I asked myself, “Mary, who do you want to be? A frumpy old lady stuck on medications? Or someone who’s active and enjoying retirement?”
As a coach I am used to hearing self-critical language. Wait a second, let me restate that, as a human being, I am used to hearing self-critical language. Most of us are our own harshest critics. We critically judge ourselves for everything – from what we chose to eat for lunch to how we managed our emotions when dealing with a tough parenting challenge.
I like how there’s no guilt. You just have to mindful of what you eat and not feel bad if you have a recharge meal.
I first learned about the program through a Facebook post. I wanted more information so I checked out the website and did some research. I really liked the coaching element and the fact that members can talk to people who understand the science of losing weight.
When I first heard about the program I had just transitioned into new job - my last job was extremely stressful and I had put on a lot of weight. I was at a point where my kids were pretty self-sufficient and I was mentally ready to commit myself to making a change in my own life.
Certified wellness and mindfulness coach, Susie Gray, takes on talking yourself into doing something you don't want to.
Completed program July 2016
Why I Joined
I joined PowerUP because I had been trying to lose some weight, but I was having trouble staying focused. I did a search through my employer’s website and researched the program. It seemed like a good amount of time to commit to losing weight. I also read some of the testimonials and saw that people who have tried the program have had success.
It was a very structured program. I knew exactly what I was supposed to be eating and I knew exactly how much exercise I was supposed to be doing. Invigorate, my phase for the first two weeks, really encourages you to think about what you’re buying and eating. I ended up hanging a food list on my refrigerate and tracking what I ate every day, which was also really helped.
Going into the program, I knew one of my biggest challenges would be stress eating. That was something that PowerUP helped me with. I decided that if I wanted to stress eat I would have to eat something that fits in with the nutrition plan. Sometimes I would even go out for a walk or just talk to someone on the phone instead of eating. The program really helped me decrease my reliance on food to feel better.
Through the course of the program, I kept pushing myself in my exercises. By the end, I saw a huge difference in my fitness level. I’m still doing 45 minutes to an hour of exercise each day, but it’s at a completely different level.
When I first started PowerUP, I thought I was pretty fit. My husband and I own a gym, so I exercise pretty frequently. Through the course of this program, I kept pushing myself in my exercises. By the end, I saw a huge difference in my fitness level. I’m still doing 45 minutes to an hour of exercise each day, but it’s at a completely different level. I’m even pushing myself when doing little things like walking the dogs. I usually take dogs out to this hill for walks, but now I’m running up and down the hills with them!
I think people find it easy to drop out of other weight loss programs that only last a month or so. Because PowerUP is a long-term commitment, it’s a lot more likely that you will make long-term changes that will last even after you finish the program. PowerUP has taught me how to self-motivate and push myself to do my best.
I joined after my daughters (Jody and Martina) started the program. It’s this friendly competition where we all motivate and encourage each other to do well.
When I first read about PowerUP, I really liked how they try to make the plan fit into someone’s preexisting lifestyle and schedule. I had previously tried fitting other weight loss plans into my daily life and it ended up being really difficult.
I’ve always struggled with my weight. I tried Weight Watchers twice before and have seen some success, but with PowerUP I haven’t yo-yo’d like I did with other plans. The thing that was different with PowerUP was that I never felt hungry. The nutrition plan was amazing, especially with my family. I didn’t have to cook two separate meals. With PowerUP’s nutrition plan my energy levels were much higher and I felt stronger.