"This has been a very emotional and amazing experience for me that has truly impacted every aspect of my life and the lives of those around me."
Christina H. LOST 129 LBS and 18" off WAIST
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I was in complete denial about my weight and what it really meant. I was sexually abused at the age of 5 and since that time I used food as my comfort and a way for me to escape the pain of my daily living. My weight kept growing and I was told by family and friends that I was always going to be fat and that this was who I was and to accept it. I used food and my weight to fill the void and pain I was suffering from, as I grew up and was blessed with my 4 children, my life became more about them then myself. I never sought help to deal with my eating, emotional and depression issues, thus the weight kept piling on. My highest weight was 289 and I am 5’4, I felt like my life wasn’t my own and that my body was worthless and ugly.
I was so ashamed of myself that I would hide my eating and force myself to workout, wanting that quick fix, which never worked. I wasn’t able to play with my children, even bathing was hard, I was beyond humiliated and felt like a failure.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My Coach, Micki Fernandez, had a picture of a woman’s transformation that looked similar to me; I saw that picture and thought, well she did it, could I do it? I contacted Micki and we had several hearts to hearts where she told me that I have greatness in me and it would be a process, but that I too could achieve anything. By her having faith in me, it encouraged and inspired me to believe in me too. I was so sick of not being the woman I knew was inside, I was so tiered of hiding under all the weight, both physical and emotional. I decided I needed to do something drastic to be a constant reminder of my commitment to my health and goals, so I shaved my head. I decided in that moment to take that action and allow myself this opportunity to face the fear of cutting my long hair and face the fear of reaching my goals. I knew that it would be a process for my hair to grow back and I also knew it would be a process for my body to transform, so this was my way of showing my commitmentWhat is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
In the beginning my greatest challenge was learning to trust the process, do my best and forget the rest. Sounded easy enough, but my mind was still thinking, I need to be perfect now, I need this to happen now. I began to realize that I didn’t get like this overnight and I wouldn’t change overnight. I realized that as I did lose the weight I was faced with the core issues of what caused me to get that way, so it brought up a lot of hurt and pain, dealing with and accepting that was a huge challenge and not one we usually talk about. The fact of the matter is that the weight is only a symptom of what really was the core issues and P90x
not only taught me how to change my body, it taught me how to own, accept and change my mind and my feelings. I learned that I am no longer a victim, I am more than a conquer and that I chose to get better and I have the power to choose life over death. So my biggest challenge was learning that its much more than a number on a scale its mental.
Why did you choose this particular program?
I chose this program because I felt like Tony was there with me, I felt that he just popped out of the screen and really was talking to me. I remember hearing him say “do your best and forget the rest” and that became my motto. Every day I learned to stop judging myself and I learned to trust the process. I was so inspired by other peoples success and results I knew that I could have success too. Modification was key for me, I knew that at 289 pounds I wasn’t able to tie my shoes much less do the signature moves, but I also knew that it wasn’t where I started that mattered, what mattered is the fact that I started. From that moment on I never gave up, it took time and there was no quick fixes which is what Tony always talked about, that this is my process and journey to take. I also loved the fact that I could follow the nutritional guideline and know that I was getting the nutrients I needed and really learned how and what to eat. This was no longer just about losing weight.What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked the fact that I felt empowered every time I would work out, I felt like I was accomplishing something and even though I modified A LOT, I did it. I felt pride and joy in my heart as I began to do the program with more ease and I felt ALIVE. For the first time in my life I felt like I was living and achieving and really had the chance to see myself change. Then when I started to see my weight melt off and see and feel my muscles grow and really see the change I was a P90x addict. This was no longer just about losing weight it was a lifestyle change and one I felt I could do and teach my children to do too. So what I really liked was learning that this was so much more than a number on a scale it was mental and emotional too and by showing up and pressing play every day I took back some of my integrety and power every day. I see the stretch marks and feel ashamed of how bad I allowed myself to get, but the shame I no longer feel because I was able to take back my dignity.Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
In the beginning of this journey I was in complete denial that I had a problem and more so that my not dealing with my problems did affect other people, especially my children, my eldest who is now 9 years old would sneak food and over eat and never feel happy about herself. I realized that Beachbody taught me a new way of life, fitness, nutrition, motivation and faith and changed my life and the lives of my children. I am so proud and humbled by the fact that my children saw me dedicating my time to this program and they saw the results. I am proud that my children would join in on the exercises and want to drink shakeology. I am proud that they have been able to see that it’s not where you’ve been that makes you who you are, it’s how you got though it that makes us the people we are today. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it. As of today I have lost 129 pounds and I still am working on my goal of another 30 pounds to weigh 130.How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life is filled with joy and I am able to see that dedication, determination and a lot of perspiration got me to achieve my goals and thats the biggest blessing of all. I am so proud and deeply humbled by the amazing programs that Beachbody has and that they truly saved my life. I went from size 28 to size 8. I have been able to lose 129 lbs. with the combination of shakeology
and P90x and BBL. This has been a very emotional and amazing experience for me that has truly impacted every aspect of my life and the lives of those around me. I have come to learn acceptance of myself, and where I am, I no longer feel the shame that comes from hiding the issue of my weight and that pain. I have learned that I am able to make change and I have learned how to believe in myself, something that I never knew how to do. The physical part of this transformation is really a small part, the real and amazing part is where my mind and heart changes and sees the potential and power in myself.Did you participate in a Beachbody Challenge Group?
