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I am a Stay at Home Mom to two beautiful children and a wife to the most wonderful husband ever!

Somewhere along the way I lost track of "me" and I have been blessed enough to have found Beach Body and it's programs/ trainers / shakeology. All have changed my life in so many ways!!

Because of that huge change, I am now a Beach Body Coach who is working her hardest to Pay It
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My Transformation Story
by: Michelle Sylvia

2 years ago I was miserable, desperate and overweight. My Life seemed as if I was running in circles trying to overcome all of those More ...
My Transformation Story
by: Michelle Sylvia

2 years ago I was miserable, desperate and overweight. My Life seemed as if I was running in circles trying to overcome all of those things. Deep down I remembered the days where I didn’t have to worry about my weight and when things seemed easier. Sometimes life throws some major curve balls at you, but I firmly believe it is to mold you into the life you are suppose to purposefully lead.

My name is Michelle Sylvia. I am a Wife and a Mother to two beautiful Children who are 9 and 7. I am also an Artist, Candle Maker and Business Owner. I have lived in four different states over the past 15 years of my marriage. We are now residing in IL where I grew up and have been for the past 6 years. When we moved here it was suppose to be happy and wonderful, but it is a time when I remember that everything seemed to be falling apart. Without going into details, we experienced some major financial difficulties due to our move and to the start of the failing economy. If it wasn’t for my family and their support I don’t know what might have happened. I Thank God everyday for them and the second chance they gave us. We couldn’t have made it without them.

I have always considered myself to have an entrepreneurial spirit. At this time more than ever that spirit sang to my soul. I needed a way to earn some income and still be at home with my children. It was at this time my candle business, The Blackberry Briar was born. It wasn’t without a lot of blood, sweat and tears though. In order to fund the start up of this venture, I became a maid and worked every week cleaning apartment building hallways for over 50 buildings.

Although we had support and I was fortunate enough to start up a business, life was pretty rough and the stress from that plus the change of atmosphere (new home in a new state) caused me to turn to food for comfort. I gained 40 lbs and was miserable. I still can’t believe how quickly it happened and how miserable I was. When it finally hit me that I was out of control, I talked to my Dr. She recommended Weight Watchers. I tried it and followed their plan without cheating and had no success. .....Then I joined our Local Gym where I worked out hard for 2 hours a day, 3 days a week. Guess what? weight loss, no loss of inches, NOTHING. I was in disbelief and so afraid that this is just who I was going to be and that I had to accept the misery. I simply was ready to give up and throw in the towel and had no more motivation to even try. Until, one Sunday morning...on the couch sitting watching an infomercial for P90x. This is the point that my life began to take a change.

In that infomercial there were several examples of people they showed before and after photos of, but the one that struck me was the young woman who just had a baby. She was like me...she had a baby and that connection gave me hope that I could possibly get results as well. I called my husband over and asked him if he would do the program with me. He said yes and we ordered it. Little did we know how intense the program was, but how wonderful the results were going to be!! In 90 days I dropped 2 sizes. Not really much weight on the scale, but the fact that I knew I was shrinking was magical! People we knew were inspired by both of our weight loss and asking us what we were doing. We both felt great! Right after we finished the 90 days we went on vacation and then I hate to say this, but we didn’t get back to doing P90x or anything else. It took about a year and a half of doing nothing and reality sank in again. Exercise is a life changing commitment and you have to do it regularly. It isn’t just a one time thing.

I gained all the weight and inches back that I worked so hard to lose. It was December 2010 when I realized this and decided that this was not how I was going to live my life anymore! I promised myself that January 1, 2011 was the start of my new life. A fit life that wasn’t just going to last 90 days. It is going to be a lifetime commitment for me. I set goals and made a plan.

I started drinking Shakeology for breakfast everyday and I decided to try Turbo Jam a new work out, for something different. I did Turbo Jam for 1 month (January 2011) and lost 8 lbs and 10.75 inches. This workout for me was key. It was fun and I actually craved doing it. After a month of Turbo Jam, I decided I wanted to give Turbo Fire a try and started that on February 1st. The results have been miraculous and astounding.
As of today April 6, 2011 I have lost a total of 16 lbs and 19.25 inches! I feel amazing and I look great!

Turbo Jam and Turbo Fire are 2 of the most fun workouts I have ever done! They keep me motivated and interested and addicted to working out every single day!!

I want to personally Thank Tony Horton for giving me hope again with results from P90x when nothing else was working. I would also like to thank Chalene Johnson for coming up with her incredible motivating workouts and sharing them with the world. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know that exercise would be fun!!! I want to thank my Coach Suzy Stauffer for believing in me and continuing to push me to be better. Because of her I have now joined Beachbody as a Coach. It is such a blessing to see that I am inspiring so many people to get fit. Because of that I started an online Fit Group on Facebook to help encourage and motivate others. It is my chance to Pay It Forward and Share it with whomever I can. Especially other Mom’s and women that might be feeling that same dread I did 2 years ago. I want to show them that they have control of their destiny, and no one else! The power is within them. They just need to embrace and reach for it.

What getting in shape has done for me physically is amazing, but mentally it has brought me to a whole new level. At the beginning of this year, I was miserable. I was ready to give up my business and quit everything I have ever dreamed of and worked for. Because of my weight loss success in the past 96 days, I am energized and much more positive! I have so much more confidence and I am looking forward to each day now instead of dreading it!! No amount of money and no PILL in the world can give you any of this! Trust me I know! Exercise is powerful and I am convinced it is the fountain of youth.

I have set many new goals for myself with the help of Chalene’s 30 day Free Challenge! Along with my weight loss goal, which I still intend to lose 13 more pounds, I am looking forward to reaching so many more! I didn’t quit my business and I owe that to my increased confidence. I can’t wait to see my goals being achieved and my dreams unfolding before my eyes! I know I can do anything I put my mind to. My new Motto is : Dream, Believe and Achieve

I have inspired so many women already and I hope that I have the opportunity to inspire many more! This is magical and I am blessed that Beachbody, Shakeology, P90x, Turbo Jam and Turbo Fire are in my life! They have made a profound difference in my quality of Life!

Workout programs:
ChaLEAN Extreme®
Turbo Jam®
TurboFire® - primary program
P90X® Peak Results and Recovery Formula
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