2005 Hawaii Trip
My name is Cyndi J. I am 39 years old and married to a wonderful man with four beautiful children. As you can imagine, we have a full house with a lot of activity. My life revolves around taking care of my family, home, and our many pets. This is not a bad thing, but sometimes we let ourselves go when we have a lot going on. Boy, was that the case with me.
No one wants to be fat or unhealthy. I come from a family that got our share (and our neighbors' share) of fat genes. As far back as I can remember, I've been concerned with what the scale read. I managed to stay thin, but not healthy. I was always sick with some sort of virus, throat infection, or stomach problems. I realize now that my body was weak and malnourished. You don't realize it as a teen or adult; all you see are the numbers on the scale, and I was determined to keep those numbers low. I was not going to get fat. I was embarrassed to eat around people other than my family. I learned early on that pickles, lemons, and lettuce with vinaigrette had basically zero calories, so that's what I ate.
After high school, the diet pill craze started with Dexatrim. Everyone was taking them, it seemed. After that, the "crazy diet" phase of cabbage soup, grapefruit, and so on. From weight loss patches to Slim-Fast, you name it, I've probably tried it. No matter what, I was NOT going to be fat. I even went through the Xenadrine (ephedrine) craze. I remember being very jittery, and thank God my heart didn't pop. But I was thin. The craziness went on for way too many years. It's so emotionally draining when you are constantly concerned with the numbers on the scale. Now, with the help of Beachbody, I am finally FREE!
I was tired of all the crazy diets and pills, and wanted to make a change. After the birth of my youngest daughter I had 35 to 40 pounds of baby weight to lose. I kept seeing the Power 90 show and I thought, if I put forth some effort, I can do this. I owned pretty much every exercise gadget that had been sold on TV, so why not this one, too? I purchased Power 90 in 2002. My DVDs arrived and I eagerly started the program. OUCH! I was so out of shape. My last pregnancy had really done me in. I thought I was going to pass out from the Sweat 1-2, and the yoga moves were not even an option. I continued for about 40 days or so, until my busy life took over once again. Running here and there with my kids and toting a new baby and building a new business left me no time to exercise. Power 90 was on the shelf collecting dust with all the other fitness programs, and I was back to the same old routine of crazy diets and fat burners.
For the next three years I followed the Atkins diet and ate hardly any carbs at all, and purchased a few more exercise gadgets and videos. I became a label-reading junkie. Not only was I obsessed with weighing myself all day long, I was obsessed with reading labels to be sure I didn't consume any carbs. You'd think I would have realized that with being tired all the time and still hanging onto the baby fat, maybe I wasn't doing something right. I had gotten to the point where I only wore yoga pants with a drawstring waist. I remember my husband asking why I never wore jeans anymore, and there was no way I would admit that I didn't have any that were big enough. The biggest pair I had in my closet were my size 12 "fat jeans," as I called them, and they were too tight. It's amazing the amount of fat you can hide with black stretch pants and big shirts.
One day while digging through my drawers, I came across that cute little leopard bikini my sister had bought me for my honeymoon, back when I was a size 6. I couldn't resist trying it on. What a wakeup call that was! Three years had passed since the first time I attempted Power 90, and I was bigger than before. All the eggs, cheese, and meat had found a new home on my hips, thighs, butt, and stomach. I felt "yuck" and I looked "yuck." How did this happen to me? I was a pudgy, squishy mess. I was on my way to being FAT! I didn't want my children to be plagued with eating disorders or weight problems of their own from living an unhealthy lifestyle along with me. I knew it was time to make some serious changes before it was too late.
On May 23, 2005 I started my third attempt at Power 90. My daughter took my "before" pictures and I hid them away in case I quit again. For the first month I kept my exercising to myself and worked out when my husband was at work. I wanted to wait for my day 30 shots to see if I was getting any results before I let others know what I was doing. Also I signed up for MyBeachbody and ordered Slimming Formula and ActiVit Fat-Burning Formula. I hadn't done those things the first time around. I knew it was time to start a healthy, balanced diet if I wanted to get the amazing results that others on the Web site were getting. Switching from the no-carb diet to a balanced diet including healthy carbs was very hard for me at first, but the MyBeachbody meal planner helped me choose the right foods. I'm finally eating healthy foods that taste great. For the first time, I'm eating well and not feeling guilty about consuming food, something I've struggled with all of my life.
From day 60 on, I really kicked it into high gear. I became very active in communicating with others on the Message Boards, which made a huge difference in my success this time around. Sharing my ups and downs and being there for others who needed the same support made my workouts enjoyable. I was really beginning to love my new lifestyle. I loved being free from the "food devil" that was sitting on my shoulder for so many years.
At day 90 I am 127 pounds with a 27-inch waist. The baby pooch shrank from 36 inches to 33 inches, and I've only just begun. I am amazed at the difference in my fitness level in such a short period of time. I'm in better shape at 39 than I've ever been in my life. I have muscle definition in my arms and legs, and I actually have defined abs now. I never dreamed I would have defined abs after four children, but with the help of Beachbody, I do! I'm 39 years old and can wear my teenage daughter's bikini. How awesome is that? I ordered Yoga Booty Ballet for my daughter, and now I even have the strength to work out with her in the afternoons after my own Power 90 workout. I'm headed for the X now, so watch out!
I never thought I would be sharing my Success Story because I never imagined I could achieve so much in such a short period of time. Not only am I physically fit after just 90 days, I'm emotionally strong, too. I have gained an enormous amount of inner peace and I'm happier now. I feel I'm a better person, a better mom, a better wife. My afternoon workouts are now a time to share with my children and teach them the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In today's world, so many teens are struggling with eating disorders or taking drugs to be thin. I'm so lucky. When your teenage daughter and her friends come to you and say they need to work out to get in shape for an upcoming dance, it feels great knowing you have put forth a positive image for them to follow.
Beachbody will be a part of our lives forever. I can't say thank you enough to Tony Horton and all the wonderful people at Beachbody. I now have the knowledge to make a huge difference in the lives of many people. Not only has Beachbody given me a huge amount of healthy information, I have gained the confidence that I can do anything I set my mind to. Beachbody has truly changed my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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