14 people. 338 pounds lost. They transformed their bodies and lives. (And so can you.)
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Every six months, we get to celebrate the folks who have had the most incredible body transformations in .
They’ve spent 12 months with a personal nutrition coach, completely changing how they eat, move, look, and feel.
They’ve lost weight, gained strength, boosted their health, and inspired their friends and families.
No extreme diets or crazy workout routines. No strict meal plans or off-limits foods. No deprivation. No guilt. No unbreakable rules.
Just a commitment to the program—with results to prove it.
The transformations we’re celebrating today are as mind-blowing as ever. As you’ll see in the photos below, these 14 men and women lost 338 pounds collectively, shedding pant sizes, food frustrations, and self-doubt.
But this year, the stories of these clients—who started their PN journeys back in July 2019—also feel a little different.
For one, they’re the first coaching group to complete our program during an earth-shattering global pandemic. For that fact alone, their determination deserves serious respect.
They’re also different because PN is transforming, too.
Yes, we’re still featuring our clients’ impressive physical transformations. (They deserve it.)
But we also want to highlight the mental and emotional transformations they’ve experienced. Because they’re every bit as powerful, worthy, and amazing.
In fact, clients often tell us it’s these internal changes that have the deepest and most meaningful impact on their whole lives.
So click the links below to check out these total life transformations. And get ready to feel seriously inspired.
⟶ 58-year old CEO with poor health and bad knees drops 35 pounds—and finally climbs a mountain with his wife.
⟶ The life-changing realization that helped a 44-year old woman stop struggling with her weight and lose 29 pounds.
⟶ This man learned he could have a six-pack—and eat his cake, too.
⟶ This 38-year old woman banished heartburn, cellulite, and achy joints with three simple words: Just show up.
⟶ 30 pounds lost in 100 days: How the pandemic helped this man gain the control he needed to transform his body.
⟶ This 42-year old mom lost 17 pounds and signed up for a Spartan race.
⟶ 71 pounds gone: This couple lost weight and found fitness together.
⟶ With 4 kids and a business, Stephanie had zero extra time: Here’s how she lost 21 pounds anyway.
⟶ From “mac & cheese” on his pizza to choosing fresh pineapple as a treat: How Owen transformed his nutrition and lifestyle habits
⟶ How Damian packed on 14 pounds of muscle.
⟶ For the first time in years, this woman got below 200 pounds: What happened next shocked her (in an awesome way).
⟶ A breakup, a relocation, and COVID-19: It might have been the worst year of this man’s life, yet he still crushed his fitness goals.
58-year-old CEO with poor health and bad knees drops 35 pounds—and finally climbs a mountain with his wife.
Not long before Jeff joined Precision Nutrition Coaching, he and his wife were vacationing in Banff, Alberta.
While she set out to climb Sulphur Mountain (elevation 8,041 feet), Jeff stayed behind—as he normally did on her adventures.
She’d always loved the outdoors. But him? Not so much. More important, though: She was in climbing shape; Jeff wasn’t.
They were used to this arrangement, and it worked for them. Or so he thought.
“After her hike my wife said, ‘You know, it would be nice if we could do that together,’” Jeff recalls. “It hurt.”
At 58, Jeff weighed 250 pounds. He struggled with chronic health issues, including Grave’s disease—which causes overactive thyroid—and sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that can affect the lungs.
He’d also had a double knee replacement after surviving two explosions while stationed overseas years before. When he got down on the floor to play with his dog, it was difficult to get back up.
So climbing a mountain? Not high on Jeff’s to-do list.
Then things got worse: During a routine physical, his doctor told him he was one appointment away from a diabetes diagnosis.
‘You’re on death row,’ Jeff thought. ‘You’ve got to make some changes.’
That’s when Jeff registered for Precision Nutrition Coaching. It was a way to take back some control. It was hope.
As the CEO of a consulting company, Jeff was on the road a lot. Out of necessity, he ate fast food as often as twice a day. He couldn’t help but be skeptical: Could someone this busy follow the PNC program?
“I messaged my coach and said, ‘Look, I’m on the road, all the time. I’m in meetings. I have to go to banquets. I have to eat at restaurants.’”
