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What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Candace Valente-Phillips and I am from Massachusetts, specifically a town called Acton about 20 miles Northwest of Boston.
Do you have a family and what’s your profession?
I am married to an amazing woman named Samantha. We have been together for 19 years and we have 6 children from ages 11 to 34! I am expecting my first grandchild in a couple of weeks! I am a registered OBGYN nurse by profession but I am currently and happily retired!!! Woop Woop!!
How did you get introduced to PLT?
Well, that’s a long story!!! Actually I met both Patti and Paul through Facebook about 3 years ago. I was drawn to and inspired by both of them in different ways. Especially seeing their (at the time) recent and real-life transformations. I can honestly say without them I wouldn’t be where I am today!
Who is your coach?
The one and only Patti Lawson!!!
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach
Are you engaged in regular exercise/a sport?
I do Crossfit usually 5 days a week. I also do strength training 3 days a week. Along with that, I go on adventures with my wife and children. They have introduced me to hiking, spinning, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking and whatever is next out there!!
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
It’s been great. I’ve been with PLT from the beginning. This is a life learning process and I am so grateful. I can honestly say that my coach and this community have enabled me to make consistent long term changes in leading a balanced and healthy life nutritionally, physically and emotionally as well.
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
In my whole life?? Haha, It’s a long list .. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, HCG Diet, Atkins, Low Carb, Low Fat, South Beach, Blood Type, Nutri System to name a few. PLT stands out because I don’t even think of it as a diet. It’s more like life coaching. Inspiring me to enjoy life while being strong and healthy.
What was your driving reason for joining PLT?
I had lost a good amount of weight with another macro-based program but I wanted to learn and be fully supported to get to a healthy weight for me and to maintain it without "being on a diet" the rest of my life.
How much weight have you lost with PLT?
About 10lbs but more important is how I feel in my body and how I feel about myself.
What non-scale successes have you found since joining PLT?
Compared to a year ago? I am as strong as hell! I’m 61 years old and I can do righteous push-ups. I can run without feeling like I’m going to die. I can stack wood with ease. I can deadlift more than my body weight. Oh, I can climb up a rope! I held the longest plank at my gym beating a 35-year-old. I can do a chin up and soon I’ll be able to do a strict pull-up! And that was all since joining PLT!
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
Just by staying active in the private Facebook group, reading the blogs, watching the videos and coaches corners. Listening to my coach. I am a nurse and have a very strong nutritional background. I learn something every week from Paul and Patti. It blows me away. They are on the cutting edge of nutrition education.
Whats 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
Start where you are. Time will keep moving. If you work with it you will accomplish things you never imagined!
Your turn now; what 1 thing would you like to ask me?
How do you keep motivated? Like who motivates you? Do you ever have a day you just pig out? Ever? Or go off the wagon? I know that’s more than one question I cheated!!!!
Hi Candace, thanks for the question!
Initially I was kept motivated by the fear of regaining the 70lb I lost, I knew I never wanted to return to how I had become. Eventually over time it faded, as I knew I wouldn’t return that way.
I really enjoy the gym. I got really into the gym when I was 13, and would attend the local powerlifting gym and squat with the men. I enjoy being in the gym environment and I enjoy the process of lifting - if I had my way I’d spend most of my day there!
I do pig out for sure but I don’t really enjoy junk foods or eating out, so my pig out is usually eating a large bowl of cereal and a bagel with PB!
I don’t really fall off the wagon, well I don’t think I’m ever actually on a wagon as such. I just generally eat in a certain way, not crazy healthy but not unhealthy either and I’m very consistent. I’ll enjoy a few burgers each year, maybe a couple slices of pizza too, but otherwise I eat same foods. Oh and I don’t consume alcohol, I stopped nearly 3 years ago now.
Hi, I'm Paul Leonard.