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What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Nicole Nguyen and I was born and raised in Long Beach, California.
Do you have a family and what’s your profession?
I have been married for 15 years to my high school sweetheart and we have two children—a son, Aidyn who is 13 years old and a daughter, Kailyn who is 11 years old. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and I teach doctoral level psychology courses at an online university and have done so for almost 10 years.
'How did you get introduced to PLT?
I posted in a Facebook group about my frustration with the results I was seeing with another nutrition coaching service, and a current PLT client, Brandy Hyche, reached out and told me about PLT.
Who is your coach?
The one and only, Paul :)
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach
Are you engaged in regular exercise/a sport?
Yes! I take Orangetheory classes 5-6 times a week, as well as The London Method, a local barre class, 1-2 times a week, and I walk 5 miles 1-2 evenings a week. I also own a Peloton bike and try to ride it when I can’t get to any of my other workouts.
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
The onboarding experience was seamless and the community has been extremely encouraging and supportive. I love seeing everyone’s progress photos and stories, as well as the meal plan tips and recipes.
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
Before trying PLT, I had tried a few other weight loss programs, including a medical weight loss program that required me to get HCG and B-12 shots, as well as take an appetite suppressant. After that, I decided to try Stronger U. I had heard many success stories and decided to give it a try. However, I was very disappointed with the program and only lost 3 pounds in 12 weeks! When I asked my coach for support over the 12 weeks, I was made to feel that I must be doing something wrong, as the program “works for everyone,” so it must be me. I was so discouraged and ready to give up, until Brandy reached out to me and told me about PLT. The rest is history!! The difference between PLT and SU is incredible— never once has Paul made me feel that any stalls in my weight loss journey were my fault or something I am doing wrong. I appreciate that he takes everything into consideration when looking at my numbers—it’s not cookie-cutter at all. Every body is different and everybody is different—Paul and PLT know that and customize macros and numbers to each individual.
What successes have you found since joining PLT, scale or non-scale?
I have lost almost 30 pounds since starting PLT. I’m a pretty slow loser, so I couldn’t be happier with my progress so far. I am down almost two pants sizes and I am almost at my “goal” weight.
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
I’ve learned so much about food and how it is used to fuel my body. I pay more attention to what I eat and how it makes me feel. I also realized that I definitely wasn’t eating enough protein before starting PLT. Oh, and that not all carbs are bad !
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
My advice to those considering joining PLT, is to do it—you won’t regret it. To any new members, I would say, trust your coach and don’t give up—this will work if you stick with it.
Your turn now; what 1 thing would you like to ask me?
What has been the hardest change for you to make from your “old” self to your “new” self and what foods, if any do you miss the most? I really miss pizza—it’s a hard one to consistently fit into my numbers.
Hi Nicole, tks for the question!
This one is interesting to me. Back when I started my journey I knew nothing about nutrition, in the years before I had tried a few programs too...from Weight Watchers to Atkins! I still felt some carbs were bad to eat so I removed bread and potatoes from my diet for 2 years and honestly never missed them! I managed to lose 57lb in 20 weeks so it worked by luck more than judgement lol. Eventually I learned it was about calorie control and now there's no foods I restrict, I usually eat a PBJ daily ;)
There is 1 food I miss, but that's more from relocating to live in America and that's CURRY! Curry is extremely popular in Great Britain, there's a carry-out restaurant on nearly every street and it's very much part of British life and culture. Where we live in America, curry isn't easy to find, the nearest good one is a 40 min drive away, so over time we have stopped eating it. Instead I generally ensure I eat some when I travel home to see my family! I love it but really can't eat it often due to its calories but it's an even nicer treat now!
Tks Nicole, for taking the time to share your PLT experiences with the community and myself
Hi, I'm Paul Leonard.