I think that having the challenge helps hold us all accountable and keeps us thinking about our goals and what we want to really be and achieveHow did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
Yes I had highblood pressure and diabetes and while working out with p90x and taking shakeology I have No bloodsugar issues and perfect blood pressure
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I used to be very fit, but age—and the love of good food and beverage—changed that. Tying my shoes and buttoning my pants was an issue. It was bad. Out of breath… out of clothes… when the seams of your pants begin to give away—that’s where I was.
But luckily, my wife, Debbie, was already a Beachbody Coach. When she challenged me to do the Ultimate Reset®, I said, “sure,” thinking it would pass. But when she snapped my “before” photo and took my measurements, I was SHOCKED. I was a fat man on the verge of 50! Images of my very ill and overweight father (4 heart attacks, CHF, diabetes…) flashed through my mind.
That wasn’t going to be me. I began the Reset with the promise that I would never let myself go again. When I finished, my wife challenged me to pick a program. INSANITY took only an hour, so I chose it. I loved the intensity level. Shaun T is motivational, instructional.
I was on Shakeology from the beginning. Shakeology was the only think that kept me from “freaking” out on dinner calories. I would eat breakfast, snack, lunch and a late afternoon Shakeology. For once I wasn’t starved when I got home. So I could keep dinner to a sane level.
And guess what? I lost over 30 lbs. and over 17 inches of overall “fluffiness” off my body. I have a 4-pack and none of my old “fat” clothes fit. My energy is higher. I feel great. And I have no problem buttoning my pants. I am most proud of that!
WIth my own Turbo Fire Challenge starting today, I had to share this inspiring Turbo Fire Success Story from Shirley B. Not only does she look great, she took the Beachbody Challenge is now $500 happier for her hard work!
With my wedding day fast approaching, I was determined to look spectacular! I was going to the gym, but I found myself stuck at a plateau… for about 6 months! With my wedding just around the corner, I was desperate. I needed to do something else—fast.
Especially since I had found this gorgeous dress that didn’t quite fit… yet. And believe me, that wedding dress turned out to be the best motivation. Because I was so stressed, I checked out several Beachbody workouts, but chose TurboFire
… and found out it’s SUPER FUN!
I love the music, and I find Chalene Johnson to be such a great motivator. It keeps me going when she says, right in the middle of a workout; “You know what?! You are not tired! You are not tired!” She knows just what to say to get you to go that extra mile.
Once I started TurboFire, not only did I fit into that dress in no time, but I had to get it fitted because I’d lost so many inches so quickly. When that special day came, I felt beautiful and amazing in my wedding dress.
It’s been a year since I started on this journey and I can honestly say that TurboFire
(it tastes delicious!) has been the greatest thing to happen to me—besides my husband of course! That’s why I became a Beachbody Coach
! Paying it forward and being able to help others is the least I can do.You can change your life, too. Take The Beachbody Challenge™, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody® program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.
I've totally had it with completely dishonest, misleading shake comparisons!
