A Trainer’s Perspective – Abbie Harvey
I first met Mariah in November 2014. She reached out on a Facebook buy, sell, trade site looking for a personal trainer who was affordable and that could help her lose 100 lbs. We met at a local coffee shop to discuss her goals, her schedule, her past weight loss attempts (successes and failures) and the time frame for meeting her goals. I made it clear that losing 100 lbs wasn’t something that would or should happen quickly, that this was going to be a process and we would set small goals before focusing on our final destination. Mariah understood, and we decided to start our training sessions in January 2015 after the holiday season. She began working out on her own in December and then on Christmas eve, she was she given another reason to hit her goals, Mariah got engaged!!!
As I write this, Mariah and I are on week five of her fitness training. Mariah has been doing amazing with her new nutrition plan (NOT A DIET). I send her a weekly menu with a couple of “cheat” meals, so she can indulge a little. She logs her food intake, but we found it to be a little time consuming to write everything down and send to me, so instead she snaps a photo of all her meals and snacks and texts them to me. It’s so easy, plus I can see portion sizes and everything on the plate. To date, Mariah has lost 5 lbs and over 2 inches from her bust. Within the first 3 weeks she lost 2 lbs (our goal was 1-2 lbs/week) and was overjoyed with her success. Then we had a little setback…last week Mariah had gained a pound. She was working out the same, eating the same, but felt disappointed in the weight gain. It broke my heart. We talked through the weight gain, and determined that setbacks like this are going to happen. I won’t lie they totally deflate you, but you CANNOT let one week deter you from that long term goal. We decided that for the next week we were going to do an extra workout (training sessions might include a few more burpees) and we would work to lose that extra pound the following week.
Her next weigh in will be Saturday 2/21. I will continue to update her story and include exercise and nutrition tips to help you with your wellness journey as well. If you are interested in following along with Mariah’s fitness program to help you with your goals, start this week by using a picture food log, then go back at the end of the week and review the good the bad and the ugly, and from there start to make small changes in your weekly nutrition plan. A little change can make a big difference, and be sure to include fruits and vegetables in every meal and snack!