I’m Lisa Briggs. I’ve been working with my coach, Robbie Farlow. I am from Jacksonville, FL and I am married with four fur-children. I love to travel with my husband and through my SU journey, I have gained a newfound love of my Peloton bike. Spending time with family and friends is also high on my list and I love a good home-improvement project thrown in the mix.
Life before Stronger U.
I knew that I had room for improvement in my eating (and drinking) habits, but didn’t truly realize how much of an emotional eater I was…I ate if I was happy, I ate if I was sad, I ate if I was stressed, which equates to a lot of eating! I ate out quite a bit and rarely meal prepped. I was approaching my 40th birthday and I was so unhappy with my appearance and how I felt. I had battled my weight my entire life and came to the realization that this was one area of my life where I couldn’t make the changes I needed to make on my own. I joined SU about 5 weeks before I turned 40.
Why do you think Stronger U worked so well for you?
The accountability of having a coach is very important. I also appreciate the individualization of the program and the knowledge that there is a real person rather than a computer or algorithm calculating my macros. Finally, I think being able to build in flexibility when the time is right is very important, we can’t stay in “diet mode” forever.
So, what’s your life like now?
My weight and eating no longer rule my life. I view food as fuel for my body, not as a reward or a treat for the emotions in my life. I have learned when it is ok to indulge and that many times the indulgences really aren’t as great as you paint them out to be in your life.
Any favorite non-scale victories?
- Improved Self Image
- Improved health
- Improved relationship with food
Living her best life.
I’m down 45lbs and 9.5 inches off my waist. I can eat bread, pasta, and tacos. Lots and lots of tacos! I overcame my biggest challenge simply by joining Stronger U. I tend to be very independent and a bit of a control freak, so admitting that I could not lose weight and achieve my goals on my own was a huge challenge. Once I surrendered to the fact that I needed help things got much easier. I was very dedicated to Orange Theory when I started Stronger U, however, when the pandemic hit I found a new love for my Peloton bike. I stayed pretty active throughout my journey and now that I am in maintenance I notice that I have even better energy for my workouts.
Totally in control.
Before Stronger U I had tried both keto and Weight Watchers. I could lose weight but I couldn’t keep it off. Now, I typically rotate through a 4-week meal plan for dinners comprised of recipes that I know like the back of my hand. I typically meal prep on Sunday for the week ahead and keep lunch and breakfast pretty simple, most of the time I eat the same thing every day for breakfast (oatmeal or an English muffin sandwich) and lunch (sandwich with chips or soup). The easier it is, the more compliant I can be.
If you exercise or train for a sport, did Stronger U have any impact on your training? Or did Stronger U have an impact on your decision to start exercising or training for a sport?
I was very dedicated to Orange Theory when I started Stronger U, however, when the pandemic hit I found a new love for my Peloton bike. I stayed pretty active throughout my journey and now that I am in maintenance I notice that I have even better energy for my workouts.
What advice would you give someone thinking about starting their Stronger U journey?
Make sure that you have your mind right. If you go into this expecting not to have to work for the success you want to achieve, then you’re not ready. If you are willing to trust the process, dedicate yourself towards a better life and do a little bit of work then you can be totally successful.
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!
It’s one of the busiest times of the year: back to school, back to activities, back to overcommitted schedules. If you’re wondering how you can focus on your health goals while managing so much on your plate (no pun intended,) you’re not alone.
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