so he made me have an accountability check daily until I got back into the groove because he knew how much I wanted to finish strong! It’s so much more motivating to be able to talk to someone and take advice from someone, who has already been through it. Shawn was a Beachbody Challenge winner with his P90X results. He truly is a prime example of what can happen when you commit yourself to making a change!

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 truly believe that it is because of Shakeology that I have seen the results that I have! My energy level has increased with the daily use of Shakeology. When I drink it in the morning, I don’t hit a wall at 2:00pm and feel as though I need to get a candy bar to stay awake. This winter my daughter was hit with a bad case of Influenza A and my son had RSV. This is the first winter in, I don’t know how many years, that I did not come down with some type of illness. I work in healthcare and am exposed to anything and everything. It’s important to have a strong immune system not just for me, but also so I don’t bring anything home to my family. Shakeology has helped me do that for a year now! That says a lot! I moved in February and forgot to pack Shakeology in an accessible box. It was 2 days before I found it and man, could I tell that I didn’t drink it. I was tired, had no energy, and all I wanted to do was snack!2

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.

1Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before commencing any fitness program or nutritional product.
2These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.