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Shawn’s Stronger U Story

Meet Shawn! Shawn is a Physician Assistant, mom, and wife. Professionally, Shawn specializes in treating pediatric patience with GI and liver disease (as well as supporting pediatric nutrition issues). After Shawn’s first Stronger U session, she realized that she had a lot to learn about fueling her body and working with a coach. When she joined for her second session, she had a strong foundation and was ready to commit to changing her life!

How did you hear about Stronger U? What convinced you to join the first time?:
I had seen some talk of Stronger U in the Peloton communities on social media. I saw a good friend of mine after years of not seeing her who also works in the medical field, and she was glowing. She radiated this new confidence and stood stronger and leaner than ever before. I immediately complimented her, and she told me all about this brilliant program. She is someone I look up to both personally and professionally and the fact that she believed in Stronger U was enough for me!

Describe your first time with Stronger U?:
My first time around with Stronger U was back when we used excel spreadsheets. I was overwhelmed with the amount of data entry and did not put in the effort that I should have. Looking back, I didn’t realize how everything I put in my mouth matters. I thought no way I have to weigh a handful of blueberries – boy was I wrong. This first time around was a good stepping stone for me and put me on the path to success when I was more ready to accept the information. I was resisting the idea that I had to be calculated with food. I have mentally struggled with food my entire life and always thought everyone else had this big secret to being thin. Then Mike wrote a brilliant post about how our environment is not set up for us to succeed in a healthy lifestyle. I needed to turn more inward, but this first session built that foundation.

What compelled you to rejoin Stronger U?:
After my initial twelve weeks, I remained an active member of the Stronger U Facebook community. This was the key to me soaking in the information and learning how to overcome some struggles by listening to others’ stories. I started to gravitate toward Coach Jodi – her posts and emphasis on science really resonated with me. I always felt that there was this massive secret that I just didn’t know, and everyone else seemed to have figured it out. The community seemed to be finding out all of the different parts of that missing piece for me, and I started to feel like I wanted to try again. I understood the science and started to understand the importance of having support. I saw this community growing together, which inspired me to reach out to Jodi. She gave me just the nudge and support I needed, and I signed up again!

What success have you seen with Stronger U? (Both Scale and Non-Scale):
The mental strength I have gained through education, coaching, and the community is by far my biggest accomplishment. The most meaningful shift I had was the ability to look at food as fuel and relate that to how it makes me feel. Growing up, my mother struggled with severe anorexia. Her battle continues, and even though everyone always admires her being so thin, I know what is really going on. I also know the toll that thinness has on the body. I thought that this is how I should eat – low-fat, low-calorie everything. I now have two kids, and I realized that I wanted to be strong for them. My mental energy shifted from wanting to be thin to wanting to be strong. I needed to learn not to eat with guilt and not use food as comfort. I had to step out of my comfort zone of restriction all day only to eat too much at night. I had been doing this my entire life, and it felt uncomfortable to feed my body during the day and then not overeat at night. I got uncomfortable, and this is where the growth happened. My coach was patient and incredibly insightful. She called me out on self-sabotaging behaviors and gave me the tools to make the changes I needed. I couldn’t have done it without Jodi’s support and encouragement. This was the key to my success – the accountability! I lost almost ten pounds in the process, and most importantly, I am showing my kids what healthy eating looks like.

What tips would you give to someone who is thinking about rejoining Stronger U?:
That they need to have confidence in this program – it is pure science, and it is not a question of IF it will work but rather when. It takes time to learn about the process and to unlearn what the media, businesses, and culture have taught us in the past. The community has the most educated, supportive, and fun people – take advantage. Ask your coach all the questions and learn from their experience. I would also say just like anything else, that is worth it in life – it can be hard at first, but it gets easier. Keep at it and recognize the non-scale victories, which are sometimes the most important.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience?:
I did not expect the impact of the “non-scale victories,” but they are huge. I have more clarity, more confidence, and more energy. I feel like I am a better PA, wife, and mom. I now know that there is no magic, and there is something very comforting in that. I know I can always go back to the basics and see progress. I also understand now the why behind it when I am not seeing results. I used to get so frustrated and stressed. Stronger U takes all of that away.
I also made incredible friendships, and through these friendships, we are supporting each other with our macro goals. We share recipes and athletic goals. We are meeting each other for the first time in real life for a big race in June. All because of the strength both mentally and physically Stronger U has given us.