Jeff’s coach, , listened. Then he asked a follow-up question that changed everything: “So you can’t pack stuff to take with you?”
Jeff laughs: “The light bulbs came on. Packing stuff? It was a lot of work, but I could do that.”
On business trips, Jeff took huge bags of veggies wherever he went and stopped at grocery stores for pre-cooked chicken and fresh fruit. He stored everything in the tiny hotel fridge. Now he always had a healthy meal on hand.
Jeff prioritized making time for nutrition and fitness. He began walking his dogs every day—eventually getting up to a 5k loop—and started cycling, too. He bought a squat rack, weights, and resistance bands, and when winter came he invested in a set of snowshoes.
All of this happened during the last year. And his body completely transformed. Jeff’s now 35 pounds lighter and a whole lot stronger. His doctor recently reduced his thyroid medication.
“I feel like I’m 30,” says Jeff.
The 2020 pandemic got in the way of Jeff’s plans to hike Sulphur Mountain, so instead he and his wife tackled a smaller mountain in Saskatchewan.
“It meant everything to me, but it meant the world to her. It actually brought tears to her eyes,” says Jeff… with tears in his eyes.
The life-changing realization that helped a 44-year old woman stop struggling with her weight and lose 29 pounds.
It’s an all-too-familiar scenario: When Sneha was a teenager, family members started to comment that she was “plump.”
From then and into adulthood, she went through frustrating cycles of losing and regaining weight.
It’s been a long journey. Sneha first enrolled in Precision Nutrition Coaching five years ago. She made progress, but she didn’t achieve the body transformation she was after.
Still, she kept coming back. And this year, she experienced the breakthrough she’d been looking for.
Turns out, Sneha’s struggles to lose weight were tied to her deep commitment to her family.
Namely: It was hard to find time to… exercise, get proper sleep, prepare meals, de-stress and recover… because she had to take care of others.
Everyone else always came first—another all-too-familiar scenario.
Her PN coach suggested: “How about drawing some boundaries?”
This made Sneha angry.
“I was thinking, ‘I grew up in an Indian family. How can I draw boundaries? That would mean the end of relationships!’”
But upon reflection, Sneha realized that being everything to everyone wasn’t a core value of her own. It was conditioning from her Indian upbringing.
“I had to ask, ‘Why do I believe this? Where is this coming from?’” Sneha recalls. “It really opened a Pandora’s box for me.”
She used journaling to parse out her true beliefs and identity.
“Now I realize drawing boundaries just changes the nature of relationships. It doesn’t have to end them,” she says.
Sneha no longer feels like a victim. “I’m not allowing other people to walk all over me anymore.”
She also discovered her journey wasn’t about getting a certain body at all. “My primary goal was to change my relationship with myself and my relationship with food. It took me so long to understand that,” Sneha says.
But, through this process, she lost 29 pounds—the lightest she’s been in years.
Funny how that works.
“There are many layers in an onion. I guess mine was bigger and had many, many more layers to get through,” she says.
This man learned he could have a six-pack—and eat his cake, too.
A couple of years ago Mickler’s son’s mother invited him to brunch. But…
“Before I could even answer, my son said, “Oh, he’ll never come because he doesn’t eat breakfast.”
Mickler, now 29, had been on and off extremely restrictive diets for years. One of them, intermittent fasting, meant he was “Team No Breakfast”—and apparently he’d turned his son down a few too many times.
“In retrospect, my son was just trying to bond with me through food. At the time, I was proud of how disciplined I was.”
Mickler is part of a large, blended family in which much of life centers on celebrations, togetherness, and food.
“Once on my birthday, they got me my favorite cake, a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake,” Mickler recalls. “I wouldn’t eat it because I was on keto.”
Mickler often had the shredded body he wanted—but just as often, he didn’t.
“Summer would come and it was time to be restrictive,” he says. “Then winter would come, and I could loosen up. Then summer came again and I had to restrict again.”
On and on the cycle went.
“Eventually I recognized that I couldn’t continually go up and down like that,” Mickler says. “I needed to find a way to be steady, and I recognized there was a hole in my understanding of food.”
