The best way to stay motivated and get in shape fast is by doing it with a community of others who have the same goals as you.
By joining a Beachbody Challenge Group, (I call them fitness accountability groups), it’s a fun, exciting way to get the constant inspiration and encouragement you need to stay committed and achieve your fastest results. Just complete any Beachbody fitness program (every Challenge Pack includes one) and share your results into the Beachbody Challenge! When you do, you get a free shirt and a chance to win $500 to $100,000!!
I could not breathe going up and down the stairs. My life consisted of working, coming home, eating, and laying on the couch. I was so uncomfortable with myself, I had gotten to a point where I did not even want to look in the mirror. I fought with my husband all the time, because I could not understand why he was with me, so I would just constantly see how far I could push him away. I was angry with my mother, because of how my life was. The worst was that I was constantly trying to keep my daughter from not turning out like me, but I realized finally that I had to change myself in order for her to have a better future.
My Beachbody Coach Rachael Winters. Her lowest body weight was 215, then she started Beachbody and is now 140. I did not think that it was possible to go from being obese to a normal size without having surgery. I thought that the smallest I could get was 230. Before Beachbody, I never thought it was possible for me to get under 200 pounds. I also wanted my daughter’s life to be better than my own. When I started, she was almost two years old, and she was already starting to pick up my bad habits. The only way I could change her future was if I changed my own.
I had so many challenges, but looking back on it now, the biggest one was changing my relationship with food. I have a problem that I think about food at all waking hours — at times I have even dreamed about it. Food was my best friend, but I had to teach myself that food is meant for survival. I cannot detach from feeling through food.
The list of Beachbody programs that I have not done is shorter than the ones I have done. I love something about all of them. Right now Body Beast is my main program. With my extreme weight loss, I have a lot of loose skin. Building muscle has made me feel more confident in my skin regardless of the loose skin.
I am most proud of what I am physically capable of. It is an amazing feeling as a woman to feel like you can protect yourself with your own strength.
Everything in my life has changed. Working out and meal prepping is my hobby. I love sharing this with everyone, because my life has gotten so much better since starting Beachbody programs that I want to share it with everyone, and I do! I feel that I am more relaxed as a person. I have so much more energy, and I feel younger now than I did 10 years ago. I love getting dressed every day, because usually whatever I put on looks good on my body. I love how much happier all these changes have made my family. We do so many activities together. Before, our together time was eating and watching movies. Now that I have lost so much weight, I get messages and phone calls from people daily asking me how they too can change their life; that is the best part of all. I have been obese my entire life. There are many things that I wanted to do when I was younger that the weight kept me from being able to do. I hope that now I have changed my life, hopefully I can change someone else’s too.
In 2008, I began having symptoms of nerve pain, fatigue, weakness, difficulty walking, and muscle spasms all over my body. I was hospitalized and was found to have high levels of protein in my cerebrospinal fluid which indicated an inflammatory process going on in my body. I have spent the last 6 years in and out of the hospital with flare ups. My neurologist thinks my problems are autoimmune in nature, but I have never been given a definite diagnosis. I have lost several jobs due to my health problems over the past 6 years. My wife was carrying the load of our entire family and it was killing me. I hated looking at myself in the mirror because I knew the real me was in there somewhere. I was depressed and sick of being on a multitude of treatments and prescription drugs that were doing nothing to help me. I felt like I had to take control of my life and body if I was ever going to find myself again.
My family is my WHY for getting my health back, and they continue to be what drives me everyday to be the healthiest I can be everyday. My 3 kids needed their dad back, so I resolved that no matter how much it hurt, no matter how much pain I may endure, I was going to conquer my weight. I was determined that my family would get the REAL ME back. My wife Erica has never given up on me; she has been and is still to this day my ultimate inspiration!! The first few months of working out were painful, but it has been worth it — tenfold.
The greatest challenge was making sure my body would not flare up with muscle spasms and nerve pain, and so far with Beachbody programs alongside Shakeology(which is the best), I am conquering my health issues!!
In all, I have completed Focus T25, P90X3, Insanity, Body Beast, and most recently INSANITY MAX:30. I loved that I could start slow with Focus T25, and as I got stronger, I became not only more flexible, but my energy and stamina has become AMAZING. I love P90X3, because it has made me stronger. Focus T25 helped my cardio and x3 has made me stronger. Because the auto immune disease took me out of working out for years, I REALLY needed to strengthen my arms, legs, and back. These programs have given me strength beyond what I could have imagined.
I started my first Beachbody program (Focus T25) in September 2013. In the first 9 months, I lost 100 pounds!! In 1 year, I lost 112 pounds, and I’m pleased to report that after almost 2 years, not only have I kept it off, I’ve continued to lose even more! I have NOT missed a day drinking my Shakeology. I have never felt so good!! I look and feel better now than when I was in my mid 20’s. I am 41 now! My body fat has gone from 46% to 17%. My cholesterol was checked in Oct 2013 right after I started T25. It was checked again in May 2014. Here are the amazing results: Before After Total cholesterol 325 -> 177; Triglycerides 647 -> 92; LDL too high to calculate -> 104; HDL 45 -> 55.
