Success Story: 20lbs Weight Loss

Find out how Marian was able to lose weight, even while on vacation, with Balanced Habits KICK START, our 28-day customized nutrition and exercise program!

“I first noticed weight coming off my waistline…”

Fish and veggie mealI signed up for the 28-day January KICK START because I thought it might be a lifestyle of eating that I could follow, and I wanted to lose some weight and have more energy.  When I began the KICK START I was actually on vacation, but, surprisingly, was still able to lose weight.  I first noticed a bit of weight coming off my waistline and a pair of pants that I liked started to fit better! 

At the end of the  program, I’d lost a little over 7 pounds and I’ve been able to maintain the clean-eating habits!

weight scale with tape measurerIn fact, not long after the January KICK START ended, I took a trip to Jordan and was able to stick (for the most part) to my KICK START habits.  Being away from home, and not having access to the food I was used to eating, posed a bit of a challenge, but when I returned home I discovered I’d lost another 3 pounds!

“Between the KICK START program and adhering to its clean-eating framework in the weeks following, I’ve lost a total of 17lbs and dropped a pants size in just 2 1/2 months!”

motivational wordsThe easiest part about following this nutrition plan is that I’m able to eat foods that I like anyhow – real foods, not processed.  I also really like not counting points or calories.  And, I’ve gotten used to watching my portion sizes, remembering all the water, and using [KICK START] “Pack-N-Go” food choices for easy and healthy options when I’m out and about.

To anyone who’s hesitant to give the KICK START a try, I’d say if you don’t want to count calories/points and you can read protein, fats, and carbs on labels, you will be able to figure out your meals. Having “pack and go” food or healthy protein bars with you, and you’ll be prepared while away from home.  Drinking the recommended amounts of water and remembering to keep the exercise to 4-5 times a week is really important, too!

Get started arrowMost of all: be patient.  It’s important to understand that the weight loss might seem slow, and not dramatic, but it sticks better this way.

Be the tortoise, not the hare!!

Ready to change your life, like Marian?

Next KICK START begins September 2019!

Lose weight, increase energy, fuel your body the right way, and more with our                    28-day customized KICK START program!

Can’t wait for September?

Check out our Balanced Habits LIFE program!  It’s a customized, clean-eating program that’s available all year long!

“I’m so glad I tried KICK START!”

Camille has lost 33lbs and dropped clothing sizes by following our Balanced Habits KICK START and LIFE programs!

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“I am so happy I decided to try KICK START.  I love the results!”

I signed up for KICK START because I was looking for a weight-loss program that promoted healthy eating.  More than anything, I wanted a lifestyle change, not a diet.  In addition to losing weight, I wanted to step up my exercise routine because my oldest daughter is getting married in June.

I love my results!  During the 28-day program, I lost 12lbs.  Since the program ended, I signed up for the LIFE nutrition program and lost another 8lbs, and dropped a shirt size and a pants size.  Now, I can wear clothes in my closet that I haven’t worn in years!

While I’m excited about the weight-loss, I’ve also noticed that my overall fitness level has improved, too!  I feel stronger during fitness classes and have started a walk/run program with my husband.  My family has been very supportive of my lifestyle change.  The KICK START recipes offer a great variety and are so good that even my husband eats the healthy meals that I cook.  I even told a friend at work about the program and she signed up for May!

One of the great things about KICK START is that it’s easy to follow.  Having a one-on-one [food] coach is very helpful.  My coach, Symonne, was supportive, encouraging, and gave me great tips.  I’ve found that I am much more aware of my portions now and continue to make healthy food choices.  In fact, I’m going on a week-long vacation with my family soon and feel that I’ll be able to maintain my healthy eating.

For anyone considering KICK START, I’d say to give it a try.  It only takes 21 days to build a habit that will last a lifetime and you have nothing to lose by taking a chance on this clean-eating program.

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“It’s so awesome to be back in control!”

From somewhat skeptic to full-on believer, Mary Anne took control of her eating habits with our 28-day, Balanced Habits KICK START program – and lost 15lbs and dropped her cholesterol by 10 points!

“I have my mojo back… It’s so awesome to be in control!”

I signed up for KICK START because I had been gaining weight.  Not only was I eating unhealthy food, but I was also eating way too much and I just couldn’t get back on track.  I’d lost my mojo and needed some motivation.

I am very pleased with my results!  During KICK START, I lost 10lbs, 7in, and could definitely tell a big difference in how my clothes fit. Plus, I had my annual physical a week after the program ended, and my cholesterol was down 10 points. So happy about this!  Since KICK START ended, I’ve lost an another 5lbs; for a total of 15lbs lost!”

