Dear Amazing Readers and Incredible Friends,
Thank you so much for your words of wisdom. When I wrote the blog asking for help I didn’t expect to have so many people reach out. Below are all of your amazing suggestions. I figured that I would post them for myself and that I would pass them on to anyone going through a similar situation.
Group 1: Books That Can Help:
A) Advice from my book club friend:
- Clean Slate https://amazon.ca/Clean-Slate-Cookbook-Guide-Health/dp/0307954595
- Cameron Diaz https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-body-book-the-law/9780062252753-item.html?ikwid=cameron+diaz&ikwsec=Books&ikwidx=1
- B) Advice from a friend of my sister:
- Superfoods https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/everyday-super-food/9781443430456-item.html?ikwid=super+foods&ikwsec=Books&ikwidx=0
- Joyous Health https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/joyous-health-eat-and-live/9780143186915-item.html?ikwid=Joyous+Health&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0
A workout video that will inspire you and make you laugh:
Group 2: People Who Can Help
A) Friend from University suggested:
Meghan Prince (Mom and Fitness Competitor and lives in London, Ontario)
Makes food and fitness plans for you and you can follow her Facebook account:
B) Marilyn Denis Viewer (who lives in Stratford) and now friend suggested:
Diane and Grant Hernden (they were both the Phys Ed teachers at my high school in Stratford. They live in Stratford).
C) Friend suggested:
If I didn’t make an appointment with Lauren Brown, this was who I was going to go with. She works with people in Toronto/GTA.
D) My former personal trainer/friend suggested:
Jenna Karon is an incredible personal trainer who lives in Whitby. I highly recommend her and wished she lived downtown.
Her facebook info is: https://www.facebook.com/jenna.karon?fref=ts
E) Family friend suggested:
Nutrition program called “Healthy at Any Size: 12 Week Group Nutrition Program.” It starts Wednesday June 1st at 6 p.m. at the MCC Toronto and costs $150.00. This program looks incredible!
F) Cousin suggested:
Fitness coach at Beach Body Fitness. This is an online program and the next program starts June 6th. She seems really sweet and you can add her to Facebook if you wish. Her name is Nicole Woosley.
G) Friend suggested:
Her own program where she works as a coach and helps women look at their weight loss goals while helping them learn to appreciate their beautiful bodies. She lives in Toronto.
Group 3: Possible Lifestyle Changes
A) Family friend:
She suggested the GI Diet. It basically ranks foods into categories and lets you know how often you should be eating those foods (e.g. green foods mean you should eat all the time).
She explained that she lost 25 lbs and her husband lost 40 lbs and they have been able to keep it off for 6+ years. She also sent before and after pics!
Info on the GI Diet: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-g-i-diet-10th/9780307361530 item.html?ikwid=gi+diet&ikwsec=Books&ikwidx=1
B) Cousin suggested:
The Ideal Protein Program
My cousin has started this program and feels so much better. She has lost an amazing 24 lbs and 22.5 inches over the seven years she has been/stayed on the program.
She also used to have headaches and now has stopped having headaches altogether because she feels a lot healthier now.
Info on the Ideal Protein Program: http://www.idealprotein.com/
Group 4: General/Helpful Advice
A) Friend from Highschool
Was reading an article about all of the junk in processed foods and decided to make a change. Looks at ingredient labels and says a big “F” you to the diet industry. Empowered with making own food choices.
- Try to get up early and begin your workout. That way you don’t have any excuses. Even getting up 30 minutes earlier than usual is a start.
- Mediterranean Diet – helps to slim down your stomach and get rid of bloating.
- Eat your biggest meal earlier in the day and avoid eating late at night.
- Try to eat non-processed foods (avoid low fat products).
- Stop obsessing over a number on a scale.
- Ask for wine spritzers instead of a full glass of wine. Perhaps you can even have a glass of water for every glass of wine you drink. You could also ask for a glass of ice water and put the ice into your glass of wine.
- Ask your MD if they have a dietitian available (there is even one for free at most Loblaws stores).
- Supper works can help you make meals and learn how to prep meals.
- Personal training/boot camp. D) Friend:
See if you can talk to someone through EAP (Employee Assistance Plan).
Use a gym buddy because it is so easy to make excuses on our own. We are less likely to bail if we have a gym buddy.
F) Multiple Friends:
Never ever compare yourself to someone else. Their weight loss journey is completely different.
Group 5: Helpful Apps
Nike Training Club – videos with exercises that go over proper form.
MyFitnessPal – keeps track of what you are eating/calories.
Thanks again to everyone for all of these suggestions. 52by52 is officially over and hope you will join me on my next blog (coming soon!)