Last week was amazing. No I'll call it extraordinary!
I've been working with a family of three for the past year. The family is a husband and wife (early 60's and late 50's respectively), and their 27 year old son. The father is manager at one of the larger grocery chains, and the wife works as a nurse at a local nursing home. The son works in the food service industry, and recently graduated with his bachelor's degree
I tell you this simply to paint a picture these are ordinary folks just like you and I.
Last week I reassessed their progress, and walked away completely amazed. Combined they had lost a total of 265 lbs!
Yep that's not a typo, you read that right, 265 total lbs lost!
The father broke 100 lbs, the son has dropped 130 lbs (460 lbs down to 330 lbs) and the mother lost 35 lbs all in the time span of one year. Now that's what I call dedication!
The best part is the mother is a breast cancer survivor, and had her 5 year scan six months ago that came back completely clear. The second part of good news is she passed the BMI portion of her health insurance physical for the first time in over 7 years! Lower health insurance premiums woohoo!
So how did they do this might you ask?
Very simply they exercised an average of 3 days per week, and cleaned up their diet.
No weird pills, powders, pregnancy hormone diets, and absolutely no starvation diets!
They cut out all the crap and included good quality foods, and followed 5 simple rules:
- cut out white pasta, breads and potatoes.
- added plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- included whole grains including oatmeal, brown rice and sweet potato's.
- cut out ALL soda's (yep this includes diet soda's).
- ate breakfast every single day.
The biggest surprise was the type of exercise I had them doing. So did they do hours upon hours of cardio?
I had them doing short bursts of metabolic training that lasted on average 30 total minutes/workout.
No hour long workouts followed up by a 30-45 minute session on a cardio machine. Just short bursts of exercise they could easily fit in their busy schedules AND saw results.
Until next time!