Mickler found Precision Nutrition Coaching through a Facebook ad and signed up at first chance.
“Having a habits-based program and a coach was a game changer for me,” Mickler says.
Because the habits are designed to work in any circumstance, Mickler’s family life immediately got easier. “I’d be eating something at a party and they’d be like, ‘Hey, aren’t you on a diet!?’” Mickler remembers with a laugh. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m on a diet where you can eat whatever you want!’”
Mickler’s Coach, , was a source of reassurance through the sometimes tough transitions. Early on, he gently recommended that Mickler try eating breakfast so he could .
Mickler tried it and discovered that being more aware of how he felt when eating was way more effective—and practical—than a “diet.”
“That was a pivotal point in my journey,” Mickler says.
“I could have the body I want but still be present for my family. I could have a better relationship with food and the people around me. I could be free.”
Now, 26 pounds and the coveted six-pack later, Mickler no longer has to choose between having the body he wants and bonding with his family over brunch or birthday cake.
“My biggest takeaway from the year is my awareness,” he says.” “I can make food choices that aren’t the ‘best’ sometimes, and just learn from them, let them add to my awareness.”
As for what the future holds: Mickler is now a nutrition coach and currently working his way through the Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification Master Class. “Having been a client myself, it helps me guide my own clients.”
This 38-year old woman banished heartburn, cellulite, and achy joints with three simple words: Just show up.
Not too long ago, Kate was a thirty-something “bad girl” by choice. At least, that’s what she liked to pretend.
“Deep down, I was miserable.”
Just barely out of her 20s, Kate suffered heartburn and often felt sick after she ate. And she’d lost mobility—she couldn’t touch her toes.
“I drank too much, smoked too much, and had the diet habits of a long-haul truck driver,” Kate says.
She knew she needed a change. Then, a surprising shift did happen.
“I finally gave way to that tiny voice inside me that had always dreamed of being a dancer.“
Someone told Kate that 80 percent of life was showing up, so that’s what she did, arriving at her first-ever ballet class at age 32.
“I was absolutely horrible. I didn’t know what was going on, I couldn’t balance. At a later class I actually fell on my butt,” Kate remembers, laughing. “Stretching was painful for an entire year.”
But she kept showing up, and ended up falling in love with dance.
Still, Kate didn’t feel she’d made all the changes she needed. She wanted a “ballet body”—but in a healthy way.
So she signed up for Precision Nutrition Coaching. “I wanted the tag in my leotard to say “small.”
Just like ballet, Kate just kept showing up.
“When the pandemic hit seven months in, I stayed calm. I had all this experience feeling better, and I knew that all I had to do was stick to the PN habits. The old Kate would have been eating a lot… a lot… of takeout,” she says, with a smile and head shake.
It helped to check in with her coach, Pam Ruhland, and fellow clients. “During lockdown, sometimes you just need to see people who aren’t in your house, and talk to them about how it’s hard to work out, it’s hard to get out of your PJs.”
Now 38, Kate’s transformation has been life-changing.
“My heartburn is gone, my cellulite is gone, I don’t feel sick, my joints don’t hurt. I’m more relaxed and organized. I’m definitely way stronger,” Kate says.
And something totally unexpected happened: “Now when my ballet teacher demonstrates a combination, I can actually remember it. My focus is better. It’s a relief.”
Kate is down 7 pounds from 12 months ago, but hardly remembers her wish about the leotard. “I stopped caring about the tag, and started caring about myself,” she says.
To mark her transformation, and her transition to pointe slippers, Kate enlisted her husband for a photoshoot.
“For the first five years of this journey, I never posted pictures of myself dancing,” Kate says. “I was too embarrassed. I wasn’t good enough, thin enough, flexible enough, or strong enough.”
Now, she’s sharing her photos with the whole world.
“I know this is the end of the program, but it feels like a beginning.”
30 pounds lost in 100 days: How the pandemic helped this man gain the control he needed to transform his body.
The day the COVID-19 lockdown hit Phoenix, Arizona in March, Will Spencer was moving into a new apartment with a single piece of furniture: a bed.
