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“I Am So Happy With My Body Now”

August11-KatieF

Meet Katie F.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for August 11!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I never had to worry about weighing myself because I was a cheerleader and was pretty active. I was happy with my body. I started to date my now husband my senior year of high school. You get into that “comfortable” stage with them and you feel like you can kind of let yourself go. I went to college and I definitely packed on the freshman 15…plus more. I got a job where I was on my feet a lot, always moving, so I still wasn’t too worried about my weight. But, then I got a job sitting behind a desk and used to eat Taco Johns or McDonald’s on a daily basis and I gained at least another 20+ pounds. I hated my wedding pictures, I hated taking pictures, and I hated shopping for clothes. I just hated my body all together.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?*
My breaking point was when I stepped on the scale and it read 223lbs. I cried. I was devastated, how could I let myself get this big? That was the turning point for me. I knew something had to be done or I was going to be unhappy with my body and image for the rest of my life. If I didn’t start then, I probably wouldn’t have ever started.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program?
I wanted to drop the weight as fast as I could and be thin again. But, I always told myself that it took years to put on and it’s going to take years to lose. That really helped me get through it and take it one day at a time.

Describe the results you achieved.
The results I have received from the 21 Day Fix are amazing. I couldn’t believe I could transform my body even more with just using my own body weight and not having to go to a gym. I am so happy with my body now. I love to shop for clothes. I love taking pictures. I have never felt this comfortable with my body in so long and it feels great!

FOCUS T25 gave this mom of 2 time to get the body she dreamed of!

Meet Carolanne J.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for March 4th!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?*
I was uncomfortable in my own skin. I did not feel proud of who I was or how I felt. I had been trying to get the baby weight off(baby #2) the 6 months prior. I was but very slowly, and was not building muscle like I wanted. I knew I didn’t want to be skinny fat. Having two children under 3 and a full time job made it difficult and overwhelming to think about getting the body I dreamed of. I never thought that I could do it.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?*
I had always heard of Insanity and thought it was not something I could ever accomplish. But after 6 months and yo-yoing, I was willing to give it a try. The real push was coming across my coach, Corene Allen. I didn’t know her at all. She was an acquaintance of a friend. As I started seeing her before and afters and inspiring posts for a few weeks I finally decided to contact her. That was the beginning of something great.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?*
Time. Getting out to do a work out. Eating clean. Those were all my biggest obstacles that I just couldn’t tackle. Being able to do a work out at home has been key for me. No matter what, I can find time to do it, even if its at 10 o’clock at night or 4am(which is when I do my work out daily). Having a coach through Beachbody to help guide me has been amazing. To have the guidance on food choices etc. has been great.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?*
After doing Insanity I fell in love with Shaun T. and of course had to try his new program. Love the time frame, perfect for a mommy where time is of the essence.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?*
I became toned and started to see muscle where I didn’t have it before. I am most proud of how my belly is losing the “baby weight”.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?*
My life is completely different. Exercising is a routine now, and eating clean comes natural now. I am confident and proud and still going!

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 is AMAZING!!!! So perfect as a breakfast! It’s filling, gives me so much energy and tastes yum. I love the versatility of it, being able to change it up each day keeps it from getting old. I feel healthy.


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Beat the Second-Week Slump

Beat the Second-Week Slump

Beat the Second-Week Slump

By Kara Wahlgren from Beachbody Newsletter

Last week, you were feeling gung ho and ready to tackle your weight-loss goals head-on. This week? Not so much. You’re tired, you’re hungry, and you’re aching in places you didn’t even know existed. But before you lose all motivation, take heart—the second week is supposed to suck. “In week two, your body is generally in a state of severe breakdown,” says Steve Edwards, Vice President of Results and Fitness Advisor for Beachbody®. After all, you’re eating less, going hard, and your body needs some time to adapt to your new lifestyle. Here are a few slump-proof strategies for pushing through Week 2.

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Don’t panic if you plateau

You’ve busted your butt all week and been downright virtuous about your diet. So when you hop on the scale, you’re ready to see the results of your hard work. But here’s the rub: During Week 2, it’s not unusual to get stuck or even gain a pound or two. “As your body adjusts to exercise, cortisol—a performance-enhancing stress hormone—is released,” says Edwards. “Part of cortisol’s function is to promote water retention as a defense mechanism for survival. This causes you to feel puffy and gain some weight.”

So, let’s recap. You’re achy, you’re starving, and the number on the scale is now moving in the wrong direction. It’s no wonder you feel discouraged and are tempted to bail altogether. But hang in there, because your body will eventually get the memo. “It’s a necessary part of the process,” says Edwards. “Sometime between Weeks 3 and 6, once you adapt to your exercise program, you stop producing cortisol and flush the excess water, which leads to you feeling and looking fitter, and losing some weight.”

Track progress, not just weight loss

Woman Debating if She should eat the AppleWhile there’s plenty of science behind your plateau, that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. So when the number on the scale isn’t budging, how can you tell if you’re still on the right track? Start recording your healthy habits—whether that means keeping a workout log or posting Instagram® shots of your meals—so you can see all the changes you’ve made. “Track the behavior, not the outcome,” says Joshua Klapow, PhD, Chief Behavioral Scientist for the health incentive company ChipRewards and author of Living SMART: 5 Essential Skills to Change your Health Habits Forever. “Track the food you eat, the steps you take, and the calories you burn, and make those your markers of success.” Seeing these changes can give you just enough motivation to power through this week’s plateau, and Klapow says that’s all that matters: “Think of motivation like a tank of gas. The tank doesn’t need to be full to move, but you can’t run on empty.”

Focus on the process

Sure, your biggest motivation might be squeezing into smaller jeans. But this week, it can help to focus on all the touchy-feely stuff instead. “Reframe the way you think about working out so it becomes your escape, your path to wellness, something you do for you,” says Kim Chronister, PsyD, a health psychologist and author of The Psychology Behind Fitness Motivation. “Our thoughts can powerfully affect our ability to tackle a new weight-loss routine.” If you’re too focused on the scale, a second-week plateau may feel like a huge failure; if you focus on the “me time” you get while working out, you’ll achieve that no matter what.

If that doesn’t help, just acknowledge that this week won’t be your favorite, and keep on trucking. “Belief in the process helps at this stage,” says Edwards. “You cannot make a total body composition change without suffering through a period where all of your goals seem like they are going backwards.” He compares it to scaling a mountain or running an Ironman—miserable while you’re in the thick of it, but insanely rewarding once you’re done. So hang in there, because it’ll be next week soon enough.
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