Age: 39 Date joined IWM: Saturday, June 01, 2013
- Total Pounds Lost: 20
Biggest Non-Scale Victory:
All that I have learned about nutrition- it affects so many parts of my life! I do Crossfit all the time and knowing how to be strong without being bulky is really important to me and now I eat so much! But I know what to eat to keep my energy up and stay healthy and strong.
How was your first week on the program?:
I was so motivated when I started that my first week wasn't bad. I still find it hardest during times when I don't have a schedule or routine. Weekdays are easy for me because they're structured whereas weekends I have to find distractions so that I don't eat from boredom.
What has been your biggest struggle or fear and how did you get through that (big events, vacations, etc.)?:
I was so afraid to go to phase 3 and maintenance. I did not want to gain the weight back that I just worked so hard to lose. But Coach April assured me it would be fine, and it totally was! I make sure that I don't go to events or activities hungry. Scheduling when I eat is a priority and everyone around me knows it.
Please share any tips or advice you may have for other clients?:
I was not a big veggie eater prior to doing IWM. I stuck with green beans for month before I would venture outside of my comfort zone. Identity your biggest weakness and be proactive about it. I always roast trays of veggies on the weekends so I can have them during the week. I don't eat much, but I know that's a challenge for some people. I think you're more apt to be successful if you're making your own meals. Eat the 80 was helpful with that when I didn't have any time to make my own healthy dinners.
What do you look forward to as a life change in maintenance?:
I really think that eating healthy and being knowledgable about how food fuels my body will help me to have a longer, more active life.
What role did you health coach play in your success?:
April was and still is awesome. Three years later and I still check in with her, either with appointments or text messages. April was never judgmental, but was always honest. I need that accountability with the understanding that life happens!