Cecil P P90X & Insanity Transformation


 Isn’t this amazing?!  I think this is one of my FAVORITE BeachBody transformations.  Cecil lost 117 lbs with P90X and Insanity and I just HAD to do a little spotlight on her.

(Cecil is from Puerto Rico and I did my best to translate her responses to the questions.  But if the grammar is a little off just know that’s the reason why.  haha)  


Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
All my life was plump, but a season of my life for personal reasons and was experiencing emotional situations that I lost control of my life, suffering severe depression that led me to overweight that I escape from my hands … I was ashamed of having to share with family and friends were either in a restaurant, a cinema, a shopping center, for all the people around me were in comparatively normal weight to overweight large me.  I wore clothes in dark colors like black and gray to try to fool myself in the mirror and not feel uncomfortable by my silent depression.  Why I could not take control over me? I felt insecure and I locked myself away from activities like going to the beach, or any type of physical activity.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
God made me rescue my life and gave me the strength to get up and do something for my self.   To hit bottom and fall into a hospital helped me to see that if did not do something about my health, my weight would drag me to death . Sometimes we have to go through situations and experiences that shake your life and learn to appreciate what really is incalculabe … your health!
Why did you choose the program special?
I chose P90X because I identified with a history of people like me who were suffering from depression. The many videos and testimonies and transformations achieved grab my attention and I get the message clear … I did not think twice and ordered my program and I prayed to God and I said to myself, if you don’t try, you’ll never know what you’re capable of!  It was the best decision I ever made in my life. I recovered my health and not just that, I sculpted, toned and molded my body in a way I never thought possible. Beachbody change my body, my health and my life.
What did you like in particular, about the program you chose?
I like how enthusiastic and energetic P90x is Tony Horton, every workout was a big challenge for me every time I turned on my TV, but once the workout was done it was a great achievement and every day brought me closer to the woman I wanted to be. I liked that all exercises were modified versions for people like me, a person who knew nothing of weights or exercises.  I learned a lot every day.
Tell us about the greatest challenge you faced. How did you overcome that challenge?
I had to face myself.  I would get frustrated that the number on the scale did not move faster.  And sometimes it frustrated me to see that I did not lose weight, but yet in inches and clothing sizes.  I was surprised that there were loose pants and shirts.
Describe the results you Achieved with your Beachbody ® program. What achievements are you proud of?
What gives me pride and satisfaction of completing my programs that I specifically did P90X & INSANITY, I am proud to have done things I never thought I would do, I never imagined I could do pushups and I did, I never thought to do yoga and I was surprised myself for the flexibility that developed.   All my life I hated sweating and I was sweating a lot in both programs but I felt so happy … to see that day after day I was losing my fears and insecurities … I made it through each and every one of the DVD ‘S of each program … I am proud to know that there is nothing IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO ACHIEVE BY MYSELF :)


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Spring Clean Your Life!


Everyday I have a list of chores that need to be done around the house.  Dishes, laundry, making beds, tidying up the toy room. It never seems to end!  But even with daily cleaning, inevitably there are those chores that bypass the daily to-do list.  As a society we tend to collect these bypassed chores and complete them in one big swoop .  And we call it spring cleaning.

Today I was cleaning the all too famous “kitchen junk drawer”.  Now I’m convinced that every house has a drawer like this.  It may be a cupboard, maybe even an entire room. But in our house, we have a kitchen drawer where random items go to die.

As I went thru this junk drawer and sorted the pens, box-tops, scissors, & lone lego pieces, it hit me.  Here I was, taking a chunk of my time, to organize and put items in their proper place.  And all because I had failed to put these items away properly the FIRST time!  If I had S L O W E D down the FIRST time I saw that stray lego piece, and walked down the stairs to put it away in the proper place.  Then I wouldn’t be sitting here doing it now!  But since I had procrastinated several times, with several different items, I was now sitting here wasting a large chunk of my time putting things away in their proper places.

My quest to SAVE time in the moment, had, in reality, cost me more time.

It made me think.  How often do I do that with other aspects of my life?  How often do I cut corners in the sake of saving time?  How much time do I waste re-doing work?

I can definitely see I’ve done that with my health!  For years I felt I didn’t have time to cook healthy meals.  I didn’t have time to exercise.  I was cutting corners and I paid the price!  I would sleep constantly.  I would avoid social interaction and group gatherings.  I wasted time watching reality TV, hoping to escape the reality of my own miserable life.  When I HAD to leave the house, I would waste time trying on several different outfits, hoping to find that perfect shirt that would disguise my body so I could avoid the all too familiar question – “When are you expecting your baby?”.  I wasted several hours a day feeling sorry for myself.  I was not living.  I was merely existing.

Yet I continued to lie to myself.  I continued using excuses. “I don’t have time to exercise an hour a day”,  “I don’t have time to research proper nutrition”,  “I don’t have time to do that!”

I think several people feel they don’t have time to be healthy.  In fact, I know some people, especially woman, who feel GUILTY taking personal time to exercise!  They feel selfish.  But the reality is, if you don’t care of yourself properly, it will catch up to you!  You will find yourself in a situation that calls for a spring cleaning. An overhaul of your life.  And while it may take a chunk of your time, but the payoff will be worth it.

Of course, it takes courage to take a step back and recognize the need for change.  I have challengers in my fitness challenge groups that are in a spring cleaning of their life, and I admire their desire to CHANGE and COMMIT to being healthy the RIGHT way.  Everyone is capable of making that change! But just like it is with cleaning…. it is more likely to happen if you have someone there helping you and working beside you.

I learned this principle by being a mother.  I know my children are much more likely to make their beds, put away their clothes, and clean the toy room if I am by their side helping them.  So it is with health and fitness.  People need support!  People need somebody to walk beside them, and guide them with encouragement as they stand with courage to spring clean their mind from defeating thoughts, attitudes, and philosophies.

So the lesson here is simple.  Don’t cut corners.  Do things right the FIRST time.  Every single day do your BEST.  Choose to eat healthy, choose to make daily exercise a priority.  By taking the time to do that everyday you can avoid a “spring cleaning”, an overhaul of your life.

But if you do find yourself in the situation that a spring cleaning would be beneficial…. team up.  Join a Fitness Challenge Group, a support group.  It is the BEST way to ensure your success.

To Learn more about Fitness Challenge Groups, email me at <brigittelinford@gmail.com> or CLICK HERE for more details.