Join me in congratulating Julie on all her hard work! She is down 17lbs after incorporating HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE nutritional habits based around whole-minimally processed foods. No magic pills. No crash diets. Just a bunch of little “good decisions” day after day. Congrats Julie!

Get insight into Julie’s experience below:

Q: How long have you been with Lion’s Den Fitness Atlanta?
A: I started going to LDFA in January, 2017.

Q: When did you begin 1-1 Nutritional Coaching with LD and why did you decide it was the right time to do it?
A: I started at the end of October, 2018. Ben and I decided it might be a good idea to start ahead of the holidays, since that time of year is the hardest to watch what you eat.

Q: How much did you weigh when you began your 1-1 Nutrional Coaching program?
A: 180.8lbs and I have actually weighed 186lbs before, which is scary!

Q: How much weight have you lost to date? How do you feel?
A: I have lost 17 pounds. I have gone down a size in pants and shirts. I feel much better and have a lot more energy. I would like to keep going, but it will be a slow process. I have learned that small changes make a big difference. Unfortunately, I do not have skinny genes, so I have to work really hard to lose weight and keep it off. Sometimes when I’m at the gym and I hold a 15 or 20 pound dumbbell, I think to myself “wow… this is what I was carrying around all that time.”

Q: How would you describe your first couple months of nutritional coaching? What challenges did you face early on?
A: The first couple of months were hard, because of the holidays and I love food. Most of my social activities are centered around eating. I did not start losing any weight until January 2019. That’s when I really started making some changes and seeing results. It all started with the LDFA Dryathalon. I am not a competitive person and really did not think I would lose as much as I did that month. I also started working out more.

Q: What has been the easiest aspect of your experience. What has been the most challenging?
A: The easiest part has been working with Ben. He’s very patient, encouraging and understanding. The most challenging part has been the fact that I love food, watching my portions on the weekends and eating out. Someone once told me “when you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” It totally makes sense. I feel like my best weeks have been when I go to the grocery store on Sunday, buy groceries and plan out my meals ahead of time. That way, I know what I am eating and my food is already portioned out in containers. I have learned how to eat smaller portions and that really worked well for me. I have not seen these numbers on my scale in 6 years or more.

Q: What advice would you give to someone else seeking to lose weight and improve their nutrition?
A: Start with small goals. Either write down what you eat or take pictures of it. If you need accountability and a coach like I do, I suggest working with Ben. When you know you have to check in and weigh in with someone who you are paying to help you, it definitely makes it easier to take it more seriously. Think about it like this….it is money well spent and you will see results if you follow the plan. We all know what to do, but some of us need a coach to help us along the way. I always tell myself, if nothing changes, then nothing changes.

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