Eight Week Progress:
Pounds lost: 8
Inches lost: 14
Body fat change: dropped 2%
As a dedicated ER nurse, Claudia is used to caring for others. She spends her days focused on everyone else’s health. But after years of struggling with her weight, she realized it was time to make her own health a priority.
“I had been considering personal training for a while,” she says. “I was working out/cutting back portion sizes and lost 14 pounds on my own. I felt it was time to step it up and really focus on my health.”
(Check out this progress shot! When I saw this I was blown away. Claudia gave me permission to share it because you can really see the results of all her hard work!)
Changing her eating habits was key for Claudia. We worked to identify how much she should be eating, but more importantly, how to set the right macro balance for weight loss. Claudia learned it wasn’t about just eating less, but eating the right amount of certain foods.
“The macronutrient balance has been the hardest and most rewarding part of the process,” she says. “I was raised thinking fat is bad for you. Eating healthy fats in the right portions is essential. When I meet my macro goals, I have the best weight loss.”
After just a few weeks, other people were already starting to notice Claudia’s body changing, and she says that has been very motivating. She also has more energy now and feels better when she eats healthier food.
The biggest challenge Claudia has faced is trying to balance her social life with healthier choices.
“So many of my relationships (family, friends, co-workers) revolve around going out to eat and meeting for drinks. Being prepared by eating a healthy meal before going out or knowing what I will order in advance, usually helps me stay on track.”
Finding that balance is key to long-term progress. Claudia, Julie and I talk a lot about not feeling you have to be perfect. Both ladies have seen quick results in the past by being extremely restrictive, only to find themselves rebounding badly. Now they understand there will be good and bad days, but this is a lifestyle change and not a short-term “diet.” That’s allowed them to stay focused without feeling so deprived.
“I struggle with cravings on a daily basis,” Claudia admits. “I have to plan a small piece of dark chocolate or bite of ice cream into my day to keep from binging on treats. Saying no to the unexpected temptation is the hardest for me. I have to stop and ask myself, ‘What do I really want? a cupcake or to meet my fitness goals?’ Honestly, somedays it’s the cupcake.”
(And that’s ok!! As long as it isn’t every day, a little treat here or there will keep you sane and frankly are a part of life. It’s what you do the other 95% of the time that makes the real difference.)
Claudia has actually found slow and steady to be the right way for her. “My motivation has been pretty good through the process because the weight has been coming off at a steady pace. If you work hard and dedicate yourself to your goals, it will work,” she says.
“My favorite saying throughout these two months has been: ‘the only workout you will regret is the one you didn’t do.’ Also, having a great support system is very important. Doing this with a friend and having a great trainer has been very helpful to talk me through lazy/emotional days.”