My goal is to share with you, via conversations, pictures and testimonials, that body change can happen in a responsible and sustainable way.
These conversations, pictures and testimonials are from REAL women. Not one of them followed the same "plan" as the other, because they are all as different on the inside as they are on the outside. They range in ages, activity levels, food preferences. They have different social calendars, work responsibilities, stressors, etc...
Yet, they were all able to get great results WITHOUT following another diet. WITHOUT white knuckling their way through another 30 day challenge, giving up entire food groups, or obsessively weighing and measuring everything they put in their mouth.
Creating ANY type of change in any area of our lives certainly takes work! But I am here to prove to you (by sharing my client's stories) that it if you put the right work in for YOU, it is possible to live your life, lose fat, and get the results you desire, WITHOUT losing your mind.
They say that a picture's worth a thousand words! Check out these before and after photos from REAL WOMEN who have been living the LEAN Life!
I signed up for one on one coaching because I knew that I was hitting a point where I was going in the wrong direction on the scale. After having 3 children in 3 ½ years I did lose significant weight and worked hard at it, I wasn’t ready to throw that all away.
I was struggling with the accountability piece. When Covid hit and gyms closed I was no longer with my gym girls and I missed this very much. I appreciated Keri’s no BS responses and her honesty (totally kept me in check).
I definitely had my moments of frustration where the scale was hitting a plateau in my opinion.
The “stay the course” check in was what worked most with me.
Although I am definitely a numbers girl and want to see the scale move the measurements that I took from the beginning and the progress pictures have turned out to be one of my best indicators along with shopping for new jeans!
As someone who would normally work out regularly at a gym during the week I felt this program reminded me to step back and realign priorities. I was reminded that it is completely important to have your diet in check first and then getting my 10,000 steps a day (was hugely different for me) and then I would add in a work out if the day permitted. Keri reminded me that like her I had three children and they were not an excuse. My kids actually would workout alongside me some days… they are my accountability partners!
In terms of the food piece, what I had never done in the past was actually try to measure my protein intake and I think that that in and of itself has been a game changer. The fact that nothing is “off limits” makes this sustainable and I’m confident I can continue.
My food issues started as far back as I can remember, my first diet I was about 12 years old, and then that cycle of on a diet off a diet up and down on my weight. Emotionally always gauging my “goodness” by my weight or my eating. The earliest “diet chart” I remember I was 123 lbs at 5’8” tall. I wanted to lose 5 lbs and reward myself with a new pair of jeans. My dieting got me topped out at 230 lbs and so confused as to what was good what was bad. So as you can see I came to Keri with a good 44+ years of negative tapes and behaviors in my head.
I never had to pay attention to my diet before. I always worked out hard and pushed myself, but after having my first baby at 40 and my second baby a year later, my priorities shifted and I couldn’t spend the same amount of time exercising like I used to.
I needed a program that was designed for my lifestyle - because it’s not changing anytime soon.
Even though I had been in Keri’s coaching program and knew what to do, I needed the accountability from her to help hold myself accountable because on my own I wasn’t seeing any results.
I learned so much about what I need to do to reach my goals. I never felt restricted at all, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get frustrated with how slow the process takes.
I’ve learned patience throughout the process for sure. I probably would’ve given up numerous times if I didn’t have Keri there reminding me that slow progress IS progress.
I had been working out regularly, trying to watch what I was eating, but I just wasn’t seeing any results.
I really felt like I had tried everything. I don’t think I was overeating, but I was not prioritizing protein and that was a game changer for me.
I also started taking more rest days, focused more on Keri’s strength training workouts and SLEEP!
I feel so much better. I feel more in control and have SO much more TIME since I’m not spending so much time doing group exercise classes at the gym.
I’ve lost 8 pounds and my clothes fit better, but I just really feel better overall. It’s been great, and the best part is that I’m confident that it is absolutely something I can sustain.