Will had just moved back to the U.S, to a city where he had no friends or possessions, after three years of world travel and a devastating failed relationship. Through the stressful months-long breakup, he’d managed to get to the gym somewhat consistently, but he wasn’t watching what he ate.
Now, more than halfway through Precision Nutrition Coaching, Will had actually gained weight, from 202 to 212 pounds.
“My world was melting down,” says Will.
Since he can remember, Will has been attracted to transformative experiences, an interest that set him apart from his family. For the past 20 years, he’s prioritized inner transformation via meditation, travel, and, occasionally, the psychoactive tea ayahuasca.
Eventually, Will realized he had a final frontier: his body.
“My body was the one thing I wasn’t able to transform,” he says.
“You have to have the right environment. I was in my mid-thirties and I hadn’t known a single fit person my whole life. So moving back to the States and having my own space and a lockdown, I thought, okay, this is the moment.’”
PN’s lessons and habits gave Will a framework he could stick to. “Everything was completely out of control in my life, but I could control my activity and my eating. It’s the only thing I had to hold onto.”
With support from his coach, Jonathan Pope, Will lost 30 pounds in his final 100 days on the program.
Considering the stresses Will was coping with earlier this year, he thinks it’s remarkable where he ended up.
“Things very easily could have gone a different way,” he says. “But I know this is who I am now, this is part of my DNA.”
This 42-year old mom went from little awareness about nutrition to losing 17 pounds and signing up for a Spartan race.
When Jenny’s husband, Martin, joined Precision Nutrition Coaching two years ago, she considered it his thing.
“I have to confess, when he was doing PN, I didn’t really care about it,” Jenny says.”I supported him, but I wasn’t trying any of the habits.”
Growing up in Colombia, Jenny didn’t have much awareness about nutrition. “For me, it was more important to look after my parents and my sisters, go to uni, and pay the bills. I didn’t see it as important to take care of myself.”
But after her husband’s experience with PN, Jenny had a change of heart. “I said, ‘Well, why not?’ I thought it was a good opportunity for me to do something for myself and see what happens.”
Jenny, 42, didn’t have big hopes for the program. She wanted a smaller belly, but she didn’t think about change on a grand scale.
The early lessons shifted Jenny’s thinking: Maybe it was important to look after herself and her body. As she started to get more consistent with her habits, something amazing happened: Jenny’s 5-year-old daughter Sophie started joining in on the home workouts.
“She’d start jumping and doing squats and pushups,” Jenny remembers. “That motivated me even more.”
Similarly, exploring new foods and meals became a family activity. The food Jenny makes now means something more.
“This food has value because I know it’s going to help my body and make me feel better, not worse. I feel like I’m bringing my family together with food. Now I can speak the same language as my husband.”
It’s a language that’s helped Jenny lose 17 pounds and feel good about the habits she’s teaching—and demonstrating for—her daughter.
One of Jenny’s proudest moments? Her husband asked her to join him in an upcoming Spartan race. (You can probably guess her answer.)
71 pounds gone: This couple lost weight and found fitness together.
Doug and Sandrine are a couple who did PN coaching in tandem.
Fitting perhaps, that they first met back in 2007 as bicycle guides.
“At that period of my life, I was fitter,” says Doug. “But I never put any thought into eating or nutrition. I just would go and be outside for eight hours a day, riding my bike. I just had a lot of energy, but I didn’t eat very well.”
In time, their lifestyle changed. And Doug noticed that his nutritional habits were catching up to him.
“My life changed, and I didn’t change. My eating stayed poor, and my exercise went way down. And I started gaining weight over time.”
It wasn’t just the creeping number on the scale that led Doug to think about making a change. In 2018, he was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, a potentially life-threatening blood clot.
“I had to go on blood thinners for three months after that blood clot,” says Doug. “It made me decide that I had to change, and so that’s what led me to talk to my sister [a previous PN client], and get involved with PN.”
When Doug signed up, Sandrine joined him. “[I thought,], it’s easy if the two of us do it together because we can support one another, encourage one another,” she says. “I’ll know what he’s going through and be able to help.”
Much as their reasons for joining Precision Nutrition differed, so did their approaches to the program.
