Ann Christison, age 41, lost 109 lbs with a variety of Beachbody fitness programsand Shakeology. She entered her results into The Beachbody Challenge® and won $2,000!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Prior to beginning Beachbody programs, I was very insecure about my body and not confident in most of my interactions and personal relationships as a result of that. I also worried too much about what other’s thought of my words or actions which lead to me often feeling depressed (most of this was probably just in my head… but that is how I felt a lot of the time). Before using Beachbody products and programs I was also frequently tired throughout the day and then just plain exhausted after a full day of work and family activities after. I was not an active person at all. I did not enjoy any type of activity that required any kind of physical exertion and usually avoided it. I found myself choosing to be inactive which was resulting in me missing out on experiences with my children.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Initially, my family (my husband and children) inspired me because I wanted to be a more present and active participant in my kids lives. In the approximate few years leading up to me beginning the program there were some health problems that I observed in my family. My Grandmother had passed away (being bed ridden due to obesity the last 3 years of her life), my mother was recovering from breast cancer, and then my mother ultimately decided to have weight loss surgery. These things really motivated me to take the step to change my lifestyle. I decided I was not going to be in the same boat in 20-40 years if I could help it. As I began and saw my successes, I saw that I could achieve more and really change my life which kept me going and pushing to the next level.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Food! My greatest challenge by far was food. I had been obese most of my life (since about 20), so no I had never really attempted an approach to nutrition of clean eating and whole foods. When I learned about this and observed others who had already made that lifestyle change seeing significant results I thought maybe if I can do this I really can make some major changes to my body, but I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to stick with that nutrition plan as I had been making unhealthy eating choices for most of my life. It was tough in the beginning, but I was committed and determined to be successful. Autumn’s simple and easy to use method of containers and portion control with the 21 Day Fix program was exactly what I needed to learn to eat healthy when I really never had before. I learned that the longer I stayed the course and the more opportunities that arose which I just said, “no” to bad choices the easier it became to actually change my lifestyle with respect to food.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
This challenge submission reflects my FOCUS T25 results. I particularly liked FOCUS T25 for leaning me out and working on building endurance and working on strength and agility in a way I had not yet accomplished with previous programs. This was my third program and I liked all of the previous ones for different reasons; 21 Day Fix for the variety in different types of workouts, but still working all body parts and a great gateway program for someone who is starting their fitness journey as many of the moves throughout the workouts are condusive to working up to the full minute, proper form, or higher amount of weights and because there is such a variety you can stick with it for many rounds as many people may need to when starting out (I did 9 rounds before using others). I enjoyed 21 Day Fix EXTREME for a step up and intense challenge with cardio strength training.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I have completely transformed my body. I not only look extremely different, but feel extremely different. I am so much more fit and choose to live an active lifestyle now. I see food as fuel for my body now and eat with a purpose and plan everyday. I am most proud of how I have changed my priorities not just with food, but with putting myself first when I need to (which is something we often lose sight of as mothers) like my workout time which is uninterrupted “me time” set aside every day. Learning that I deserve to put myself first sometimes and take the time to take care of myself has been a great lesson for me in this process!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I am much more active now. I choose to spend family time in the out of doors on hikes or kayaking instead of sit at home and watch a movie. My life has also really changed in how I see my body as well as how I view my relationships with others. I feel that I am much more positive in how I see life and interact with others not letting the little things or stuff that really doesn’t need to take priority get to me. I have been able to stop and just enjoy the moment with my family/children more instead of always staying busy with whatever project I was currently working on at work or in my home life. Most importantly I have learned to put myself first sometimes.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Challenge Groups have been an awesome form of support and motivation for me. I have participated in 4 different Biggest Slim Down Challenges and three Diet Bets. I think I am addicted to the support these groups bring! Seeing other’s successes as well as having a place where I can post about my own journey and fitness/nutrition related activity helps to keep me accountable and focused on my goals. I always see a bigger change in my body weather it be weight or shape when I am in a challenge group because I am so much more motivated to stay on point 100% of the time with my nutrition. I also love the ideas I get from groups regarding food tips and recipes or new workouts to try.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
I have multiple coaches Chelsea Humphries, Darcy Peterson Zlockzewski, and Kali Slusser all on the same team which have contributed to my success. Our team has provided me an incredible amount of support along my journey. They have all been there encouraging me every step of the way, answering questions I had or helping me with BB related things such as what program and why I might want to try that one next, giving me tips with grocery shopping and meal prep in the beginning, letting me know about upcoming challenges and encouraging me to participate, as well as helping to support me in adding customers of my own. Additionally, our team has a private Facebook page which provides a frequent source of motivation for me to stay focused on my goals. Looking at the page along with my Challenge Group pages will often help me in moments of weakness to just say no to a bad food choice or hit buy on a new workout program I have been intimidated by.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
I have drank Shakeology since day one of this journey 22 months ago. I absolutely love it! It has helped me greatly in different ways. In the beginning Shakeology probably helped me most because I was able to blend 2-3 servings of fruit and veggies in it which helped me hit my intake for the day (now the amount of those different foods my body needs are much less, so I only put 1 serving of fruit in now). Along the way there have been times on those couple days between shipments when I craved Shakeology so badly as it helps curb cravings throughout the day. Now I feel that Shakeology helps me most because it is a source of such dense nutrition. I find again on those days between shipments I am much hungrier (not for bad choices, because it is much easier for me to say no now- but for food period because I didn’t have that dense nutrition to start my day). I have much more energy now and feel like I can be more focused throughout my day at work and with my family.2
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
I recently started using BOD with the release of all access. I absolutely love it! It is so awesome having all of the programs available at my fingertips to choose from and a much bigger variety of workout programs and nutrition guides available for completing full programs as I usually do. I will be moving into Body Beast soon and this is one program that I do not own and probably would not have bought as I have been very intimidated by the nutrition component, and I believe this is going to give me the sculpted body I am still looking for. The Fixate cooking show is also inspiring me with meal prep and cooking healthy for my whole family instead of just me.