My husband and I had been trying unsuccessfully for several years to start our family. Despite having every test imaginable done on us, the doctors could not find any reason that we couldn’t conceive. My cycles have always been very irregular, and I suspected that was the culprit. I decided that the extra 30 pounds I was carrying around couldn’t be helping either, so I decided to get healthy. There was one slight problem. I am a yo-yo dieter. I have tried every fad and every pill. I’ve done those shake diets and tried calorie counting, points counting and even tried eating food delivered to my door (yuck), but the weight never stayed off. My problem was the “diet experts” said "eat this and you will lose weight." But I never knew why I was losing, and more importantly I was never given the tools to keep it off in the long run.
I decided this time that I was going to focus on eating healthier on my own with fruits, veggies, whole grains and proteins. Isn’t that what we are supposed to eat? I downloaded a food diary and started tracking what I ate. The diary calculated a certain amount of calories for me to eat daily, so I followed that and very, very slowly I lost a few pounds.
A great customer at my work was starting a run club at Life Time Fitness, and she asked me and my co-workers if we would like to sign up. Now, I have never run a day in my life, but I liked that it was inexpensive and I didn’t actually have to commit to the gym to join the club. She also mentioned there would be informational meetings after the run sessions that were free, so I decided to join.
After my very first run session, my friends mentioned there would be a nutritional meeting after the run that they wanted to check out, so I tagged along. The meeting was run by Jason Barry, one of Life Time’s dietitians and personal trainers. During the meeting I realized something: I had tried every diet under the sun trying to find something that worked for me, but I never thought to seek out help from someone who actually knew what they were talking about. LIGHTBULB! I jotted down Jason’s email address, and the following week I had my first meeting with him. He gathered lots of information about me including our difficulty with conception and my eating habits. He suggested I try a few things, like focusing on eating lower carb meals and beginning to remove gluten from my diet. He gave me links to informational articles, research, and podcasts that outlined the benefits of eating this way. I was so excited. Not only could I lose weight but also learn how to take control of my eating so it wasn’t just a flash in the pan but something I could follow for the rest of my life. He had given me the information that I needed for it all to make sense.
I signed up for 6 sessions with Jason and started learning more and more about low carb and gluten free eating. I absolutely loved it. I searched the Internet for new and exciting recipes to try, and each night I was making something awesome. I didn’t feel like I was dieting at all. It was actually fun! After the change in my diet, I started to not only lose weight, but I started to get my cycles on a monthly basis (a huge deal for me). Each session, Jason would give me more tools and more information to address any issues I was having (heart burn, trouble sleeping etc.). It was so awesome to be able to get real solid answers about my nutrition and health. Three months later I was down 20 pounds and - to our great surprise - my husband and I found out we are expecting….TWINS! I know that without Jason’s nutritional guidance my husband and I would have turned to fertility treatments in hopes of starting our family. Turns out we needed someone in our corner to help us focus not just on losing weight but on getting healthy the right way! Thank you, Jason Barry and Life Time Fitness!