Imagine for a moment, your favorite female comedic duo — Lucy and Ethel, Laverne and Shirley, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Now imagine they have just signed up for the Vemma Bod•ē 12-Week Transformation Plan, and you’ve got Team Thunder: Crissy Stephens and Darcy Atkins.
“We’re a dynamic duo, kind of like Oprah and Gayle, but maybe less well known?” jokes Darcy. “Or like Kathie Lee and Hoda on The Today Show,” Crissy adds without skipping a beat. “We could host that show, right?”
It doesn’t take long to see that these two ladies have a knack for perfectly timed improv, even when poking fun at themselves. In fact, when asked where their iconic “Team Thunder” name originated, they both smile.
“We named ourselves Team Thunder a couple years ago when we were on one of our many weight loss adventures. We joked that when we walked down the hallway, it sounded like thunder,” Darcy explains, as they both begin to roll with laughter.
But as quick as they might be to poke fun at themselves, their weight loss results are no joke.** Even though they say they’re “not supermodel material,” they seem to be turning their fair share of heads.
“The first couple weeks on the Plan were actually quite easy,” says Crissy. “I was scared that I would be starving, or that I wouldn’t be able to find anything that I actually wanted to eat — but I instantly felt better because of the Plan’s focus on good nutrition.** I found plenty of things I could snack on when I was hungry and learned that eating well actually helped me lose weight.** So far, I’ve lost 18 inches and 15 pounds.**”
“I’ve lost 16 pounds and 12 1/2 inches,”** Darcy adds enthusiastically. “It was easy, too. I’d just grab myself a Bod•ē Burn in the morning, have a few snacks during the day, and take my Bod•ē Rest at night. There wasn’t much to think about. It wasn’t a struggle at all.”
However, Team Thunder hasn’t stopped with just two members. Since signing up with Vemma barely over two months ago, Crissy and Darcy have added 35 more members to their numbers, who they keep in touch with via their Team Thunder blog.
“We started building our team at first by sending out a couple of emails,” Darcy explains. “We got five or six people excited about the products and hosted our first Vemma Bod•ē Transformation Event. There, we decided as a group to begin sharing recipe ideas that work with the eating plan and to schedule weekly check-ins where we would share our weight loss results. But as we began to grow quickly in numbers, we decided to start the blog so our new members could read about our past experiences.”
When asked how they keep their team members motivated, both Crissy and Darcy are happy to share their thoughts.
“Everyone on our team had successes,” Darcy says, “but there were some who struggled with issues of willpower. But like Crissy and I have always said, ‘you can’t want success for someone else, they have to want it for themselves,’ so we would be there for our team to give them the support they needed. We would tell them that it’s not a plan where you drink the drink and lose the weight — it’s not a magic pill — you have to follow the product and eating plan; and those that have are doing awesome!”
“We have several team members who have already lost more than 20 pounds,”** Crissy adds. “It’s just been amazing. And our team has actually lost more inches than pounds, if you can believe it.”**
“So far, with about 20 people on our team taking the Vemma Bod•ē products and following the weight loss program, we have a total of 244 pounds lost!** It’s pretty cool when you think about it, since most of our team are somewhere in the middle of their 12-Week Challenge,” Darcy added.
Seeing that this dynamic duo is relatively new to Vemma, we asked what they think the next five years will have in store for them.
“Well, Oprah left, so there’s a void to fill,” Darcy says.
“I think we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing,” Crissy adds with a smile, “and hope that we have people who want to follow along with us and share in our excitement!”
**Results not typical, you may not do as well. Two pilot studies conducted by Vemma showed that 55 participants who followed the Vemma Bod•ē Transformation Plan for 12 weeks lost an average of 14.8 pounds. Not all participants will complete the Plan or accurately follow the directions and guidelines of the Plan. Vemma Nutrition Company recommends you follow a healthy approach to weight loss by consulting with your physician or healthcare provider before starting any new exercise, diet plan, nutrition or supplementation program, particularly if you suffer from any medical condition or regularly use prescription or over-the-counter medications. The Vemma Bod•ē products as part of the Vemma Bod•ē 12-Week Transformation Plan should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and 10 minutes of daily exercise.