I was pretty average weight, sure I could lose a few pounds but I was comfortable enough with my body. I *thought* I knew how to eat right, I just wasn’t willing to follow a strict diet required to lose weight.
I also went to boot camp/boxing/orange theory/pilates/spin/yoga classes almost everyday.
Every night after dinner I would eat dessert, a snack the other ½ of the dessert, another portion of the snack, repeat until I went to bed and tell myself that “my diet starts tomorrow.”
I couldn’t make myself stop the cycle. I joined Keri 1:1 seeking help breaking that evening snacking habit (which I thought was my only issue).
At the end of the 1:1 time with Keri, I felt like I’d let her down a bit because my scale weight had barely budged… shouldn’t it have budged without all those dumb empty calories at night?
Regardless, I was excited to have quit night snacking, established a home workout routine that I was excited about and feeling stronger and seeing body composition changes from (not to mention it gave me back HOURS of time every week compared to my old routine of getting to/from hour long classes).
I gained the knowledge and momentum to build better smarter habits. I no longer beat myself up for missteps or binge at night or act like I’ll never have access to a delicious food again so I must consume every last morsel.
If I do overeat I take notice of what happened, and try to grow from it and not repeat the behavior. I have taken it so slowly, day by day, sometimes meal by meal, but now, seven or so months later I actually weigh seven or so pounds less.
My experience has been eye opening and Keri helped me change my approach with the food I consume and my thinking. I'm now conscious and eager to be in a growth mindset, and am so grateful to Keri for kick-starting that!
I signed up for Keri’s one on one 12 week nutrition program and I could not be happier with my results.
I am a mother of 2 teenage boys and work full time sitting at a desk. I had been strength training for 5 years 2-3 times a week and although I felt strong, I wasn’t at the weight I wanted to be at.
I tried all the fad diets and none of them worked for me. I finally reached out to Keri to inquire about her 1 on 1 nutrition program and it was one of the best decisions I ever made!
I’m down 18 pounds since September! Keri provided me with the information and tools I needed to start this journey. She helped me realize what needed to change and what needed to be implemented to be successful and stay consistent.
I learned I can still eat what I want but I need to prioritize my protein and pay attention to my overall intake.
The most important thing I took away from this program is that you really have to want to do this and implement what you learn.
What I learned will continue to keep me on track, they are invaluable tools. For me, the one good take away from the Covid pandemic is that I got to work from home which allowed me flexibility to get more movement outside of my workouts, which was a huge factor of my fat loss.
I really can’t say enough of Keri’s program. It is simple but yet so effective. She shares so much education and information and is so supportive to work with.
Why did you sign up for 1:1 coaching?
I have tried many different diets/fitness plans and some were successful, some weren’t. When they were successful, they were always short lived. As soon as I went back to normalcy and stopped following the plan, I would revert back to where I started, or worse.
This created a cycle of feeling bad if I wasn’t following a rigid set of rules.
Such a battle all the time!
I was interested in finding a coach who could guide me through this to a healthier way of reaching my goals and maintaining them - both in nutrition and fitness.
How was this program different from others you’ve tried?
First of all there weren’t strict rules.
I was able to make choices with some guiding concepts such as trying to eat protein with every meal and paying attention to when I was actually hungry instead of just wanting something.
This helped me from allowing one choice to excuse a million other choices, such as I ate Chick-fil-a for dinner so I might as well have that chocolate cake at home, go out to brunch tomorrow, have all the snacks at the pool party, etc.
Instead, I had Chick-fil-a, it was really delicious, I really enjoyed it, and I’m going to go back to all the good habits that make it okay to enjoy that every once and awhile. It seems to break the cycle.
Can you share your results?
I learned, most importantly, to be less emotional and all in or all out.
It taught me to make good choices without the guilt aspect.
I lost 15 lbs and I think in a much healthier way than I have before.