How Katie Completed the Rim-to-Rim Challenge with Coach Candace

Having been naturally slender throughout her life, Stronger U member Katie didn’t always have a dialed-down focus on her diet. Once she hit her early 30s, however, she noticed she started to put on weight, despite regularly exercising and doing Orangetheory workouts. She began having to buy larger clothing progressively, and it got to the point where Katie said she felt uncomfortable with her body. She felt confused and helpless about why she was working out and yet not seeing results.  

 

“The more I was googling, ‘I’m working out, but I’m still gaining weight – what should I do?’ there was just a lot of information about having to eat better and eat healthy, and people talking about calories, but then it’s like I don’t even know where to start to figure out what kind of calories I’m supposed to be eating.” Still uncertain about how many calories she should be consuming, Katie tried to heed the advice she found online and started tracking food. She quickly realized that calories added up fast, and even though she thought she was making healthy food choices, she continued to gain weight. That’s when another search in an Orangetheory Reddit group led her to Stronger U.  

 

In October 2019, Katie became a Stronger U member. “I had a lot of success that first session and got down to a weight I was pretty happy with,” shared Katie. That success gave her the confidence to try and maintain the weight loss on her own; however, soon after leaving the program, she found it more challenging to maintain the weight loss without a coach than losing it. One year after she first became a member, she decided to rejoin Stronger U. During that time, she again lost weight and found herself struggling to maintain when she went out on her own.  

 

Fast forward to today, Katie is working with Coach Candace and says it’s been a significant focus on how she’s feeling and what she wants her body to do. “We focus not so much on the macros but on fueling and having physical goals. It’s not just about the weight; it’s about what your body is doing and fueling your body to meet the goals that you’ve got,” Katie emphasizes.  

 

 “I think a lot of people do the 12-week or 6-month session, but I really think that it takes time, and I’ve really liked working with a coach and taking the time to work through the process.”   

 

She mentions how working with a coach has also helped to rewire her brain.   

 

“I never considered myself to be an athlete; I don’t feel like I’m particularly athletic. I played volleyball in school, but that’s about it. I’ve always liked to be active and be outside. I joined the club water polo team in college because a bunch of my roommates were doing it.” 

 

Although she says she’s always been active, played tennis, and ran a couple of half marathons, she’s never really felt like an athlete. However, working with Coach Candace has helped her change her mindset regarding how she eats and views herself.  

 

 “With Coach Candace, the overarching message is ‘you are an athlete’ – she tells me that all the time.” Katie explains that her coach continuously cheers her on with this reminder and has taught her that the athlete mentality focuses on fueling your body for your physical expectations.  

“[Coach Candace] giving me those cues, I think, has really helped me be a lot more conscious and aware to push myself to be more mindful of what I’m eating.” 

 

 Since working with Coach Candace, her approach has included keeping things simple and giving herself grace when life gets busy or things don’t go as planned. She credits all three of the Stronger U coaches she’s worked with for supporting her through struggles and helping her stay on track when things get tough.  

 

 Despite her feelings of not being an athlete, Katie has proven quite the opposite. In fact, with Coach Candace’s positivity, nutritional guidance, and consistent encouragement, she’s effectively trained for numerous strenuous hikes in places such as the Grand Tetons and Adirondacks. Recently, Katie achieved her physically demanding goal of hiking 27 miles from the north rim to the Grand Canyon’s south rim. Most notably, she felt good throughout the hike and following it, which speaks volumes of how well-prepared her body was to take on such a challenging physical endeavor, that she admitted just months ago may have felt crazy or out of reach.  

 

 Way to go, Katie – we’re so proud of you!  

