Challenge Accepted! The 2012 Beachbody Challenge™ WinnersBy Collette DeBenedetto
How does a person lose 200 pounds? Or drop 22 pants sizes? Or wrestle their blood pressure to a safe level, insuring they can be around to watch their kids grow up? How does a person face any of these challenges?
Turning one's life around is no easy feat. It takes day-after-day persistence, tenacity, and focus to turn dedication into success. But we knew our customers were up to the task, which is why last year we asked you to take the Beachbody Challenge™. To enter, users like you picked a Beachbody® program and hammered it, tracking their progress and taking "before" and "after" photos. Once they were done, they submitted their transformation stories. Every month, we chose a winner and awarded them $1,000. We also sweetened the pot a little with quarterly $5,000 winners. All of these Success Stories became eligible for the grand prize of $100,000.
Additionally, Beachbody sponsored the Shakeology® Health Transformation, a contest where anyone who drank Shakeology alone or with a fitness program could enter to win $25,000.
Our expert panel of judges, alongside the Team Beachbody® community, voted on both contests. It was a stacked playing field filled with great stories and stunning results. While several of you took the Challenge and every entrant was a rock star, only a few could come out on top. With that in mind, Beachbody is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Beachbody Challenge grand prize of $100,000 and the Shakeology Health Transformation $25,000 prize.
Female Grand Prize Winner Kathy McDonald
As a mother of three, Kathy felt like a failure and disappointment to her kids and wanted to turn her life around. With the help of P90X®, Kathy lost a total of 120 pounds, going from a size 24 to a size 10. Going into the Beachbody Challenge, she weighed 270 pounds with high blood pressure and bad cholesterol issues. Kathy knew she needed to turn her life around and she accepted the P90X Beachbody Challenge so she could become the role model she always wanted to be for her three boys.
After starting P90X, Kathy's motivation came from her children, fellow Success Stories, and the fact that she wanted "to love herself again." Aware of her limits, Kathy modified exercises in the beginning of her P90X Challenge, but "modification did not mean fewer results." As time went on, the modifications fell away. While her greatest challenge was consistency and battling the excuses that naturally developed, she tackled everything day by day to achieve success.
Best of all, Kathy's boys are super proud of what Mom has done—that is what is most important.
Male Grand Prize Winner Richard Neal
At 27 years old and 426 pounds, Richard was a morbidly obese and severely depressed sneak-eater who routinely hid candy bar wrappers under his bed. After he and his wife could not conceive a child, he asked for the help of a doctor who recommended he lose weight. At the advice of his insurance agent/Beachbody Coach, Richard took the Power 90® Challenge and lost over 70 pounds in his first 90 days. He then progressed to P90X and now has lost over 200 pounds and is down 22 pants sizes! Since losing the weight, he and his wife were able to conceive and they just had a baby boy named Brady.
But it wasn't an easy road. Richard had a full-time job and was taking care of his dying mother-in-law, but still made the time to change his body and his life. What was Richard's secret weapon in all of this? His Shakeology! With Shakeology, he "felt a big boost in his metabolism" and he "craved it." Now, the only wrappers underneath his bed are Shakeology packets!
Female Shakeology Health Transformation Winner Linda Kamashian
Linda lost 50 pounds and 4 dress sizes using Shakeology! Linda's daughter, a Beachbody Coach, first encouraged her to try the nutritional cocktail, and Linda has been hooked ever since. Previously, Linda's eating habits were less than awesome. Years of poor-quality food intake caused her to be on blood pressure and cholesterol medicine. After adding Shakeology to her diet, she is now proud of how she looks and feels. Most significantly, she is completely off of her blood pressure medicine and has significantly reduced her cholesterol medication.
Linda loves her new body for all kinds of reasons. Take the shopping mall, for example. "It is so much more fun to buy clothes," she muses, "and not have to go to the large size section of the store."
Male Shakeology Health Transformation Winner Tyler Davis
Tyler went from flabby to shredded by losing 86 pounds and 12 inches off his waist. Prior to starting Shakeology and P90X, Tyler was in a dark place. He was an alcoholic and completely unhappy with his health and weight. He had gout in his feet and knees. Some days, he had to crawl up the steps on his hands and knees from the pain. He had seen the P90X infomercial, but didn't take action until his father passed away at age 56 due to a lifestyle chillingly similar to Tyler's. Six different people told Tyler at the funeral, "Wow, I forgot how big your Dad used to be . . . boy, you look just like him." That statement changed his life forever. For Christmas, his wife purchased him Shakeology and P90X. Realizing he wanted to be alive to watch his two boys grow up, he put the alcohol down and picked up the Shakeology. "Shakeology is the most amazing thing I've ever put in my body," says Tyler. "It was the Game Changer."
These people decided to change their lives and put their health first by taking the Beachbody Challenge—and so can you. Our 2012–2013 Contest is on now! Simply log onto BeachbodyChallenge.com and pledge your personal Challenge with the program of your choice. After you complete your Challenge, tell us your story and submit your "before" and "after" photos. You're guaranteed to be a winner because every entrant wins a free T-shirt. Every entrant also has the chance to win a daily prize of up to $1,000, a monthly prize of $1,000, a quarterly prize of $5,000, and the annual grand prize of $100,000.
With all these chances to win, the odds are in your favor, but if you want to hedge your bets even more, get started with a Challenge Pack, which contains all that you need, including a fitness program of your choice, the ultra-premium nutrition of Shakeology, and peer support through Team Beachbody. For even more support to help get you through your Challenge, talk to your Coach about joining a Challenge Group with like-minded achievers. After all, there's nothing like a little friendly competition to give you accountability, right?
Honestly, it doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you do it. At the end of the day, you have the key to good health and great results. All you need to do is start by Pushing Play.
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