Nutrition Makes all the Difference

Carrie has made a change in her diet which has made a huge impact on the results she’s been getting. Now first off, I’ve got to tell you she is one of the hardest workers I have ever trained.

She comes in each morning with a smile on her face and is up for ANYTHING! She’ll push, pull, climb, jump, run; doesn’t matter, she’ll do it all and give it her all every single time.

The problem was I knew she was frustrated when her training efforts weren’t paying off on the scale as she had hoped. She was doing more, pushups, burpees, and situps every time I tested her, yet she was still frustrated about her weight.

I asked her how her nutrition was, she said it was good. I even had her bring in a food journal and she was right, it wasn’t that bad.

But not that bad isn’t enough to get you where you want be. Getting fit is a work in progress. Until you are satisfied with where you are, you should always find one area you can improve upon.

The answer is NOT to do what too many people do and say, “I’m eating pretty good and working out regularly and the scale isn’t moving down, I guess this will never work for me”.

The magic happens when you stop feeling sorry for yourself and do what Carrie has done, which is to become brutally honest with yourself and ask, “Am I really eating as well as I should be 9 out of 10 times? No, well what can I change?”

Taking responsibility and committing to a change has paid off in a big way for Carrie…

She has lost over 11 pounds and several inches off her waist, hips and thighs in the a couple months which is amazing… not only that, but she looks and feels AMAZING too!

Q: You recently switched to a plant-based diet and are having big success with it? Why did you make that switch?

I was invited to a session that presented a 30 Day Challenge. The Challenge was wheat-free, gluten-free and dairy free. I was really in a place where I was totally stuck!! I had been exercising consistently and eating “right”.

I was starting my “busy season” traveling between 3 to 6 days a week so it wasn’t going to get any easier. I thought to myself, “Why would I wait any longer…..I am ready to see some progress and let’s be honest, there’s never a RIGHT time.” So I switched on a week that I traveled 6 days to three different states and found myself surprised at the scale when I returned home! If I can juggle it during a week like that and adding in classes for my doctorate later on….I can make it work anytime!!

Q: Do you consider this a diet or a new lifestyle?

It’s definitely a lifestyle. It’s easy…I feel great and I can see my body changing!! I have learned things about myself through this process that I found surprising. I am in tune with the difference between being hungry and being thirsty. I also learned that my body has an intolerance’s (feeling bloated or puffy) that I am still figuring out. I feel sick to my stomach and bloated when I eat something that my body doesn’t agree with…’s just not worth eating it when you feel sick after.

Q: How did you mentally prepare yourself for this change?

I was ready for this option because I felt like I was working so hard and doing the things that had worked in the past like tracking my food and exercise but nothing was working.

Q: Many people are afraid to give up meat, do you find yourself craving meat all day?

No, not at all. I am the daughter of a farmer and grew up in a “meat and potatoes” family. It really wasn’t a meal in my family unless there was meat on the plate. I ate meat as I started my journey only at my evening meal and eventually dabbled in more vegan and vegetarian meals as I went on. I found that I made more progress when I was eating in that way and didn’t feel hungry or a lack of energy in the least. That was enough to make it more of a habit for me.

Q: Many people are afraid without meat they can’t get enough protein. What are your biggest sources of protein now?

My favorite right now is quinoa! I had a great veggie taco last week with corn tortillas, sweet potatoes, black beans and guacamole. It’s been fun to try out new recipes….my husband is totally surviving by being the food critic telling me what recipes to keep and what to pass on the next time! LOL.

Q: How is your energy level now compared to before you changed your diet?

I’m honestly getting to the point where I am in the best shape of my life in my late 30s!

Q: Many people find it difficult to consistently eat healthy and exercise for long periods of time. What keeps you so motivated month after month?

I have found that I FEEL better when I eat healthy and exercise, I can THINK more clearly and I can JUGGLE my very demanding job more efficiently. My motivation to stick with my diet is the progress that I have seen and the way that I feel.

My motivation to exercise is really about being part of that social setting. I have so enjoyed the bootcamp crew and the accountability that they have provided for me. Getting involved in weekend events and the Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon in December has allowed me to stick with my routine and add in a few running sessions to train for Decemeber’s event.

I am also motivated by the Workout Quest Challenges. There’s nothing like having those day to day goals to keep you on track!

Q: What keeps you from going back to those old habits?

I like where I am now and really feel better. It isn’t worth a bite of this or that for me. I ask myself when something tempts me if it’s worth feeling yucky or not getting into the next size down.

Q: Are the sacrifices and all the hard work worth the results you’re getting?

Absolutely. I don’t see anything that I am doing as a sacrifice. I am eating in a way that makes me feel good and exercising with a group of people that I enjoy being around. Nothing in that equation is negative to me.

Q: What piece of advice would you give someone who wants to try a plant-based diet?

Try it! There’s no time like the present! I would highly recommend a cleanse to get you started and urge you to stick with it for 30 days so you can truly allow your body to tell you what it needs. It’s a process. I make adjustments every week and continue to learn! Every lesson has been worth it!

Tony here again…

I just wanna say I’m so proud of Carrie for stepping up to the plate and making this change. You’re truly and inspiration to others!

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