I am continuing to use what I learned to keep me on track two months later. I would definitely recommend this program. It really helps change perspectives and the help of having accountability and someone to bounce questions off of and get recommendations from is so helpful. I was able to reflect on decisions I made the weekend before and Keri gave me actual suggestions for how to manage a situation in the future to make better decisions. I am a fan!
Why did you sign up for 1:1 coaching?
What finally made me sign up was my desire to find a healthier lifestyle, lose weight I had gained over the past 4 or so years, and to stop my endless cycle of dieting.
I had tried everything from Dukan to Atkins to Keto. I would stick to the diets for anywhere from a week to a month then crave something I “couldn’t have” and that would be my downfall.
I wasn’t necessarily over weight, but I had gained close to 20 pounds over the last few years.
Initially, I just accepted this is what happens at this age in my life. But, I had read a number of previous 1:1 clients’ testimonials about how they managed to lose weight even during perimenopause.
It was just time for me to make a change.
How was this program different from others you’ve tried?
The biggest way this program was different for me is that you can eat whatever you want.
I didn’t feel like there were any food restrictions. I could have a latte, pizza, cheese, even a piece for cake. All these other diets do not allow that.
In the past, I would fail with my weight loss efforts because the diets I tried were too restrictive.
Keri taught me that this is all about choices.
If I am going to have a piece of cake at night, maybe I skip the ltte in the morning or switch from a medium latte to a small.
Kerie also taught me that calories matter. On my previous diets, I felt you could eat as much as you want as long as it was certain foods. In retrospect, I was probably overeating on those diets.
Can you share your results?
I lost 12 pounds over 12 weeks and I’ve dropped two pants sizes.
I have 5-10 pounds to go to get to where I’d like to be but I definitely have the strategies in place now to do that.
I am so happy with my results.
All I’ve heard is how hard it is to lose weight during perimenopause.
Truthfully, this wasn’t all that hard.
I just had to change my mindset, make better choices and move more. I told my husband all the time that I never felt as though I was “dieting”.
As a 53 year old woman with 4 adult kids and in the beginnings of menopause, I suddenly found myself gaining weight and frustratingly not able to lose it as quickly as I used to.
Exercise was a big part of my life and was not something i needed motivation for, however I started questioning if I was approaching it the right way. Keri was very helpful in teaching me about how hormones and too much cardio is stressful on the body of someone my age.
Heavy weights and strength training with just walking and moving were more Beneficial. I truly appreciated Keri's approach regarding diet. It's all about being aware of what and how much you are eating (especially protein) but without feeling deprived. I loved how she encouraged me that it's ok to eat something decadent while being mindful about eating less of something else. Her encouragement to journal what I ate every day was the perfect tool in managing my food intake. Seeing it written down was really helpful in keeping me accountable .
Keri is an amazing coach. I enjoyed our check -ins and her comments on my food choices were helpful and supportive. Her approach is about sustainability and getting rid of the "I'll start again on Monday" way of dieting. I lost 9 pounds, which on my small frame is a lot for me. I am now in a great mindset of eating well and I feel great.
Keri and my 1:1 coaching experience has truly been life changing!!
My name is Michelle Jarvis I am a 56 year old Nannie of 9, I am full time RVr which means I live in a 35 ft box on wheels with my husband traveling around this US of A.
I hear people say what a struggle vacation is, my life IS a vacation. By vacation I mean, always in a new place wanting to try out new resturants, no gym membership or regular routine and very social. The only routine is that no matter where you are in any campground across the country, happy hour is at 4 pm. Eat, drink and be merry!
My food issues started as far back as I can remember, my first diet I was about 12 years old, and then that cycle of on a diet off a diet up and down on my weight. Emotionally always gauging my “goodness” by my weight or my eating. The earliest “diet chart” I remember I was 123 lbs at 5’8” tall. I wanted to loose 5 lbs and reward myself with a new pair of jeans. My dieting got me topped out at 230 lbs and so confused as what was good what was bad. So as you can see I came to Keri with a good 44+ years of negative tapes and behaviors in my head.
