In the fall of 2011, I was close to 300 pounds and on medication for high cholesterol and triglycerides. I was in a rut and unable to lose weight. All of the “old school bro science” logic that I was listening to at the time wasn’t working. (If you aren’t losing, cut back your food and do more cardio. If that doesn’t work, you just aren’t hardcore enough.) I was eating less than 2500 calories a day, doing 45 minute cardio sessions seven to nine times a week on an empty stomach, while training with weights an additional four to five times a week.
I was gaining weight and mad at the entire world. My life was suffering because of the cycle I was in. I contacted Erik Ledin of Lean Bodies Consulting, who in turn recommended I contact Amy at Curls and Whey. I was extremely skeptical, but I figured that I could quit after three months if it wasn’t working for me.
Amy took everything I thought I knew, and threw it out the window. When I received my first plan, I was actually stunned by the amount of food that I was supposed to eat. Seriously… steak, chicken, turkey, white potatoes, rice and sweet potatoes? Ice cream cones for a post workout meal? No way. The reduction of cardio work to 4 HITT interval training sessions of 30 minutes a week were walk in the park compared to the torture I had been putting myself through. She tailored my training sessions and metabolic workouts to my needs, and designed them around my existing injuries. Amy took the time to personally answer my seemingly endless amounts of questions and ease my fears and doubts. I committed myself 100% to the plan and compliance. (12 weeks dude, you can do 12 weeks standing on your head…)
Over the course of the next 12 months, my entire life changed. I went from 292 lbs. to 212, from a tight fitting size 42 pants to being comfortable in a 36, and from a 54 jacket to a 46. For the first time in my entire life, I am able to see my abs. I am at a body weight that I have not matched since I was 13 years old. My doctor took me off of the medication I had been taking to manage my cholesterol count, and my blood pressure dropped by 20 points. My resting heart rate fell from 80 to the low 50s. All of this progress helped me regain lost confidence in myself, while giving me a more positive outlook on life.
Progress can be made by any trainer and coach that has a decent plan, but continued progress month after month takes much more. Amy provides personal attention to all of her clients. She works with individuals needs and wants, and will even tailor your food plan to your particular taste. As you progress, she is with you every step of the way offering support and the occasional tough love when needed. Your workouts change with you, and your dieting flexibility does as well. I have never seen another coach who would allow the flexibility to change meals through the LBC/CWT food substitute app for Android and iPhones.
Amy has provided me with the tools, knowledge, plan and flexibility to take away all of the roadblocks and assure that I will continue to be successful in my quest for a healthier me. With the tireless support and love of my wife and the continued coaching from CWT, I can’t wait to see what happens over the next 12 months…