Mona’s Stronger U Story

Tell us a little bit about yourself!:

First of all, I am a Mom and Nana. I cherish my family, and they always come first. I work full time, take care of my family, and spend time with my boyfriend. After all that, I try to take care of myself. I am active or try to be, hiking on weekends, and love exploring new places.

What did your life look like before Stronger U?:

I was an emotional eater. Eating because I was happy, sad, or anything in between. I tried many diets that worked well at first but always reversed when I stopped gaining more back. My activity level was sedentary. I work at a desk, so most of the time, I sit. I was exhausted after work which led to more sitting. I felt exhausted, both mentally and physically. Just felt yucky.

What does your life look like now?:

I know that I have to eat to survive. Working with SU helped me understand macro nutrition and healthily balancing food. I learned that over time and consistency matters. Not one day or one moment. Creating good habits and doing them consistently matters. As a result, I have more energy, feel better, and believe in myself. One example is my hiking and running ability. My goal for steps is 10000 every day. I have completed a 5k and have more energy when hiking. Previously I could not hike without stopping or asking my boyfriend to go get the car. Even with 12 plus miles, even if I have to pause for the moment, I accomplish it.

Why do you think Stronger U worked so well for you compared to other programs or diets?:

My firm belief is that I had tremendous support from my coach. She was awesome and was there every step of the way. Jamie Tuttle.

What was something you regularly ate while on Stronger U that people wouldn’t expect you to eat on a diet?:

You can eat anything as long as it fits within the macros for the day. Planning is the key.

How much weight did you lose with Stronger U?:

48

How many inches did you lose off your waist?:

6

Did you have any favorite non-scale victories to share?:

Fitting into clothes, enduring longer hikes, just feeling good in general.

Has Stronger U positively impacted you professionally?:

I prioritize taking my breaks to eat and get my steps in, which has, in the long run, made me feel better and more productive.

Has Stronger U improved your overall health? If so, how?:

I feel better. I was working on my cholesterol but need to go to the Dr to measure it.

If someone is thinking about joining Stronger U, what advice would you give them before beginning their journey?:

Just start. Planning, eating, and taking care of yourself will come. The first step is the hardest. It’s one moment at a time.

Kevin’s Stronger U Story

Tell us a little bit about yourself!:

I’m a concert pianist, and I chair the Gloria Narramore Moody Piano Area where I’m lucky to teach students from around the globe. I love having the opportunity to travel to share music with audiences and work with other piano teachers throughout the country and abroad. However, I also love being home with my partner of 15 years and our two cats—Tanda and Paulie. I also happen to be a huge Disney fan and love every chance I get to escape to Walt Disney World!

What did your life look like before Stronger U?:

My life before Stronger U was a big ball of stress and eating my emotions. Being on the road frequently, I typically opted for the easiest, fastest option whether on the highway or in an airport, and when I was home, the pizza delivery guys knew me by name. When I was finishing my doctorate in the early 2000’s, I was pretty fit and even taught group fitness a few days a week. However, looking back, I’m alarmed at how quickly I let those habits go in favor of convenience and ease once I got a job. When COVID hit, I at least had started regaining my fitness level with Orangetheory, but during Christmas 2020, I was depressed at how many of my Christmas traditions had to be shelved due to the pandemic. I ate those feelings, and when I went back to work in January 2021, I could not button my pants. I was quickly confronted with the painful reality that I could not out-exercise a poor diet, and it was time to get serious about getting control of my life again. On a personal level this became even more critical to me since I was planning to take my 9 and 12 year old nieces on an epic Disney World vacation in 2022. I wanted to be able to enjoy every moment of every ride and attraction with them comfortably, and I wanted to be able to keep up with them every step of the way. I had tried Noom with little success, and I worked with a nutritionist who I now realize seemed only focused on bulking, which wasn’t the focus on my workouts so I gained weight. I also had eaten low-fat diets in the past. However, I didn’t want a diet this time around. I wanted a program that seemed sustainable long-term because I was brutally aware that was what was necessary for me to live the quality of life I deserved.