What I loved most about the program was the camaraderie and accountability—knowing I had to get on the scale, in front of another person, Healthy food groups on a plateand face the music.  The nutrition habits do take some time to get used to.  I definitely had to plan and prepare food choices ahead of time to stay on track, but the KICK START recipes were great.  In fact, I’m still using many of those same recipes today!  The success I had on this program has given me the motivation to keep going. I still have a fair amount of weight to lose, but I am determined to stick with the program.

If you’re in a rut, KICK START is a good way to get motivated to make improvements in your life and health. It’s all about how badly you want it, and how much effort you’re willing to put in. The important thing to remember is that it’s only 28 days – and anyone can stick to a program for 28 days. It goes by fast!

Mary Anne smilingI’ll admit—I was somewhat skeptical about KICK START at first, but I am so happy I did it. I really feel like I have some control of my eating habits now; especially portion control. I find I need a lot less food to be satisfied than when I was previously eating.  It’s all good – I’m on the road to better health!

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Our Next KICK START launches in September 2019!

Lose weight, increase energy, fuel your body the right way, and more with our 28-day customized KICK START program!

Can’t wait for September?

Check out our Balanced Habits LIFE program!  It’s a customized, clean-eating program that’s available all year long!

“This is the best investment I’ve ever made…”

Since signing up for our 28-day, nutrition KICK START program, our member Beth has lost 16lbs (and counting!) and has almost eliminated her arthritis and nerve pain!

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“For the first time in many years, I am very happy with my current weight, and feel it is exactly where I should be!”

I joined KICK START because I had been slowly gaining weight over the past few years, and just wasn’t happy with how I looked or felt.  Although I regularly work out at Mid American’s wide variety of cardio and strength training classes, I knew I couldn’t outrun the poor eating habits that had crept into my daily life.

No equipment HIIT class

I have been extremely happy with the results I’ve seen from KICK START!  During the 4-week program, I lost 10lbs and have lost another six pounds over the next seven weeks.  For the first time in many years, I am very happy with my current weight, and feel it is exactly where I should be.  Primarily, I lost the weight in my mid-section, a very unattractive “spare tire” that had been growing and keeping me company for several years. I’ve also noticed a marked increase in my energy level, especially during HIIT classes that used to leave me completely winded.  

“Even better, prior to KICK START, I had been experiencing arthritis pain in my hands and feet, as well as nerve pain which radiated down both legs.  After about three weeks on the program, I noticed that all of this pain had almost completely disappeared.  I no longer take any pain medication. I believe that this is the result of eating clean, whole, balanced meals with almost no added sugars, which I understand contribute to inflammation in the body.”

 

For me, the easiest part of Balanced Habits was that the “rules” were very simple.  I concentrated on the macronutrient ratio of 7 (grams of) protein, 3 fats, and 9 carbs [per my customized KICK START plan], and used the [Balanced Habits] “Pack and Go” guidelines extensively for simple breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.  To keep dinner interesting, I started scouring cooking websites to find recipes that “fit” the program.  I’ve also been using the app, Recipe IQ, to modify my own recipes into healthier versions.

“I have truly adopted KICK START as the way I eat now, and plan to eat this way for the rest of my life… I have no desire to go back to my old eating habits.”

On a recent vacation, I did stray a bit, but happily went right back to the Balanced Habits lifestyle as soon as I got back home.

Healthy living itemsIf you’ve tried unsuccessfully to lose weight on your own, you really should give the KICK START a go.  It takes some work, and it isn’t easy to change a lifetime of eating habits. Before KICK START, I had developed a bad habit of grazing all day long, and eliminating all that unscheduled snacking was hard for the first couple of weeks. But having a coach available is a big help, and the weekly weigh-ins help keep you on track.  I truly feel I now have the tools I need to stay at a healthy weight for the rest of my life.  

“This program may be the best investment I’ve ever made in my health, next to my membership at Mid American, of course!”

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Marian said “farewell” to 17lbs with our KICK START program!

Find out how Marian was able to lose weight, even while on vacation, with Balanced Habits KICK START, our 28-day customized nutrition and exercise program!

Woman on vacation

Marian on her recent trip in Jordan

“I first noticed weight coming off my waistline…”

Fish and veggie mealI signed up for the 28-day January KICK START because I thought it might be a lifestyle of eating that I could follow, and I wanted to lose some weight and have more energy.  When I began the KICK START I was actually on vacation, but, surprisingly, was still able to lose weight.  I first noticed a bit of weight coming off my waistline and a pair of pants that I liked started to fit better! 

