Rochelle Rae’s Healthy Transformation Story

Rochelle Rae's Healthy Transformation Story

HI, my name is Rochelle.  My spouse and I own and operate a corporate learning and business growth company, and I have two children (ages 16 and 22 years old).

During My High School Years…

During my high school years, I was a competitive swimmer.  I trained five days a week in the water, three hours a day, in addition to weekly cardio and strength training sessions.   My coach registered me for weekend swim meets and triathlons often.   During these years I was told to “carb load” the night before an event, and to follow the Canada Food Guide to ensure I was eating healthy.  This was my nutritional model for years.

Women swimming

I never had a weight problem until my pregnancy with my first born in 1994.  After her birth, my family Doctor recommended that I lose weight and referred me to Weight Watchers.  Fortunately, the experience was positive and I lost all the desired weight, however over time, I regained it all back and more.

This was the beginning of my weight gain and loss struggles for the next 22 years, which drove me to seek out “new programs” to help me, such as:

Weight Watchers

Personal Trainers

LA Weightloss

Jenny Craig

Michael Thurmond

Food Addicts Anonymous

Ideal Protein

The Anderson Method

Bernstein

Slim Well

I Was Extremely Frustrated

Before hearing about Healthy Transformations, I was extremely frustrated because I had invested a lot of money and time into these programs without getting sustainable results.  My family doctor kept telling me to eat less and exercise more, and to make matters worse, I had lost all enjoyment or desire to exercise.  It seemed like one more chore to do amidst all my other responsibilities and demands of life.

Frustrated Woman

My situation seemed hopeless because I didn’t know where to turn or who to trust.  I began believing that genetics were responsible for my weight problem and I had to “accept myself the way I was” and come to terms the negative physical and mental health, social, and financial consequences that go along with a weight problem.

I Am Persistent and Don’t Give Up Easily

Thankfully I am persistent and don’t give up easily, so I reflected on what my past failed attempts taught me to figure out that what I needed which is a program that would meet teach me about my body; its physiological processes and my mind; to better understand how to break the negative habits that were holding me back from success.  I also realized I needed the help and support of real professionals, compared to hired staff or volunteers with no science background in nutrition or behavioral coaching.

I Was Guided To The Healthy Transformations Free Info Session

I believe in the law of attraction and confident I was guided to the Healthy Transformations free information session on Eventbrite in October of 2016 which my spouse and I attended.  I was immediately impressed by the knowledge and unique perspectives that each Dr. Breen and Christopher brought to the Healthy Transformation program.  I believed there was hope and that if I could better understand how to eat an anti-inflammatory diet and work on changing the behaviors that weren’t serving me anymore, then I could experience freedom.

When I started the Healthy Transformations program, I was at my highest weight, 225 pounds and experienced many health concerns such as osteoarthritis, heartburn, fatigue, and cravings.  I frequently over consumed food and alcohol, I was quick tempered, irritable, anxious, and experienced mood swings.

Eight months later, I weigh 187 pounds (38 pounds less) and I am no longer complaining about the health or behavioral concerns that I experienced at the start.  My family Doctor is so impressed with my annual physical results that he is asking me what I am doing!

…they Are Tremendous Resources

Dr. Breen and Christopher are tremendous resources and guides to help you along your weight loss and lifestyle management journey.  They have been there for me each step of the way, answering any questions or addressing any concerns I’ve had.  They are both empathetic, non-judgemental, and encouraging.  But most importantly to me they are knowledgeable, they educate me, and they are passionate about their respective subject matters.

Do The Work and Trust The Process

Healthy food
Eating the Healthy Transformations way!

There is so much to learn, so I am happy the program is 12 months long.  I now know time and consistently applying the knowledge gained, and practicing the behavioral skills taught, is how the magic happens.  The process takes dedication and courage.  It’s not sexy…. but it will make you sexy!  The truth is this program will transform you if you show up, do the work, and trust the process.  You can’t fail if you execute on what you learn.  This is something I take comfort in and I celebrate!

