Guess What?! I’m A Beachbody Challenge Daily $500 Winner

I won the daily $500 prize for 9/21/14!

Visit: TeamBeachbody.com for my transformation story or read below.

“I Didn’t Need a Gym or a Babysitter”

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 Meet Sarah G.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for September 21st!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before Beachbody, I felt stuck in my body, and had little-to-no energy. I couldn’t figure out why. I was finally at a point where I absolutely hated the way I looked and felt. I would avoid full body mirrors, and spent everyday wearing a spanx cami to try and hide the extra weight that I had gained from my pregnancy and unhealthy habits. I was always careful to choose photos that showed my best angle, an angle that was becoming very limited. My face began to fill out, and my maternity clothes were no longer hiding the fact that I wasn’t losing the baby weight. I was becoming very unhappy, and had to force a smile on my face for photos.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I initially started this journey because I was fed up with the excuses. I knew I was stuck and that something needed to change, but I dragged my feet. I didn’t realize I was in that bad of shape or that I had gotten so big. I thought that I hid my weight well and that the excuse of being a new mom was enough to keep others from noticing. However, after seeing photos from a friend’s wedding, it was obvious that I wasn’t hiding anything. Those candid shots were a rude awakening. I was looking at an unhealthy person. I was also inspired by my son. I worried that one day I wouldn’t be able to keep up with him. I needed to be a fit mom so that I could keep him safe if needed. For so long, I was avoiding photos or deleting the “fat” pics. My son deserved to have every memory captured, and I was taking that away.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The greatest challenge I faced was getting off of the excuse train. As a working mom, it was all too easy to make excuses for my lifestyle. I didn’t have time for the gym. I didn’t have energy to workout. I didn’t have time to prepare healthy meals. P90X/P90X3/21 Day Fix helped me because I could do it on my time. I didn’t need a gym or a babysitter. I could pop the DVD in while my son was napping and get to work, or he could even join me! I also started drinking Shakeology, and it helped me get rid of the, “I don’t have time for a meal,” excuse. The meal planning for the 21 Day Fix was simple. Prepping my food in advance really helped me save time in the kitchen.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Throughout the Beachbody Challenge, I’ve been able to lose 40 lbs and drop 6 pants sizes. These programs gave me the strength and confidence to get back into running (something I’ve always struggled with) and gave me the courage to sign up for and complete my first marathon. The 21 Day Fix helped me get over my post marathon slump and helped push me through my weight loss plateau.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Since completing the program, I have a new sense of self worth, and my confidence has skyrocketed. I still have my rough days, but I use those days to look back and see how far I’ve come. I’ve also taken this opportunity to become a Coach and help inspire others to get up and change their lives. I actually feel like I’ve found my passion in health and fitness, and am now working hard to make this a potential career.

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.

Finding Your Motivation And Fighting The Motivation Monster

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Let’s talk about motivation.  Motivation is a powerful thing, but being motivated can only get you so far.
Over the past year I’ve spoken with many people who struggle with the motivation monster.  The monster that eats up every ounce of motivation you had when you decided to start your journey.  The monster that creeps in when results and progress slow down.  The monster that sometimes holds you back from starting at all.

Do you know what I am talking about?  It might be an all too familiar scenario for you.  I know it was for me.  In the past year I’ve definitely faced my monster multiple times, but the one thing that really kept me going was my determination to stay motivated.

I know it sounds crazy and you might say, well isn’t and shouldn’t motivation be enough?  It would be great if that were the case, wouldn’t it?!  Let’s break it down into terms and compare a few.

The dictionary defines motivation as:

motivation- n
1. the act or an instance of motivating
2. desire to do; interest or drive
3. incentive or inducement

We can all come up with a reason of why we want to get fit and be healthy.  The why is all too easy.  I wanted this life for me because I wanted to be the healthiest and happiest person I could be for my family.  I didn’t want to feel trapped and hidden in a body I didn’t recognize.