At the end of the  program, I’d lost a little over 7 pounds and I’ve been able to maintain the clean-eating habits!

weight scale with tape measurerIn fact, not long after the January KICK START ended, I took a trip to Jordan and was able to stick (for the most part) to my KICK START habits.  Being away from home, and not having access to the food I was used to eating, posed a bit of a challenge, but when I returned home I discovered I’d lost another 3 pounds!

“Between the KICK START program and adhering to its clean-eating framework in the weeks following, I’ve lost a total of 17lbs and dropped a pants size in just 2 1/2 months!”

motivational wordsThe easiest part about following this nutrition plan is that I’m able to eat foods that I like anyhow – real foods, not processed.  I also really like not counting points or calories.  And, I’ve gotten used to watching my portion sizes, remembering all the water, and using [KICK START] “Pack-N-Go” food choices for easy and healthy options when I’m out and about.

To anyone who’s hesitant to give the KICK START a try, I’d say if you don’t want to count calories/points and you can read protein, fats, and carbs on labels, you will be able to figure out your meals. Having “pack and go” food or healthy protein bars with you, and you’ll be prepared while away from home.  Drinking the recommended amounts of water and remembering to keep the exercise to 4-5 times a week is really important, too!

Get started arrowMost of all: be patient.  It’s important to understand that the weight loss might seem slow, and not dramatic, but it sticks better this way.

Be the tortoise, not the hare!!

Ready to change your life, like Marian?

Our Next KICK START begins Sept. 2019!

Lose weight, increase energy, fuel your body the right way, and more with our                    28-day customized KICK START program!

Can’t wait for September?

Check out our Balanced Habits LIFE program!  It’s a customized, clean-eating program that’s available all year long!

Member Success Story: Karla Viera

Learn how Karla combined Personal Training and fitness classes to get into the best shape of her life!

“I want to thank Mid American for helping me become a better mother, wife, doctor, and person!”

As a physician, I have always studied the benefits of exercise and counseled my patients on the importance of regular exercise in the prevention and treatment of diseases.  As a person, I needed a healthy way to cope with daily, life stress and develop more stamina to carry on with my everyday activities.  And, although I’ve been active on and off throughout my life by playing sports, short-term gym memberships and exercising at home, I had not been as consistent.  When I started at Mid American, my second baby was just a few weeks old and, as a second-time mother, when I looked in the mirror, I could hardly recognize myself.  I had become the most out of shape and inactive I had ever been in my life!  I knew that it was time to do something about it.

“I began taking group fitness classes and since then I’ve lost 30 pounds (which put me at my pre-pregnancy weight) and I lost another 10 pounds after that; I’ve also dropped 4 dress sizes.” 

On top of it all, I feel much happier, have more energy and less stress.  My confidence has increased and I have a more positive outlook on life.

The group fitness setting at Mid American is what helped me stay committed and motivated.  It’s difficult to pick a favorite class because they I love them all!  Through BODYPUMP I’ve seen a lot of pkarla bp1ositive changes in my body; Spin and the HIIT [high-intensity interval training] classes are great as well.  And, as a Latina, I can transport my mind to my hometown, even if it’s just for an hour, during Zumba – it definitely helped me get through one of the worst winters in Michigan!

I am in the best shape I have ever been and so I need more direction to establish and reach new goals.  That’s why I began incorporating personal training into my fitness regimen.  After attending group fitness classes for a year I was able to lose the “baby weight” plus more than I originally intended, but as I reach my fitness goals I find myself in uncharted territory.  Combining group classes with a personal trainer allows me to enjoy the best of both worlds:  interacting with others and input from multiple fitness instructors in a group setting, and the  one-on-one trainings that will help find and target my individual, weaker spots so I can develop further.

“In my life I’ve found that it’s more important than ever to exercise.”

When I started working out at Mid American I could not foresee how important fitness and becoming healthier was going to impact my life. As a result of my changes, my daughter has been asking to exercise and has been taking youth dance classes at Mid American.  And, my husband has also started an exercise regime and eating healthier. I have several patients that have noticed a difference in me and have also started exercising. I cannot wait to see what the future brings!  

As a mother, I always put my children first.  As a wife I put my husband first.  As a psychiatrist my patients always come first.  While I am exercising I am putting myself first – it is what let’s me do all the other things effectively.  I could find every excuse in the book to say I cannot do it. I choose not to let any sense of doubt stand in my way.  It’s not about perfection, but consistency. It is about letting go of self-imposed limitations and doubts, and start believing that you are worth it.  That you can do it. Your children, and yourself, deserve the best YOU!

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