How Have I Been Transformed?

How have I been transformed?  Well, I can better self regulate now, and I know how to support my body, so in turn it can support me.  I feel more connected to my food and have developed a new relationship with it. I am curious about foods nutritional value and how it can support or harm my body.  I have a greater respect for my body and listen to what it is telling me.  I also am way more aware of my thoughts and emotions and have greater control over them instead of them controlling me.  I now bring the best of me to whatever situation I am in, and I am more aware and better connected to those and the environment around me.

I hope my experience as a Healthy Transformation student will help you realize IT IS POSSIBLE to achieve greater health and happiness (and as Dr. Breen reminds us muscle mass and range of motion…LOL) if only you commit to take the first steps, everything else will fall into place.

All the best along your learning and weight loss journey.  This is the beginning of the rest of your life!

~ Rochelle Rae

Why Don’t Other Programs Work Long-Term?

Christopher Lawrence with the Healthy Transformations Program. Folks, I once met an amazing business coach who said “if you’re not gonna sell yourself, “no one’s gonna do it for you “so you better learn to sell yourself”. So this is a little bit of me selling the Healthy Transformations Program. And why I absolutely 100% think it’s superior to anything else on the market right now in terms of weight loss, inflammation reduction, food modification, behavioral change, that kinda thing. And actually that, right there, says it. Because no other program is so focused on all of those things together. There’s two experts in this program. Myself, and Dr. Mike Breen. We bring different aspects. I focus a lot of behavioral change modification, habit change. Dr. Breen focuses a lot on food, food science, that kinda thing. We have incredible success with our program. The reason why it works, is because we really focus on both aspects of eating correctly and changing the mind if we cannot change the mind, then, you know, anybody can get you to lose weight. It’s keeping it off that’s the problem. And some of you, many of you, maybe even most of you watching this video have lost weight and put it back on again. And you’re saying “what the heck is happening, “what is wrong with me”? But there’s nothing wrong with you. It’s a very human thing. It’s a very difficult and frustrating thing. But it is fixable, and it takes time. And so our program takes the time that’s required to focus on behavioral change, behavioural modification, as well as food, food science, and everything from the microbiome of your gut and how that communicates with even things like your cravings. Like did you know that what you eat actually creates cravings, and it has to do with the bugs that are in your belly? It’s pretty interesting stuff.

You can learn more about that on our website: HealthyTransformations.ca or you can reach out to us directly. We do run a program. We only take, usually, between 24 to 30 participants a year max. And we only run it once a year. So the demand is a little bit high, but it’s always possible to get in. We would like you to get into the program. And if you’re not in the Calgary area, we would still like to know how we might be able to support where you are. We’re looking at maybe doing an online program. For this, we would love to hear back from you about that. But yeah, check in with us, like I said. Anybody can lose weight, it’s keeping it off that’s the problem. So if that’s been your journey, we want to hear from you. HealthyTransformations.ca My name is Christopher Lawrence, looking forward to hearing from you folks.

Relying on Motivation or Willpower

Hello team! It’s me, Christopher Lawrence with the Healthy Transformations Program. HealthyTransformations.ca. Why am I sitting in front of a fireplace? Well first of all, I started this all by myself. Didn’t even need a match. Talented! And if I turn it up, it sounds like my house is on fire! Do you hear that? Okay that’s- Slow down. So why am I in front of a fireplace and what does this have to do with weight loss and reducing inflammation? Well, there’s some of the obvious things like inflammation is like a fire and it burns in our body. But I’ll let Mike talk about those kinds of things. The good doctor Breen. What I would like to talk about is motivation versus- motivation and willpower versus- Oh, I lost my train of thought. Motivation and willpower versus behavioural change. So- What I want to talk about is motivation and willpower versus behavioural change.