Doug’s approach: “Specific, precise, process,” Sandrine says. “He’ll do his warmup exactly the same way, and he times himself. And he’s not going to deviate from it.”
Doug was also very engaged with his coach, , and the other clients, frequently checking in and even posting videos of workouts to make sure his exercise form was correct.
Sandrine, on the other hand, preferred a lighter touch with the group, and she found she wanted to mix things up. “Three months ago, I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m tired of this warmup routine, I’m going to do what I want.’ And I might do yoga. I might do some dancing. I might do whatever I feel in the moment.”
Where their approaches overlapped: Keeping it simple and doing it together.
“Our workouts eventually became just an afternoon ritual in a way. We do them together at the same time, pretty much most 99% of the time,” says Doug.
Though their goals and approaches differed, both Doug and Sandrine emerged from the program with deep and lasting change.
Doug lost 55 pounds. “Doing anything outdoors is more enjoyable now. Life is just better, mentally and physically.”
Sandrine lost 16 pounds, but she notes her bigger takeaway is that she now sees health itself as a resource. “It’s going to be an asset in any situation that you encounter, like disease or illness, or growing old, all these things.”
Their advice for anyone going through PN Coaching as a couple?
“You’re supporting, and you’re creating those rituals and that increased connection. But at the same time, you make it your own experience,” says Sandrine. “You head in the same direction, but you follow your own path.”
With 4 kids and a business, Stephanie had zero extra time: Here’s how she lost 21 pounds anyway.
Stephanie’s life was plenty hectic, even before COVID hit. That’s just how it is when you have four young kids (or even one!) and your own business to run.
“I really just put myself second,” Stephanie recalls. “I knew that I should eat more vegetables or maybe get more sleep, but I found myself just grabbing whatever when I was hungry, even though it wasn’t really filling.“
On some level, Stephanie recognized her approach wasn’t working; she wanted to lose weight and feel better. But she didn’t know how.
“I didn’t know a better way. I was in survival mode.”
She was ready for change. But if she was going to transform herself—she wanted to do it only once.
“I thought, ‘If I do it, then it will be a lifelong thing.’” So she started PN with a simple but bold commitment: Try everything.
One of the most groundbreaking lessons for Stephanie was the very first one: Take a 5-minute action. Starting small, you learn to make time for yourself.
Stephanie was surprised at the impact, both on her own eating and sleeping habits and on her work relationships. “I had people texting me 12 hours a day. I was finally like, okay, I need to have time to get stuff done, too.”
Having time for herself has become an automatic part of her day, and it’s added up to more change than Stephanie expected.
She’s down 21 pounds, but more than that: “I’m moving better than I ever have. Recently I was chasing my kids around the playground and I realized, ‘They can’t beat me!’”
From “mac and cheese on pizza” to fresh pineapple as a treat: How Owen transformed his nutrition and lifestyle habits.
When Owen booked the flight for his vacation to Alaska, he was thrilled. But it also prompted a recognition.
“At my weight, it was going to be an absolutely miserable eight hour flight,” Owen says.
The motivation helped him drop 25 pounds before his trip.
“When I got home, I realized that I didn’t want to lose that momentum.”
That’s when he heard PN cofounder Dr. John Berardi on a podcast talking about food as a continuum. It was an interesting alternative to Owen’s usual all-or-nothing approach.
“I’d be in situations where I was trying to explain to my 5-year-old niece that I couldn’t have a piece of cake because it wasn’t a ‘cheat day,’” Owen explains. “Then cut to me three days later, and I’m putting mac and cheese on a pizza.”
Owen signed up for Precision Nutrition Coaching and was struck by the gradual method. “I remember thinking, ‘My workout is to go for a walk. What’s the point of this?’”
But after decades of extremes, Owen soon found it refreshing to “not jump in with both feet.” It was allowing him to do something new: Stick with the plan.
Like many of us, the pandemic threw Owen for a loop. But maybe even more so in his case. That’s because he’s a healthcare professional. (A big thank you to Owen and all essential workers out there.)
Yet through it all, he managed to stay the course, losing 28 pounds and two pant sizes.
