2005 Hawaii Trip
I grew up very involved with sports. In high school I played volleyball, basketball, and softball. I loved it! Life went on, I went to college, got married, and had two beautiful little boys. Life was busy. My weight slowly crept up, with large gains from my pregnancies that never entirely came off. By 2004 I was out of shape, having a hard time falling asleep at night, waking up tired in the mornings, and was just unhappy with my physical health. Much to my dismay, I felt (and looked) like a mom instead of an athlete.
My husband had been also struggling with his weight. After seeing the Beachbody infomercial for Power 90, we talked it over and eventually ordered the program along with the resistance bands. We liked the fact that this program had no gimmicks or quick fixes, and that it offered cardio AND resistance training along with recommended changes in eating habits that were reasonable.
I started the program in January 2005 weighing in at 171 pounds. The hardest part for me was keeping track of what I was eating. I didn't realize how many calories my body actually needed compared to how many I was inhaling. I'm amazed I didn't weigh more than I did! I quickly learned that I needed to eat more often and have smaller portions. Keeping a small notebook really helped me stay on track.
After losing my first 12 pounds, I was feeling pretty good. I was sleeping better and waking up ready to take on the day. Unfortunately I got stuck. For a solid month my weight didn't budge. I refused to give up, knowing that eventually I would start dropping pounds again. Confident that I was getting a good workout and that my daily calorie count wasn't too high, I turned to the Beachbody Web site. I visited the Message Boards and decided to try a supplement. Once I was taking Slimming Formula, the weight started to come off again.
Around day 60 I had a bad bout with bronchitis. I was really bummed that I couldn't push myself through the workouts. It is really hard to exercise when you can't breathe! This was about the time I lost track of the days. It took me a good month to get back to where I was before getting sick. I didn't think it was fair to lose more than a month of "improvement time," so I decided to go beyond the 90 days.
Pretty soon the warm weather arrived here in Arizona. To my surprise, all of my hot-weather clothes were too big. I've never had so much fun shopping! It had been since before the kids were born that I had been able to fit into a size 10. And now I was back to my college sizeI fit into a size 8. My hips shrank to the size my waist had been, and for the first time in my life I actually felt comfortable in a tank top!
By the end of July I had totally forgotten about my day 90 picture, and was still Pushing Play and loving it. I have to admit, my biggest shock came when I finally got around to taking my final picture. My husband had been telling me I was looking really good, but I guess I couldn't see it until I saw myself on the computer screen. Never in my dreams did I think I could look like this! The results are amazing. I'm now in a size 6. I lost a total of 31 pounds, more than 23 inches, and about 12 percent body fat. I gained a whole lot of energy and felt confident enough to take up organized sports again. I've recently gotten back into coaching volleyball, and I get a good amount of satisfaction from being able to run circles around the kids.
Thank you, Beachbody and Tony, for educating, motivating, and giving me the tools I needed to look and feel the best I ever have! I look forward to P90X, and I won't be satisfied until more of my friends and family are Pushing Play as well.