So motivation is the thing that starts the fire. That’s willpower. It feels really good. It feels really good. The problem is that motivation is an emotion. That’s what it is. Have you ever felt one emotion your entire life forever? Me either. The answer is no. Our emotions change all the time. So how could we expect to stay motivated all the time? It doesn’t make sense. What we need to do- Sorry, my thighs are burning so bad right now! ‘Cause I’m kinda crouching on a couch to get this beautiful angle. Of my fire which just looks like burning white flames in this camera. Anyway. So we don’t want to rely on motivation because we haven’t had-because much like emotion, motivation is not sustainable. But what we do wanna rely on is habit change. Practicing habit change. So if you’re relying on motivation which feels good and you need to act on that motivation for sure. If you’re relying on it long term it actually doesn’t have a very good outcome. You have to rely on habit change. Practice. Being gritty. Making the hard choice. It totally sucks sometimes. But it’s totally one hundred percent possible for all of us to do it because you have somewhere in your life you’ve already done this. And we just wanna leverage that and keep working on it.

It’s not about throwing in the towel and saying “I’m failing again” it’s about saying “Geeze, this is practice and this is one of those times where practice feels hard”. One of the skills that I’m working on right now in my life is learning to play the piano. Eating correctly can be very much the same. There’s new skills involved. You know I make a lot of mistakes. I mean, learning one simple piece I might make hundreds of mistakes. And it gets frustrating sometimes, right? But we know when we’re learning a sport or an instrument or a new job that there’s gonna be some frustrating times. That we’re not gonna get it right away. Why would we expect anything different when we’re learning how to eat correctly? It’s not a straight path. Sometimes it’s a tangled web and a complete mess for a little while and it can be frustrating! Super frustrating. But we can get back on track and lean into it and keep going and going and going and making correct decisions until our average-ness of those decisions increases and increases and increases. Right? It’s not about “I ate a doughnut so I’m throwing it all in”. And it’s like, well you might for a day or two but maybe it’s only a day or two this time and not months. And so your average-ness of that correct choice, that correct behaviour is increasing, increasing. Give yourself a break, man. You deserve it. It’s hard to do this stuff sometimes. But, you know, you can have a team with you. You can create your own community or you can check us out at HealthyTransformations.ca. Myself and doctor Breen, we’ve got lots of information on there. we keep trying to put more information on there. It’s a big problem in our world. Incorrect eating. And you know what? We’re gonna change it. Just one person at a time. It’ll come slow, but it’s coming. Thanks very much, folks. Take care.

Words Matter

Hi folks, it’s Christopher Lawrence with the Healthy Transformations Program coming to you from Calgary, Alberta, healthytransformations.ca. Sometimes people ask me why I put so much emphasis on the words we use and how could that possibly relate to weight loss, reducing inflammation, and sustaining those goals over a long, extended period of time, maybe even your whole life. Well, actually, the reason why it matters is because the words that come out of your mouth are an indicator of what you’re thinking. And what you’re thinking is always an indicator of your belief system and your belief system, is related to your value system. And so, when you’re using certain words, there’s a whole bunch of things that you can check out on this, cognitive distortions is one, you can Google that, or you can check out neurolinguistic programming, or hypnolinguistics, and you’ll come to understand how words matter. And so, when we hear certain words, it can be an indicator of what you’re thinking, believing, feeling. And if we don’t address those things, it can be really hard to actually step into weight loss.

So here’s the thing about every other program on earth, is that they focus on the weight loss, they focus on the number, but what they don’t focus on is the lifestyle change. And people say it all the time. This isn’t just a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. I say B-S! I have heard people say that, but they do not understand what a lifestyle change means. Lifestyle change means that you might need to change your friends, your environment and almost always, the way you think. For us to sustain weight loss, and reduce inflammation, and eat correctly for the rest of our lives, we actually have to change how we think and what we say. We need to capture that. We need to change our mindset completely. So, like even the words that we use absolutely matter, because it’s an indicator of all that other stuff. If we don’t address that stuff, then what we have is a body that doesn’t match the brain and the heart. And so, we wanna get the brain and the heart fully stepping into the weight loss, just like the body has. This is why we encourage people, as soon as you start to loose weight, start to get rid of your old clothes. Get rid of those old clothes, get rid of ’em! And it’s like well, I might go back. Well, then you’re already planning to fail, right? So, we wanna make it as painful as possible to put weight back on, to increase inflammation, right? So, just a couple of tips and tricks there, but pay attention to the words that come out of your mouth, and how those might be helping you, or hindering you with weight loss. Christopher Lawrence, right here, HealthyTransformations.ca.

