As you may know, I’m also a Nutritionist and provide private one-on-one consultations. Sometimes I get requests from the other side of the country or the other side of the world. In this case it was Leonie from Vienna, Austria, who had seen something about me on TV and contacted me for a Skype session. We spoke in September and in the past 10 weeks Leonie has dropped 33 lbs and loads of inches. See the incredible difference?
Of course you want to know how she did it, so here we go:
1. You booked a Skype nutrition session with me in September. What motivated you to do so?
In the past 5-6 years I had gained over 33 pounds. All together I gained 55 lbs in the past 10 years. In the beginning slowly, but then more quickly. After each new diet I put on an additional 10 lbs or so, until the horrible sight of 80 kilos (176 lbs) appeared on the scale and I realized that I weighed more than my boyfriend. I wasn’t myself anymore, but I was clueless about what to do, as nothing seemed to help. Mind you, I ‘m in the public eye frequently, being a writer and a university docent, so looking like a ball had an impact on my career. The idea of the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp fascinated me and out of respect for it I decided to trust Ariane on the issue of nutrition. This was on September 18, a new start.
2. What results have you achieved since?
I’ve achieved quite a bit: 33 lbs lost, I have lost 33 inches around my waist and hips. My clothes went from size 42 to 36/38, and I’m living a new lifestyle. I’ve moved away from what I would call a food addiction. I enjoy everything I eat now, especially simple food and spices, after a long period of feeling bad every time I ate.
3. What changes did you implement both dietary and with regard to your workouts?
Most significantly, I stopped eating irregularly and all the time: when passing by a bakery with the great aroma of baked goods, or a whole bowl of nuts, when feeling stressed, bored, frustrated or very happy. The dangerous link between mood and food was disconnected, to my great relief. Every morning, I did a workout, no matter what the weather or the time schedule. I wouldn’t say that the change was too hard. I didn’t feel hungry or deprived from food. The hardest was my anxiety about whether I will succeed. After three, four days I started noticing the first good signs, such as not needing sweets, and I experienced euphoria.
4. Tell us about a typical week – what workouts do you do and how do you eat?
I have breakfast, which I didn’t use to have. Three times daily I eat properly – actually, more than before I started this diet. I have a piece of fish or white meat with quite a lot of cooked vegetables and/or salad. In between, there are two snacks, it can be a fruit, ten nuts, or a coffee. Twice a week I ‘cheat’ with a glass of wine or a muffin, a piece of cake on my birthday. I make sure to perform a workout every day, even if it is the 7 minute-routine Ariane gave me, or before a lecture or catching a plane.
5. You give lectures and travel quite a bit. How do you succeed on the road?
I take with me cut up vegetables, e.g. cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, a bag with hazelnuts, sometimes cottage cheese and a piece of dark bread/pumpernickel, when I know that no shops will be available at the destination. During lectures, I take a break for the snack. In restaurants, I only order and eat dishes prepared without flour and dairy. I have had to return salads with mayonnaise and so-called grilled fish, which was really fried and breaded a few times. Following this system has become my nature now, and it gives me incredible freedom – all my nice new clothes fit and getting dressed is a pleasure.
I posted Leonie’s picture on Facebook the other day and people gave her loads of kudos for looking so great and making amazing progress. Let’s see where Leonie takes this.
If you’re interested in setting up a one-on-one with me, don’t hesitate to contact me. We’ll spend an hour addressing your specific goals, your nutritional needs, your health issues and I’ll teach you all you need to know to create the changes you want.