Updated: May 3
Are you struggling to lose weight or make changes to your health? How about your lifestyle, or the way you look, feel or move in your body? You're about to read about a woman who experienced it all. And with the expertise of habit-based nutrition coaching, she turned things around. She changed her body and her life! Here are insights we can learn from her transformation journey.
She was tired of trying to lose weight through intense exercise, felt limited due to double knee replacements, and frightened by the thought of the very real concern of being diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. She was sick of being overweight and wanted to see something change when she looked in the mirror.
She tried a lot of different fad diets, weight-loss programs, and ways to get healthy and improve her fitness. Even though she did get more fit, the weight kept piling on, and she started to believe that weight-loss would never happen for her.
Sound like anyone you know?
After years of struggle, this client of mine achieved an incredible body transformation, and I want you to join me in celebrating her hard work, and life transformation.
I asked her to share her insights.
Below, there are key lessons she wants to share — and experiences we can all use to break up with traumatic dieting experiences. It is possible to stop dieting, eat better, get control of our stress, prioritize our sleep, and generally take care of our health and fitness.
Following "diets" doesn't work; changing habits and taking ownership of them does.
Deb, 64, was no stranger to the gym. Even though she trained and worked out diligently 4-5 times a week she wasn’t getting the body composition results she was looking to accomplish.
"I was overweight and tired of working out hard at the gym without getting the results I wanted., " Deb says. " I was tired of being fat, exhausted from yo-yo dieting and my health (blood pressure and risk of diabetes) was a major concern. I found myself at a point where I didn't want to "count calories or follow another fad or meal plan." I knew I couldn’t do it by myself and that I needed help. "
What finally tipped the scales?
“I’m used to restrictive dieting or having a coach telling me what to do, or what to eat and when,” Deb says. "None of it worked for me in the long-term. I had done Atkins, Weight Watchers, and tried all sorts of protein powders. My Coach didn’t do any of that, and instead encouraged me to stop "dieting", learn how to heal my relationship with food, and examine and change my habits.”
With her coach's guidance, it was up to Deb to take personal ownership of her decisions about food, daily activity aside from programmed exercise, sleep, and active recovery/rest.
“My coach and and I checked in every week in addition to my daily lessons to keep me focused, and help work through habits that were a challenge to try out or adopt. Coach Deb kept me focused and helped me navigate through some of the bumps I ran into along my transformation path."
Ultimately, healing her relationship with food, the scale, and letting go of fad diets, Deb began to recover. Not only did she start making her own decisions about what to eat — she learned a whole lot through the process.
Habit Change vs. Dieting
For Deb, the experience of addressing her habits made this experience unique from other programs and diets she tried in the past.
"I have lost over 45 pounds and changed my lifestyle. Food no longer controls me. I am free of worrying about every calorie I put in my mouth. I am free of dieting. By committing to a full year [365 days] of a behavior change nutrition program with my Coach, I am living my life free and staying active with my grandkids. I love the food I eat. It fuels my body to be active. Clean whole foods. If you've been like me and struggled with your weight for years, I want everyone to know that YOU CAN CHANGE! Stop the craziness and commit to changing your nutrition habits for one year. You have nothing to lose but all of the bad habits you have developed that are preventing you from living."
If you know you can benefit from the help of a coach, ready to heal your relationship with food, change the body, consider this is your invitation to reach out. To find out more, contact Coach Deb for more information.
Author: Deb Preachuk, BRS, BPE, CF-L1, Pn-1, is a Comprehensive Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor, Level 2 Foundation Training Instructor, TBMM Corrective Exercise & Posture Alignment Specialist, and the founder/owner of Pain Free Posture MN.
In addition to running PainFree Posture MN, Deb is a Fitness Coach at Orangetheory Fitness and teaches regularly at the Apple Valley, MN location.