So with that in mind...this is a simple actual, honest, word for word comparison of ingredients. The products are Shakeology
by Beachbody and Body By Vi by Visalus Sciences and these lists are taken directly from the back of a packet of ViShake and Chocolate Shakeology
It's my belief that when people are given the facts and the truth..that they make the best decisions! Just look at these ingredients and decide for yourself. Which would you rather consume on a daily basis?
Body By Vi - ViShake
Soy Protein Isolate
Digestive Resistant Maltodextrin (from Fibersol)
Whey Protein Hydrolysate
Whey Protein Concentrate
Natural and Artificial Flavor
Medium Chain Tryglycerides
Mono and Diglycerides
Patented Protease (From Aminogen)
Vitamin E Acetate
Chromium Amino Acid Chelate
Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate
Selenium Amino Acid Chelate
Vitamin A Palimate
Phytomenadione and Folic Acid
Whey Protein Isolate
Chia (Salvia Hispanica, Seed)
Flax (Linum Usaitatissimum, seed)
Quinoa (Chenopodum Quinoa, seed)
Sacha Inchi (Plukentia Volubilis, seed)
Amaranth (Amaranthus Hypochondriacus, seed)
Coconut Flower Nectar
Acerola Cherry (Malpighia Glabra, fruit)
Pomegranate (Punica Granatum, fruit)
Camu-Camu (Myrciaria Dubia, fruit)
Bilberry (Vaccinium sp, fruit)
Goji Berry (Lycium Barbarum)
Acai (Euterpe Oleracea, fruit)
Luo Han Guo (Momordica Grosvenori Swingle)
Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis, leaf)
Grape Seed (Vitis Vinifera)
Rose Hips (Rosa Canina, Fruit)
Maca Root (Lepidium Meyenil)
Astralagus Root (Astralagus Membranaceus)
Ashwanganda root (Withania Somnifera)
Cordyceps (Cordyceps Sinensis, fungi)
Maitake Mushroom (Grifola Frondosa)
Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
Tulsi (Holy Basil, Ocimum Sanctum, Leaf)
Schisandra (Shisandra spp, fruit)
Ginko (Ginko Biloba, leaf)
Yacon Root (Smallanthus Spnchifollius)
Pea Fiber (Pisum spp, seed)
Lactobacilluis sporogenes (as Bacillius coagulans)
Apple Pectin (Malus pumila, fruit)
Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis, Arthrospira Maxima, whole)
Chlorella (Chlorella sp, whole)
Barley Grass Juice (Hordeum Vulgare)
Kamut Grass juice (Triticum Turanicum)
Moringa (Moringa Oleifera, leaf)
Oat Grass Juice (Avena Sativa)
Spinach (Spincia Oleracea, Leaf)
Wheat Grass Juice (Triticum Aestivum)
Non GMO Fructose and Stevia
Natural Chocolate Flavor
Working out not only helps your figure, but also improves your complexion. Learn why exercise may be one of the best skin remedies for
acne, wrinkles, dull skin and more.
I love this photograph. The improvement in her figure is obvious, but take a look at her skin! She looks happy, vibrant, healthy, young and glowing. Learn more about the skin and beauty rewards that come from regularly working up a sweat.
When you get your heart pumping from exercise, you’re supplying your skin with a nice dose of oxygenated blood that goes beyond that 'post workout glow'. Regular exercise keeps that youthful hue in-between workouts, maintaining a youthful radience.
When we workout, we reduce the levels of our stress-related hormone; cortisol, Cortisol can not only increase oil within the skin, leading to more acne but too much cortisol can also cause the collagen in the skin to break down, which can increase wrinkles and sagging. Exercise actually supports the production of collagen when the cortisol levels are in check, helping youkeep your skin firm, supple, and elastic.
Regular exercise boosts circulation by bringing more blood flow and oxygen to it, assisting the release of toxins from the body. Plus, all that sweating cleans out the pores of congested skin. Working out corrects the hormonal imbalance that can cause adult acne, something that frustrates many adult women who had hoped their acne would end with their teenage years. If you're acne prone, make sure to keep gentle, fragrance-free cleansing wipes in your gym bag. Be sure to cleanse your face and other areas that tend to break out immediately after exercising. Above all, avoid exercising with makeup on your face.
