My personal trainer was urging me to get assistance with my nutrition, but I was hesitant. This past summer I started getting blurred vision in my left eye. It got progressively worse over the course of a few days. I went to the ophthalmologist and it was determined I had retinal vein occlusion. Retinal vein occlusion is a sign of general blood vessel disease. They were unable to determine the exact cause although they believed it was probably related to elevated blood pressure over a sustained period of time. They didn’t know for sure because I never go to the doctor unless I’m ill. That said, I have a family history of high blood pressure and heart disease.
One of my concerns about a nutrition plan was how I could succeed since I didn’t cook. I made it clear to Shelby during the consultation that I don’t cook and any plan would need to have as little cooking as possible or else it would never work. In hindsight I think I was probably creating excuses to why a nutrition plan wouldn’t work for me. I also told Shelby during the consultation the things I really enjoy – my chai tea in the morning and some sweets at different times during the day. Shelby assured me that we will make it work.
Shelby incorporated my chai tea into my daily plan and I was allowed a few small calorie freebies each day which I used to satisfy my sweet tooth. While the plan she provided me had lots of choices for what I could eat at a given meal these were not the types of foods that I would typically eat. There were no Doritos, Hint of Lime Tostitos, Lays Potato Chips, Twizzlers, Good & Plenty, Milk Duds, Carrot Cake, Ice Cream, or any of those “comfort” foods on the list. I knew all along it wasn’t going to be easy which is probably why I delayed making this change.
Prior to the plan my typical eating habits were eating very little in the morning through afternoon and eating a lot for dinner and dessert. On the plan I had an easier time in the morning and the afternoon because I was eating more often that I had before. However, even though I was eating more often, the first few weeks were really tough because by the time dinner came I wanted to eat more than I was allowed. The night was by far my toughest challenge – sitting around watching TV and not being able to graze on all those delicious snack foods was tough. I knew I just had to get through a few weeks and my body would eventually stop craving. As it turned out I learned to really enjoy the foods on the list. In most cases these were foods I knew about but never ate on a regular basis and other I never heard of prior to seeing them on the list. It was weird but my body adjusted and after a few weeks I started to find “comfort” in these healthier alternatives. In addition, on the plan Shelby allows for one cheat meal each week and while this was a nice treat to look forward to I never took full advantage of my cheat meal until after the first month.
As I said, those first few weeks were tough, really tough. I knew nothing good comes easy and with the support of Shelby and the TNT team I was able to push through those first few weeks. Shelby was a positive, driving force throughout the program. Early on I was emailing Shelby multiple times a day asking questions about the program. I’d check in each week on the phone but any time I had a question (which felt like always) I would email Shelby and she was very prompt in responding. If something is not working for you she tries to figure out how to make it so it does work for you. She wants you to succeed. I found all of the webinars very interesting and useful as they helped bring it all together. I’m definitely more educated than I’ve ever been regarding proper nutrition.
It’s been three months since I joined the program. Thanks to Shelby and TNT Nutrition I’m healthier than I’ve probably ever been. I never truly realized the impact proper nutrition could have until now. I also cook/grill regularly which is something I had never done before. I am glad I took this step and while the first few weeks were really tough, I wish I would have had made this change much earlier in my life
When I started the program I was looking to lose about 15 pounds, although my doctor (the one I just started seeing) felt I needed to lose more.
|Oct 2012||Jan 2013||Change|
|Waist at Navel:||40”||32.25”||-5.75lb|
At my last doctor’s appointment my blood pressure was normal for the first time in I don’t know how long. Needless to say I’m very happy with the results and thank Shelby and my personal trainers for my current success.