Tell us About Your History With Weight Loss:
I've always been a moderately healthy person. I don't eat a lot of junk food or fast food. I cooked family-
friendly meals that were nutritionally healthy. But, over the last 3 years I noticed that I'd been gaining
weight. My circuit training gym shut down during the pandemic and I became very sedentary. I really
used the pandemic as an excuse to just stop working out. I'm a very disciplined person, but I really don't
like working out. So, I took the pandemic as an opportunity to give myself a workout pass. But I noticed
that over time I was gaining weight, I was tired all the time and my clothes were becoming tighter and
tighter. I wasn't feeling like me. I knew I had to make a change.
Please share your Circumstances that lead you to Join Balanced Habits:
My dad started Balanced Habits through our local hospitals fitness program. I saw the results that my
dad was getting, and realized the way he was eating wasn't that different than how we already at. Just
what we ate, how much, and when was structured so he could lose weight. I was already helping him
refine his nutrition within the program guidelines, so, I thought, why not give it a try myself.
What Positive Impacts Did Participating Provide You?
I'm down 20-lbs, I have more energy, I'm sleeping better, and all my clothes fit like they're supposed to!
Some are even a little big!
Have You Made Previous Attempts to Lose Weight in the Past?
I have done Weight Watchers in the past and have been successful. But, like anything else if you don't
embrace it as a lifestyle change, it won't stick. I tried just limiting my calories and exercising like crazy
and saw no results (which was so discouraging). I saw the Balanced Habit program as a lifestyle change
that I could easily take on. It's not complicated, and you're given all the tools you need to be successful.
They even tell you how much you should target for exercise, and the level of intensity, to maximize your
own personal fat burn.
Who Was Your Food Coach and Did You Find Having a Coach Beneficial?
Carolyn was my coach, and she was wonderful. We had a call to go over what my goals were and how
the BH program worked. Within a day or two of signing up, I had everything I needed to get started. I
journaled my food intake, and Carolyn helped me refine my choices as I went along in the process. By
the time I was done with the 4-Week Program I felt well-equipped to take on the program myself. But I didn't.
I signed up for BH 8-Week LIFE Program so that I could continue to have the accountability of knowing someone was
waiting for my weigh-in details and to review the food choices I made for the week. I wanted to be sure I
didn't let go of that safety net until I felt like I had really made the program a habit for life.
Would You Recommend Balanced Habits to others and Why?
Yes, and I already have! A lot of my friends are in the same boat I was in. Mid-50's, feeling all the
menopausal things, and feeling a little defeated that they've let themselves go. Often, we want to blame
menopause for our own lack of exercise and poor food choices. And Carolyn set it clear for me...we can
all do it. Our bodies all work the same (excluding if you have some medical issue that would cause it not
to be) and if you put the right foods into it, exercise, and control when you eat, your body can be its own
little fat burning machine. I'm proof it works! I can honestly say that my body changed in ways I didn't
expect, and it's motivating me to keep sticking with it.
Please Share any Particular Personal Stories or Experiences?
I learned more about nutrition than I have ever learned before by going through this program. That
really makes things click and STICK! Also, I hated getting on a scale. I never weighed myself. But, getting in the habit of doing it can be a positive thing. Not only when you lose weight, but it keeps you in check. Carolyn also taught me to
appreciate the off-scale victories as much as the on-scale ones.