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What’s your name and where do you come from?
I’m from Akron, Ohio.
Do you have a family and what’s your profession?
Family: 1 cat, a fiancé, 2 sisters, 2 nieces :)
Profession: I am a very busy gal. Is that a job title? 😂😂 I am a certified music teacher and teach at Woodrige Local Schools. I start my day teaching 6th grade beginning band, then I’ll teach general music to all elementary grades kindergarten through 5th. In addition I direct the high school marching band, basketball pep band, and then the pit orchestra for the spring musical.
How did you get introduced to PLT?
My girl Courtney Ruggaber!
Who is your coach?
Deb, the one and only. 😎
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach
1. My safety net
2. Knows her stuff
3. If she can live without peanut butter, I can do anything!
Are you engaged in regular exercise/a sport?
I love CrossFit! I’m signing up for my first ever comp which is in October. One of the events has a move that TERRIFIES me. The box jump. Ugh! But CrossFit always surprises me with what my body AND mind is capable of, even when I don’t know it. I’m excited to conquer my fear.
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
My whole experience has been wonderful. I found it easy to get started even though I had never tracked like this before.
The community... wow.. where do I begin?? The community has been A-mazing. Over the years I STRUGGLED to find a group of people that led super busy lives and could have good nutrition and fitness habits. I instantly found that here. I work with kids. I NEED to be able to move easily, and being around people that are conscientious about their health helps me greatly. So often us teachers get swept up in the stress and fast paced schedules of our days. It helps me tremendously to see those great reminders from coaches, see the success of others, and to be able to offer some advice to anyone that may struggle while fighting the same fight. And to know that if I am struggling with something, not only is my coach a great resource, but there are so many others within the community that I feel I can lean on for support.
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
I have tried so many things... I had a watch that gave me a constant visual representation of how many calories I had left in the day. I tried just tracking calories on MFP. While I was in college I tried the Special K challenge where for 2 weeks 2 of my meals would be special K cereal, I would have 1 snack which was a special k bar (hmm I’m sensing a marketing scheme here), and then my 3rd meal could be anything. I went down a jeans size, but as soon as the challenge was over I gained it all back and then some. I tried Paleo and gained weight. I tried various fat loss challenges at my gyms over the years. Again, gained it back. While I was regularly doing CrossFit, I found that I was gaining weight even though I thought my overall eating habits were decent. I was so very confused, felt like I had no control, and became very frustrated with myself.
I heard about PLT and thought on the notion of signing up for quite some time. At that point I knew I needed more individualized help, so I compared PLT to a couple other programs out there. The thing that stuck out the most about PLT is the emphasis on the plan being individualized. The fact that I get personalized macro targets each week instead of a handful of recipes to make has enabled me to learn so much about myself and how certain food makes me feel. I could eat cake if it fit in my macros, but then I would starve the rest of the day. Or I could eat 3 larger meals of quality food and feel good. I learned to recognize what my food choices would feel like. I’ve never had that before.
What successes have you found since joining PLT, scale or non-scale?
I don’t stress over the scale. I don’t stress over how a certain pair of pants will fit. I dont stress over eating a big enough lunch so that I don’t feel hungry during my workout. I don’t stress out about working out while hungry. I can feel hungry and still perform well during my workouts. Hunger is just a feeling and it has stopped getting in the way of my ability to think straight and my workouts. I have so much less stress and it feels great.
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
Tonight my fiancé told me that I have officially reached the rank of Food Jedi. 😂😂😂. The biggest leaps for me have been learning how food will make me feel, and finding SIMPLE yet enjoyable foods to have that will help me reach my weekly targets. I understand more of which foods will fuel me and which foods are best left for special occasions.
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
How do I pick just one?? Hmmm Input your food in your tracking app the day before you eat it! That way you have a plan and can just eat. Tracking throughout the day can be stressful. Eliminate that by logging the night before. Also, by having your plan set for the following day you are freeing up a bit of your brain so that if the unexpected hits you can deal with it a lot easier. 😀
Your turn now; what 1 thing would you like to ask me?
Ok Paul, here it is. The big question. What physical abilities has a healthy lifestyle helped you uncover that you would have never thought possible before?
Hi Patti, tks for the question!
The main benefit I have experienced from my healthy lifestyle was with my anxiety. Having suffered with anxiety and panic disorders since 1992, losing weight and getting healthier seemed to transform my anxity overnight and I ceased with the medication i had been on for years.
Tks Patti, for taking to time to share your PLT experiences with me and our community
Hi, I'm Paul Leonard.