Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Success with Flexible Dieting

A short Q&A with Jolene, a friend and client that I have the pleasure of training alongside and coaching at CrossFit Gamma. After seeing Before & After photos of some of my other clients, she reached out for help. She worked wth me for 12 weeks, initially for 8 and then stayed on for an additional month for accountability while she was on a week-long family vacation. 

12 Weeks (left) and Beginning (right)

Over 12 weeks, she lost 13lbs and a total of 13 inches from her waist, hips and thighs! Her initial body fat based on her measurements was calculated at 34%. Her new body fat based on her new measurements is now 26%. 

Now (top) Before (bottom)

What motivated you to reach out to me for help with Flexible Dieting?

Motivation was seeing the before and after pics initially. Hearing that it was flexible, helped!

What were your goals initially?

Initial goals were to lose body fat, especially around the middle! I needed something that I could follow indefinitely! Paleo only worked for a short time and so many things were just totally off limits.

What was the hardest part during the initial 8 weeks?

Getting used to planning ahead! Thinking about my whole week and any plans we had, and how I was going to eat during them was a little stressful at first. But, I went on a whole week vacation to the beach and did well! I gained almost a pound but lost that pound plus one the week I got back!

What surprised you the most about flexible dieting?

I was surprised that I'm STILL losing inches and weight after following the program for 12 weeks! The weight almost seems like it's coming off easier now! I was also surprised at how much carbohydrates I could eat or should eat especially after following a somewhat Paleo diet!

Is this a lifestyle you'll continue with?

I feel this is a lifestyle change I can easily continue unlike other plans I've tried! Planning for meals during my work week has become easier too.

What are you most proud of now?

I am most proud of being consistent over the entire time! I usually do really well at the beginning and when I hit a plateau, I get frustrated and want to give up. I had a few weeks when the scale didn't budge but my clothes were looser and measurements improving, and then the scale finally caught up. In Courtney's world, we call that a whoosh!

If you had one piece of advice to offer someone else who was on the fence about doing this, what would you say?

My advice - if you're looking for something flexible this is for you. You need to be a planner but can make almost anything work on the plan-  including vacation!

What are you goals now?

My goals are to continue counting macros and work on finally seeing some abs! I am proud to say that I am also going to wear a bikini for the first time in a very long time without feeling self conscious! 

Thank you so much Courtney!!!
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