I shared this a couple months ago, but want to post and share on my blog! I just wanted to give a shoutout to my coach and dear friend, Bri Bridges!! She just won $1,000 for winning the monthly Beachbody Challenge and is in the running for the quarterly prize! And for nominating me for being a big part in her transformation, I also won $500! I am so blessed to have found this company to want to inspire and help people change their lives for the better. It feels so AMAZING to know that I help be a part of this process for Bri, and many others!
It brings me back to last April when I won the weekly Beachbody Challenge! So just be sure, if you are a part of one of my challenges or are doing something on your own using a Beachbody program, it never hurts to submit your challenge pics….you could win next!! 🙂
Thanks to T25, 21 Day Fix, Shakeology and other Beachbody products for making it able for us to reach our goals!! 💪🏼💜
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started my journey I was miserable, that’s the simplest way to put it. I was only 21 years old and obese. I had always had curves, but after I lost my thyroid at 19 I started gaining weight, and over the next 2 1/2 years I put on 100 pounds. I had to have my gall bladder removed because my weight yo-yo’d so much. I suffered from sever depression and anxiety to the point of attempting suicide. Chronic migraines (like 3-4 a week). I was on countless medications and then medications to cancel side effects from the other medications. I couldn’t talk to people because I had such bad social anxiety. All of this at the age of 21. I used to be a very outgoing teenager and had a beautiful figure but my life completely crashed. I was so overweight that my husband and I couldn’t start a family. I got pregnant once and miscarried which only worsened everything else. I used to cry when buying clothes because I didn’t want to look in the mirror. My life was just a downward spiral, and it was slowly killing me.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
What really hit home was when my husband snapped a picture of me and I went back and looked at it and I didn’t even recognize myself. I honestly thought it was someone else. I kept thinking there is no way I have gotten that big. I knew I was sick and needed to make a change, doctors kept telling me that if I wanted to start a family I needed to get things in order. I had already suffered one miscarriage and that was going to keep happening if I didn’t change
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 finding the motivation. I had done so many programs in the past. I had pretty much been “dieting” since I was 14. But I had started and quit them all. I had never been able to stick to one for longer than 3 weeks. But having the Challenge Groups and my Coach to push me was amazing. It kept me going. I also flooded my Facebook feed with positive influences. People who were on this journey with me or people who had already reached there goal. I would listen to them tell their story, and that pushed me. I wanted to have that “after” picture. One like they had. I had people that pushed me on the days when I didn’t want to work out. I had my mom who was the person who signed me up. She would call me and ask if I had done my workout yet or if I had drank my Shakeology. It was that constant reminder and motivation that kept me going.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I started with the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. My favorite part was the meal plan. I hated counting calories and the containers made it so easy for me. I am a visual person so seeing my food and the amount I should eat was wonderful! I loved that the workouts were only 30 minutes and that if I needed to modify something there was that option. The energy that autumn exuded helped with my depression because with that type of energy there was no way my energy couldn’t match hers.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My first round I lost 12 pounds and I cant even remember how many inches. And each round I did after that was fueled by my results from the following round. I started to see a change in myself and other people could see it too. I’ve lost 75 pounds and 8 pant sizes! I tallied up the inches I lost and if I remember that number right it was 50+ total inches. I have never had something work like this for me. Although my physical change has been astounding, the change I’m most proud of is the one that took place inside. The one that not everyone can see.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I’m no longer on medications; I only have to take one! and that’s to help my non existent thyroid. I don’t deal with suicidal thoughts anymore. I don’t have to stay in bed because my depression makes it so I cant get out. Yes I still have some bad days, but those days are so few and far between. I’m not in the hospital every other week with debilitating migraines being pumped full of narcotics. I can actually talk to people now and don’t have social anxiety. I no longer have to take anxiety medications to feel numb. I feel comfortable in my own skin and have started to love myself again. I look forward to shopping because I know I will be able to fit into clothes. I can actually find hobbies I like to do because I’m fit enough to try things. I can finally start trying to have a family because my body can with stand it. But most of all, I can be an inspiration to others who are dealing with the same things that I used to go through. I can show people they can change there life!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Seeing everyone around me reach for their goals and struggle with some of the same things I struggled with was just inspiring. And made me realize I wasn’t the only person out there. That there are people who deal with the same things. And it helped me realize that it was okay for me to ask for help.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
My mom is my Coach so I had a little bit of an edge, but we supported each other. In the mornings we would call each other and work out together over Facetime. and not let each other quit. We would remind each other that we had to drink our Shakeology. Having someone other than myself to focus on pushed me to become better, because I wanted to keep up with her.
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?
During the times when I started to plateau the Ultimate Reset and the 3-Day Refresh helped me to kick it up a notch and give me that extra boost I needed to keep from giving up. I honestly believe Shakeology is what helped rid me of my migraines, granted it was probably because I was improving my overall lifestyle, but I started to feel so much better after I had been drinking it for several weeks. Shakeology helped give me the energy in the morning that I needed so that by the end of the day I was actually tired. Helping me deal with my insomnia. And because of all that I had a better outlook on life. I was able to focus on things because I wasn’t tired and wasn’t feeling the grips of depression. Because I no longer had a gall bladder my stomach was all messed up and it helped to keep things moving and it was one thing I could count on not upsetting my stomach.
She is definitely a true inspiration on putting your mind to something and getting it done, in less than 1 year!!
Way to go, Bri! 😀