Lisa – When did we meet? Several years ago through friends.
Karen – We’re now ex-neighbors, but we are friends for a long time now. A dozen years or so, maybe longer.
Lisa – And when I was in the process of selling a house, and buying a house Karen was there for us. (chuckles) I’m Lisa, I’m a teacher but I’m also a mom of two kids and a wife and yeah, that’s me.
Karen – I’m Karen Jardine, I’m a real estate agent with CIR, and I have a chaotic and unusual lifestyle. So part of the reason I joined was also to help keep that under control.
Lisa – I think, well we first noticed it on Facebook and so we were quite interested in finding out more information about it. When they talked about the information about reducing inflammation, I had a big problem of a lot of bloating and so, for me, it was hopefully I could solve that problem for the rest of my life. So that was my big interest of coming to Healthy Transformations in the first place.
Karen – And I started, what brought me to Healthy Transformation, was a mortgage broker actually recommended it. It’s someone I know, like, and trust. So I actually picked up the phone, I called him, and said, “What do you know about these people?” And then I met you, Christopher, as well as Dr. Breen, and he said, “I know Dr. Breen very well. “I would recommended him 100% and anyone Dr. Breen would recommend, I would be 100% on board with whatever he said.” So as soon as it was that, I had clicked my little interested, Lisa clicked her interested, showing the power of social media. And I got the text saying, “Are you going?” And we went.
Lisa – I think the easiest part was, for the program, coming to Healthy Transformations, was coming to the meetings. At first they were a little challenging, ’cause about the sharing. I wasn’t good at sharing sometimes but I think after a few meetings went along, it’s like, you know, these guys are pretty cool. And they shared with us, so it left us, well, myself, be a little more open. I think that actually was one of the best parts. I’m going to miss coming to the meetings, which is why I’m continuing on with the grad program after.
Karen – The best part, I tend to agree. Because I found the best part, I thought there’s no way that we’re gonna sit and talk about food and that’s gonna be the best part. And it isn’t all about food. It’s about behavior, food, rituals, there’s so much more that we learned in the program. So I was really thrilled about the program itself and coming to the meeting. These are a group, every single person is different, a very diverse group. I think the meeting was actually the best part and the food part ended up being, I had lots to eat, and that was always the scare. But the meeting was definitely, definitely number one.
Lisa – Well, for me, the reason I initially came to Healthy Transformations was to get rid of the bloating and not to have that anymore ’cause I was tired of looking seven months pregnant when I really wasn’t.
Karen – Me too, by the way. Both of us together, we both complained about significant bloating.
Lisa – Quite uncomfortable. So that’s gotten under control and I am not seeing any of that anymore, thank goodness. It was nice to create for myself a better relationship with food and to understand, yes, that food is instructions for my body and I need to put in what my body needs. So I think through this program that taught me a lot as well. To be able to do that confidently. And, like I was saying earlier tonight in our meeting tonight, that I am a priority and that I am in-charge of what I put in my body.
Karen – Very similar, what happened with me was, I ended up losing about 20 pounds but that was never the goal. The goal was about bloating. I had severe issues, lactose intolerance, I’ve seen everybody under the sun. Lisa knows that I’ve been part of, from naturopaths to acupuncture. You name it, I’ve probably already did it. I’ve been to allergy specialist, and trying to figure out my stomach, and I’m severe lactose intolerant. It wasn’t just my stomach, my skin, et cetera. Dr. Breen assured me, on day one, that was going to go away and I didn’t believe him. I really, complete skeptic on that’s not gonna happen and he’s right. It’s nothing, zero, nada, no response to lactose. It’s crazy, I can’t believe it, I still am a little bit in awe that this has happened. The weight-loss was a benefit on top of it but it’s the bloating thing that was making my life so miserable. So, nice to fit in clothes again.
Lisa – Lots of good stuff.
Karen – You do!
Lisa – Lots of shopping to do. All year, lots of shopping to do.
Karen – Now we need to go get clothes that fit. (laughing)
Lisa – But I think one bonus too–
Karen – Skinny girl problems.
Lisa – Skinny girl problems. (laughing) I think one thing as well, over this past year is that my brain, my thinking has become much more clear. I’m very much more confident as a person to make decisions and great choices. Healthy gut, I guess, healthy brain.
Karen – I’ll take that one.
Lisa – Okay, I can’t remember what I (laughs)
Karen – The toughest part, for me, was the absolute beginning. The beginning, the first two to three months, was really, really, stressful for me. I didn’t realize that I did have such an addiction, I want to call it, to chocolate. My group heard me lament about chocolate over and over, and over, how much I missed chocolate. I could really take it or leave it now, but the first few months I didn’t just have chocolate. I was not having my dairy, I wasn’t getting enough calories. I was kind of miserable at the beginning. This is what you have to sort out. So that’s why you have Christopher, that’s why you have Dr. Breen. They’re onboard to help. I got sorted, two or three months, and it’s not an issue now. Nothing is, I find it quite easy.
Lisa – Yeah, it is easy for sure. For me, I like the chocolate too, but I’ve shifted my chocolate enjoyment to 85% chocolate, but very little, and that’s all I ever really need. But I think one of the tricky parts when we first started was the idea that we couldn’t have a treat. As we went through our meetings, it’s like, you know what? The treat is actually eating well and my body’s happy, that’s my treat. That’s what I’m realizing now. It just makes everything better. I did talk about how the meetings were easy. That was an easy thing as well, attending the meetings. But what would I say with someone who’s considering joining the program? I say just do it. Just do it, as that Nike ad says. But just do it, don’t think about what you have to lose but look at what you have to gain. And there is so much more to gain from it. For myself, gaining better understanding about food, feeling great, that’s very, very, very important. Clear mind, more confidence, and as a last one, losing weight. Even though I lost almost 40 pounds, which blows my mind, even to this day, that I lost that much. But I just feel great, that’s what’s important to me.
Karen – I had said that the program actually sets you up mentally, not just physically, on how to maintain a lifetime. That’s when we originally joined saying, if we could spend a year with this program and actually set us up for life, that we could feel better, was it worth it? And I think as the year is coming to a conclusion, it’s 100% worth it. Well worth time, effort, money, everything. It’s not just a change for today, or every other diet we do. You do a three month stint on Atkins, or you do a three month stint on something, this is a lifetime change. And we both agree that it’s been a challenge and then it’s been easy. It’s been actually quite easy.
Lisa – I agree.
Karen – I think we had a lot of help though. (laughing)
Lisa – I don’t know, I already mentioned about going shopping. That’s important. I had a lot of shopping this year to do.
Karen – I want to just conclude and say, around the anything else, I’m really grateful to both Dr. Breen and to Christopher. They didn’t just come and put together a program, they wanted everyone to succeed. So each and ever person’s success was important to them, so very grateful to both of them for helping us.
Lisa – And as well, the accessibility to both of them and anytime we had questions, we can send our questions.
Karen – Questions, questions.
Lisa – ‘Cause it comes up all the time. I just sent one the other day to Dr. Breen ’cause I wasn’t sure. So having the availability and the support, and the support of the group as well, from everyone, Facebook and everything else that we’re connected to. So I think having all that support behind us got us through for sure.
Karen – Yup, 100% success.
Lisa – And we’re well on our way.