My name is Melissa F. and I am a 30-year-old teacher from Arkansas. I would like to start this letter by saying "thank you." You have not only given me my active life back, but also made me feel free like I am important enough to give myself the time needed every day to take care of myself. My story starts five years ago when I got pregnant with my first child. Due to falling into some bad eating habits and the fact that I stopped exercising when I got pregnant, I gained 70 pounds! After his birth, I lost 40 pounds, but still had 30 pounds left on my body. I never lost those 30 pounds.
Last September, I had my second child. I ended up being 65 pounds overweight after her birth. I went through every day feeling very fat and very bad about myself. Finally, when my daughter was 4 months old, I was in a store shopping in the plus-size section when I saw an old friend of mine from high school. I almost died of embarrassment! That same day, I went home and my son asked me to go outside and play with him. I always told him "no," and that I was too tired, but that day when I said "no," I saw the disappointment in his eyes and I knew that I had to do something. I was not going to be a mother who was a fat disappointment to her children. It was that moment that I decided to take control of my body.
My sister had the Power 90 program and told me about it. I borrowed it from her and looked at it. I first started the diet plan because I was so overweight. In about five weeks I had lost 15 pounds! I was so excited! I ordered the system for myself and began the workouts. I finally figured out that it was possible to fit in exercise every day if you want to. They were REALLY tough at first, but within five weeks it was easier and I went on to level 3-4. Then it was really tough againbut I stuck it out! I would get sore and then it would get better, then it would get easy and I would step it up some or add more weight.
Now I've lost a total of 35 pounds and more than 20 inches since starting the workout. I didn't take my measurements until I started exercising. Talk about embarrassmentI wouldn't take my "before" photos in a sports bra, and I now wish I didI was too embarrassed to show my fat rolls. My husband is so excited about my transformation. He also started Power 90 a couple of weeks after me because he was so impressed. He has gone from a tight size 34 pants to a comfortable size 32. I have gone from a tight size 18 (barely able to squeeze into them) to a size 12! I still have some weight to lose, but with Beachbody I know I will be there in a month or two.
Since completing Power 90 my husband and I have decided to order Power Half Hour. We can't wait to experience it, but are still doing Power 90 because we love it and are still getting such great results. We are so proud of the example that we are setting for our children.
Our son works out with us every day. The cross-hops are his favorite. If he is playing while we are working out, he always runs in there to do the cross hops! He just thinks that exercise is a regular part of a day, and we love that. He is so proud of his mommy. He calls me his "skinny mommy" now, but the best part is when he asks me to go outside and play with himI am the first one out the door!
I would just like to thank Beachbody for helping me reach my goals, and ask to be considered for the next Hawaii trip. It would be a dream come true to work out with Tony Horton and help others to see that dreams can come true if you are willing to work for them. I am living proof!