At Composition ID, we take pride in helping our clients reach their goals. This week, we’re spotlighting our Houston client Michelle. She is a wife, a busy mother of two boys and a teacher who loves CrossFit. She is always on-the-go and often travels for her son’s baseball games. When Michelle joined us, she was shocked at the number of calories we recommended her to eat each day, but you wouldn’t catch her at a game without her meals prepped and ready to go. Michelle was clear in her goals and lost over 10 pounds of fat while increasing muscle mass. Read more about her journey below.
Q. What is the biggest change you implemented?
A. The biggest change I implemented was the amount of food I was eating. Then how I meal-prepped to achieve my calories. I was under eating by a lot. I had to shift my meal-prep strategy in order to make sure I met the calories and made good food choices.
Q. What was the hardest part of the Nutrition Challenge?
A. The hardest part of the challenge was finding a balance between eating healthy and living. I had to change my mindset that going out with friends every once in a while would not set me back as long as I made good decisions and didn’t feel like I was missing out. Also, I had to get used to eating on-the-go. Whether I was at a basketball or baseball practice, I made sure to have food ready to heat and eat while I was there.
Q. How did Composition ID help you with your nutrition?
A. Composition ID helped me first and foremost by knowing and understanding my Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), then by designing a meal plan aligned with my RMR data. Sometimes you understand what good nutrition is, but you don’t know how much to eat or when to eat. Also, having the ability to check-in and talk about challenges and questions about the choices you are making. The Composition ID staff even searched online to help with restaurant menus choices. They also helped me understand that weighing yourself can be detrimental to your progress. Never look at scale too much or you may get discouraged even when you are doing better than you think. Instead, look at clothes and how they fit or be aware of how much better your body feels.
Q. What advice would you give to someone looking to make changes to their nutrition?
A. To anyone trying to make changes to their nutrition, my advice is to hold yourself accountable. Do not lie to yourself about what you are eating. If you eat fun size snickers, know it is not the end of the world, but that you must adjust accordingly. Goals can take longer to achieve, but you can still reach them. Make sure you find a way to meal prep that works for you and your family. Also, include foods and flavors that you enjoy. Always talk to your nutrition coach at Composition ID and take things day by day. Remember that weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint!