Featured Testimonial: Bobbi Siffledeen

Bobbi Siffledeen

"You my friend are a life changer, game changer, inspirational motivator! I am beyond grateful for what you have done for me and more importantly my family. I lived for most of my life in fear of food. Always looking for the next best "diet" and listening to all of the experts avoiding fruit!!! Seriously??! Then binging like a crazy woman on Saturday (and often Sunday too) because I was starving the rest of the week. Trying to live off of 1000-1200 calories a day or less! Hating myself, crying in change rooms. etc etc etc no more!!

I now enjoy Everything! I eat fruit all day! Lol and many other wonderful things that I'd never allow myself to have before. Bread, pasta, pizza yes even McDonald's if I feel like it!! I do keep it pretty clean most of the time but if I feel like an ice cream I can have it now without feeling like I want to slit my throat!

And then there's the training... I've never had more fun! And the feeling of accomplishment when you do something for the first time.... still brings tears to my eyes as I write this. I was that sad fat girl standing on the sidelines, bullied through school and too afraid to try anything after that because I had convinced myself that I couldn't possibly do it. I wasn't one of the lucky ones. I wasn't athletic, I didn't take dance or play any sports like all the other girls growing up. So no way in hell was I going to be able to do it as a 46 year old woman right? WRONG! I'm doing It and I'm loving it! The first time you called me a natural athlete Pete I cried in my car when I left the gym that day... tears of so much gratitude I Can Do It!! I'm doing it!! Thank you for gently compassionately showing me the way." 

 

Featured Testimonial – John McCarron

Before and After

Featured Testimonial: John McCarron


After working with me for a couple years and plateauing [after losing 20–25 pounds], what was the "light bulb" moment that took it to the next level?

The "light bulb" moment came after looking at the picture above. After seeing the picture, I was disgusted with myself. It was hard to get results; I was suffering from severe sleep apnea and had to sleep with a machine. Ironically, it's very hard to actually sleep with a machine and mask on your face. I was always tired and had bad food cravings. I was at a point where I thought I was "destined" to be fat until a good friend told me about a documentary called Hungry for Change.

After watching the documentary, I realized that my situation was not unique and that 90% of things out there regarding weight loss are not actually based on science. I also watched Food Matters and Food Inc. I started to educate myself on vegan, juicing, and vegetarian concepts.

What specific foods did you give up or drastically cut back on that you used to eat all the time?

Besides Giddy YoYo Chocolate, I gave up all food that was packaged and anything deep fried. I no longer could go out with clients for wings and beers. My typical food intake when I was fat was a Tim Horton's breakfast sandwich and a large coffee with two sugar and two cream. Lunch would be a sandwich or chicken burger. For dinner, it would be anything from Chinese food to barbecue, except for Fridays, when I would hook up with clients for liquor and wings.

Now my meals are typically a smoothie in the morning with water, blueberries, Greek yogurt, chia, and hemp. My mid-morning meal is a double shot of wheatgrass and juice with kale, beets, celery, spinach, and carrots. For lunch I have a large salad with no dressing—or very little dressing—with fish or chicken. My mid-afternoon meal is a handful of almonds, pumpkin seeds, and fruit if I need energy. For dinner, it's salad or another juice and some chicken. I snack on a little dark chocolate every day as well.

The key change I made was to eat food that was nutritionally dense, raw, and organic.

What changes in your activity level did you make?

[After] increasing my training sessions with a personal trainer to six days a week, I found that trainers push your intensity to higher levels. Rather than training two or three days a week, I wanted to increase my activity to six or seven days a week without overtraining.

I also train on my own for an hour a day outside of the trainer. My own training workouts consist of an hour of cardio, usually on the bike or cross-trainer—something non-impact, as I have a foot injury—where I will burn anywhere from 500 to 800 calories in an hour. Some days the intensity is lower if I feel stiff or tired, but the key is to keep doing it even if I feel too tired or sore. On days like that, I usually find that during the second half of the cardio session I can pick up the intensity.

Sometimes I will do cardio first thing in the morning before getting ready for work, and other times I will do it after working out with a trainer. If I am too tired in the morning, I will sleep, as rest is very important in controlling my bad cravings and getting results. On the weekends I like to add weights to the cardio workout.

What were the hardest things to change?

Work, family, and self-balance. I was a workaholic working in a high-stress, cutthroat industry. My compensation is basically straight commission; my phone is never off. Finding a way to fit everything in is still something I am working at. I had to make myself a priority and take time out during the day to work out. My friends, family, and co-workers understand now that I need to do this, and it's not an option [for me to] miss a workout.

The other hard thing is to maintain a social life and entertain friends and clients without indulging in liquor and bad food. It's around me all the time. Whenever I have an urge for bad food or liquor, I usually hold off on acting on it. I wait five minutes, and usually the urge or cravings will go away.

What obstacles do you face daily that make it difficult to keep your weight down?

Time is the biggest obstacle, [as well as] being around people who are negative and training around my injuries from a bad car accident. I had to get rid of past relationships, both professionally and personally, that were counter-productive, and surround myself with positive people that bring out the best in me.

I had to set goals and have rewards when I reached them. I always have something to strive toward. When I decided to lose 100 pounds, it was very daunting. Then I said, "When I lose 100 pounds, I will reward myself with a trip to Africa," something I always wanted to do but never did. The trip is booked, and I also added a Kilimanjaro hike.

My next goal is go on a hike in Bali (another "bucket list" place for me) in 2015 when I get to and maintain a range of fat of 10–15%. The key thing was to set a goal, set the reward, and be around people who were encouraging. I find if I surround myself with people who are smart, successful, conscientious (do what they say they will do), and are genuinely good—combine that with goals and rewards, [and] it's very hard to fail.

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Featured Testimonial – Stacey

Before and After


Since my journey began I have lost 102 pounds. The majority of this success came after meeting Paul 18 months ago at a bootcamp. I practiced what I learned that day and soon it became my new way of life. After reaching my goal in May I decided since I still wasn’t eating clean that my reward should be to sign up for Paul’s Personalized Eating Plan. After much reassurance from him that the food would be “normal” I decided to go for it. I have to admit I was a bit scared as I’ve seen many meal plans that contained foods I would never eat, and therefore wouldn’t be able to commit to long term. Paul was true to his word, there was nothing in my plan that I wouldn’t consider “normal”. The food suggestions are fantastic!! I’m not forced to eat the same thing over again therefore I never get bored with it. The best thing is I am NEVER hungry (and I have never eaten so much food in my life)!! Its great knowing each day that I have the fuel my body needs to keep me going every day. I’m proud to say the goal for my eating plan was to maintain my goal weight and I’ve done exactly that!


Six weeks ago I decided to increase the intensity of my workouts so I signed up for Paul’s Personalized Exercise Program. I really wish I would have done this a long time ago. I’m not a fan of getting up at 6:00AM to do the workouts (it’s getting better) but the way I feel afterwards and the results I’m seeing already are so worth it. I have so much more energy to get through my day. I like that Paul took the time to see what I wanted to achieve and geared my workouts specifically for me, it’s not a random program that everyone receives. My goals were mainly to improve my running, and build upper and lower body strength. In just 6 short weeks I have been able to knock almost 1 min off my 5k running time and I have increased my weights from 5-8 pounds when I started to 12-20 pounds now. For the first time since I began my journey I feel I have the knowledge I really need to continue on with my success, pick the right food choices and build the body I’ve always wanted! Thanks Paul…you rock!!


Stacey


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Featured Testimonial – Amy Robinson

Before and After


I started your eating plan in April, and to date I have lost 42 pounds. I'm 5'2". When I started I weighed 184 pounds, and today I weigh 142pounds. I am 8 pounds away from my 50 pound goal, which I have no doubt Iwill reach by December 1st, thanks to you. The first week of your eating plan I ate more food than I had become accustomed to eating, and lost 2.8 pounds. When I began the eating plan in April, I allowed my "too busy" life not to include exercise, and I reached a plateau in June. On July 1st I started doing 45 minutes of intense cardio 6 days a week and broke through my plateau. I know that strength training is as important as cardio, however, the weight is coming off so I'm afraid to change anything. Once I lose 8 more pounds I plan on incorporating strength training exercises to maintain my weight. For years I had tried various eating plans that never worked – Weight Watchers, no carbs, no fat, 1000 calories a day - I tried them all and nothing worked. Your healthy, no processed eating plan is what saved me. I will send you before and after pictures after I lose this last 8 pounds. THANK YOU for changing my life.


Take care,
Amy Robinson


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