If you've been thinking about trying Beachbody's nutrition and fitness programs, these photos will inspire you ASAP! Courtney Ady tried tons of diets, but ultimately found weight-loss success by following the 21-Day Fix. She lost 135 pounds in two years! Keep reading to hear her amazing story.
Like many who can relate, Courtney struggled with her weight. At 272 pounds, she shared with POPSUGAR, "I felt trapped in a fat suit that I couldn't take off and had zero self-esteem. I spent my days avoiding mirrors, and if someone tried to take my picture, I would hide myself by any means necessary. I wasn't really living; I was coasting through life, too scared to try anything new or put myself out there for fear that others would see me."
"That was when I realized that the only person who could do anything to save my life was myself, and I had to fight not only for me, but for my fiancé, the kids I desperately wanted, and my family."
Courtney's health and weight had her well on her way to early heart disease and diabetes. She honestly thought there was no saving herself from this fate, so she had just about given up. It wasn't until she met someone and got engaged that she felt inspired to begin her transformation journey.
She was talking to her fiancé about where she saw their lives in five years, and Courtney mentioned having kids. She said her fiancé looked her in the eyes and said he didn't think it'd be safe for her to have children at her current weight and that they shouldn't have kids until she was healthier. He was scared that she wouldn't survive if something went wrong and she needed emergency surgery.
Courtney shared, "That was like a knife to my chest, and I cried for days. That was when I actually stopped and looked at myself in the mirror and realized just how bad my weight was. It was right there when I decided that I was done living like this and that I wanted kids more than I could even explain. That was when I realized that the only person who could do anything to save my life was myself, and I had to fight not only for me, but for my fiancé, the kids I desperately wanted, and my family. I realized that I was worth saving."
Junk food and portion sizes were an issue for Courtney, which is why the 21-Day Fix plan was a "total life changer." She tried tons of other fad diets but felt like they were all impossible to maintain long term. With the 21-Day Fix, meal planning was so easy. Courtney shared, "With your color containers and this app, all you need is to input your weight, height, and gender, and the app told me how many of each container (carbs, fruits, vegetables, protein, healthy fats, water, and seeds/dressings) I should be eating in a day."
She didn't even have to count calories! Courtney also said that she learned the concept of moderation with Beachbody and that it was OK to have a little bit of something every once in a while, just not to go crazy on junk every single day.
Here's an example of what Courtney eats in a day:
Breakfast: 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology, 1/2 banana, 1/2 purple container frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 cup water
Snack 1: 1 green container of cucumbers
Lunch: 1 1/2 red containers sliced turkey, 1 slice whole-wheat bread, 1 purple container of grapes, 1 green container green beans
Snack 2: celery sticks
Supper: 1 1/2 red containers grilled chicken, 1 green container mixed veggies, 1 baked potato, 21-Day Fix-approved dressing
Snack 3: 1 green container veggies (whatever raw veggie I have on hand)
The Beachbody exercise programs also helped Courtney realize that she didn't need to spend hours in the gym — they are just 30 minutes long and work your entire body! "All the workouts had a 'modifier' option — a low-impact, less-intense version of the exercises — which really helped me get started."
The workouts are designed to progress so they push you to get stronger and leaner and more confident in what you can do. Courtney said, "Autumn Calabrese is so motivating and upbeat and makes the workouts fun, even when you think your legs are shaking!" She also loved the other Beachbody workouts like P90X, Focus T25, Core De Force, and Beachbody On Demand.
Aside from dropping 135 pounds — an entire person! — Courtney has more energy, more muscle definition, and more strength. She shared that she can now do push-ups! Fitting into smaller clothes is a huge win for her, and her feet and knees no longer hurt after a long day. "My health has improved dramatically, and I'm now in a place that my doctor agrees that I could bring children safely into the world when we decide to."
Courtney is proud that she learned not to give up and to be consistent with her eating and fitness routine. "I have my confidence and self-esteem back. I'm finally back to my happy self, someone I thought I had lost a long time ago. I have the willingness to live again, to try new things, and participate, not just coast and hide anymore."
The biggest piece of advice Courtney can share is not to give up. She said, "You will encounter setbacks and weight gains and bad cheat days/weeks, but the biggest thing is to own it, let it go, and keep moving forward." She reminded us to be accountable to ourselves. She did this by writing down everything she ate and every workout and by using the app. Consistency is the key. "If you push play every day, stick to your meal plan, and put in the time and effort, change will happen." She hopes that by sharing her story, it will inspire others to start their own journey.