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Lisa J.
Age: 23
Gender: Female
State: Colorado
Primary Program: P90X®
Supplement: Shakeology®, Whey Protein Powder, Slimming Formula
My Stats
Before AFTER
Dress/Pants Size164
Right Arm14.511
Left Arm1411
Right Thigh2618
Left Thigh2618
Body Fat %4412
Blood Pressure000/00000/00
as-of 08/26/2011
Lisa J.
Lost 76 lbs., 6 dress sizes, and got flat, sexy ABS.
I am happy, confident, and excited for each and every day. I fought to get my true self back and I WON.
What Lisa J. won:
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body? I have always been athletic and involved in sports my whole life. I never felt as though I was ever the most "in shape" person on my teams but I worked hard. For the most part, I felt like I think most girls do growing up, confident in myself but not necessarily in my body. This got much worse when, after college, I stopped playing soccer. I continued to eat as though I had two practices a day to fuel up for but didn't actively exercise. My attitude towards food was incredibly unhealthy and had always been reinforced to me as "comfort". 'Had a bad day? Let's get some ice cream, you'll feel better. Still upset about that argument we had? Let's order chinese food, then we'll feel better.' Food was my source of escape from a life I had come to recognize as not my own. I would consume several thousand calories a day to maintain my escape from reality and ate my way up to around 200 lbs. I was incredibly depressed, lost, unhappy, and flat out sick and I didn't even know it.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey? My father was suddenly diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer and shortly thereafter passed away. I felt as though I needed to be "the rock" for my family and pushed my own grief, confusion, and unhappiness aside and kept it tightly bottled up with food. I ate and ate and ate until I quite literally could not eat any more. I woke up one morning in January of this year with an extreme pain in my jaw and found that I had a giant, softball size lump swelling on my jaw and neck. I immediately went to the ER and was told that due to type of severe pain I was experiencing, that I was a female, and "was in the type of physical shape" I was in, their first fear and assumption was that I had had a heart attack. I thought, "who are you talking to? Couldn't be me. I'm 22 years old! I didn't have a heart attack!" This terrified me to the bone. After finally diagnosing me with a very severe infection and scheduling me to be hospitalized for several surgeries, I knew things had to change.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose? I liked how easily modifiable P90X was to my needs. All the way from starting out not being able to do very much and just trying to complete the simple movements in each workout to trying to out jump the cast in Plyometrics by the end! P90X became my replacement for comfort food. 'Having a bad day? Go do your X workout, you'll feel better.' It didn't matter if you were feeling great or horrible, if you just showed up, pushed play, and gave it your best that day, that was enough. In Asylum, I loved how much it felt like training to play soccer again! It felt great to challenge my body in that way and I loved all of the tips and motivation Shaun T provided in every workout. I feel like along with my body learning and adapting and becoming stronger, Shaun T was also challenging my mind to grow and do the same. Loved it!
Tell us about the greatest challenge you faced. How did you overcome that challenge? The greatest challenge I faced was having to undergo 3 further surgeries after beginning P90X. Trying to balance proper healing and recovery time to best take care of myself but also staying committed to my goal of following through and changing my life with P90X. It was very difficult. The only way I can say I overcame this, was by using Shakeology and sleeping as much as I possibly could! I wasn't allowed solid food so instead of jello and mashed potatoes, I ate Shakeology. I honestly feel as though it snapped my recovery time down to almost nothing and had me back to my normal routine in no time. If I wasn't sleeping, I was doing my workout for the day at whatever pace I could manage or sipping on Shakeology. That was it!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody® program. What achievements are you proud of? Using Shakeology and walking everyday after I was released from the hospital, I lost about 20 lbs. Once I was medically cleared to exercise, continuing to use Shakeology and completing the full P90X program, I lost a further 52 lbs, countless inches and 28% body fat. I went from larger than a size 16 to a size 4. Then after completing 30 days of Asylum, I lost 9 more lbs, 4% body fat, and now hover somewhere between a size 2 and a size 4. I am truly most proud of the fact that I feel as though I have reclaimed myself and my life. I am fulling living now and no longer feel like I need to "hide" or "escape" from my own life. I am happy, confident, and excited for each and every day. I fought to get my true self back and I won.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey? My coach, Mike French, was key to my journey. While I lay in my hospital bed, all alone and feeling sorry for myself, I received an email from him with some updates, check ins, and info about the Team Beachbody Coach Summit 2011. It said if we wanted to be there, he'd like to get our whole team together for it. He ended the email in his usual way, "MAKE TODAY GREAT". I'd read that and heard that a hundred times but for some reason in that moment it was exactly what I needed. I realized I had put myself where I was and it was completely within my power to get myself out. I responded immediately from my hospital bed and told him to count me in! His message at that moment was my string of hope. He was incredibly supportive the whole way through and recommended I check out Asylum once I completed P90X. He is always available to answer any questions or concerns I have and has always been my biggest supporter outside of my family. Can't say enough good things about him!
How did Shakeology® support your transformation? What are the biggest benefits? Shakeology not only supported every aspect of my transformation and helped me to lose weight, but I truly believe it saved my life. Once I decided that I wanted to do better for myself and start living my life, I realized that hospital food was not the way to get there. I asked my mother if on her next visit to come see me during my hospital stay, she could bring me some Shakeology so I could start getting better. She did. And she brought me one every single day I was in there. To me, it's biggest benefits are in how much nutritional value is included in just one serving. Not being able to eat solid food for so long and being as deeply sick as I was, Shakeology provided everything my body needed to heal itself and thrive. I also learned throughout this experience that I am hypoglycemic and was in a pre-diabetic state. Shakeology helps to balance the blood sugar highs and lows of my hypoglycemia and I am no longer in that pre-diabetic state that I was.
What tips or tools on did you find most useful? What made them so instrumental? One of the most helpful tools on for me was the Michi's Ladder chart and the smart eating tips. Along with the P90X and Asylum nutrition guides, these tools really helped me to learn and understand how to properly feed my body for optimal health. Being someone who grew up thinking that cake and ice cream were their own food group and pizza was the nutritional Holy Grail, these tools really helped me understand how proper nutrition works and how your body uses different food sources as fuel for different things. Could not have survived the world of fake and processed foods without the knowledge that these tools provided!
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