But what happens when your “why” changes?  What happens when your motivation isn’t clear anymore?

That’s when determination comes into play.

The dictionary defines determination as:

determination-n

1. the act or and instance of making a decision

2. condition of being determined; resoluteness

Being determined is what will ultimately keep you going.  Everyone can have the motivation to want to do something, but having the determination to stick it through when times get rough is the hard part.

For me my motivating factors are constantly changing.  At first it was training for the marathon.  I was motivated by the goal in sight, but there were days where I began to question my motives.  Why was I doing this?  Well, because I had made the decision to dedicate the time and energy and to complete the task at hand.  This is why I am a firm believer in setting goals.

A goal can provide motivation and the act of commitment will provide the will and determination to keep that motivation alive.  Does that make sense?  They go hand in hand and together create an unstoppable momentum that will keep you going.  Much like a rolling stone won’t gather moss, a person who is striving for new goals will be less likely to lose their motivation.

For me, starting new beachbody programs is what helps me keep my motivation alive.  I am setting mini-goals through the course of each program.  The end goal is always to follow the program and complete it.  Earning my free shirt and sharing my results at the end are things that help push me forward.  Much like collecting race bibs, completing these programs and earning my shirts are my badges of honor.  They show that I stuck it through and met my goal.

What keeps your motivation alive?  What goals are you setting for yourself?

 

A Fit Family = A Happy Family

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It might sound cheesy and cliché, but for us it’s the truth.  When I was out of shape and severely over weight, I was not happy. I was a miserable mess of a person and it spilled out into our family life.  Looking back I see that I judged more, I snapped more, and I was flat-out negative about everything.

I picked apart people’s weaknesses because I didn’t want to face my own and it wasn’t healthy.  Nothing in my life was healthy at that point.  Nothing in our family life was healthy either (aside from our beautiful healthy and happy son).  Both of us would come home and melt into the couch with our bags of take out (or fast food) and sink into a Netflix coma.  We didn’t connect with one another very much, we cohabited just fine and loved each other, but we were like two passing ships fighting our own battles.  We’d drown our boredom by stuffing our faces and watching our shows until it was time for bed.

Intimacy took it’s hit too, neither of us were particularly fond of our new bodies.  I had trouble accepting my post-baby body and any loving compliment doled out by my husband was easily brushed off.  How on earth could this man think I’m beautiful when I look and feel the way I do?  My insecurities got the best of me and I could not fathom that he was being honest.  In short, there were a few months where things were rough.  I’m not one for hiding the truth and in all honesty I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a healthy relationship that didn’t face trying times.

For us, this period of being unhealthy left us both with a lot of self-reflecting.  It turns out a lot of our unhappiness was because we weren’t taking care of ourselves.  Like many new parents, we put our son’s needs ahead of our own and our focus was constantly on him.  We lost sight of ourselves and each other and it became apparent that the major problem in the equation was our inability to tend to our own needs.

Outwardly, these problems weren’t obvious and I didn’t even awaken to the problem until my husband expressed his concern about the life we were leading.  He could feel the lifestyle of laziness taking hold and didn’t like where it was going.  I was still in denial and didn’t want to accept the fact that I had lost touch with a healthy way of life.  After all, I was only exhausted all of the time because I was busy caring for our baby into the wee hours.  It clearly had nothing to do with my poor diet choices and lack of physical activity.

Fast forward to today, I’m feeling so much more confident and I can now better accept a compliment.  My husband and I do our best to make time each day to focus on ourselves and each other.  We have gym dates where we push each other to be better and work harder.  We get out more as a family and do our best to be active together by hiking, jogging, or running around the playground with our son.  Our overall moods are better, we have more energy and we’ve found a common ground once again.  We share in each others’ successes and support each others’ goals.  Hell, I even convinced my husband to buy running shoes and compete in our first race together!  Now, that’s a big deal!