What does your life look like now?:

I joined Stronger U in January 2021, and I was amazed at how quickly my energy levels dramatically increased by simply properly fueling my body. While I was already in a regular exercise routine, Derek helped me find a good balance between my workouts while also focusing on being aware of my activity outside of Orangetheory as the life of a pianist can be pretty sedentary. I now stand and walk around much more while I’m teaching, and I supplement my work at Orangetheory with spinning, yoga, and other activities to keep me moving more throughout the week.

My relationship with food and eating has changed dramatically over the past 1.5 years with Stronger U. First, I have become infinitely more aware of portion sizes, and I feel confident ordering from menus at restaurants when I’m out with friends or on the road. I’m not afraid to ask for accommodations on meals when I feel like I may need it, and I’ve learned to appreciate treats in moderation. I don’t love to cook, and I love that I have found ways of making my macros work at a few local restaurants that I trust. Also, I don’t recall feeling deprived since I started the program. While I don’t keep the same foods in the house, I have found foods that I love just as much as the junk I tended to eat before. I’ve also become much more aware of how foods impact my body and how I feel, particularly when my protein and carb balance may get off track a bit when traveling.

In terms of how my life has changed, there was a time in my life in recent years when friends would have worried that a wild animal or a murderer was on the loose if they saw me run. However, I ran my first 5K in April 2022, and it was easy!! I have another 5K lined up for November 2022 (my first RunDisney race!) and two 10K commitments in 2023. I don’t consider myself a runner, but I love that running these races is now something I look forward to. I’m also now adapting my schedule every day around my activity rather than adapting my exercise to my schedule. Learning to plan my meals really helped me learn to do this with my exercise as well. Additionally, it has helped me learn to put up boundaries in my life so that I can guiltlessly claim time for myself every day. When I was in my gaining phase, I too often would give to the point that I had no time left for me, and I feel keeping this in mind is critical for me to continue making my health my priority.

Why do you think Stronger U worked so well for you compared to other programs or diets?:

I was immediately struck by the fact that I felt like Derek was listening, and I have never sensed any judgment from him in the 1.5 years we have worked together. He meets me where I am from one week to the next, and I think that has helped me be consistent. He got a handle on my busy, stressful lifestyle very quickly as well, and I appreciate that even from the beginning I felt he was setting me up for success. Nothing he’s asked has ever felt unattainable, and he has always seemed to have a great handle on when it was a good time to play with my macros and when it was better to stay consistent. I also love that he has always been friendly and interested in me as a person, and he has always been willing to share about him and his family. While we have never had a chance to meet in person, I feel like I’m checking in with a supportive, intelligent friend each week, and one of my goals is to eventually get to Bermuda to thank him in person for transforming my life.

I also feel like part of the reason that Stronger U works so well is that there are no taboo foods. After a month with Stronger U, I felt like I was already establishing sustainable eating patterns, and I was learning a lot about smart eating. When I’ve been in situations where I could not track on trips where I was having to eat with a host family or in restaurants without posted nutritional facts, I’ve felt really affirmed because I didn’t see big weight swings. While I believe in tracking, I also love that this program has allowed me to become a much smarter intuitive eater.

What was something you regularly ate while on Stronger U that people wouldn’t expect you to eat on a diet?:

Pizza and eating lunch out most days

How much weight did you lose with Stronger U?:

128.6

How many inches did you lose off your waist?:

20

Did you have any favorite non-scale victories to share?:

Last week, I took my nieces on an epic 11 day (that became a 12 day, thanks to the airlines) trip to Universal and Walt Disney World. My mom and I had been planning this trip for awhile, and it was what ultimately motivated me to take the jump and start my Stronger U journey in January 2021. I knew I wanted to be able to experience every ride at Universal and Disney with them, and unless I made some changes, I knew that was not going to happen, especially at Universal. Over 120 lbs later, we had an incredible trip! I was easily able to ride every single ride at every park comfortably, and I would not trade the memories for anything. (I have to say that it’s totally amazing to be able to ride all of the crazy roller coasters again even if the nieces were not with me!) While a lot more goals have developed through the journey, it was incredibly satisfying to get to officially check this one off as met and met in spades. I also loved getting to model healthier eating for the girls since weight issues are common in my family, and I loved seeing them voluntarily reading serving sizes on packages by the end of the trip and being amazed at how small they can be relative to package sizes! Thanks to all of you for the daily inspiration and to my awesome coach Derek Hurdle for continuing to help me be a little better and stronger every day!

