Monday, February 15, 2016

My Challenger Laura K Lost 80 Pounds and Won $500!

Meet my challenger Laura! She lost a whopping 80 lbs and won $500!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?*
My life and eating lifestyle were horrible. When I was living on my own in college, it was very rare I would make my meals and eat at home. I was constantly eating fast food, and would eat more than I could handle. I can't even imagine how many calories I was consuming per meal! I felt horrible about myself, my confidence was low, and I hated looking at myself in the mirror. I always knew I had to make a change, but I always gave the excuse, "I'll start tomorrow or Monday." That tomorrow or Monday never happened.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?*
Last year, after having a trip to the ER because I was sick and dehydrated and complaining of stomach pain, I found out I had a fatty liver, which mostly was due to poor nutrition and lack of exercise. I was so embarrassed that I did not tell anyone. I started to eat better and lost some weight, but once I moved to Wisconsin for a job a few months later, I was lonely, and went back to my poor eating and that's when I got my heaviest at 346. But when I got engaged in November 2012, I realized that I was going to become a wife and a future mom, let alone wear a beautiful dress. I knew that this was the time to become healthy as I had the extra motivation. I wanted to be healthy for my husband, and future kids that may come. My fiance wanted to lose weight too, so we made a pact that we were going to get fit and healthy for our wedding.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?*
I dislocated my right knee in the Winter of 2010, before I started Turbo Fire. I originally purchased Turbo Fire in 2011, but was not even able to make it through the WARM UP of Fire 55EZ! I would get really nervous about my knee, or be so out of breath before I started. I would just give up easily and quit. But after completing my very first Beachbody program of Turbo Jam, I was ready to re-attempt TurboFire, especially Fire 55EZ, and immediately LOVED the program. I instantly was hooked, and Fire 55EZ is now one of my favorite workouts! Before Shakeology, I would never eat breakfast. Now I drink Shakeology each morning for breakfast on my way to work, and now it is helping me get the proper nuitrition I've always needed! If I go a few days without Shakeology, I get cravings for it!

Why did you choose this particular program?*
I wanted a program to basically kick my butt, as well keep in the "Turbo" regime because I loved Turbo Jam. Also I needed to have a program to challenge me more, physically and mentally. Also, a program that has a good amount of cardio and is able to tone and sculpt. Now I am telling myself, "I LOVE this program!" It's so fun, I love the music, and Chalene Johnson always encourages you when you want to stop.

How has your life changed since completing this program?*
I have so much more energy and confidence! My fiancΓ© and I rarely eat out. We plan out our meals each week and go shopping and prep our meals together. People from all over compliment me on how great I look, and I get a lot of comments on how big of an inspiration I am to them, even people who are smaller than me! No fad diets or surgery here. Losing weight the hard way, but it's so worth it.

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