The improved blood flow helps keep your hair stronger and healthier, This blood, full of nutrients, stimulates the hair follicles and promotes growth. Exercise is also a big stress reliever. Lower stress means your hair is less likely to be brittle and, worse, fall out. Try adding 30 minutes of a few simple yoga postures or a brisk walk to your day three times a week, and see the beauty return to your hair and skin!
Meet Kathleen C.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for December 10th!
just… I felt fat and ugly. But I couldn’t stop eating. All the time. The unhealthiest foods, too!
The absolute worst was getting dressed for work. I knew my coworkers were super judgmental about weight. So I’d end up just standing there in the mirror criticizing myself!
Yes, I wanted to exercise, and I had high cholesterol, but I also had some physical issues that kept me from doing anything high-impact. Convinced that I couldn’t change my body no matter what, I became almost completely sedentary and depressed.
But one day on Facebook I saw a former colleague of mine posting her results with Tai Cheng
. It was incredibly motivating. But I was still convinced nothing could be done for me.
I was 100% wrong.Tai Cheng
have changed my life in so many ways. I’m more flexible now. I jump up instead of standing up slowly. I have more energy and stamina. At a recent doctor's visit he praised me for my hard work. I’d lowered my cholesterol by 58 points, and had lost 22 pounds since our last visit—without medication—and he took me off one of my blood pressure meds too.
He even gave me a high five. My doctor!
I feel more confident and I’m getting compliments all the time. My husband tells me I’m melting away. And all I could say back to him was, “this is only the beginning.”You can change your life, too. Take The Beachbody Challenge™, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody® program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.
Frankly, I can't get through Insanity
I was not a subscriber to the 'post workout' drink philosophy. For the vast majority of my life in the Fitness realm, I swore that water was the ONLY hydrator one needs after a workout. Plus, though immediately after a workout is the only time it's beneficial to drink a certain amount of sugary carbs, many of the so called 'sports drinks' out there are just full of chemicals and way too much
That was until I did my first round of Insanity and realised just how much I was totally wiped from such an intense workout! My body needed something more. Originally developed for P90X, I started using Results and Recovery formula
. It's an absolute treat after a workout. It's natural orange flavour really perks me up and the ratio of 4 grams of carbs to 1 gram of protein is just perfect for bringing me right back to a balanced state. The formula is all natural with no artificial sweeteners or flavours.
So WHY do you need it?
Top nutrition expert, Mark Sisson, reports there is an optimal nutritional window after a workout. During this time, your body is primed to receive and process everything you put in to it. When we workout, we burn carbs and fat, we also create micro tears in our muscles, this leads to growth. In laymans terms, during this window, you need an intake of protein to aid in muscle repair and an intake of carbs to bring your blood sugars back to balance. Water hydrates, but it just doesn't cut it when it comes to proper repair and electrolyte balance.
So this little orangey awesomeness has now become a staple in my fitness plan. I really look forward to it and miss it terribly when I forget it. Like today.....I'm away from home, the Insanity
DVD's made it but I forgot my RnR...I'll feel it this week! But when I have it, I'm immediately ready for the day with no post workout downer or soreness the . It really goes a long way to maintaining my endurance DURING the workouts and improving my recovery, hence my performance, post workout.
Lisa lost just over 110lbs in a year
starting with Brazil Butt Lift!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
When I got married in 1995, my weight was 160 lbs. 16 years, 8 unexplained miscarriages, and 2 sons later, I found myself in at my highest weight, and my lowest self-esteem level ever. My weight loss/gain patterns could be compared to a roller coaster. I never really stuck to any diet or exercise program for more than 1-2 months! I would lose 30lbs, only to get pregnant, gain weight, have a miscarriage, and gain back twice as much.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey? The pregnancy of my second child brought my weight up to its highest of 265 lbs!! One week after I had him, my c-section incision ruptured! They said it was because the "fat" under the stitches didnt "fuse" properly! (They said it happens to skinny people too, but I wasn't buying it...I knew it was because of how overweight I was!) For 9 weeks a nurse came to my house to stuff the gaping 9 inch hole with gauze every day. I also had to wear a Wound VAC 24/7. I was humiliated and depressed and would not leave the house! I was at the lowest point ever!! With the humiliation I faced from having a nurse maneuver my fat around to dress my wound, and the embarrassment of having to walk around with a huge, slurping wound vac all day, I realized I was in a state of depression! I looked at myself in the mirror and I could not understand how I let this happen. I knew I had to do something IMMEDIATELY!
