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Collette started training with me just 5 days before Christmas. The first thoughts going through my head was how hard it was going to be for her to start the diet part right before this major holiday season. Well she sure proved me wrong! She was counting calories and watching her food intake even on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
Her initial assessment revealed that she was a 35 year old mother of 2 small children, working full time and occasionally going out to walk for exercise. She had some good healthy eating habits but she had never dieted or looked at calories. She set an initial goal of 26 lbs to lose. Her initial body fat was 33%.* Collette was insistent that she would make any changes necessary to lose 2 lbs a week which was the maximum weight loss that could be achieved for a person of her size. I told her that to lose that type of weight each week would be possible but it would mean carefully monitoring food intake, following a 1400 calorie diet; doing weight training 3 days per week and doing cardio 6 days per week. Collette’s attitude was tell me what to do and I’ll do it so I started her off with Personal Training twice a week and my Personal Lifestyle Diet Plan.
First, let me say that she is only 6 lbs from her initial goal and she has lost 10% body fat. She has actually lost 30 lbs of body fat and gained 10 lbs of muscle! What is so incredible about that is that she has gone through 4 holidays and gone away at least 3 times on vacations where she had to eat out or at someone else’s house. She always had a plan and stuck to it. She did her exercise while away and still journaled her food intake. In addition, as a mother of 2 small children and working full time, Collette had to get up at 5 in the morning to come to my gym and do her weight training before she went to work. She would then use her lunch hour to do her cardio or she would come home and after dinner go out and do her cardio! This impresses me so much because she set this goal and just stuck with it! No excuses about being tired or the kids were needing her etc. I have to say that its tough to be a working mom and do what she did! I am so proud of her!
I asked Collette to share with everyone how she was able to do all this and here is what she said:
1. First, her husband is extremely supportive and helped her with the kids in the morning so she could train and helped her in the evening so she could do cardio. In addition, he was extremely supportive in changing his eating habits so the whole family was eating healthy and eating the same. He helped her grocery shop and cook when needed. Family support! Very important!
2. Being accountable to her trainer and her food journal.
3. Setting a goal and striving to meet that goal.
I hope that hearing about Collettes success is motivating! She has made me proud! She continues to train 3 days a week, keep a journal and do her cardio.
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