But he’s not done: Owen’s decided to sign up for another year of Precision Nutrition Coaching. He’s benefitting from the support—and, of course, from the physical and mental transformation.
“About a month ago, I’d just finished an insane 70-hour work week. At the store, I decided to get myself a treat. I got home and realized that I didn’t get a box of donuts or a bag of chips or a frozen pizza. I got a pineapple. That was a pretty cool moment, realizing just how far I’ve come.”
How Damian packed on 14 pounds of muscle
Damian knew something wasn’t quite right when he went to a Carnival fete with his wife.
“Machel Montano was on stage and he’s singing his song ‘Famalay.’ I remember putting up my hand and singing along, and within 10 seconds I’m tired. Really tired.”
In that moment he recognized he wasn’t truly taking care of himself.
“I wasn’t exercising. I wasn’t eating correctly. I didn’t know what to eat,” he says.
Where Damian lives, in Trinidad, metabolic-related disease is prevalent. Damian wanted to feel better—and he also didn’t want to become a statistic. “I wanted to set the right example for my kids and my wife so they know what healthy lifestyle habits look like.”
When Damian signed up for Precision Nutrition Coaching, he decided to focus on muscle gain and consistency. It wasn’t easy.
“I always had the mindset that sees every challenge as an opportunity for growth,” says Damian. He drew from that resilience to stick with the program no matter what—through work, raising kids, and COVID-19.
The result of his persistent effort: Damian was able to put on 14 pounds of lean mass. He simply followed the program, day-by-day, week-after-week.
That’s how big change really happens.
“What I’m getting from this experience is more than just what the eyes can see. Along the way I developed traits I never even considered—for example, being proactive, consistent, and resilient—which all lead to me being more confident and to do even bigger and better things in the future.”
For the first time in years, this woman got below 200 pounds: What happened next shocked her (in an awesome way).
Leor wanted to slim down for a wedding she’d be attending soon. She’d tried lots of programs in the past, but hadn’t been able to stick to them for long.
“I approached things as a massive change, thinking I have to do it all at once,” says Leor. “I’d have the mindset that, ‘If I don’t do it perfectly, then it’s not worth trying.’”
Leor, 40, knew about the value of slow, mindful eating. She also knew about nutritious foods. Her problem: actually doing it.
She found Precision Nutrition Coaching through a friend and signed up, hoping to fix that. Right away, she knew PN was different. She appreciated that the program felt flexible.
“It wasn’t about perfection at all,” she says.
Leor listened to her lessons while she took a shower each morning. “At the end of the day, I would look back and think, ‘Okay, what did I actually do today? What else do I need to do?’ I started and finished my day with PN.”
And her body started to change.
But then the wedding came and went.
That’s when things got harder.
“After the wedding, it was like refocusing and reframing, trying to find a new goal,” she says.
Her work as an assistant professor at a med school in Barbados got super busy during that time, too. So Leor focused on two practices she could take with her anywhere she went: mindful eating and eating slowly.
It’s not as if those two concepts were new to her. Her grandmother had dieted a lot when she was younger and often tried to eat mindfully. But until PN, those just seemed like logical ideas—she hadn’t actually put them into practice. This time she told herself: “Practice this and give it a chance.”
It paid off.
One day Leor realized she’d hit a milestone. She was below 200 pounds—for the first time in more than a decade.
“The next day, I realized a difference in my mindset,” she says. “Breaking 200 had been this big hurdle. I was so focused on that number that I couldn’t focus on other things. It put me in a different cognitive space to be able to ask, ‘Where else can you put your energy?’ It allowed more things to enter in.”
She decided to get more active, possibly try yoga.
By year’s end, she was down a total of 39 pounds.
“I learned small, simple things that I could really do, very easily, and incorporate into my life. I didn’t have to make these massive changes that were going to be super complicated and take me forever to do. With PN, I just focused on a few simple things and, collectively, they made a big difference.”
A breakup, a relocation, and COVID-19: It might have been the worst year of this guy’s life, yet he still crushed his fitness goals.
When Gautham started Precision Nutrition Coaching in July of 2019, life was, relatively speaking, smooth sailing.
