“I Lost Weight and Kept it Off!”
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
For years I exercised 3-4 times a week, yet continued to gain weight. I’d fluctuate by 10 pounds, but nothing more. In the summer of 2013, I suffered a knee injury that a few months later required surgery. At that time I weighed 235 pounds. I was frustrated and depressed by my inability to change my situation. I was truly terrified that I wouldn’t be able to avoid the diabetes, asthma and COPD issues that seemed to plague my family.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I had been fighting the battle of the bulge since my 40th birthday, but I was losing. I was well on my way to contracting the family tendency toward type II diabetes, COPD, high blood pressure, etc. I was looking for a solution that would work for me in town and while traveling. In January 2014. I started drinking Shakeology and moving towards healthier eating. I lost weight and kept it off ! It was so inspiring that I decided to take it to the next level and incorporate home workouts that I could do at home and when traveling.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge remaining was how to eat healthy when out of town and eating out. I’m not always in charge of the food selections and counting calories was difficult because I wouldn’t know how the food was prepared. with the containers, I’ve been able to visualize the portion size and cut down on overeating when in these eating out circumstances. Now, I can eat just what would have fit into a container and select dishes more compatible with my body’s needs.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked the portion control and the use of weights and resistance band to increase my strength in my arms and legs.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Even though I still have a way to go to reach my personal weight and fitness goals, I remain determined. I’m currently proud of the fact that I don’t look like I’m 61. It feels good when people notice the changes I’ve been able to accomplish.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I tell anyone who will listen how I changed my life and saved myself from the illness path common to my family. I’m also proud of the fact that several family members have begun their own fitness journeys after seeing what I’ve been able to accomplish. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve had to go to a smaller size clothing either.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Doing the work was necessary to gain the strength and sculpting that occurred. The challenge group was very supportive, especially when I went on business trips. I continued to work out every day and the group acknowledged and supported my efforts. It kept me going!
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My Coach supported me through her posts and participation in the Challenge Group herself.
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 drink Shakeology every day, usually for breakfast. It gives me the energy to do the things that I want to do, including my workouts. I know that I can count on being alert and energetic.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I’m not scheduled for a physical until May, but I haven’t been sick since I started drinking Shakeology. However, I’m expecting to see that I’ve moved away from the pre-diabetic level when it rolls around again. At my last physical, my triglycerides were phenomenal; cholesterol was lower and my HemoA1c number was holding steady. This was an important number for me as it meant I might be winning against my family’s tendency to develop Type II diabetes. In fact, at my last physical, the nurse wanted to know how I mange such a great triglycerides number!
Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…)
The workout programs that I’ve participated in have allowed me to strengthen my weak knee and reduce the pain I had previously experienced. Without these programs, including 21 Day Fix EXTREME, and Shakeology, I would not have been able to reduce my BMI to a healthier level. I continue to work out daily and am confident that I’ll reach my fitness goal soon.
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