|Slim in 6|
Hello to all my Beachbody friends. How are we all doing? Well, I am doing FANTASTIC!!!!! Why, you ask? Because I have the honor of sharing my Beachbody success story with you. My name is Natalie. I am 25 years old. I have been using the Beachbody program since late April 2004. These past 10 months have been quite the journey. I have accomplished and learned so much, but maybe I should start from the beginning.
I have struggled with my weight ALL my life. In the 12th grade I finally decided to do something about it, and started changing the way I ate. Eventually I added exercise to my daily routine. As the years went on, being fit became more important to me and as a result, I started to struggle more. I was dieting and exercising and still was unable to lose the flab on my legs and tummy. I was able to tone my upper body with no problem, but the lower half looked terrible.
This frustration started a vicious cycle of binging. This led to weight gain, which of course leads to depression. Sometime the cycles would last two or three days; sometimes it would be a week, and sometimes months. It was awful. There is no worse feeling than losing a ton of weight and then gaining it back again, trust me. I know, because I've done it. It got so bad, I really started to believe I was cursed and that the goals I wanted to achieve were out of my reach. I even contemplated liposuction, and spent over $500 in consultation sessions. So I guess you are all wondering what led me to my Beachbody journey. Well, let's take it back a year.
In October 2003, I was having a hard time maintaining the weight and body shape that I had trained 10 months for. Even worse, I had my heart truly broken for the first time. Well, as everyone knows, stress plus heartache equals ice cream. I would go through short periods of eating, then getting back on track, then eating again. So even though I did not quit my training completely, those little episodes caused me to slowly pack on the pounds. I didn't really notice until one day, my pants were too tight. This, of course, was my breaking point. I hit rock bottom. I gave up. I decided that a great body was not in the cards for me. I started eating again. This made me feel better for a short period of time, but in the long run it made things worse. The more I ate, the bigger I got.
One night I saw the infomercial for Slim in 6 and decided that I'd had enough and I needed to do something. If I kept going down the path I was on, I would be even more unhappy than I was already. So I bought the program. The tapes were delivered within a week; however, they sat in the box for another six. I had started training with a personal trainer, and was scared to stop and begin these tapes. I knew the personal trainer worked for me, but I wasn't sure if Slim in 6 would. Finally in April 2004 I picked up the Slim in 6 video and popped it in. I decided that I could not be scared, because I would never know if it worked till I tried it.
Well, I am glad I started and never gave up. It has not been easy sticking with the program, but the Slim in 6 tapes are amazing. I have never seen my body respond to a workout program like this before. My waistline started to shrink, followed by my tummy, hips, and thighs. I started to fit back into clothes I had not been able to wear in months. Even more fantastic was when those clothes started to become too big. I made sure I Pushed Play EVERY DAY, even on the days when my eating choices were so horrible I thought that I was headed back to where I started. Trust me when I say I've had quite a few of those scary days, too! Rest assured that even with how far I've come and the changes I've made in my body, I have not been perfect. As a wise woman of Beachbody once said, "It is not PERFECTION that gets you there, but PERSISTENCE." I love that line. It has really helped me to stick with my program. It is one great truth that if you can receive and understand, you too will achieve your goals.
So where am I now? Well, I am better than ever. I just completed my third round of Slim in 6, and I must say this has been the best round yet. However, it was not because I "cheated" less (although this is true). Nor was it because I worked out harder. It was all because I changed my mind. I changed how I saw things. I changed how I looked at myself. I decided that I CHOOSE how things are going to be. If I see myself as the fat girl, then that is what I am going to be. If I see myself failing, then that is what I am going to do. When I realized I had that kind of power in my own hands, I was unstoppable. Bad choices that I used to continually make, I was walking away from. I started having fun with my meals instead of being scared of them. I was able to have a "cheat" meal and not feel guilty. I no longer felt stressed about if I would get there or how long it would take.
Why? Well, I learned that if or when I get there is not important. I will get there, no matter how long it takes. Whether I do it in 6 weeks, 90 days, or a year, I cannot fail if I am doing it every day. Whatever you put in, you will get out. I knew I would reap exactly what I was sowing into my life, and for the first time I felt not fear, but faith. My beautiful mother once told me that the battle begins in the mind. How I have learned that truth! Get your mind right, and it will all fall into place. This is the message I want to share with everyone: YOU HAVE THE CHOICE!!!!!! Your success lies in your hands and in your head. Love who you are NOW, and not just when you get there. If you have these few things in place, the rest will be easy.
So that is me and my journey in a nutshell. I lost a total of 20 pounds and 13.5 inches. However, I am nowhere close to being done. I want to see what else I can accomplish. I decided to order the P90X program. Hopefully it will be here soon. I can't wait till I can share that success story with all of you!
Thank you, Beachbody, for giving me the tools to achieve great things, mentally and physically. I have changed for life.
P.S. A quick thank you to the girls who stood behind me: BethieJ, KarissaEB, Sherri, Brandi, Kimberly, Kimmie, Jewel, Monica, Tamfish, Pammy. And there are so many others—you all know who you are. Thank you for helping me through all the frustration. Without your constant support and motivation, I might never have learned how to love me.