“When in doubt, choose change.”
– Lily Leung
Looking for some inspiration to keep plugging away at your health and wellness goals? Look no further because this week I have an inspiring story of transformation for you.
I first met my client Etienne on January 22nd 2019 at the Ottawa Athletic Club. At that time he weighed 260 lbs and was feeling sluggish and down on himself – and he wasn’t too happy about it. He admitted that he’d reached a breaking point with his health and what he’d been trying was no longer working. It was truly time to make a change.
What’s fascinating about Etienne is that he’s an ex-military man with a history of regular exercise. At one stage of his life he was training for a marathon, and at another he was powerlifting like a bodybuilder – all of this is despite having spine surgery, knee surgery and the removal of his colon as a result of colitis.
Throughout our initial discussion, it was clear that Etienne was willing to do whatever it took to achieve his health and fitness goals. But my sense was that he needed a different approach – an approach that was more holistic and sustainable for the long term. This approach would have to be one that could accommodate his history of surgeries and, most importantly, one that would revamp his nutritional habits. After a thorough fitness and nutritional consultation, we were able to identify several key areas that Etienne could significantly improve in his diet. Here’s a glimpse of there things I advised Etienne to do:
- Start his day with 2-3 eggs cooked in grass fed butter with a slice of organic sourdough. Etienne opted for a rye loaf which is dense and delicious. He gets his loaf and eggs from the local farmers market near his house which is also great for his community wellbeing.
- Eat more beets, carrots and sweet potatoes as his main vegetables
- Because Etienne runs his own business, he’s always on the go. So I advised him to make these date balls to have on hand for a quick, satiating snack
With new-found clarity and focus, he hit the ground running and he hasn’t looked back. The guy you see in the picture above is the new vibrant and more energetic Etienne weighing in at 223lbs (that’s a 37lbs change!). At this point, we can now refine his health goals even more, but what’s great is that Etienne achieved his results simply by creating good habits performed day in and day out – no fad diets, no quick-fix workouts – just education, accountability and lots of determination.