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My greatest challenge that I faced before starting the program was that I had to wait almost 3 months after I had my child for my c-section rupture to heal before I could start. Also, another huge challenge was cooking for my family, and not having the willpower to NOT eat it! My main challenges were FOOD and LAZINESS!! Sometimes, I wish my husband would have complained!! He never said one word to me about my weight, in fact, he always told me he was happy with my body!! Also, friends and family would tell me in the past when I started losing weight, "be careful, don't lose too much weight...you won't look good anymore"! I realize now, these were also big challenges! Once I started the Brazil Butt Lift
program, I saw results faster than I ever imagined, and that motivated me to stick with it and keep exercising (no matter what people thought). Seeing my body change as fast as it did helped me overcome my challenges even faster!
Why did you choose this particular program?
I chose the Brazil Butt Lift program because I felt that it was the best program for my body type! From my past experiences, losing weight also meant losing my butt! The Brazil Butt Lift
program focused on that area more than any other program I have ever seen. After seeing the commercial one night, I was convinced that this was what I needed to get the butt and body results that I have always wanted.What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Leandro Carvalho is a great motivator! He keeps pushing and promising that if you stick to it, your will get the results you want! When I am ready to quit, he makes me want to keep going! I feel accountable, like if I don't do what he says, I can not get the results! I will have no one to blame but myself, because he gives me the tools I need! Plus, the exercises worked muscles in my butt I didn't even know I had!! Brazil Butt Lift has RE-SHAPED my butt!Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I can SEE MY BODY!! This is what I am SUPPOSED to look like! I feel sexy and feminine!! I am proud that I was able to stick to this program and get rid of the many many fat layers that were covering me up! I am getting the sexy body that I could only have imagined in my wildest dreams!! Leandro Carvalho helped me take off my fat suit!!How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel like a whole new woman. I love the attention that I get from my husband!! Not to mention the attention I get when I go out just to run errands. It is empowering, and overwhelming!! I FEEL like a celebrity!! I also take better care of my body now! I am very cautious about what I put into my body, paying close attention to ingredients, and avoiding processed foods, hydrogenated oils, and any form of sugar, especially high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. I adopted a new way of living, and I have a completely different relationship with food. I look at old pictures of myself (even when I "thought" I was skinny) and I can only shake my head in disbelief. I will never go back to that way of living! My life has changed drastically!!
Are you ready for a change?? A year from now you will wish you had started today...get going now!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before I started P90X
and Brazil Butt Lift I had let myself go. In December of 2009 I had my third child and my physical and mental well-being never recovered. My marriage was affected because I didn't feel confident with myself and didn't spend enough quality time with my husband. I tried a different workout and it just didn't produce the results I wanted so desperately so I went back to P90X that I had purchased before I got pregnant with my third child. I hated the way I looked and felt. My mind, body, soul connection was lost and it was negatively impacting my life.What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Honestly, when I think about this question I can only say that I felt somewhere deep in my soul that 2012 was MY year to overhaul my entire being. I knew that great things were going to happen for me, I felt desire again and determination and somehow my physical self was in agreement. I decided that it was time to get my body back and to live again and enjoy my life. I was ready to mend the disconnect that was disturbing my whole self.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My results are nothing short of AMAZING! I started out in January of 2012 with P90X weighing 158 pounds and a size 14, sometimes a size 16. It was sad really when I look back on it. I now weigh 128 pounds wearing a size 8. But my journey doesn't end here because my competition is in November so I will continue using beach body products to prove that a person can get in contest shape with BeachBody and not having to use a gym.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Since January, my confidence is back, I feel more connected with the universe around me, I think positive and have healthier relationships with those around me, especially my husband who has 100% supported me on this journey. I have a healthier relationship with food as well and I have learned to love myself again and to work on managing the stress in my life.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
With the challenge group on Facebook I was held accountable and it made me look honestly at what I was eating everyday and if I was exercising. It was positive support and a neutral place to vent, to celebrate victories and mini goals, and to be educated on all the great things about exercising and diet and how Team BeachBody helps people fulfill things that they never thought possible.