How Do I Help Someone Who Needs to Lose Weight?

Hi folks, Christopher Lawrence with healthytransformations.CA. I did wanna to talk to you about something just a little bit more serious today. I know some of you have friends and family who, you’re worried about, you’re worried about their health problems, you’re worried about inflammation in their body, you’re worried about their weight and it’s hard to talk to them about it. I’ve got a few folks in my family too and it’s hard to talk to them about it. And so I wanted to give you just a couple of tips about how you can talk to people about this. And the most authentic way that I have been able to do this is actually just being straightforward with compassion. So we call it, honesty with compassion. And we always talk about it from a place of concerns.

So I talk about it from the perspective that I care about you a lot. I love you and I’m concerned about your health. You are an influencer in my life. I look to you, you’re part of my support system. You’re part of my village. And when I see what’s happening with you, with your body, I’m concerned, I’m worried. And I wanted to know if we could have a conversation about that. Sometimes they’re going to say no, and if they say no, you say, okay, great, thank you. There’s nothing else for us to talk about and end the conversation, that’s all that you can do. Don’t push it. Nothing, Unless you’re doing an intervention, in which case you should probably have a professional there to do that. But otherwise you kind of come at it from the perspective of just compassion and, and if they say, okay, let’s talk about it, but I’m not going to change anything and talk about it. and stick to a place of facts. It’s like, I, I noticed that you ate three pizzas last night. and I don’t say that to be ridiculous because there are people who do , I noticed that you had three pizzas last night. That’s concerning to me. That’s not healthy. I noticed that there’s been some weight gain , right? So we try to stick to facts and then we talk about the concern and then, and then we make a request, So there’s this kind of really cool thing called nonviolent communication. You can check it out. I’m not going to teach it on this video, but you can check out nonviolent communication. There’s four simple steps to it, and you can even use that as an opportunity to prepare a conversation as well. Christopher Lawrence, healthytransformation.CA. Make sure you take care of your community, folks. Have a good one. Bye bye.

What Can Happen If You Don’t Eat Correctly…

Hello! Healthytransformations.ca is where I’m coming from, my name is Christopher Lawrence, and I bet your wondering what happens when this crazy guy screws up his food, like, cause you know, your all thinking Christopher’s so perfect! Nobody’s thinking that, they never have, but if your thinking jesus it seems so easy for this guy, its not actually. Sometimes I screw up. So, and sometimes, you know, its very delibrate for me, where I’m like I’m gonna change what I’m doing for a while cause I wanna see what happens. So I have this segment that I’m going to call, I’m going to have to look at my notes here, I guess Christophers stupid healthy- Christophers Stupid Health Experiments. So I’m going to talk about two of them, because that’s all there are and hopefully I’ve learned my lesson.

So I decided once that I wanted to know what would happen to my weight, like if I could actually make myself put 10 pounds on overnight or what would happen if I just ate whatever I wanted. So I did that for a week, I ate whatever I wanted for a week, and I did actually prove to myself that I can put 10 pounds on in a 24 hour period. So some of that would be food volume and water weight, inflammation, not necessarily fat on the body. It is possible. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, and also it was disgusting, because I felt gross. So here’s kinda the outcome of that. I got sick for six weeks, it took me six weeks to get my body back on track. I ended up with one of the worse colds that I’d ever had, and it just would not go away. So that was a challenge.

