Monday, January 20, 2014
After starting the T25 program from Beachbody 4 months ago and continuing to drink Shakeology daily, I have decided to become a Beachbody coach!
Growing up, I was a large child which developed into obesity. I was always active in middle and high school; I played basketball and did track and field. Regardless, I was always heavy and climbing stairs was a nightmare for me (one of my most embarrasing features from then).
I got to college and had a few classes on the third floor of buildings, and my sophomore year dorm was on the third floor. It was embarrasing to take the elevator, so I would of course drag my large bum up the stairs only to be winded by the time I got to the top and I would try and hide my winded-ness by walking slowly into class. Ugh. Not the way I wanted to live my life.
So I decided to make changes in 2011. I went to the gym on a more consistent basis and ate more healthy food. The weight slowly started to come off. I kept working at it. It was not easy and I was in no way perfect through it all.
A year later I had lost about 40-45pounds. I was feeling great, but knew I still had a ways to go before I'd be comfortable. My goal was to lose 85 pounds.
I kept plugging away. Eating right, exercising (almost) daily. I was determined to make this work for me. I fell off the wagon more times than I can count. Similar situations that I'm sure others face: missed one workout, which led to missing a whole week. Ate one cookie, which led to eating a few more. Got sick, lost energy. The list of excuses is endless. What I focused on was making one good decision, which would lead to another, and then before I knew it I was making those good choices again on a regular basis. To me, it's OK if you make a mistake; it's about getitng back on track as quickly as possible.
In early 2013 I reached my weight loss goal! I was so excited that all my hard work had paid off, but I knew the journey wasn't over. I needed to maintain. And I wanted to push myself with new workouts, plans, and continue to make this healthy lifestyle a top priortiy for me.
I started going to FitClub sponsored by Beachbody and tried a ton of new programs! I loved that each week it was something new and I felt I was really challenging myself. I kept the weight off with FitClub and other exercise routines I followed (home DVDs, Wii games, etc.).
In the fall of 2013 I started my first challenge pack from Beachbody - Focus T25 with Shakeology. I had tried T25 at FitClub and loved how sweaty I got in a 25 minute routine! I knew this program would be great for me, with working full time and doing part time graduate courses.
I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much from Shakeology; I had tried other meal replacement shakes in the past with not much success. I figured it obviously didn't hurt to try it, especially since it came in the challenge pack.
I am SO glad I gave it a try! I instantly found benefits from it; improved energy and lowered hunger levels were immediately noticeable. Drinking Shakeology plus working out with T25 (and other home-gym routines) helped me continue to maintain my weight loss. I wasn't trying to lose weight, and I didn't, but my body was toning! My shirt size went down to a S (I was a M when I reached my weight loss goal) and my pants were flutuating between an 8 and 10 (10 was my ultimate goal, which I met). Again, my weight did not change, at least not much. I weigh in weekly and every now and then I'd see the scale go up a bit - but my clothes were still fitting great - so I didn't worry. I knew I was gaining muscle and that was more of what I wanted.
Present day: I have been maintaining my weight loss for almost a year and have been drinking Shakeology for 5 months and finished the T25 program. I have been so successful with Beachbody products that I knew I wanted to become a Beachbody coach. I want people to know my story, understand that it wasn't all an easy road, and that despite many challenges in my life, I got to where I am today. Still maintaining my weight, but my body has lost inches as I'm comfortably in a size 8 jeans for some brands (10 for others still, but again that was my ultimate goal so still good!) and still wearing small tshirts. I feel great and my body is looking better than it has in years.
I have started today as a Beachbody coach. I am going to be doing P90X3 next for my workout program and am looking forward to pushing my body more and seeing what happens.
If reading my story has inspired you to get off the couch, become more active, or find programs that can challenge you - contact me! I am excited to support people who want to lose weight, become healthy(healthier), become fit(ter), or any goals.
I plan to have a general life-update blog soon for all my SparkFriends, but I wanted to share this, too!