Has Stronger U positively impacted you professionally?:

Absolutely! I am performing better than I ever have. Having a good balance of fitness, nutrition, and 120+ less pounds allows me to move at the piano more efficiently, and my focus and energy for my teaching has increased significantly. I taught a huge overload of students during the 2021-2022 academic year, and I don’t think I would have survived the work load prior to starting Stronger U.

Has Stronger U improved your overall health? If so, how?:

My blood pressure has gone from elevated to normal.

If someone is thinking about joining Stronger U, what advice would you give them before beginning their journey?:

The only person who can keep you from succeeding is yourself. Use this as an opportunity to do a hard reset on your life because this is not just about food. It’s about the interaction of food with your personal and professional lives. Accept that you have to be open to change and be willing to try something new without judgment before outlining all of the reasons you might not be able to make the change.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your journey?:

I could not have done this without Derek’s coaching, friendship, and guidance, and I also would thank the Stronger U Facebook community. I have learned and been inspired by all of the posts!

Stronger U Community Story: Mir P.

In 2018, Mir P. was at an intersection in her life. Mir filled her days with teaching high school students writing, managing the English department, and supporting her school admin as an in-house professional development facilitator. She used her evenings pursuing her passion for writing but did not gain the traction she aspired to, receiving rejections for articles and book ideas from publishers.  

“I was burning every candle at every end. I was running around all day. It was very hectic. It was demanding. Teaching is demanding no matter how you do it. You stand all day. You’re on all day.”   

As an educator, Mir found that opportunities to pay attention to her nutrition were few and far between. Teachers are confronted with unique challenges regarding maintaining a balanced diet and teaching. Between short lunches, demands on their attention, and frequent comforting snacks in the teacher’s lounge, Mir explains, “It’s really hard to eat well [as a teacher]”. Mir has been a loyal Barre enthusiast for the past 10 years. However, despite her consistent workout schedule, she still struggled with the nutrition piece. She was feeling tired, run-down, and always hungry. “There was just no time for me,” Mir stated.    

Eventually, Mir was tired of being tired. After a few failed attempts at working with other nutrition professionals, she was recommended Stronger U by a teacher friend. Feeling like she was running out of options, she decided to make the leap and signed up for her first session. Within her first 12-week session, Mir reached her weight loss goals and transitioned into maintenance. She was enjoying the extra energy and results from her work with barre. Still, after some time, she realized that there was more she could learn to make her Stronger U habits a lifelong change, “I wanted to sustain this for the rest of my life.”   

“I needed to complete the part of my [Stronger U] education that went a little further than experiencing the initial success.” Mir shared. During her second session with her coach Jodi, Mir developed her knowledge in nutrition and solidified her skills to sustain her needs for the long haul. “Jodi was really flexible at looking at different solutions that I could maintain for a long time. She also gave me strategies for the long-term, like: ‘if it starts not to work, try these numbers’, ‘if this is happening, try this’. She essentially taught me how to deal with setbacks, which I hadn’t learned during my first session.”   

Over time, Mir started to apply Stronger U’s approach of looking at the data to build knowledge about herself to other aspects of her life. “Not being afraid of the knowledge, but using it to inform what I do next. That’s been a helpful strategy I’ve learned from Stronger U. When I’m feeling things aren’t going well, I think, ‘okay, so, what can I learn? What can I do to make it better?'”  

Fast forward three years and now, Mir is no longer in the classroom. Instead, she has moved into a new role as an Instructional Specialist. In this coaching position, she helps educators throughout her district hone their skills to be more effective in the classroom and facilitates district-wide professional development. She is also teaching courses at a local university.    