The second time I did this I thought I’m gonna change what I eat, I’m gonna eat some higher glycemic foods, but they’ll still be “healthy foods”, so I’m gonna focus on grains and potatoes and that kind of thing and I’m gonna eat lots of those for a while. So then I ended up with gout, if you don’t know what gout is its inflammation, or sorry, its a form of inflammation, its a form of arthritis. It comes in the form of uric crystals being stuck in your joints, and they can’t seem to get movement, and the place where they usually settle is in the joint of the big toe, which is where mine settled, and it took me actually a couple of months to move from it. But here’s the funny thing, gout, western medicine, I love western medicine, I have an incredible family doctor, their model says that gout comes from dehydration, it comes from alcohol, it comes from eating to much shellfish, there is a couple of other things, but I measure my water. I don’t drink less than 2 1/2 liters of water a day, usually its more. I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t eat shellfish. It also comes from eating too much red meat, but I don’t eat red meat either, which is not a healthy transformations program, I want to be clear, lots of those things are allowed in the program, I just don’t eat them for other reasons. So anything that kinda goes on the record of causing gout is not something that I do, or I’ve already done what’s preventative. Strange, right? So what we have come to learn is that gout is an inflammatory reaction, and is not just limited to the things that are listed, you know, on your short list of six items that might typically cause gout. Clearly, because I have it, and then, or experienced it anyway. Also I met somebody else who had gout and they said theirs was caused from chocolate, from the consumption of chocolate, which wouldn’t be typical at all. So even some things that we think might be benign can have an issue.

So this is what can happen when we don’t eat correctly, and its so easy for me to pinpoint because I eat correctly all the rest of the time and I actually don’t really get sick very often at all. Its very rare. Even if I get a cold its usually one or two days until its gone, max? Maybe max? Like, it doesn’t take much. So I can pinpoint very quickly that the dietary changes are contributing to other things in my life that might not be considered that way. So you might look at your health stuff and read some of these other blogs on healthytransformations.ca and learn about some of the impacts that food is having on your body that we might not actually relate to, health stuff. Take care! Healthytransformations.ca, Christopher Lawerance, Bye Bye.

Favorite Tactics for Behavioural Change

What are some of my favorite tactics for behavioural and habit change as it relates to food and weight loss and sustaining that forever? I know you’re dying to know. Christopher Lawrence Change, no sorry. Christopher Lawrence, that’s my other company. Christopher Lawrence Healthy Transformations dot CA. I wanna share with you what my favorite tactics are for behavioural change or habit change. And you can learn more about these too from a research article that was done by Angela Duckworth, who is one of my absolute favorite researchers on earth. She wrote an article called Willpower.. Nope sorry haha I know that word wasn’t it. It’s called Beyond Willpower, Beyond Willpower, Strategies for Reducing Failures of Self Control. That’s what it’s called. Whew, that’s a mouthful! So, these three things come from her research article. These are my three favorites, for myself what work for me. But there’s 22, 23 different tactics that you can try. One is called fresh start framing.

So fresh start framing is where we look at the next day, we do this all the time. Fresh start framing is like, oh this is a fresh start. So then we lean into changing the habit. The more we do that, the more likely we are to be successful with changing our food related behaviors. This is why smokers, on average, they need to try quit smoking? I don’t know if that makes sense. The cessation of smoking takes usually seven different attempts. It’s seven attempts to quit smoking I think. Shit, somebody help me with this! It takes, on average, seven attempts to quit smoking. So on average, somebody who’s trying to quit smoking, it might take them seven times to stop smoking. The same could be said of food. I don’t know how many times it is with food and changing food behaviours. I think food is very complex because we’re quite wrapped up in it, mentally, emotionally, physically, sometimes even spiritually for people.

