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It's here: The homestretch, and Lisa Renwick, 37, looks great and feels even better. She's got tons more energy, is optimistic about the future, and has picked up a few tips along the way. Below, she reveals what she learned over the last six months.Her Diet
What worked: Eating balanced meals and snacks
"I stopped eating my kids' leftovers and started combining protein, fat, and carbs at all meals. Cindy Sherwin, RD, my dietitian, devised this strategy, and I don't feel deprived or hungry between meals."
What didn't: Making seafood at home
"Cindy said adding more variety to my diet would help me avoid temptation. Enter the fish: Don't get me wrong, I like fish, but cooking it -- the prep work, the smell -- just seemed like too much trouble. Instead, I'll have a tuna sandwich for lunch and order sushi for dinner."
What worked: Adding in strength workouts and Pilates
"My body has its limits, but Leslie Rice Hart, my trainer, tailors workouts around how I feel. My arms are looking toned, and I got my waist back! It's exciting to see such a dramatic difference."
What didn't: Superintense cardio
"Jumping jacks and jumping rope was too hard on my entire body. For now, combining weights and cardio is a routine I can live with. And I love Pilates; it's great to focus once a week on core strength."
What worked: Setting new goals
I feel empowered by my sessions with Lois Barth, my life coach, and I've taken more initiative to pursue my passions. Like my blog: I actually enrolled in a class that teaches people how to be better bloggers. I also want to learn to speak in public more confidently, so I'm looking into joining Toastmasters. That's the great thing about losing weight and improving my lifestyle: It makes me want to succeed in other areas as well!"
What didn't: Being too hard on myself
"Lois is always telling me that I'm my own worst critic, and she's right. Like the other day: I had a pastry craving, and I was really beating myself up about it. I went to the convenience store to get one, but at the last second, I grabbed a chocolate peppermint Lunabar instead. I felt better knowing I'd made a healthier choice."
|Weight||150 lb.||134 lb.|
|Left to lose||20 lb||4 lb.|
My Goals This Month
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, December 2006.