T-25, P90X3, INSANITY, Body Beast, INSANITY MAX:30 … and of course Shakeology everyday has changed my life by giving my life back! How? I can play with my kids! My wife has never seen me look and feel so good! I have suffered through this auto immune disease by having multiple lumbar punctures, multiple trips to the hospital, sometimes spending up to two weeks at a time getting a flare up under control. This has changed my life!!! I have my life back, because I can run with my kids. I am not hurting. I have energy. I AM HAPPY again. I am spreading a passion now for fitness for those who feel like they have no hope. Well, there is always hope, and it’s my life’s aim to ignite fitness and clean eating by sharing with people what Team Beachbody can do for them.
I created a Challenge group called CAMP. Clean Eating, Accountability, Movement, and Progress! I had to make sure I was doing my part so that I was being a great example to the group. I love Challenge Groups. It’s what makes working out tick and come together!!
Shakeology is the best product on the market for energy, sleep, mood, digestion, regularity and finally curbing my appetite from sweets. Without shakeology, I would not have done as well, especially being on prednisone which makes you crave everything! I no longer crave unhealthy food, but crave healthy food. I cannot think what I would have done without it! I have more energy than ever before. I am thinking clearly. I am excited and passionate about life again!!! I am also taking the P90X after workout drinkand WOW, are you kidding me?! This drink helps me feel better after working my butt off, it makes my muscles feel better and I am not as sore. I have never in 5 years felt this good! I will take Shakeology forever, and I mean that. I am getting the nutrition I need, and my body has recovered from 5 years of multiple hospitalizations, and I am off all medications. Shakeology has brought me back to health. [note: consult your physician before stopping any medication]
My blood pressure is down. It used to be really high, now it is normal. My triglycerides are back to normal, cholesterol is normal again. I may not need my neurologist anymore but for a YEARLY visit.
Before beginning my weight loss journey, I felt unhappy and disgusted with who I had become. I simply felt done with the way I looked, done with the way I felt, done with the person who I let myself become. I felt unmotivated in fitness, health, and happiness. After having my baby (4 months before I started insanity) I couldn’t even look at myself. I just felt yucky and ready to make a change in my life.
During the holidays, we went sledding and when I realized how hard it was to bend and move I knew something had to change! I saw a photo of me, and something in me just snapped. I knew that was it, it is time to make a difference for myself, my health, my family, and to set a healthy lifestyle for my kids. I don’t want them to see their mother as unmotivated and not willing to do anything to make a difference!! So I said ok, let’s see what Insanity can do for me to help me become a New better me for myself and my family! I want to be here for my children. Later on after doing Insanity a couple rounds, I decided to add T25 to the mix as well as running 3-5 miles 3 days a week.
The greatest challenge I faced before beginning was my eating habits. Before this program, my family and I would go out to dinner more often than needed, cooked a lot of comfort type foods, and yes I have a sweet tooth. This program helped me so much to over come this, because of not only the nutrition guide, but just by helping me realize what I was putting in my body. Calorie counting/ meal planning was new to me, but SO worth every second!! For example: Spaghetti nights at our house consisted of meat, sauce, and a TON of noodles. Once I got my food scale and actually weighed out the amount recommended in the nutrition guide I was shocked! I never had even stopped to think my portion sizes were so far off! Now I am VERY cautious and weigh/read/calorie count anything!!
I chose to start with Insanity, because I wanted something to ‘kick my butt’ and kick it hard. I knew I had the drive to stick with something once I started, but having it all laid out with a calendar and everything was SO NICE! It helped me to stay motivated and on track! I am proud to say I have completed Insanity three times now and am currently on my 4th round! I also completed T25 once! I am also proud to say I now run 4 miles 3 times a week! I would have never in my life thought I’d be doing what I can do today, so to that I say THANK YOU!!! You have changed my life, and will continue to 🙂
I LOVE Insanity. Simple as that! I LOVE how hard it works me, and every time I do it it’s just like the first time because I’m pushing the ‘new me’ harder!! I love the feeling I have after I’m done of, “Oh yea that’s right I just killed it!” When choosing to do T25, I loved the fact that I could get in a good work out in 25 minutes! Even after completing Insanity as many times as I have so far, I couldn’t believe how T25 really worked me! I was sweating just as much as I did while doing insanity! With having a baby, the idea of only needing 25 mins was awesome!! Or on days where I am super busy it’s so nice to pop it in and get it done!
Insanity and T25 have helped me loose 80lbs in 7 months and went from a size 18 in pants to a 8/9 and a xxl in shirts to a s/m! I have a TON of inches everywhere and can finally say I Love myself, love the way I look, and love the new confident and happy me!
Life is happy, healthy and well balanced! I feel like a great role model now for my children, and love the fact I can keep up with my oldest as he bikes and I run. I find myself craving to work out everyday now, and on my off days I almost feel guilty for not working out! I absolutely LOVE that I can say I look forward to working out, because I know I will get what I give!