Brittany's Story

 

Name: Brittany 
About: Philly local, book worm, part-time yoga teacher, theatre professional 
Age: 26
Vocation: Education Non-Profit Management
Avocation: Part-time yoga teacher at Core Power Yoga, theatre professional

A: In 2018, I gained a lot of weight (About thirty pounds) over the course of about half a year. It was 15 pounds over the heaviest I had ever been, but the latter fifteen gained much more quickly than the first. I work long hours, and don’t have the time to be as active as I was when I was younger. I shifted some eating patterns on my own, but it wasn’t quite working, and I didn’t want the weight gain to continue to domino, so I began looking into nutritionists in the greater Philadelphia Area.  I have been working with nutritionist Ivy Eliff since Tuesday, January 8th, so about 17 weeks (though 2.5 of those weeks I was on vacation in Foodie cities..)!

More veggies!! I thought I ate a good amount before,  but realized I didn't eat close to enough! Now, veggies pop-up in my breakfast (often a smoothie), lunch, snacks, and dinner (and are likely part of why I feel full after eating!).

Also, I now eat much less dairy. Cheese was often was a major part of my snacks and dinner, and I was afraid it would feel like I couldn’t have it when adjusting my diet. However, a little goes a long way, and cheese often makes an appearance in my dinners still, but in a more balanced way!

I 100% have a greater awareness of what my body needs on a day to day basis, and the surprising foods that do (and don’t! Peas and corn and some squashes are categorized with starches. What?!) meet those needs. That may sound goofy, but it feels really good. Before, I was gaining weight but still felt hungry most of the day (despite eating, packing snacks, etc). Now, I am feel full and more energized, while still gradually losing weight. And, this is knowledge I will carry forward with me, which is super cool.

Brittany Before and After

I’m happy where I am right now, because it’s been the direct result of the work I’ve putting in alongside Ivy. However, I am still working to change. I’ve come down 17 pounds, and I’m hoping to come down at least 13 more. Most importantly, I want to keep the weight off, which will be a long-term change/commitment!

A: Sometimes, I feel guilty because a food day didn’t go as planned or I want something that I feel like will definitely not work within my plan. When that happens, I do my best to let go of the guilt, and talk to Ivy. It’s never as bad as it seems in my head, and she helps to keep me grounded.

A: Right now, my weekly exercise regime includes three days of running, and two to three days of yoga. I have always been fairly active, but as I have dived deeper into my profession, it became harder to find the time. While beginning my relationship with OnPoint and Ivy, I recommitted to making time for exercise. It definitely helped to recruit my partner to join me for runs three days a week.

If you want to lose weight, and you have the opportunity, embrace it all.

Embrace the weekly planning. Then you don’t have to worry about what-you-will-be-eating-when in your busy week to come!

Let yourself carve out time in your schedule for this commitment. You are allowed to be busy x number of evenings a week (to not make plans on certain nights), because you are planning to get a workout in, eat dinner, and rest well.

Talk to your nutritionist about your make or breaks. Ivy has always been supportive about making space within my food day for some version of those things I really love.

Brittany worked exclusively with our team member Ivy Eliff. When Ivy isn't working with clients, she's on her yoga mat, hitting the gym and exploring new restaurants in the city!

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