CIRCA 2011…Our life was mainly frozen, pre-packaged foods and drive-thru cuisine. We ate A LOT of frozen pizzas, breaded chicken, Whataburger, Taco Bueno, etc. I knew it was all loaded with calories, sodium and chemicals, but we were merely surviving this busy world we live in.
I have always done workouts several days a week. I am very shy and self-conscious, so I always work out at home. I have done all those programs you’ve seen…Tae Bo, Jillian Michaels, The Firm, etc. I have even gone on early morning runs with the neighbor’s teenage daughter when she was training for school athletics.
A friend from work and I joined up to hold each other accountable with our workouts. We would check-in after every workout. One day she told me that her boyfriend had borrowed P90X from someone and she had done a workout with him. I thought she had lost her mind!! That program is for those super-fit, athletic people and it was not for normal people, like us. She assured me that it was totally doable and that it was actually fun!
I started researching it and decided to take the plunge and order it! This was a HUGE investment for me. I had never spent that much money on workout DVDs before in my life. My husband made me commit with a handshake that if I ordered it, I had to do it. I am a woman of my word, so I committed and completed 2 full rounds of the program. I learned SO MUCH about myself! Most importantly, that I can do anything I put my mind to. I may have to modify at times, but that was OKAY. I felt strong and it gave me a new level of confidence that I never had before. I realized that all the Beachbody workouts are made for every level of fitness…including asthmatic, uncoordinated, non-athletic ME!
In the P90X workouts, Tony Horton kept talking about this nutrition shake called Shakeology. I never paid much attention to him until I realized that I had only lost a few pounds from doing 6 months of these workouts. I knew it was my nutrition (the frozen and drive-thru cuisine) because I was getting rather ripped in the muscle department! I researched Shakeology and it sounded too good to be true…AND IT WAS EXPENSIVE! Again, I had never spent that much money on any shake. I discussed with my husband and decided to order a bag to try. It was almost a game to me, like “let’s just see if it really does what they say it does”.
I was surprised at how good it tasted and that I really did feel different after a week. It’s hard to describe, but my body felt “happy” on the inside. IT REALLY DOES WHAT IT SAYS IT DOES. To go along with this quest for nutrition, I ditched the frozen food and turned my back on fast food. I also began tracking my food intake and drank Shakeology every day for breakfast. I started another round of P90X. By the end, I had lost 12 lbs. and felt AH-MAZ-ING!! I vowed to NEVER go back to my old ways.
That was January 2012. I still drink Shakeology every day. My husband also drinks Shakeology every day. Our doctors are very pleased with our annual blood work results and we usually only see them once a year for a physical. I am proud to say that we are not on any medications as we approach 50 years of age!
In short, this is not a fad or a phase…BEACHBODY IS A LIFESTYLE…and I will continue to live it and share it with the world as an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.