Category Archives: INSANITY

Daily Success 4/29/2013 – I was far from home, stressed, depressed, totally alone—and massively overweight.

Growing up, I was always super skinny. But after having my second child, I was left weighing 190 lbs. —and I hated it. After running 4-6 miles a day, I lost 10 lbs. but that was it—I hit a plateau I just couldn’t break. I mean, all that running in the hot sun…and nothing. So I gave up.
I felt totally defeated. But when my Army husband got orders to move to Germany, that’s when my life totally fell apart. Our first three months were in a hotel, so I was far from home, stressed, depressed, totally alone—and massively overweight.

But when I saw an INSANITY infomercial, it suddenly clicked. I love fast-paced exercise. INSANITY sure didn’t look boring. And all that sweat dripping off… My husband ordered, and that became my hotel room workout. At first it was hard—so hard I could barely keep up and barely finish half a workout. But I kept pushing play and doing what I could and found myself getting stronger. The weight was coming off.

So I started my second round, but this time, I fueled up with Shakeology, and my results started coming faster and faster until I was down to 141 lbs.! Now I’m back. I’m happier and more energized than ever. My kids have an active mommy and they know that’s better than having a sluggish one. The best part is that I can actually keep up with my Army husband!!!

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After having 2 kids and a C-section, I was scared to try INSANITY because I didn’t think I could keep up. Truth is, I couldn’t at first, but week by week I got stronger and pushed harder. I think every mommy who struggles with weight loss should push themselves hard because losing weight after having kids is a whole new ballgame. But a person will never know what they are capable of until they overcome their fear of failure.

And that’s exactly what doing INSANITY did for me.

Daily Success 4/17/2013 – I was disgusted with myself, and had been my whole life

Before losing 92 lbs. with P90X, INSANITY, and Asylum Vol 1, I was disgusted with myself, and had been my whole life. I can’t even recall the number of times I tried losing weight, but nothing ever worked—I was still the fat kid. Failing to achieve my goals would depress the heck out of me and I’d fall back into my bad habits, and there were many. Sadly, it took getting a DUI at 22 for me hit rock bottom and finally decide that enough was enough! I was tired of being fat. I was tired of being depressed. And I was tired of being unhealthy.
To lose all that weight, I spent 9 months busting my butt doing 2 rounds of P90X, and one each of INSANITY and Asylum—which is by far my favorite workout because it tested my body in ways I never imagined! More than anything, I love Shaun T.’s intensity and how he pushes you during workouts. It feels like you are in the same room with him so you give it your all. Specifically, I love the sports drills and the use of the agility ladder, weights, and jump rope. It substantially stepped up my performance and trained me like an athlete. But there were tough days too, and that’s why I’m so thankful for my Challenge Group, Team RockStarFit, and for my wonderful coach, Angie K. She answered all my questions while continually inspiring me to push harder—I couldn’t have done it without her and can’t thank her enough!

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I also want to give the same shout out to Trina G. and Nickie C. because they too inspired me on all cylinders and kept me motivated in pursuing my journey and guiding me in the right direction with Team Beachbody. I feel like I was truly meant to find them and Team Beachbody and am truly committed to succeeding and being that person who lifts people up and changes their lives. Thanks guys for all of your help and changing my life!

During my weight loss and muscle building journey, I actually fell in love with eating healthy and now look at food as a lifestyle, not a diet. I also just started drinking Shakeology, which has helped me so much with my results. I love the fact that I’m giving my body everything it needs and deserves.

And while I’m extremely proud of my physical transformation, I never imagined it would alter my mind the way it has. My mentality is through the roof and I truly believe I can accomplish ANYTHING in life. Plus, it’s no longer a drag going to the doctor. Not only have I impressed myself, but my dr. just told me that I’m one of his healthiest and fittest patients, and he can’t believe how much I’ve changed in less than a year. Heck, I can’t believe how much I’ve changed. But if I did it, anyone can—first you believe, then you achieve.

Now I’m a Beachbody Coach and have dedicated my life to inspiring others to change their lives, reach their goals, and accomplish their dreams before they hit rock bottom like I did. I owe Beachbody everything for giving me my life back and making me who I’ve always wanted to be. Next up: INSANITY The Asylum Volume 2.

Daily Success 4/18/2013 – I was diagnosed with prostate cancer—then things just got worse

Before I began my health and fitness journey a year and a half ago, I was in ridiculously bad shape, and had been for quite some time. Eight years ago, at 42, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer—then things just got worse. By the time I was 47, my 5’ 9” frame was struggling to lug around 223 lbs., I was on high cholesterol meds and a CPAP machine for sleep apnea, had chronic knee problems, and was ALWAYS exhausted. All I’d do was work, eat, nap, watch TV, and sleep—day, after day, after day. But that hadn’t always been my life.
I used to be a personal trainer for a national health club chain for 2 years, and even served in the U.S. Marine Corps, graduating with honors from Boot Camp. But as the years passed, I indulged in all things unhealthy, and got fat and lazy. Then I watched a Marine buddy of mine on Facebook drop weight with P90X and thought that maybe, just maybe, Beachbody had a program that would fit into my busy schedule, and sure enough they did—it’s called 10 Minute Trainer, and it completely changed my life.