And she’s still writing in the evenings. “With my writing, I had tried to do it many years ago, to publish a book, but again, it didn’t work out. So, I thought, ‘I’ll do something safer, like blogging, where people can’t say no to me.’ But then I started to think, ‘it’s time. When is this going to happen?’ I started sending my articles to a couple of education publications, and they started saying yes.” In fact, in 2020, when the pandemic started, Mir opened her email to see a message she’s been working towards for nearly two decades: a publisher approached her about writing a book. “I started thinking maybe I just had to get to the point where I had something that people wanted to hear. Maybe I just wasn’t there yet. Maybe this is what growth is. It doesn’t happen necessarily when you want it to happen.”   

Last May, Mir’s first book, “Teach More, Hover Less,” was published. Her second book will be hitting shelves in March, and she is scheduled to present at an English Teacher’s Convention in Disneyland. “Just like we tell people with Stronger U: you’re not going to get there overnight, you’re not going to lose the weight overnight. It’s going to happen, you just need to get to that place where you’re ready.”   

As many teachers prepare to head back into the classroom over the next month, Mir offered some of her best tips for prioritizing teachers’ needs while meeting the demands of working in education.    

Plan Well   

Mir approaches her eating the way she does her teaching—with a plan! “You can plan your week using the same skills you use to plan your lessons. So, the question is, how are you setting yourself up for success?” First, she takes the time the night before to input her food into her tracker. Then, she’ll copy and paste meals to help make the process even faster. She believes that the next day will run smoother and create an opportunity for success by taking 10-15 minutes in the evening to pack a lunch, prep meals, or input your food into your tracker.   

Use the Right Tools   

  • Keep transportable containers on hand.  

For example, Mir loves to use her salad container with a separate cup for dressing so that everything is fresh and crunchy when it’s time for lunch (even though she packed it the night before).    

 

  • Keep an insulated bag large enough to carry your food. 

You can place your day’s prepped meals in it and place them into the fridge the night before.  

 

  • Have convenience foods that you enjoy on hand. 

Since school lunches are short and teachers aren’t usually able to leave the building, keeping prepacked protein bars, shakes, beef jerky, and tuna packs in your desk is a great way to have a plan B in case your lunch doesn’t work out. 

 

  • Use the Stronger U Facebook Community as a resource.  

She checks the feed every morning and uses her time in the community to learn more about recipes, progress from other members, and help support other members on their journey.    

 

Keep transportable containers on hand that are functional for your needs. For example, Mir loves to use her salad container with a separate cup for dressing so that everything is fresh and crunchy when it’s time for lunch (even though she packed it the night before).    

She recommends keeping an insulated bag large enough to carry  your food, so you can prep your day’s meals and snacks and stick it into the fridge the night before.    

Mir also recommends finding convenience foods that you enjoy. Since school lunches are short and teachers aren’t usually able to leave the building, keeping prepacked protein bars, shakes, beef jerky, and tuna packs in your desk is a great way to have a plan B in case your lunch doesn’t work out.    

Lastly, Mir recommends using the Stronger U Facebook Community as a resource. She checks the feed every morning and uses her time in the community to learn more about recipes, progress from other members, and help support other members on their journey.    

Protect Your Time   

“At lunch, kids come, colleagues come. We’re not wired to protect our time. We’re wired to help when people ask,” Mir explains. While on the clock, teachers will compromise their minimal free time to support students and colleagues alike. Mir found that by going outside to eat lunch, she could create some boundaries that allowed her to enjoy her meal without interruption, eliminating the unintended outcome of getting overly hungry and reaching for something that wasn’t in her plan.    

She also has become a well-oiled habit-stacker and considers her daily barre workouts non-negotiable. So how does she find the time? Simple. She treats it with as much importance and consistency as brushing her teeth. She keeps her workout clothes closer to her bed than her work clothes. She wakes up a little earlier than the rest of her family to make sure she has the time to focus on herself.    

