Congratulations to Julie Giorgi for her amazing 12-week transformation! Julie was diligent about hitting her numbers and making some very challenging situations not derail her from her goal AND those "sacrifices" have paid off for her! So proud of the work she's put into this! Thank you Julie.....continued success to you!
Lost 9.4 pounds
Lost 7.6% body fat
Gained 3.8% muscle
Lost 7 years in body age!
Lost 3 inches - waist
Lost 4.25 inches - hips
Lost 2 inches - chest
What was your expectation prior to starting the program?
I had dabbled in counting macros on my own for 8 weeks. I successfully lost 7 lbs by following the numbers an online calculator gave me; however I didn't know what to do with the numbers to get the outcome I had envisioned in my head. I was scared I would become too skinny or lose muscle. Luckily, Cindy and Diane came to IRCF for a TCL Nutrition workshop. They won me over that I wanted to further this macro journey with them.
I explained to Cindy that I had this extra layer of weight that I felt was hiding the body I desired. I was familiar with counting and tracking my numbers, so once I started with the numbers Cindy gave me, I began to see my weight drop immediately. I started this right about the time the Opens started and I truly believe the improvement on my nutrition allowed me to perform at a higher level than I had been. Around the seventh week people began to notice the changes as well. I am not known for my endurance and now I was running for enjoyment and my pace in workouts had improved. I did not feel as though I was always gasping for air. Through the entire process, I trusted each of the weeks that Cindy changed my numbers and that it was moving me in the direction I wanted. All I had to do was hit the numbers.
What are some of the most powerful lessons you are walking away with?
I think one of the most important thingsI learned is that the moment is NOW, take it. I was always telling myself I was going to get my nutrition on track. In the spring, I will start. Spring would come around and there were so many special events that I would tell myself you only live once go enjoy yourself. Then summer would come and what's better than a nice cold one with friends. I am sure you see this pattern. I just kept pushing it further and further away which continued to even add those pounds along with it. I even got to the point where I said I will do it when my husband deploys so when he comes home, there would be this whole new me. It was my husband who told me to do this. NOW was the time for me. I am so glad that I did for so many reasons. For one, I am so much more confident and Jim saw my dedication day in and day out. I believe he fell more in love with me as he watched my dedication to this program and to myself. I am in a great place now, and I get to share that with him NOW, not next year.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I think the most difficult thing for me during this was the comments from people on why I wasn't drinking or why I was so meticulous when ordering meals at a restaurant. The pressure of what others were thinking and even saying was extremely uncomfortable for me. But somewhere on this journey, I got to the point where I was like really?? The food that I put in my body effects me. What I eat has nothing to do with anyone but me. They can eat whatever they want and what I eat does not effect them. This was huge for me because the pressure I felt was enormous, especially when I chose not to drink. Now with the results that I have, those same people are talking more about how they are impressed with my will power.