She explained about lifestyle changes, about mindset, I thought I have heard this but then I thought what if I do this 1:1 then my coach comes with me no matter where I am for the next 6 months. 6 MONTHS! Never in my life had I done any one eating or excercising for 6 months. But I decided I’m in, I’m going to do what the voice on the other end of the phone, email, says. I officially signed up on April 11!
I have to say it has been truly life changing. I have put my trust in the lifestyle change and the process and Keri and it’s working.
The more important thing is that for the first time food is NOT ruling or consuming my every waking moment. I am not"off" or "on" I am living, I can make intentional decisions regarding food, and even if I choose the less heather option, through her coaching I come to be more steady as one time does not make it a lifetime. My hormones are more balanced, my emotions are more level and I am really a much happier person all around.
I do not have a weight goal, as to me that would signal an "end of a diet" instead i have the excitement and expectation of what my God given weight will settle to by feeding it a healthy diet. I plan on adding some consistent exercise in soon to work on strength and firming.
Hope my story has helped someone, this life is a journey I am forever Grateful our paths crossed from the bottom of my heart thank you, Keri!
Someone asked me what my "ah-ha" moment was during this process, and honestly, I think it was just that you wouldn't let me quit.
I've started and stopped so many times in the past and this time I just kept showing up. I've learned that this is so much more about mindset than it is about food. I've learned how to balance my beach days, vacations, and the holidays all while getting stronger and leaner and not feeling like I was missing out on anything.
I've not only been able to maintain my loss, I'm continuing to see my body change through strength training and lifting weights I NEVER thought possible."
It's definitely from changes in diet and overall mindset with your guidance. This is probably the LEAST I've exercised in recent years. I've also learned how to survive social outings without "falling off the wagon".
It feels very much like a life - I'm just more informed and accountable.
The past 6 months have been so eye opening.
I’ve learned that fat loss is not just about the food or exercise it’s about getting out of your own head and learning how to change your inner dialogue. That was, and still is, the most challenging part for me. Don’t get me wrong at the beginning changing a few of my eating habits was the hard part, but once I got past that, it was always me and the story I would tell myself that hung me up.
6 months later I still catch myself doing it but because of Keri's guidance, I’ve gotten so much better about changing the outcome.
I went from working out 5 days a week doing crazy cardio, CrossFit and spin classes, to walking at a comfortable pace and weight lifting 2-3 times a week and I have NEVER in my life felt better in my body. I can’t thank you enough for all of your knowledge and encouragement.
I've tried every diet under the sun.
Honestly, they still grab my attention every now and then, but what I finally realize after working 1:1 with Keri is that although they work during the 21 or 30 days, they're not sustainable.
They never taught me how to do date night, or vacations with my family. I didn't learn how to listen to my body, or how to balance my hormones. I learned how to follow a list of rules and that was it.
At 44 I feel the best I've ever felt, both physically and mentally. Last summer I wore a bikini for the first time without feeling the need to lie flat the whole time ha!
I've realized, with Keri's help, that this is a lifelong journey. I always circle back to her because her approach is realistic and sustainable and she doesn't forbid me from eating or drinking the things I love (like my wine).
I've learned to create my own program through awareness and practice and that I don't have to be perfect to get results.
Where do I start?
Keri you have completely changed the way I think. From the food I put in my body, my mindset, and the way I exercise.
It's been a few years since I've started in your LEAN Life group and it certainly hasn't been perfect, but you've shown me that thats ok.
You have given me the tools I need to be a healthier ME! I'm always learning and excited to see what is in store for me this year with you.