So I like fresh start framing. It’s a fresh start. You see this all the time. New Years’, the number one goal for people is weight loss at New Year’s. But only 8% of people who set a New Year’s resolution for weight loss actually achieve it although on our program it’s much higher, significantly higher because we focus so much on behavioural change and correct science, that’s really important too. Fresh start framing can be the first of every month, it can be every Monday morning, it could be the next day. And guess what, It can even be just your next meal. So just because you started your day with a donut doesn’t mean the rest of the day is shot. We think that it is though, we fall off the rails. At lunch we’re having a bag of chips or maybe we’re eating a burger or whatever. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have a fresh start framing right now. One of my ways of doing that is actually by getting new stationary. I know it sounds really weird but I love really colorful pens. And I love new, oh I’m dropping them everywhere. Oh that light, if I lower myself it looks like I have a halo. Haaa-lelujah. Okay so, I love colorful pens and I love new notebooks and this kind of thing. I don’t know why, I just do. I don’t question it. So I use it to my advantage. So if I need a fresh start, I’ll go buy a new pen or a new notebook. And I’m compelled to use that notebook to track my progress. In a really weird way, stationary is a fresh start frame for me and it helps hold me accountable, which helps me lean into practicing that new habit of eating correctly.

Which leads into my second favorite tactic which is planning and tracking. I love planning and tracking. It works really well for me, for some of my goals not for all of my goals. But it does work really well for some of my goals. I keep it simple though, I think with food people over complicate what needs to be done for planning and tracking. And then it takes so much effort just to do the planning and tracking, it is not worth it. So I keep it super simple. I just kinda track, did I get my greens? Did I get my veggies? Did I get my protein? And did I get my fats? I kinda leave it at that. I don’t really make it more complex than that. They’re just simple check boxes, usually. I don’t write down everything I eat. Some people do and that works really well for them.

My third favorite tactic for behavioural modifications or changes as it relates to food is mindfulness. Using opportunities to actually taste my food, smell my food. If you ever eat out with me, or even here, you’ll often see me smell my food before I do it. It’s just a reminder that I’m about to eat something so I’m not just shoveling it into my mouth. Having been a little bit bigger, I think I had the mindset and behaviours that come with the over consumption of food. So I would eat without chewing a lot of the times. I really try to slow myself down and create a lot of awareness and mindfulness around my food so that I’m actually tasting it. I hope that’s super helpful. ‘Cause guess what, we’re all superstars! There’s a halo again, hey-lo. Hey, low. Check us out, Healthy Transformations dot CA. Remember to have fun with your food and keep it simple, keep it healthy, do not over complicate it. Talk to you soon, bye!

Restrictive vs Freeing

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It’s Christopher Lawrence with Healthy Transformations Program. How do you guys put up with me? I’m so weird. Stay weird, hashtag, stay weird. Oh man, I was gonna go on this whole tangent about how in my life for a period of time, I used to call the hashtag a hash brown, so hash brown stay weird. But we won’t go there, we’re not gonna talk about that today. What I do wanna talk about today is a word that sometimes people use when they’re trying to change. Oh yeah, Christopher Lawrence, with Healthy Transformations Program .ca. That’s fun, hey? It looks cool. Okay, I’m gonna stop being a weirdo. Okay, yeah, so I wanna talk about two things that are, two words that are really important, and one word that’s actually really key when it comes to eating healthy and sustaining that forever. When people switch their diets to something that’s healthy, sometimes the word that we hear them use, Dr. Breen and myself, sometimes the word that we hear them use is that it’s restrictive. And so maybe, maybe compared to what you’re used to eating, you could have that perspective that it’s restrictive. But, there’s another way of kinda looking at that, which is maybe it’s not restrictive. Maybe what’s restrictive is being overweight and having chronic health issues, having an inflamed body, all things that I’ve experienced myself, and I can tell you, eating the way that I eat now is what produces freedom. Eating the way that I used to eat was restrictive because I was constantly sick, all of the time. And so, you know, you might just consider that. Like, is eating healthy restrictive or is eating healthy freeing? And, you know, I’m not saying that it’s easy but there’s this kinda term, right, which is like tough choice today, easy choice tomorrow, right? Or easy choice for life or tough choice today, easy life tomorrow, maybe. Right, so sometimes we’ve gotta make the tough choice to ourselves.

