Besides reaching my own goals, one of the things that keeps me motivated is seeing my clients reach their goals. I love being able to help a client reach their goal(s). Whether that be losing fat, getting more fit or just becoming a healthier person overall.
And not only do I love seeing them reach their goals, but I love sharing their stories.
Katie starting coming to me in June of 2016 looking to lose some fat and get healthier overall.
She has been working out for many years, sometimes with personal trainers, sometimes going to classes at the big box gyms and sometimes just at home doing those kickboxing videos.
But when Katie first came to me to talk about coaching, she told me she never found the right combination to finally reach her goals.
So we started working on not only her training, but her nutrition as well. Because no matter what, if you are looking to lose fat you can’t do it by training alone. Nutrition is a HUGE component when it comes to losing fat.
But more about that in another post…
One thing I noticed right away with Katie is her dedication in the gym. She loves the challenges new exercises may bring and I can count on one hand how many times she missed a day.
But as the weeks went on, I noticed that the one thing that Katie had a hard time sticking with, was the nutrition. To be honest this is something most, if not almost all of my clients have a hard time sticking with.
See clients are only with me 2-4 hours per week and during those hours I see them, they are being held accountable.
But there are 168 hours in 1 week. That means that a client is on “her own” 165 hours where she need to make decisions like….”donut or green smoothie for breakfast??” Or maybe, “Do I go out for margaritas and chips and salsa with friends or go home and eat the meal that is already prepared in my fridge that I know will get me one step closer to my goals??”
So every week I talked with Katie about her nutrition and I would ask her these questions...
- What was holding her back?
- What could I do to keep her more accountable?
- What could she do to keep herself more accountable?
- What part of the nutrition was she finding the hardest part?
And sometimes these would lead to more questions.
But after each discussion, we would get a little closer to getting her nutrition back on track to help her reach her goals.
And then one day in April of this year, Katie decided enough is enough. She was going to take control of her nutrition and reach her goals.
Katie was not worried about being “on a diet”, as dieting is something I am completely against and all my clients know this.
No, Katie knew she needed to eat in a way that would be a lifestyle change.
She decided that adopting a whole food, plant based diet (which is what I do and recommend to all my clients) would be most beneficial for her and her goals.
And she was exactly correct!
Since April, Katie has lost 12 pounds.
Here is a before and after comparison. The pic on the left is from about 6 months ago and the pic on the right is from last week, Aug 10th.
As you can see, Katie has made great progress and is reaching her goals. And she was shocked at how fast it just fell off when she wasn’t TRYING to diet. She just changed her nutrition to whole foods, plant based.
But here is the thing.
- Starve herself, in fact if anything she is eating more now than she was before.
- Deny herself of the “bad” foods at all. If Katie wants Mexican food, she eats Mexican food. But she doesn’t stuff herself until she can’t move and she makes sure it’s not every night.
- Beat herself up, IF she does go overboard with a non-compliant food/meal. It is what it is, and she makes sure her next meal is compliant.
So what was the reason for this post besides highlighting my client Katie?
Biggest reason why I wanted to write this is because I want to show everyone how much nutrition plays into reaching your goals.
Nutrition is usually the one hurdle people have a hard time getting over and I think showing what CAN happen when proper nutrition is put in place, is the best way to motivate people.
So if you are where Katie was, working out and not seeing the results, really make it a point to get that nutrition in place. I promise you...YOU WILL SEE RESULTS!!
As a last note I want to just give Katie one last “hi five” and congratulations to reaching her goals. Katie works extremely hard but still enjoys life and all the food in it.
Nice work Katie! :)