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Suzanne W.
Age: 42
Gender: Female
State: Nevada
Primary Program: Shakeology® - The Workouts
Supplement: Shakeology®, P90X Protein Bars, Slimming Formula
My Stats
Before AFTER
Height511
Weight240194
Waist3833
Hips5042
Chest4038
Right Arm1813
Left Arm1813
Right Thigh2824
Left Thigh2824
CholesterolHDL/LDLHDL/LDL
Blood PressureSYS/DIASYS/DIA
as-of 12/16/2012
Suzanne W.
LOST 46 LBS and 5" off WAIST
People at work are always asking me what I'm drinking and I tell them 'why Shakeology of course, the healthiest meal of the day!!
What Suzanne W. won:
$1,000
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body? * In 2003 I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease at L4 L5 and as time went by my L5 S1 disc became herniated. The pain was debilitating to the point where the simplest of things, such as getting dressed became impossible. As a result of the excruciating pain, I relied on others to assist me in normal, everyday, routine things. I was incapacitated to the point of becoming invalid and unfortunately, it seemed that I no longer had control over my own body. In 2008 I lost my best friend, my dog of 10 ½ years to Lymphoma Cancer then in 2009 my dad succumbed to Melanoma Cancer. Then in 2010 I found out I had to have surgery to remove a large Uterine Fibroid Tumor and by this time I was 240lbs, extremely unhappy and felt so unattractive, like an outcast, like everyone was judging how I looked. The perception of myself at the time had caused me to put my life on hold and I hated that, but I felt like I couldn’t live life to the fullest because I was waiting until I had a nice body.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey? * One morning while driving to work I found myself sobbing and just felt so deeply sad. I couldn’t figure out why I felt this way, I just did. I realized I was unhappy with my body and didn’t like the person I saw in the mirror staring back at me. My life had to change, I had to change. I had come to the realization that I was the one who needed to make the necessary changes and I needed to start taking responsibility for myself. After listening to my now coach Cheri Miller-Hills story and watching her video’s, seeing her transformation pictures I knew this was for me.
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 my back. My weight gain was not the only issue preventing me from partaking in activities; having gained the weight caused strain on my back, which caused further pain, thus limiting most normal activities such as walking and sitting. With a weakened back I will always have some problems performing activities that most people believe are routine and now I must accept the fact that I have limitations. Through strength training, weight loss, and pain management, I hope to regain some of my back strength I’ve lost, but as my doctors have told me, it would be unrealistic to expect a 100% recovery. I will say that thanks to Shakeology and having lost now 45lbs I am able to walk longer distances now, stand for longer periods of time, workout longer, and my stamina has gotten better. I have not had to receive any injections since November 2011, and my pain level has decreased considerable all thanks to Shakeology!
Why did you choose this particular program? * I have always been into eating healthy and working out, but I needed something more. My biggest problem was I am always on the go, which means I would usually skip breakfast and go out for lunch, which was becoming too expensive. I thought Shakeology would be the perfect fit for my lifestyle. I was tired of being heavy and tired of letting my back condition control me. I was determined to take back control of my life. I chose Shakeology and drank it religiously, every day. From the moment I started drinking Shakeology I could feel the immediate boost of energy, I felt full and didn't struggle with hunger; I have less cravings and more endurance. I have tried a lot of protein shakes and meal-replacement-type drinks, and Shakeology is the best tasting of them all … it has delivered on its promises! People at work are always asking me what I’m drinking and I tell them “why Shakeology of course, the healthiest meal of the day”!!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose? * I chose Shakeology because being able to replace any meal of the day with a great tasting nutritional shake is my favorite part of this particular program! I love the chocolate Shakeology the best, as there are so many ways I can make it! I’m so addicted to it that I have it for breakfast and lunch because it’s so quick and easy to make. I finish up my day with a sensible dinner at night. With Shakeology, my sweet cravings are gone, and I know that I am getting all the nutrition my body needs to stay fueled throughout the day. Add in the workouts, and you have a complete package. The trainers make the workouts fun and exciting, and I love how I feel afterwards. That’s the best part. I can do RevAbs one day, Slim In 6, or the Shakeology workouts another day, or Power 90 Ab Ribber 200 a different day. The variety of different workouts provides flexibility for me to switch up the routine, which makes it fun; thus, I never get bored.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of? * I was never one to work out in the morning before work and have never been big on breakfast and even worse when it came to lunch, usually something quick would suffice. Working in an office, where there is constant junk food, made it difficult for me to stay on track UNTIL Shakeology! It really has given me more energy, a better outlook on life, a healthier eating style, a better immune system, and I am happy to say that I have officially lost 45lbs.While it has been a long journey getting here, I look at what I have gone through over the years and why it has taken me so long to get to this point. I took my time, I did it right, and I did it the healthy way. As a result, I look good and I’m now fitting into clothes I once thought I never would. I now workout almost every day (sometimes twice a day) and have since purchased Brazil Butt Lift, TurboJam and Hip Hop Abs. I still have another 25lbs I want to lose, but I know I’ll get there simply by continuing to keep pushing play!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program? * It’s true that as you get older weight loss becomes more difficult. In fact, when I committed to losing the extra weight, I had no idea how hard it would be. It was so freaking hard in fact that I felt like I’ve had to fight for every ounce of fat I’ve lost and muscle I’ve gained. Since I’ve never married or had children being overweight and single was always hard for me. I’ve learned along my journey that when you eat to keep people at arm's length, or to fill an emotional void, losing the excess weight doesn't automatically eliminate your reason for gaining it. In the end, I chose ME, I chose to live a happier life one that would motivate me to face my pain, lose weight and share more of myself with others. I look great, my clothes fit loose and what a wonderful feeling it is. People now see me as attractive and vivacious. Men make more eye contact, smile more and want to carry on a conversation longer. Choosing Shakeology has not only changed my attitude, but also my life.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable? I did not participate in a Challenge group.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey? Cheri Hill supported me every step of the way, never given up on me and always encouraging me to push forward. Without her help and support I'm not sure I would have taken this journey with Beachbody therefore I thank her every day for not only being my best friend but an awesome coach as well.
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? Drinking Shakeology gave me the energy to push through my workouts along with keeping me regular, providing better sleep and curbing all my sweet cravings.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Why did you choose the particular program?
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Tell us about the greatest challenge you faced. How did you overcome that challenge?
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody® program. What achievements are you proud of?
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
How did Shakeology® support your transformation? What are the biggest benefits?
What tips or tools on TeamBeachbody.com did you find most useful? What made them so instrumental?
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