One of the things that I have to remind myself of is that I’m not so great that I don’t also have to say no to myself. Sometimes I have to reject myself, meaning, you know, I want that bag of chips, I want that donut, I want that piece of cake with icing on it. That’s at least what my heart and brain tell me in that moment, but I know that it’s not what I really want longterm and I don’t want what comes with it. And so sometimes I have to remind myself that, you know, Christopher, you’re an adult and sometimes you’ve gotta say no to yourself just like you have to tell a child. And I think we all kind of have that inner child, especially if you struggle with food. There is a child inside of you that is screaming, all the time for the bad stuff. It’s like I want it and I want it now, and I’m an adult and I can have it, damn it. And that’s a very true statement actually, is that you can have. The question is, do you really want it? You know, when you understand what comes with it, when you understand how inflammation works. Anyway, Christopher Lawrence, healthytransformations.ca. Please reach out to us. Let us know how you’re doing and let us know if you have interest in our program. Lookin’ forward to connecting with you. Take care.

In My Kitchen, Don’t Need to be A Chef

Christopher Lawrence with the HealthyTransformation.ca program. I’m so weird sometimes. I just wanted to do a real quickie today. When it comes to healthy food and healthy eating sometimes I think we go overkill with our behaviors and habits. Like if you’re not used to being in a kitchen, you’re not used to cooking healthy meals, you’re not used to cooking period and then you set this new goal that’s like, I’m gonna eat healthy, I’m gonna lose weight, I’m gonna reduce inflammation in my body, and you’ve got this plan, you’ve got these beautiful recipes, you get it all setup and then you crash because that’s not something that you’ve done before. I mean the problem is inherit in the problem. I don’t quite know where I’m going there, but you understand what I’m saying right?

It’s like if you’re not used to cooking that way to expect to eat healthy and become a Michelin chef at the same time when those are things that you haven’t done already, can be problematic, you’re working on too many things at once. Me, I’m a convenience guy. I don’t really like to spend more than three seconds in my kitchen a day for meal prep and planning. Maybe it’s ’cause I’m lazy, I think it’s because I believe that I’m too busy. That was my cuckoo clock, I don’t know if you heard it . It’s cute, it’s actually my spouse’s. Anyway, where were we here? Oh yeah, we were talking about you know if you’re not already a Michelin chef to expect to cook really healthy meals and change your time and your habit and your lifestyle you know that’s a tough thing to do. And for myself like I don’t like to spend more than three seconds in the kitchen and why is that? Well maybe it’s because I’m lazy but I actually think it’s ’cause I believe that I’m busy, and that spending a whole bunch of time in the kitchen doesn’t really feel productive to me, which is totally counterintuitive to eating healthy, I recognize that.

But the reason that I shared that with you is because I have been able to maintain my weight loss and keep inflammation down in my body by eating correct food conveniently. And I do that through some really simple tactics. I eat a lot of salads ’cause they’re really easy, here’s a container of greens, I take a handful, I put it on a plate, I slice some cucumbers, tomatoes, some really beautiful fruit and vegetables and put that on top and then maybe some olive oil, and maybe a balsamic vinegar of some kind. I like savory salads too so sometimes I actually add a little bit of salt , to bring out the flavors a little more. But you don’t have to be a Michelin chef to be in the Healthy Transformations program, you don’t have to be a Michelin chef to eat healthy and maintain and sustain weight loss. Work on one thing at a time. If you wanna eat healthy and you’re not a cook, then maybe don’t start by becoming a cook, maybe you start by eating healthy and learn how to do that conveniently you know, just like it’s convenient to grab a chocolate bar or bag of chips or go through a fast-food drive-through. If that’s your habit already, work with who you are not against who you are. So if that’s who you are find a way to make that work and make correct choices. You can do it, I know you can. Christopher Lawrence, healthytransformations.ca, please reach out to us we would love to hear from you about how you are doing.

