“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” - Tony Robbins
For the duration of the 90 Day Transformation Challenge I’m going to invite you on a little journey. Consider me the official LFT guinea pig because I’m going to put myself to the test and fully immerse myself into Coach Lance’s LG1 Nutrition Program. There are so many people putting tremendous efforts in at the gym only to find that they aren’t quite getting the results they hoped for (myself included). What are we missing? It’s time to take a long hard look at the importance of nutrition.
I do know something about nutrition already, though it’s taken me many years to learn. Prior to that I’ve struggled with eating disorders that have taken me years to conquer. I’ve been overweight and had weight fluctuations. I’ve also been lost in the vortex of nutritional information online finding the contradicting information maddening. I’ve been pescatarian, vegetarian, briefly vegan and now I’m back to eating meat. I’m trying to get fit and healthy since having my second son in April of last year and though I’ve lost a significant amount of weight and gained a lot of muscle since starting at LFT (yay!) I found myself suddenly experiencing a plateau.
I don’t have the time or energy to figure it all out on my own so I sent out the bat signal (or should it be a Captain America signal?) to Coach Lance. Will his program be the rescue I need? The proof will be in the pudding…or perhaps lack thereof.
Why should you partake in the LG1 Nutrition Program?
First of all, I hear many of you muttering to yourself a plethora of excuses. (Yes I just used the word plethora, google it or watch The Three Amigos). I’m too busy. I don’t have the money for a nutritionist. I don’t have the time to count calories. It’s too hard. <insert additional excuses here>.
I am the perfect candidate to prove your excuses wrong, because if this can work for me it can work for anyone. I am a busy stay-at-home-parent to my boys (a 4 year old and a 9 month old), my husband works long weekdays and has regular business trips where he is gone 3-4 days at a stretch and we do not have a babysitter…repeat…we do NOT have a babysitter as the boy’s grandma has been out of commission with back-to-back shoulder surgeries. I also have a side gig (ahem…you’re reading it) and I volunteer a TON. This is no sob story, I’m happy with my life, but I am busy AF.
It is my hope that this program will help me reach seemingly unattainable goals and this blog series will prove to you why you should sign up for the program too!
How does it start?
Now let’s get into how my first 2 weeks of the program have gone. On January 15th Coach Lance sent me all the registration information and intake forms via email. I answered questions about my goals, habits, lifestyle, stress level etc and sent him my InBody results (oy!) so he could make an assessment and calculate my nutritional needs. This calculation was specific to me and if you work with Coach Lance he will make yours specific to you.
I’m going to get really vulnerable with you all right now and share my starting point.
As of January 5th, 2018 when I did my InBody test my results were:
(I’m 5’5” and 38 years old fyi)
Weight: 159.8 lbs (gah!)
Body Fat %: 30% (I just threw up in my mouth a little)
Lean Body Mass: 111.7 lbs (is that good?)
BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate): 1466 kcal
There you go. It’s all out there. I feel like I’m naked at school.
Next, Coach Lance took this information and without even giggling, calculated the calories and broke down the amount of macros (protein, carbs, fat) I need to consume each day. He adjusted it based on my activity level and all the questions I answered for him on the intake forms. He explained how to input this information into MyFitnessPal (get that app now guys, it’s free) and also listed the supplements he recommends.
The next thing he talked about is the importance of weighing my food. My first thought? Come ON! I then promptly imagined holding my baby on my hip while trying to measure and weigh food as he lunges forward knocking the scale and its contents to the floor, all while my 4 year old begs me for mooooorrrreee preeeetzellls pllllleeeeeease!! But I quickly banished the thought, tagged it as another lame excuse and ordered my scale on amazon. (less than $15 people). I reminded myself of my commitment. I reminded myself that nothing great comes easy. I reminded myself that I can do anything.
I applied everything Lance told me to the coming weeks. We kept in touch via phone and email so he could support my efforts and I updated him with weekly check-ins so he could follow my progress.
So what has happened?
As of January 28th, 2018 my results are: (going forward I’ll be sharing weight and measurements)
Weight: 153.6 (6.2 lbs of fat gone! huzzah!)
Do I still have a long way to go? Yes. Am I stoked at my progress? YES! Not only have I already seen results that have surpassed my expectations, I have learned much more! I’ve tracked calories before but I’ve never tracked macros…this is a game changer. I thought I was eating fairly well but I was wrong. My fat intake was way too high. Even when eating good, healthy fats you want to monitor how much you’re consuming. My protein was WAY low (Mama needs to feed those muscles). I’m still making adjustments and I really consider these last couple weeks (and the weeks to come) to be trial and error. The first thing you need is awareness, then you can make the changes you need to make.
Another surprising thing I learned is that my tiredness and moodiness seems to correlate pretty directly with the types and amounts of foods I’m eating. It’s seems so obvious but it's something I didn't realize. Looking back at your week and additionally noting your emotional and physical experiences is hugely enlightening.
Going forward Lance will help me adjust my nutritional needs based on the results he’s seeing and my energy level. One thing in particular that he is helping me research is whether BCAAs are safe while breastfeeding. He has also been incredibly supportive in making sure I’m able to maintain my milk supply for my baby while I’m making all of these changes.
What is this week’s takeaway?
I understand now that not making the leap to hire a nutritionist is like saying “Why would I hire an expert when I can find the needle in the haystack myself?”
Sure it’s a challenge to keep up with calorie tracking while chasing around two little dudes, but it’s been totally manageable. It’s more about the macro balance and nutrition so I’m not feeling deprived at all. I don’t feel like I’m on a diet. This feels like something I can do for the rest of my life. Once I learn more about what is in certain foods I won’t even need to track calories anymore. I will have the knowledge I need and I can check them in the future if I ever find myself at a plateau or gaining weight/losing muscle.
Where did I struggle?
I wasn’t able to meet my macro balance every time, but I’m getting closer. I also haven’t tried weighing my food yet. My excuse was that I was waiting for the scale to be shipped but now it’s been sitting on my counter unused for a few days. *Slaps myself on the hand* I’m also finding it challenging to find foods that will meet my nutritional needs and satisfy my husband and 4 year old but we are getting there.
Meal preeeeeeppp! I have an irrational fear of meal prep. It seems impossible that I’ll be able to cook everything for the week when my house is chaos already. However…I’m starting with breakfasts and lunches and I’ve already bought everything. After I write this article I’m going to trudge downstairs, yell my battle cry and turn all those ingredients into food. Wish me luck guys.
Stay tuned next month for my 4-week update. I’ll tell you right now, I already recommend you take Coach Lance’s Nutrition Program. He’s the real deal. He’s a NASM-CPT with a Precision Nutrition PN1. He’s made the transformation himself and is ready to show the world how they can do it too. Contact him here, get started immediately. Just do it.
As if all that wasn’t enough here is a lecture Coach Lance gave on intermittent fasting. I plan to start this once I’m done nursing. You should check it out here!
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