"I’ve grown to learn that the number doesn’t actually matter; what matters is that I feel great, am the healthiest I have been in over a decade, and can appreciate my body for exactly what it is and what it can do."

- Alyssa P.

 

Q. What prompted you to make a change?alyssa

A: Back in December 2016 I knew I needed to make a change to how I was living my life. I was overweight, unhappy, and was stuck in a cycle of eating my feelings and then feeling angry because I was overeating. Earlier that year, my younger brother got engaged and I turned 30, which were the two primary factors in me wanting to get healthy. I Googled “Philadelphia nutritionists” and OnPoint was the first link that showed up! My life has been changed ever since.

Q: Aside from your 40 lb. weight loss, what has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: It’s hard for me to put this into words, but I will try my best: I used to be so hung up on the number on the scale, it ruled my whole life. It either made me feel awful or awesome. When I started this journey, I set a goal weight of 140, and for a long time I held tightly onto that—I wasn’t going to be happy until I hit that number. But, especially over the last few months, I’ve grown to learn that the number doesn’t actually matter; what matters is that I feel great, am the healthiest I have been in over a decade, and can appreciate my body for exactly what it is and what it can do. This body can do things I never would have imagined I could do, and I’m amazed by that. And for me, a person whose entire self-worth was wrapped up in my weight and what my body looked like, this has been a HUGE accomplishment. I’m really proud of myself.

Q: What are your three healthy eating tips?

  1. STAY HYDRATED! Water is life! Also, I am way less hungry when I am hydrated. If I’m feeling fancy I’ll drink La Croix Pamplemousse, but generally, I make about eight visits to my office water cooler a day to fill up my water bottle.
  2. Listen to your body. If you’re hungry, eat something! If you’re not hungry, stop eating!
  3. Always have a snack on hand, no matter what. You never know when hunger will strike or where the day will take you. I try to have an RX Bar, apple, bag of baby carrots, SOMETHING in my purse/car/work bag at all times so that I am prepared just in case.

Q: What would you tell someone who is thinking about working with OnPoint Nutrition?

A: There’s no reason to feel intimidated, especially because your OnPoint nutritionist will help you SO MUCH along the way. Emily has helped me learn what to eat, how to eat, when to eat, and how to navigate any situation that involves food and drink. I would not have gotten to this point without her!

Alyssa worked exclusively with our team member Emily Pierce RD, LDN. When Emily isn't working with clients, she's running, spending time with her husband and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen!
 
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