Jackie King, age 26, lost 113 lbs. in less than a year with FOCUS T25, PiYo, and INSANITY MAX:3o. She entered her results into The Beachbody Challenge, and won $1,500!
Jackie is an Independent Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My entire life, I have been overweight. I remember in middle school hating gym class because we had to wear shorts and my legs would rub together, and I was always embarrassed. I remember always having the highest number in softball because that was the largest size. I remember in high school hoping someone wouldn’t walk up the stairs with me because I would be out of breath at the top. In college, I remember having to scope out restaurants and theaters to make sure I’d fit in the booth or the chairs beforehand. Even worse, I had to make sure that they weren’t the cheap plastic seats that I could break! Even as an adult, a wife, and a mother, I was still avoiding life. My husband wanted to go to an amusement park and I kept making excuses because I was scared I wouldn’t fit into the rides or I would be too tired from all the walking. Finally, I realized that I wasn’t living. I was hiding and making excuses and worst of all, I wasn’t being a good role model for my son. I had more to give. He needed more. He deserved better!
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My son was my biggest motivator. I want to be a very present mother and be involved in all his activities. I didn’t want to worry how far the playground was from the parking lot, or if I could climb up the playset to help him down the slide. I want him to know what a healthy lifestyle looks like and have a healthy role model. I never want him to feel trapped inside a body he didn’t have control over. I wanted to teach him how to be healthy so he won’t go through the pain I did growing up. I also want to expand our family and in my past pregnancies, I was always considered high risk and a large part of it was due to my high weight. My weight was a factor in my fertility struggles and I was to blame; that was a hard pill to swallow.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I was worried about failure. What if I didn’t lose weight and everyone knew. I have tried all different types of diets and they lasted maybe a week or two. I would get frustrated and give up and then I would gain even more weight and feel like a complete failure. I had to change my mindset too. My family is on the larger side so I was just trying to accept I would always be large. Being overweight was my destiny. Beachbody changed everything. Beachbody made it easy to follow a routine and results were inevitable. When you stop with the excuses and just put in the hard work, results will come; there’s no getting around it! I owe Beachbody my life! Beachbody handed me the tools to change the path I was cruising down.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
It was fun, energetic, thrilling, and yet it was challenging and pushed you to your limits. I didn’t feel like I wasn’t getting a good workout because I couldn’t do all the regular exercises and had to modify a lot. I was really out of shape after having my son and, even though I have finished T25 twice and PiYo, I still needed some of the modified moves. I really like the strength and endurance I gained with this program! I never felt strong until I completed this program! My push-ups have gotten better, my flexibility has gotten better, and my life has gotten better!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have more energy, confidence, and most importantly, I am happy! I have my life back. I don’t want to take a nap every time my son does; I can chase him on the playground; I get right up on the playset and run around with him; I can go on family walks; I don’t have to worry about not fitting into chairs and booths; I don’t dread clothes shopping because every store carries my size; and I can accomplish so much more. I haven’t lost all the weight I want to, but I feel great about my progress and I know with the help of Beachbody, I can accomplish anything!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My confidence has come back! I am happy with what I see in the mirror! I am proud of my hard work and for the first time, I am proud of myself! I no longer hide from pictures, avoid stairs, pray the chair doesn’t break, or avoid living life! I don’t live my life with constant fear of my weight getting in the way! My weight no longer holds me back! I am happy, healthy, and I can’t wait to see where my next program takes me! I am a better wife, mother, and human! There’s no stopping me!
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
This was my first time being in a Challenge Group and it changed my whole dynamic of Beachbody workouts. All of a sudden, I had people holding me accountable and encouraging me to push harder. I was getting praise and constructive advice on what and how to improve! I absolutely loved my Challenge Group and can’t believe I waited so long to join one.
How did a Beachbody supplement, 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?
Shakeology is a game changer! I cannot stress that enough! I always wanted to try it but the price tag was scary. I went ahead and took the plunge by ordering the Challenge Pack with INSANITY MAX:30 and got the Chocolate Shakeology. I don’t know why in the world I waited so long. My husband calls it my “mommy crack” because I live for it now! I drink it everyday and I think it’s 100 times better than coffee! I drink it in the afternoon around 3PM as a pick-me-up, and it powers me through the rest of the day. My headaches have gotten better, my hair is stronger, my skin is clearer, I have energy, and my chocolate cravings are completely satisfied! I love Shakeology and I don’t plan on stopping drinking it anytime soon!
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