Four years ago, Mir was looking for a way to focus on nutrition in an impactful way. With the help of her Stronger U coaches, she now nourishes her body, practices kindness to herself in all aspects of life, and can be the best educator she can be to students, teachers, and now, readers.    

To learn more about Mir’s book Teach More, Hover Less, check out her website 

 

John’s Stronger U Story

Tell us a little bit about yourself!: 44 years old, been married for 21 years, have two children. Our daughter is in her 3rd year of nursing school in Colorado, our son is heading off to college this fall to study accounting. I’m a CPA and have seasons of very long office hours, however, the flexibility in the summer months, living in Idaho make the extra winter hours worth the trade-off. My hobbies are spending time outdoors at our cabin in the mountains, playing golf with my friends and family, and working out with a great CrossFit community.

What did your life look like before Stronger U?:

Before stronger U my diet was okay but I was simply eating too much, and would typically eat quite a few sweets after dinner which just gradually increased my body fat and I felt sluggish in the gym and didn’t feel great about how I looked. I had worked with a local coach at the previous gym I attended and had some success with macros so I knew something macros related was what I wanted to dive into again. Once my time with the coach was over, I gradually slipped back into poor habits, began to not really track anything and simply ate too much quantity. My activity level dropped off dramatically in the winter of 2020. I was working a lot, quit going to my gym due to COVID and just became quite lazy. With my job, my activity is basically nothing unless I am intentional about moving, before Stronger U, I was not intentional at all and it showed up on my waistline.

What does your life look like now?:

I am in a good place with food currently. I have some great meals think I really enjoy and they are so satisfying. I enjoy to cook and experiment a little in the kitchen as well. I honestly enjoy the time I spend doing meal prep. I think it’s partially cooking the food, and partially because I know it will take so much thinking and guesswork out of the next 4-5 days. This allows me to just think more about my clients, family, workouts, activity, etc. I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat hardly at all. My activity level is definitely up since stronger U. I met Candace, my coach at our gym. I had been going back to the gym for about 2 months following a 2 year layoff, when we met. I was getting a bit stronger and getting some aerobic capacity back but I still felt too heavy and wanted to lean down to what I knew would feel good and allow me to do what I wanted in our workouts. I immediately felt better, the weight began to come off and it was very consistent. I signed up for a CrossFit competition to keep me motivated, Candace, and multiple friends from our gym were signed up and it was a great “carrot” to keep me showing up at the gym, eating right, and to not give up during my stressful work season. I currently feel great, I’m about 6 months from starting on with Stronger U. I have enjoyed and value the maintenance phase, this is where I have probably learned the most. It’s pretty easy to be on a “cut” and stay motivated when the results are there and you see progress each week. I think staying aware and have the accountability after this phase has been valuable and is setting the stage for a true lifestyle rather than a small cut phase.

Why do you think Stronger U worked so well for you compared to other programs or diets?:

I like the data and visual analytics of the app, the awareness that provides along with weekly accountability from our coaches was a perfect balance. Not overly time consuming, yet plenty to keep on track and hit the targets we set.

What was something you regularly ate while on Stronger U that people wouldn’t expect you to eat on a diet?:

My go to is BBQ tri-tip with potatoes, and a large portion of vegetables. I love the process of BBQ’ing the tri-tip, while cooking my potatoes and vegetables and then portioning out all the deliciousness:) I eat this meal almost every day sometimes for breakfast and lunch. I’m amazed almost every time just how much food I’m able to eat and how perfect the macros are to keep my body running on some high octane fuel.

How much weight did you lose with Stronger U?:

20

How many inches did you lose off your waist?:

4

Did you have any favorite non-scale victories to share?:

Quite a few positive moments in the gym – Getting my muscle-ups back, lifetime PR in the deadlift while cutting and having my body weight down. Finishing my first CrossFit competition.

If someone is thinking about joining Stronger U, what advice would you give them before beginning their journey?:

Just do it, listen to your coach, and take the little extra effort each day to log into the app. Read the articles and listen to the podcast for extra encouragement. Just show up every day and overtime the results come.

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