Marnie started with us January 16th, 2015. She is 5’8″ and when she started, she was 179.9 lbs. She is getting married in September, and wanted to look and feel her best on that day. Today, her body has completely transformed, and I am excited to say I’ll be crying my eyes out when I see her in her wedding dress, of course because of the occasion, but mainly (sorry Ryan) because I’m so incredibly proud of her for achieving exactly what she set out to accomplish.
When Marnie first started, she was eating an average of 1871 calories, 214.2 carbs, 74.4 grams of fat and 88 grams of protein. We adjusted her macronutrients (calories, carbs, fat and protein) shortly after and increased her to 1966 calories, 221 grams of carbs, reduced her fat slightly to 66 grams and increased her protein to 123 grams.
She has lost 30.6 lbs since January 16.
As you can see from below, we actually increased her daily calorie intake, slightly increased her carbs (how many people do you know tell you to eat low carb?! Marnie lost 30.6 lbs eating 221 grams of carbs a day), reduced her fat only by 8.4 grams and increased her protein greatly by an additional 35 grams. A mere increase of less than 100 calories, and more protein was really all we did to change her nutrition.
And of course it helps that Marnie has a “can-do no bullshit get it done” attitude that made her stick with completing her workouts and hitting her macros even when she was travelling for work. I believe I have sweaty selfies from her in different hotel gyms from at least a quarter of the hotels in the US. 😉
A lot of women ask “when do you change up my macros”, but as you can see from the image below, if it works and you are seeing results, there is no reason to change or modify them. A lot of people think that 1 lb a week is slow, but industry standard is only .5 lbs/week, and if you are losing .5 lbs or 1 lb, you are still losing.
(See chart below)
The dots represent every two weeks when Marnie submitted her bi-weekly. She has been training with us for 30 weeks now, and has lost on average 1 lb per week. At the end of April, Marnie gained 2 lbs, but unlike most women who get frazzled when the scale goes up, she stuck with the program and her next submission she saw a large drop (she lost 6 lbs in 2 weeks).
Here is a record of Marnie’s original measurements to her most recent measurements. She has lost 7.5 inches off her chest, 5.5 inches off her waist and 5 inches off her hips.
Here is Marnie’s progress report since starting with us. As she lost weight her progress percentage went up. Many people expect to see big numbers each week and are let down when they only read .5 or 1 lb on the scale, but remember it all adds up.
If there is any one big secret to success like Marnie’s, it’s consistency.
We asked Marnie some questions about her transformation.
How did the Total Body Transformation Program change your life?
First of all I can look at myself now an truly appreciate how beautiful I am and how special my body is. I don’t ever want to go back to hiding behind clothes again, I don’t want to avoid mirrors like they are the plague. Now I like to seek them out and flex, lol!
What would you say to others who are considering the program?
Stop thinking about it and just do it, what have you got to lose. I can assure anyone that if they follow the directions and ask for help, this easy to follow program can and will absolutely change their life.
What are you most proud of yourself for?
I am most proud of making the commitment to do something for myself and ask for help, which is totally out of my comfort zone. It is no easy task to take pictures of yourself wearing next to nothing and send them for other people to look at, but as weeks went by and I started feeling better and getting stronger I completely forgot about my insecurities and decided that my need to make a change and the help I was being offered far outweighed anything else.
I am proud of learning about and sticking to my macros and not feeling guilt when I ate something that wasn’t deemed healthy. I am proud of doing all my workouts, and I’m really starting to feel proud of my bum 😉
What are the 3 most important things you learnt over in the Total Body Transformation program about yourself?
- When I make a commitment to me I can follow through 100%
- I learnt to love my body for all the wonderful things it does for me AND for how it looks
- I learnt that I never need to feel guilty when I am tired and don’t want to workout or I want a pizza. Guilt is horrible and I never want to allow myself to get to that place again.
What are the 3 most important things you learnt in the Total Body Transformation program about nutrition/training/mindset?
- I learnt what to eat to help nourish my body which is so important, but I also learned that if I want chocolate I should not deny myself, fit it into my macros and eat that shit! There is a fine balance between giving your body what it needs to thrive and giving your spirit what it needs to want to thrive (like s’mores)
- I love workouts! After a workout I feel like the baddest bitch in town. I feel confident and strong. I learned that you don’t have to do 2 a days, 7 days a week to see results. The right nutrition and proper training 4 days a week is all it takes to get the body I want.
- I think mindset is the key to this whole process. I learnt that if this was all going to work I needed to change how I felt about food, working out and myself. I could no longer get away with how I was living, if I wanted a change physically I needed to change mentally.
Anything else you’d like to say?
I was at a stage in my life where I was ignoring myself as I grew more and more into something I knew I didn’t want to be. When I made the decision to do this program I didn’t know where it was going to take me, but take me somewhere it did…With the monumental amount of help and support from this program I learned to love and take care of myself again. I look and feel amazing, I have changed the way I live my life, and I could not be more ecstatic about the future. The team at Aspire, and the awesome coaching from Brittany Byrd, are second to none.