Natalie N.

Natalie N.

Beachbody Body Challenge Winner

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Nalalie N. Won $500
Happy Holidays! Meet Natalie N. and Mimi O. who achieved impressed results by making health and fitness a priority.
The story behind the success
Even though I have 4 beautiful children, a phenomenal husband, and a great life, I wasn’t happy with myself. I used to be in great shape, but my stressful political job took a toll on my body. I was only 36, but felt like I was 90. I often walked hunched over because my back pain was so bad due to herniated discs and nerve pain in my neck and lower back. Plus I suffered from chronic headaches and migraines.

Instead of living my life, I just sat on the couch and watched my children and husband live theirs. I had zero self-esteem and felt like I was living inside someone else’s body. I was self-conscious because my husband was in great shape and I was just getting bigger. My 8 year old used to ask me when I was going to have a baby because he said my tummy just got fat. My husband found success with P90X and looked great, but instead of being happy for him, I was insulted if he didn’t eat the fattening food I cooked. Our once great relationship was growing distant because I was unsupportive and self-loathing. My family deserved better than this, and so did I. I knew I needed to go and find “me” again, so I turned to Beachbody for help.

I really wanted to get extreme results but knew that my body couldn’t take extreme just YET. I hadn’t exercised in years and had the lung capacity of an ant. So I started with Turbo Jam since it was a beginner program and I’m glad I did because it eased me into aerobic activity and gave me the strength to do an extreme program.

Next up was ChaLEAN Extreme. I’ve never enjoyed cardio but Chalene Johnson brought me around. Now I look forward to going down to the basement and working out. I’ve recommended this program to people of all ages, shapes, and sizes and haven’t found anyone who’s unhappy with it. Before doing ChaLEAN Extreme I had no idea there was a program catered to women that focused on lifting heavy, getting strong, melting away unwanted fat.

ChaLEAN Extreme gave me back a part of myself that I thought I’d lost for good. I finally had shoulders and biceps! My abs gradually started popping and before I knew it, I had a visible 6 pack. Me! The girl who felt like a 90-year-old lady a few months ago. I developed hamstrings and my thighs and butt shrank like crazy. I went from a size 7 to a 2 and my body fat dropped from 27.6% down to 15.9%. I lost 4 inches in my waist and hips, and 2 in my chest.

I also started drinking Shakeology because my nutrition was severely lacking. Due to being so busy I used to forget to eat. But now I wasn’t starving myself anymore and I wasn’t craving junk food. My digestion improved and I no longer have IBS symptoms. I used to feel like I was dragging all the time but now I feel fulfilled. I have a sense of well being now because I know that I’m giving my body (my machine) the best fuel possible.

As great as the workouts and Shakeology were, honestly I would have given up in the very beginning if I hadn’t found Team Ripped and joined the Team R1PP3D Challenge Group. Surrounding myself with support helped tremendously and it also showed me how hard I had made it on my husband when I wasn’t supporting his

journey. It was as much of a physical transformation as it was an emotional one. Now I’m paying that forward.

My proudest moment was when my 6-year-old daughter was saying her prayers at dinner recently and said, “Dear God, thank you for fixing momma’s head and back and making her happy again.” Even my kids see a new woman in me, which I’m extremely thankful for! And I owe it all to Beachbody. Thank you so much for changing my life.

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