Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was so involved in career and family I did not prioritize my health. I chalked up my weight to having kids and getting older and while I knew it wasn’t where I wanted to be nothing I tried seemed to work. It was like my metabolism and I were at war.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
21 Day Fix EXTREME is the first program that didn’t hide the ball when it came to nutrition. Sure other programs included nutrition plans but unless you took a nutrition class you were not going to understand why you were eating those foods, or what impact different portions could have on your body. Autumn herself is very real and accessible and while she is tough, there is immense compassion there that you can sense! I decided to change because I realized I could succeed with Autumn as my coach. I did 2 rounds and then participated in Autumn’s Memorial Day Fix Challenge.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was working out and not seeing results and having unrealistic expectations of my scale. Beachbody helped me adopt fitness as a lifestyle rather than an activity. My mindset had to change first. Once it did, the rest fell into place. It wasn’t easy, but I did it! The Bonus? I made a lot of friends along the way and now feel part of a great community! Thanks, Autumn Calabrese!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The portion control system rocks! Simple and effective. Flexible enough to allow you to create your own meals. This is the best thing ever. I am even thinking differently about my kids’ nutrition!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
The result I am proudest of is my mental state. I now know that I control this body. I can bend and shape it to my will and regardless of what my 5 senses say, the battle is won in the mind first. The pounds come off later. I went from a size 12 to a size 8 with this program. No more boxy suits or empire waist tops for me!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am more engaged with my family and with life in general. I didn’t realize how much I had withdrawn from the world until I lost the weight and reemerged from my shell. Despite her weaknesses, I am grateful to that girl who decided to make the change. I had to learn to love her unconditionally. That meant deciding she was worth the effort. I know I will never see her again, and that is a good thing. But I will never forget that she made this girl possible. I have stopped being my own worst enemy. I am now my own best friend. Love yourself now, this very moment so you can thank yourself later!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Challenge Groups helped because you didn’t feel alone. The Memorial Day Fix Challenge group was amazing. It’s sheer size alone (17k)-we were practically our own city! Lots of great information, inspiration and definitely perspiration.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Everyday Crystal reminded me of why I was doing this. She pushed us to do our best even when we didn’t want to. She even joined Autumn’s Memorial Day Fix Challenge with me when I asked.
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 helped me not to cheat. It was the meal I didn’t have to think hard about. Blend and enjoy. Next.
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