In the beginning, my workouts were only 10 minutes. But I worked my way up to doing 20-minute workouts, and before I knew it, I was exercising 30 minutes a day. And even though each session was short, the workouts were fun, challenging, and delivered results. I also started drinking Shakeology daily, which boosted my energy, gave me the nutrition my body so desperately needed, and it took away my cravings for junk food and sweets.

After just 3 months, I lost 40 lbs., ditched my high cholesterol meds, have tons more energy, my knees are better, and I no longer use a CPAP machine. Also, my thighs are slimmer, my butt’s smaller, and I finally have a six-pack—even Marine training couldn’t give me the rock-hard body 10-Minute Trainer enabled me to build.

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Since completing 10-Minute Trainer, I’ve done The Ultimate Reset®, lost and additional 16 lbs. and lowered my cholesterol even further. But I didn’t stop there. I’ve also conquered Power 90®, Insanity®, and P90X® and have never been in better shape in my entire life. Now I’m a Beachbody Coach and run monthly Challenge Groups and a weekly Fit Club. I have several private and public Facebook groups and pages—all so I can help people with their health and fitness goals. Beachbody is such a huge part of my life and I couldn’t be happier.

Daily Success 4/8/2013 – I was extremely overweight and I’m not sure how I got there.

Before I was introduced to Beachbody, I was extremely overweight and I’m not sure how I got there. I was unmotivated, uninspired, and at 277 lbs.—I just figured that this was the way my life was going to be.
I started taking Mixed Martial Arts classes and I was seeing results but very slowly. A little after I started I was diagnosed with a chronic illness that could severely change my life, I knew it was time to get healthy, that’s when my life changed forever. During the holiday, one student taught a section on strength training and used INSANITY.

After class, I started talking to him and he spoke about INSANITY, Shakeology and Beachbody with such passion, I asked him to be my Coach right then. He suggested I start with Shakeology, and after losing 7 pounds in just two weeks, I called and asked: “what else you got for me?”

His answer? “INSANITY.” It was tough. But with his support and encouragement, I stuck with it for 60 days and lost 42 pounds! INSANITY was exactly what I needed. It was intense, but I loved the focus and the way myworkout continued to change. It was the hardest thing, but INSANITY gave me the cardio I needed to lose weight. When I was finished, I called him again and said, “that was awesome… what’s next?”

Since then, I’ve done INSANITY: THE ASYLUM® Volume 1 and Volume 2, P90X, P90X2, LES MILLS Pump, (and INSANITY a second time because it’s my first love!). A year and a half later, Beachbody has helped me lose 93 pounds (out of my total weight loss of 138 pounds) and changed my life in such a positive way.

I am now a Coach and helping others. I remember when I started my journey with INSANITY, I sent my Coach a text that said, “I’m still alive… that was the craziest, hardest workout I’ve ever done! Can’t wait for Day 2!” There’s no way I would have had the success I had without my coach. Thank you for all the support through my journey!

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If I can help motivate and change one person’s life the way my coach helped me, than I will say I’m successful. I am truly blessed to be given this opportunity.

Daily Success 3/28/2013 – I’d go the first week, then find excuses to stop.

I can’t remember the last time my weight wasn’t on my mind. It has been a constant battle since I was 9. I was the girl who spent tons of money on trainers. I’d go the first week, then find excuses to stop. I’d do CRAZY diets, then quit and gain everything back. I was completely unhealthy.
When I was at my heaviest, I was sitting on the couch one night eating chocolate when I came across an INSANITY infomercial. I was so impressed with the results that people were having that I decided to Google “insanity” and “insanity results.” I stayed up ‘til 4 am looking at transformations and wishing it was me.

Best of all, I convinced myself to stop wishing and start doing! One of the transformations that caught my eye was from a Beachbody Coach named Melinda. I emailed her and the next day she replied. She asked about me and asked about my goals, then sent me some info about TurboFire and said I would love it.

She was so right. The punching, kicking and jumping keeps me pumped throughout the whole day. The music is AMAZING and Chalene motivates me to keep doing more than I did the last time. I FEEL AMAZING! I can say for the first time that I am HAPPY, HEALTHY, and PROUD. I still have to pinch myself to believe it, but I lost 26.5 lbs. with 90 days of TurboFire.

And I’m a completely changed person. There’s no room for negativity in my life. I didn’t stop with TurboFire. I’m now doing P90X and I’m planning to BRING IT with another program.

Best of all, I feel like my results can inspire people to become fit and healthy. I learned that I am much stronger than I thought and am capable of achieving my goals through hard work. I’m happy.

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Daily Success 3/27/2013 – I saw in the mirror each day was of a person who had no passion about life

Before I started my journey, I was on a 4 cheeseburger, 2 large pizza, beer, no exercise kind of lifestyle. I had zero focus. Could care less about my health. The image I saw in the mirror each day was of a person who had no passion about life. It was a downward spiral. No hope of living a long and happy life.
But once my kids came along, everything changed.