He’d lost about 30 pounds over the preceding two years. But he struggled with an all-or-nothing mindset. He wanted health habits he could maintain.
Gautham was crushing it with PN. He decided to learn how to swim and mastered several strokes. He worked out regularly, biked several miles to work every day, ate slowly, and created a sleep ritual that allowed him to wake refreshed and get more done throughout the day.
Then, 2020 showed up. Some years, it seems, are just harder than others.
Suddenly, a serious relationship disintegrated. Not long after, a family member was hospitalized. A couple days after that, on the way to the gym, Gautham saw someone snatch a pedestrian’s purse and chased the guy down. (He got the bag but the snatcher got away.)
“That was all by January 15,” Gautham says.
By February, Gautham’s best friends and housemates moved away, which meant Gautham had to find a new place to live.
He’d just settled into his new home when the calendar flipped to March, a pandemic made its way to the US, and a “shelter in place” order went into effect where he lived in Washington DC.
“When you suddenly move to a job that you could, in theory, do from bed—without moving at all—that’s a different challenge,” he says.
Every Tuesday, like clockwork, he made sure to dial into his nutrition coaching video call. It became his anchor. He helped other clients with their challenges, and vice versa.
“You learn so much about yourself by listening to other people,” says Gautham.
Several months into the pandemic, Gautham learned of several family members who had COVID. Some were doing okay. Some weren’t.
He found he couldn’t sleep, which affected his energy levels.
So he turned to his coach, Jonathan Pope, who helped him scale things back.
Gautham went into his workouts aiming only for a 6 or a 7 on a 1 to 10 scale. He didn’t lift as heavy or run as hard. He reminded himself that an intensity level of 6 was a lot better than zero.
Now one year later, Gautham’s body is leaner and 10 pounds lighter. “This is definitely the lightest I’ve ever been, and it makes it easier to move.”
But what’s changed even more: his mindset.
“There is always going to be life happening. And you just have to find a way to deal with it and make it work,” he says.
This 68-year old woman mastered the Turkish getup and lost 42 pounds. If she can’t inspire you…
Looking at her now, it’s hard to believe that, just one year ago, 68-year-old Donna McKinney spent her days huddled inside her home.
Each morning, she flipped on the TV and plopped down in front of it with her breakfast in hand. She drifted in and out of that room over and over throughout the day.
“I knew I was overweight, and I knew I needed to get in shape, but I was stuck,” Donna recalls.
A holiday visit with her daughter, who appeared much smaller and fitter than before, changed everything.
Donna asked, “What did you do?”
Her daughter told her about Precision Nutrition Coaching and Donna decided to sign up.
Her one goal: to get fit. She had two young, extremely active grandchildren. “I didn’t want to be the grandmother who couldn’t sit on the floor and play games with her grandkids,” she says.
Donna’s body transformed in ways she never expected. The first time she tried to do a Turkish get-up, she couldn’t figure out where her arms or legs were supposed to even go. But slowly, over time, and with a lot of patience, she broke down the exercise into tiny steps.
“One day, it was automatic. I could just knock those out without thinking. That was a breakthrough for me.”
Around the five-month mark, Donna’s hips started to feel stiff and then painful. The feeling traveled to her low back. After seeing a doctor, she had a diagnosis: arthritis and tendonitis.
“I was eating better and working out and losing weight—and now arthritis wanted to take control of my body? That didn’t feel fair,” she says. “Thank God for my coach.”
Coach Pam Ruland helped Donna to focus on what she could do—rather than on her limitations.
”Before I would just push, push, push. Telling myself, ‘I can do this. Don’t be a wimp. Get on with it,’” Donna says. “But I’ve got to find things that work for my body. I can accept that now. It’s helped me to look into myself so much more than I ever imagined.”
A year later, Donna is 42 pounds lighter.
More important, Donna is filled to the brim with obvious energy. Her eyes sparkle. Her skin glows. Her smile seems ever-present.
And she’s the grandmother she’s always wanted to be. “I still have arthritis, and that’s not going to go away,” she says. “But we run and play and pretty much do anything they want to do.”
And that TV?
“It’s hardly on anymore,” Donna says. “A lot has changed. I feel like a very different person.”
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