Q: Why did you decide to join Team WAG?
A: I didn't recognize myself anymore. About a year and a half ago I started Perimenopause. It was awful. I gained a ton of weight, lost my energy and my endurance and basically just felt like crap all the time. Imagine having PMS symptoms. ALL. THE. TIME. I have had successful weight loss before, but this was different. There were so many changes happening in my body that I was unfamiliar with. What's up, hormones?! I knew I had to take a different approach. And I needed help doing that. A good friend was already kicking butt on the WAG program so I finally decided to give it a try. I started 35 weeks ago.
Q: Was there anything about the program that surprised you?
A: So much data! Haha! I was already familiar with meal tracking, but I think the biggest surprise was how much I love my weekly check-ins. I love the accountability. And I know that no matter what challenges I face each week, my coach (Hillary) was, and is, ALWAYS supportive and positive. Also, there are a lot more fellow vegans than I'd expected :)
Q: As an athlete, your training schedule is intense and varied. How have you managed to stay on track while balancing all of your commitments?
A: This is always a challenge. But it gets easier. I've been working with my coach on eating breakfast and meal timing and pre and post workout nutrition. Fueling my body at the right time with the right nutrition keeps me focused on things other than food. Consistency. Pre-planning is everything. I can't stress that enough.
Q: How has your performance in the gym been affected by tracking, if at all?
A: Oh man. My energy was the first thing that came back. It was crazy. When I started WAG, I had just run a marathon and was now in my running off-season. It was so difficult to motivate to do anything. I had no energy to run or to CrossFit. But it felt like flipping a switch. All of a sudden, my cravings went away, no "crashing" and I had the energy to work out again. My running got faster and my endurance has improved a lot.
Q: What has been the biggest change you've made in your lifestyle since joining?
A: I am more mindful of my food choices. I take the time to try and listen to what my body needs. I don't let my emotions dictate what I eat or drink. I am in charge. I used to drink a lot of wine haha. Now, in moderation. It's a big mental flip, for sure. I have also learned to focus more on the positive. I haven't been able to run for 2 1/2 months due to a stress fracture. So I learned to love swimming again and biking. I'm on the mend, but I was able to focus on what I could do rather than what I was missing out on. I only wallowed for a little bit ;)
Q: What advice do you have for other people considering hiring a nutrition coach?
A:Do it! But be ready to trust the coach and the process. Be kind to yourself. I'm vegan so I always thought these programs weren't for me. It seems like everyone is always pushing meat and dairy. Being vegan can be a challenge (more so to non-vegans haha), but it is totally worth it. I have learned so much about food as medicine and fuel and how it affects me. And being my healthiest self is what it's all about.
One of the absolute best features of the premium MyFitnessPal account is that you can set specific macronutrients, rather than just aiming for a ballpark percentage like with the free version of the app.
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