Cheryl’s Heathy Transformation

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Tell us a little bit about yourself?

[Cheryl] – My name is Cheryl, I’m a bus driver. I’ve been doing that for 24 years. And I’ve pretty much been overweight since I had my first child, so that’s over 30 years ago.

What was it like for you to feel overweight?

[Cheryl] – Well, it’s been a constant battle for me. I’ve always said, oh, don’t get any bigger, ’cause then you won’t be able to shop in the regular stores, and well that– So it’s just always depressing when you’re overweight you gotta shop for big clothes, they’re more expensive for one thing but yeah, it was very depressing for me, so I went through a lot.

How did you hear about the Healthy Transformations program?

[Cheryl] – From my best friends, from Sandy, she actually works for Dr. Breen and she’s the one that actually told me about it.

What made you join the Healthy Transformations program?

[Cheryl] – Well I knew about it for about three years, and then Sandy and Shayne joined in the second year. And I just noticed the transformation in them and just, I couldn’t believe my eyes, like just the amount of weight they both lost and how healthy they felt, and I’m like, oh wow, I gotta do that. And I did. Didn’t matter how much it was gonna cost, come hell or high water I was gonna do it because I needed to change me. It was worth every penny.

What kind of results did you notice?

[Cheryl] – Oh jeepers, quite a few things. First and foremost was the weight started dropping. And then I was able to walk longer and now I can run upstairs, I could never ever do that. I could bend over, tie my shoes, that was always a difficult thing to do because this was always in the way. Right, and just more energy, and I can think clearer, I think too, and happier, definitely happier, for sure, yeah.

How much weight did you lose?

[Cheryl] – So far, 65 pounds and still have about 20 more to go to get to where I want to be.

What did you love about the Healthy Transformations program?

[Cheryl] – Well the meetings were absolutely key for me, they taught me a lot about food. What goes in your body and what it does to your body and when you taught me how to get rid of the inflammation when we did that first part, the detoxing, that was crazy and then not having the sugar, like all of that combined was so much to take in at first but then it all came together as we went to class ’cause we’re all accountable, and I went, didn’t miss a class I think, only except when I went to Australia. But anyway, yeah, just learning about food and what it does to your body and how much other kinds of foods that you can eat that are so much better for you. And so that for me was a good thing. So now I don’t have the chips and the junk food and I don’t have any of that in my house anymore.

Doesn’t that make you also feel so confident?

[Cheryl] – It does, and you know what, I can still bake cookies and whatnot and I still don’t eat them. So it’s pretty good.

What was the hardest part?

[Cheryl]- The hardest part, I don’t know, I was so focused, I just wanted to lose the weight for me, so I just put it in my mind that this is what you gotta do, and there’s no ifs, ands or buts, there’s no changing and no going back. So it really wasn’t hard because once I put my mind there, that was it. So for me I was just really focused.

What did you think of the facilitators?

[Cheryl] – Dr. Breen is a genius! Very very smart, intellectual, just goes in and delves into everything and reads everything and then he gets back to you on that. And of course there’s yourself who’s wonderful and funny and attentive, and yeah, insightful. That’s what I meant. Insightful, yeah.

What would you say to someone who is thinking of joining?

[Cheryl] – Well I’ve actually talked to a few people about it and yes, money is an issue and that’s one of the reasons why I didn’t really do it the year prior ’cause I kinda had to save up some money. But it’s, I mean, you don’t wanna be this way for the rest of your life, you don’t wanna grow old, and then end up in a wheelchair or with a walker, you want your last years to be healthy. And to me, it was a no-brainer. Doesn’t matter how much it’s gonna cost ya, your life, it’s the only one you have. You need to be healthy. And for anyone who’s really thinking about it, just do it. Like Nike says, just do it. Do it.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

[Cheryl] – Just that it’s a fantastic, HT has just been absolutely wonderful. Great experience and I recommend anybody thinking of doing it, just do it.