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Why not Join Beachbody- Does it Really Work?

Why not Join Beachbody ?

Emily Livingston

Day after day friends, family, and complete strangers that BECOME friends ask me about Team Beachbody.  Why should I join Team Beachbody when I can go to the gym or if I already have a great job?  My question back is Why not join Beachbody?  I honestly feel that everybody in the world should be a part of Team Beachbody but also smart enough to know that not everyone will and I have to be okay with that.  The amazing thing about Team Beachbody is the people that I get to surround myself with.  I get to CHOOSE who I get to spend time with and how much time.  You become the average of the 5 people that you associate with most.  Why not Join Beachbody?  A few of the benefits I see on a daily basis is my Facebook newsfeed is now filled with positive uplifting and goal oriented people.  I feel like I matter and have a bigger purpose, I am healthier than I have ever been before, I have people lifting me up instead of pulling me down, I have mentors that challenge me to grow, I am fully present in my family’s life, I have been able to retire my mom from her job, the list goes on and on and on.  I want to share below a story of my friend Emily and how Team Beachbody has helped her in her life.

“For the last two and a half year I’ve been what you would call being a “caretaker”. I’ve been caring for my daughter, Madison. She was born with downs syndrome, but in January of 2011 started to have a LOT of medical problems. Problems from her diet, and from things I couldn’t control. This I when I started letting go of me. I dropped everything to care for her. She went through two corrective brain surgeries. During her second surgery I went from caring just for her to being my husbands caretaker as well. My husband had left on a deployment to Afghanistan shortly after Madison’s first surgery. On the day of her second surgery he was wounded in Combat. We spent almost a month in-patient, and roughly two months living out of hotel rooms close to the hospital after he was discharged. We didn’t have access to our own kitchen so we ate out everyday. Caring for him, and my daughter who was still recovering herself got me off track. I began gaining unnecessary weight. I wasn’t “overweight”, but sure wasn’t where I had been before I started my new role.


why_not_join_beachbodyBy October 2011 I wasn’t really caring that I was far from my ideal weight. Then we found out we were expecting! A very exciting time for us! As exciting as it was, I was sick. I got never ending morning sickness, and cravings for processed foods were intensified. We weren’t terrible eaters, but we were not caring for ourselves like we should have been. This was especially true since two out of the three members in our family were still recovering, healing, and needed care. I slowly gained weight thru the first part of my pregnancy and I was ok with that. I knew I wasn’t 16 anymore, like when I had Madison. Well, my happy moods were quickly turned to fear and binge eating for comfort when I found out Madison had a brain tumor that needed to be removed. I believe that’s when I developed my addiction to sweets, caffeine, and other comfort foods. Long story short the surgery went well, and she healed well. What I didn’t realize is that I had obliviously blown through the remainder of my pregnancy ending at a 40lb weight gain. I was devastated. I knew it was going to be hard to lose. After giving birth I was so excited for the weight to just fall off with breast-feeding. That was not the case.

To fast-forward a bit, December 1st 2012 I started my first round of Insanity. I hadn’t change the way I ate at all though. I slowly realized my whole family was stuck in a comfort food setting. We ALL had weight to lose, and were sick and uncomfortable. I saw pictures of myself and was disgusted with how poorly I was treating my one and only body I’d been given. Even though I had lost close to 7lbs I was not happy. THEN I found my coach, Stephanie. She worked hard on me. Supported me. Encouraged me. Told me my goals were 100% possible. Waited for me to come to her and say OK, I need your help. She introduced me to Challenge groups. After moving to a new state, new town, I started fresh. I started thinking of myself once again. I began my second month of Insanity in January 2012. I lost a good bit of inches and maybe a few pounds in that second month. I was getting very excited. Then February came around and Shakeology became a part of my life 100%. I lost 6lbs and TONS of inches that first month! I was shocked! I looked forward to having it everyday. I kept doing Beachbody programs and Shakeology. I cleaned up my diet 100%, and to date I’ve lost over 25 inches around my body, and roughly 20lbs. It took me a year, and I never met a goal “on time”, but I met them! Even my husband has lost 25lbs, and my Daughter lost ten. I felt fantastic. I had more energy, and wasn’t binge eating anymore. I even wasn’t craving comfort food. Most importantly I loved that I was loosing weight, and feeling positive about my body. It taught me that eating healthy can be quick, and easy. No more grab and go foods. I even jokingly told my coach that the Tony Horton Shakeology commercial must have been made for me because everything he said fit me to a “T”. We were all very happy. I was so happy with my progress that I talked to my coach about becoming a coach myself. I wanted to help others make a positive change in their lives like I had in my own through the use Beachbody products.

The best part behind my own story is my daughter’s story. Back in January this year she was still having symptoms of Brain issues, got diagnosed with asthma, and just wasn’t feeling well. After about 3 months of feeding her healthier foods she was making steps in the right direction. It was during the summer that I decided to see what Shakeology would do for her. I figured it had worked great for me so why not try it for her too. I can’t even begin to thank whoever created this product enough because it has been a game changer in her life. Not only has her health improved in general, but her digestive track is functioning better too. She also hasn’t been sick in months, which is RARE. We have taken her off all her meds for sleep apnea, acid reflux, and are using eczema creams less often. The best part is she’s almost off her asthma medication, and is showing NO symptoms of brain issues. We are back in school, and she has yet to bring home a cold. (Knock on wood) She has always had a pneumonia or lung infection by now which usually lasts almost all winter long, but we have had NOTHING yet. She LOVES that she gets vanilla milk, or chocolate milk almost every day! Unbeknownst to her that it’s really Shakeology. She even picks it out for herself when I ask her if she wants a snack, or something to drink. I can actually say that Shakeology has saved her from many more months, or years even, of medications, colds, terrible flus, and many more health problems that children with downs syndrome face. Even if Shakeology hadn’t worked out for the best for me (I love the stuff!), I’m thankful for what it’s done for my daughter. Luckily in my case it has worked out for the both of us! I’m sure glad I made the decision to have it in my house for our family.does_beachbody_work


Become-a-Team-Beachbody-CoachMy role hasn’t changed, and it won’t with all the trials we’ve faced in the last two years, but I will say that living a healthier lifestyle is what we needed to make a positive change for our family. If it wasn’t for Shakeology I don’t think I would have changed as much as I have, and certainly don’t think my daughter would be as healthy as she is right now. I plan on Madison and I drinking Shakeology everyday for the rest of our lives, god willing. To end, I stopped letting my role be my excuse, and realized I can use these trials and triumphs to my advantage and let it fuel my passion, my dreams, and push me to my final goals!” Emily


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