"Sooo I just want to say thank you again & sorry for the long message! This past year I feel Iike I have learned so much! I wish I could yell at my 18-29 year old self and I wish I would have appreciated my body a little more! I honestly have never been so comfortable with my body in my whole life. I still struggle, but this is by far the closest I've come. I have learned so much from you, but the main thing I have taken away from this group is confidence. Even in college when I was wayyy too skinny and over exercising I would wear shorts over my bathing suit because I thought my legs looked fat and I thought everyone would notice now, I don't cover my legs up & I don't care about what other people might say about me-because I'm happy with myself!
You're the best!
“OK There is roughly about 4 weeks between the pictures. I know this sounds so corny, but I have ALWAYS ALWAYS been a yo yo dieter/binge eater, and I think the biggest change I made was not thinking I had to be "all or nothing." I tried to cut out most anything processed, because after ACTUALLY listening to my hunger, energy and cravings like you recommend, I realized I truly become a woman possessed after having anything really sugary or carby. I haven't felt deprived though, because I eat my dark chocolate squares and almond butter everyday (as opposed to a froyo w 10 lbs of toppings...that would inevitably lead me to want to consume everything else in sight, too). I have also been lifting heavier weights and not cardio-ing (just walking w my Fitbit). I haven't seen a huge difference on the scale (only like 5 or 6 lbs), but that's another change I've been TRYING to make: not living and dying by the scale. It's hard! I'm trying to trust the good advice you give in the group/the process in general. Ie: thinking, "It's a lifestyle" as opposed to "I need to lose 25 lbs by October 31st. And if I DON'T, I might as well eat EVERY THING and curl in a ball and die. Poor me." Thank you so much!
I wanted to send you my before and afters. I have to admit that I don't have the time right now to work out as much as I would like but just by changing my eating habits it had changed my body this much!!”
I couldn't be happier with my results! My family and friends shower me with compliments! Who doesn't love that!?! They know how hard I am working at changing my lifestyle and it was nice that they see the results too.
My clothes fit a lot better now! I am confident when I wear tighter shirts and don't see a muffin top sitting on top of my pants!
The biggest change I think was my overall confidence in myself. I feel better and that makes me want to keep going and work even harder at the gym. Now that program is over, I am still working out 4 days a week and keeping to good prep schedule. I couldn't be happier with the results!
"I started working with Keri in September 1:1 for the nutritional coaching. I have always eaten pretty healthy, but was stuck. I had gained a lot of weight during pregnancy and could never get all of it off. I dieted, did cleanses, and was still stuck. I knew I was doing something wrong and needed help. Thankfully, I heard about Keri and I am so happy that I did. She helped me figure out what I doing wrong and make the much needed changes I need to lose the unwanted fat. I was not eating enough, and especially not enough protein, not the right combination of things and too much sugar. I immediately made the necessary changes she recommended. I also included 3 strength training sessions a week with the help of her videos. I feel great and am learning how to control cravings and how to monitor my hunger, energy and cravings. I have worked really hard to fix all of these eating habits and love the results! Thank you, Keri"
Stephanie, Age 46
"When I signed up to do the 15 day challenge last year, I thought I would do the challenge as a way to lose the weight I gained over the holidays and “restart” from there. But, something strange happened - I saw results from those 2 weeks and decided to keep with it. Now, I’ve been on a diet since I was 14 yrs old. Always trying cut down, count calories, track points, measure food, etc. I would lose weight and then slowly, but surely, put it back on. My exercise regimen consisted of 40 minutes on the elliptical and weight training on the equipment at the gym, and I would beat myself up if I didn’t do that at least 3x a week.
Coming to the realization that I didn’t need to be on a diet, that making small changes to my everyday eating can make a difference was eye opening. But what really changed for me was how I looked at exercise. I still try to go to the gym at least 3x a week, but now I am exercising so much smarter than I ever was. I can honestly say that I feel like I work out less than I was before, but have seen results that I’ve never seen in my life.
I’m not the lowest weight I’ve been in my life, but I’m in the best shape I’ve even been and have honestly never looked better."
When people ask me what I “did”, I just tell them I’m living the LEAN life. 😉 Thank you!
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