I started with P90X®. I was the beginning of my journey. It taught me how to work out at home. Now I am doing Body Beast® I wanted something to help build some mass while burning off the fat. Beast is the perfect workout for someone like me.

So far, I have lost about 160 pounds, altogether using various Beachbody programs—P90X, INSANITY, Body Beast, Shakeology, the Ultimate Reset, etc. The weight loss has to be my biggest accomplishment. But now that I’m doing Body Beast, I have packed on about 15 pounds of muscle. So my journey is transforming. Taking me places I never could have imagined.

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I have gone from a couch potato to a fitness warrior. My life has been given back to me. I would have been dead by 40. Now age is just a number. I eat for success, not satisfaction. I use the food tracker to keep track of every piece of food that goes in my mouth. I complete marathons, warrior dashes, Spartan runs.


Daily Success 3/26/2013 – The more weight I put on the more embarrassed I became.

I have always been an athlete, a trainer, and a contestant in fitness shows, but developed medical issues that produced sudden weight gain. After numerous tests, I had a medical condition where one of the symptoms is weight gain. The more weight I put on the more embarrassed I became.
Fortunately I began dating my future husband who had great success with P90X by losing 100 pounds. After a lack of success with different fitness routines, my boyfriend suggested I try the INSANITY program.

It was the best decision I ever made. I found it incredibly challenging and broke a sweat every workout. However one of the biggest factors that made all the difference was the INSANITY meal plan. I was allowed my healthy carbohydrates (rice, beans, sweet potatoes, oats) healthy fats (nuts avocados, healthy oils) and lean protein, along with fruits and veggies.

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I lost 17 pounds, which may not seem like a lot until you look at 3 five-pound bags of sugar in the grocery market. On the other hand, I gained some things too. I kicked processed food to the curb for organic and natural food. I regained my body and my confidence. After not competing for 3 years due to my medical condition and weight gain, I was able to step on stage and compete in a worldwide fitness show in Las Vegas in November 2012.

Best of all, the INSANITY program changed my medical condition, has allowed me to maintain the health I have and also the confidence I desire as I go about my everyday life.

Daily Success 3/18/2013 – I packed on 52 pounds of pregnancy pudge

Up until this past year when I packed on 52 pounds of pregnancy pudge, never in my life have I been overweight, or out of shape. Actually, I was that 6-foot tall athlete who had a killer body and cocky attitude; truly believing that I did not need a workout program to keep me fit because I was genetically gifted.
11-Traci-InsanityBut once I ballooned to 200 lbs. while prego with my first kid-o, I realized that if I didn’t seek out help to lose the baby weight, I’d end up just like all the other women in my family who got bigger and bigger with each and every kid they had. And there was no way l was going to use their lame excuse of, “I’m a mom, so it’s okay that I’m out of shape.” So I bought INSANITY shortly after giving birth and my abs became visible within three of starting the program!

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Almost instantly, the fat started melting away, and I was getting stronger and more ripped than ever. And in 30 short days, I had my abs back—MY PRE-PREGNANCY ABS! I’ve never experienced such fast results before from exercise; not only was I shocked, so were my friends, family, and even South Carolina’s WACH Fox News—who did a story on my incredibly quick post-pregnancy bounce back.

While there were many skeptics who swore up and down that I was lying and had used old pictures for my “AFTER” results, their cruel words didn’t faze me one bit because I knew the truth: I put in the work, I got the results. Now that I’ve completed INSANITY, I’ve since moved on to Brazil Butt Lift so I can sculpt a sexy bum-bum to match my awesome abs!!

I absolutely love these Beachbody programs and will be the first to attest to the fact that you CAN get real results from these in-home workouts. If I did it, anyone can. Thanks Beachbody. You rock.

Daily Success 2/19/2013 – I was a coffee and sugar junkie


I was at the lowest point in my life. At 47, I was depressed, sick all the time with colds, bronchitis and vertigo from stress. I was a coffee and sugar junkie. I couldn’t bear to see myself without clothes. And I was fed up with my own BS and excuses for the sad shape I found myself in.

When my doctor prescribed anti-depressants that just made me more dizzy and stressed (if you can believe that), a martial arts friend of mine suggested I try this crazy program called P90X. I told myself it was time to try nature’s anti-depressant—endorphins.

Guess what? It worked! P90X fit me like a glove. I was addicted to Tony and his sense of humor. The mix of strength, cardio, and flexibility kept it fun. But what I liked most was that I didn’t have to think about what I was doing each day. I just had to get out of bed and Push Play!

After P90X, I did Insanity and Insanity, The Asylum. I became a Beachbody Coach to “pay it back” for the results I got. And then I tackled P90X2, which took me places I never knew about. The core strength and balance work were mind-blowing. Can you believe it? I could do levers and 4-ball pushups!!!

I am a new man inside and out. I have a new career as a Beachbody Coach that will retire me from my day job and give me the PERFECT vehicle to change other people’s lives in the most profound way.

I WILL NEVER go back to the person that I had become, EVER! I will forever be a Beachbody junkie living a life of passion for health and fitness and helping others do the same. After what happened to me, I owe that to Tony and Beachbody, my Coach and everybody in my Challenge Group who kept me on track!

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