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Winning With Beachbody Fitness: Shina’s Journey

Meet Shina. She’s been on a mission since starting P90X earlier this year. And it’s a mission she’s absolutely CRUSHING and leveraging to inspire others… and in that, there’s definitely no shortage of inspiration. Combined with P90X, Insanity and Les Mills Combat, Shina has nuked fat (50 lbs. and counting!), pant-sizes (down from a 14 to a 7!) and bad habits while picking up confidence, renewed purpose and a pretty great following.


Read on to learn how and why she’s done it!

What Got You Started?

I got angry. I got angry that I had to spend money on clothes because I was getting too big to fit in, an already size X-Large pair of pants. I got angry because I couldn’t walk up a flight of steps without gasping for air and sweat dripping down my face. I got angry at my reflection and even angrier when I found comfort in food, in alcohol & in the wrong crowds.

How Did You Motivate Yourself to Follow P90X Every Day and Do Your Best?

The biggest motivator for me was having a full body mirror in front of me while I worked out. Every time I saw my face and my form struggling, I get my head back into the game and push harder. All I had to do was convince my mind because my body wasn’t going to give up. A program like P90x deserves the absolute best. I didn’t want to disrespect Tony Horton like that, so every workout, I gave it my all. It also helped that I had a huge supporter (my boyfriend) in my corner, shouting out to me, giving me air pumps and telling me to fight. He was my competition and it helped that we challenged each other in this program.

How Did You Eat During Your Transformation?

Nutrition was by far the hardest thing for me to understand. I barely drank any sugary drinks like soda or juice but I never really drank water either. So I had to take a step back and do some research on what I was putting into my body. A year into my lifestyle change, I am meeting my calorie goals, drinking almost a gallon of water a day. Baked chicken and fresh veggies became a regular on the menu. Now I am drinking Vanilla Shakeology every morning for breakfast and I fell completely in love with it! I eat 5-6 meals a day and cut down on cheat meals from every weekend to maybe once a month or every two months.

What’s Next With P90X And Your Fitness?

Well, I would love to tackle P90x once again, follow by P90x2 and P90x3. It would be super awesome to get certified in P90x and Insanity. Right now I am doing a combo workout program of Les Mills Combat and Focus T25 with my challenge group. There’s always room for improvement and I am never satisfied. Fitness is definitely my lifestyle. I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon, or at all. I create new goals and will not be content until I completely crush it.

How Has Your Transformation Helped In Your Every Day Life And Ultimate Goals?

I wake up every morning feeling sore and go to bed every night with a smile on my face. So much weight has been lifted from me. I no longer care about what others think or say. I surround myself with good vibes and positivity. I know that someone out there is going through what I’ve been through. Sometimes it takes a stranger to inspire and bring out the very best in someone. Living my life in a healthy and positive way can really make a difference to someone on the outside. My transformation will allow me to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, hike up and down Grand Canyon, complete a triathlon…I don’t need to do any of this. The difference from last year to now is that, I CAN do all of this.


Some Ladies Tend To Think “I can’t” or “That’s not me”. What Advice Would You Give Them?

Ladies! I’ve been there. It’s all in your head. If you are already expecting failure then you will fail. Fight with your mind. You are stronger than your negative thoughts. The, “I cant’s,” will turn into ,”I will.” I used to say,”That’s not me,” only because I was afraid to try something new. I was too afraid that if I liked it, I would have to sacrifice something in my life to afford this kind of lifestyle. Basically, I was afraid of change. Accept the fact that change is inevitable. Choosing the right kind of change is totally up to you.

What Obstacles Have You Faced In Your Journey?

There were times when laziness came into play for a few days. I was seriously ill and bed ridden for a week or two at one point. I go through phases of crazy cravings and just wanted to binge on any and everything. It happens. Don’t dwell too much on it, learn from it and move on. Start the next day fresh and better than the day before. I dealt with lots of negative people and bullying but you know what, as long as I continue to do what I do, my actions will make those “haters” into motivators.

What’s the Best Advice You Could Give Someone Who May be Just Starting Out?

First of all, congratulations. It takes courage to make a decision like the one you just made. I am super excited for your journey and honored to witness the awesomeness. My advice to you would be to take baby steps. Take in every single sweat that is dripping from your face, every breath you’re trying to catch, every stretch that your body is feeling. Take it all in and enjoy that moment. Treat every workout like it’s your last chance workout. Try to give your all. Your body will thank you. Everything is all a mental game. So what if you’re not strong enough physically? Your physical aspect improves quick and you gain strength really fast with the time put in. But the mental aspect is what truly defines you and pushes you to reach those limits and gains. Wish you all the best.

Plug in and stay accountable. As a Diamond P90X certified Coach, I’m here with a team to help you do just that. Hit me up at and/or add me as your free personal coach for extra support and exclusive access to the friendly, private and all around kick-butt  “Dan V.’s Fit Spot!” You can also find me on Facebook, Google + and Pinterest. 

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