Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I had been struggling with my weight for a long time bouncing around several times and just couldn’t get the lifestyle to stick. Just before the program I hated how I looked, how I felt. My self-esteem was at the lowest it had ever been in my life because I thought I would never figure out how to lose the weight and keep it off. I was also very weak as I suffer from chronic pain and struggled to even pick up either of my young children wondering how was I going to be able to be the active, mobile mom I needed to be when I could barely walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded?
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
The day I got dressed and struggled to button my size 14 jeans I went out to a local store to buy a pair of size 18 jeans… I cried in the dressing room. And that’s when I knew something had to change.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenge is that I suffer from chronic pain and it was at an all time high at this time. When I put in PiYo for the first time and tried it I fell on my face literally several times. None of the moves I could do or hold. The first week I was in more pain than ever and depressed by it. But with support from my Coach, I kept trying. I went from only 10 minutes of a workout and unable to do any move to now able to do a complete workout and do almost all of them fairly well. There is one move where you are in a sort of plank position and are rotating with your arm reaching under you then rotating the other direction to the other side. I couldn’t do that for 7 long months. I finally was able to do it 5 times before collapsing. I cried but this time with happy tears. Never thought I could have the strength. I still suffer from chronic pain but I’m gaining more control over it and I never thought I would ever be here. Stronger. Leaner. And happier!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
It is low impact. I’m a chronic pain sufferer so things that required me to dance or jump or move quickly was not possible (still isn’t). Even though it still took me a while to be able to complete a full workout, I was thrilled to not only find a program that I could do, but that strengthened me and helped me reach my goals without it causing me any harm.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
There are several moves I was unable to do and to finally be able to do them was such a sense of accomplishment. Then earlier this week someone was shocked that I have two children because of how good I look and that was another sense of pride. That I did this. I created this body I now have and if I can do this, why can’t I do anything else?
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My self-esteem has increased significantly. I feel proud, happy and content with myself. My energy has increased and my strength is better. I still suffer from chronic pain and still have my days when that strength is lacking but because I no longer am carrying around all that extra weight, have muscle and am eating cleaner – my flare attacks are shorter and easier to tolerate and pull out of. I’m a happier person, wife and mother and so grateful to being introduced to Beachbody.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Oh it was amazing. I had to post what I was eating (so no junk food!), that I was actually working out. I had to post my successes and struggles and the encouragement I got to just keep going no matter how often I wanted to quit was amazing. When the group was over I felt lost and couldn’t wait until the next group. I haven’t missed a group since!
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Cheri and I knew one another as teenagers. We lost contact for nearly 20 years. When she came back into my life it was through my mother and through Beachbody. She just simply reconnected with me, helped me through a difficult time I was having that she had gone through herself a couple of years earlier and over the course of a few months, I finally joined my first Challenge Group.
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?
Shakeology has been a lifesaver in many ways. Due to my chronic illness I have days where I can barely get out of bed, let alone eat well. There were times nausea would overtake me because of the pain and Shakeology was my only form of solid nutrition. It aided in my weight loss, has given me energy and has helped me have the strength, energy and ability to deal with pain, sleepless nights with children and periods of flareups with my illness+.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I still have my illness but I’m gaining some control and by losing the weight, drinking Shakeology and exercising I have lowered my risk of diabetes, heart trouble and other issues that run rapidly in my family+.
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