A TRUE ACCOMPLISHMENT IS
WHAT YOU DO FOR YOURSELF
I’ve known Maggie for 8 or 9 years but didn’t really know that Maggie was a fitness and nutrition consultant. A few months ago some of my friends were going to start working out with Maggie and they suggested that I join them. They caught me on a good day, I couldn’t say no so I said: “Okay, I’ll check it out”. June 13th, 2010 was the first day I started the famous ‘Walk with Maggie’. I was 270 pounds and just 5 months later I shed
65 pounds. People started pulling me aside and talking to me about my weight, suggesting I had lap-band surgeries or some other medical procedures because they were concerned for my health. I was on blood pressure medication, cholesterol medication and I had high blood sugar. Since starting with Maggie I have eliminated some of my medication totally and with others the dosage has been cut in half. I am down to 2 pills a day now and in a couple of months I’ll hopefully be done with that also. I haven’t really had any struggles so far. We exercise with a group of people which makes the hikes more enjoyable for me. The group gives you energy. Some days I just don’t want to exercise or I’m too tired and my mind plays games with me but as soon as we’re together and start hiking I’m okay. As far as the nutrition is concerned, I had horrible eating habits and I was afraid that if I wanted to lose weight I’d have to starve but this is not the case with Maggie’s program. I actually eat more food but the food is
healthy. Maggie has educated me about food, what I’m eating, the way it is prepared and where it comes from so in that area I’m just eating healthier. I eat, I don’t go hungry, I don’t starve and as a result I was able to lose about 10 pounds each month. My energy level is much higher; I start my days at 6:00am and some nights I’m busy until 11:00 or 11:30pm. I have much more energy and I sleep better that’s for sure. I used to wake up about 5 or 6 times during the night but now I sleep straight through without waking. I’m very happy; this is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.
I’ve been friends with Maggie for a long time and I was secretly fascinated by how she looked; always so fit and healthy looking. I wanted to look like her. I thought about it for a long time and used every excuse in the book for not committing. Busy family life, working long hours, I look ok”¦.just the same excuses everyone uses I guess. It wasn’t until I felt, yes, a little ashamed at how I let myself go, that I called Maggie for help. I started with Maggie 6 months ago on August 1, 2008. I weighed 155 lbs., but Maggie didn’t tell me to not eat. She just told me what to eat. Of course she beat me up pretty bad when we worked out! But one week into the program (and I seriously did everything she told me to do) I lost 5 lbs. Now that may seem kind of ordinary for all of the dieting systems you see on the market, and I thought so too, but I was determined to follow through with everything Maggie said. Of course her caveat was “if you do what I say, you’ll reach your goal, and if you don’t, you won’t!” My eating regimen (Maggie will not use the word diet) is fresh fruits & vegetables; especially all kinds of berries; almond butter, organic wild fish & chicken, raw unsalted nuts & seeds and raw honey. And I really don’t feel hungry at all. Maggie says I can have red meat if I choose, but not too often. She always says “Don’t deprive yourself. Just substitute good food for bad.” Well, it’s now March 1, 2009 and I am now at 123 lbs. I feel better than I have my whole life! What’s more important is that I’ve gone from a size 8-10 to a 4. And, better yet, my husband is more than pleased! The bad news, if you want to consider it that, is having to buy new clothes. Some really bad news right? I can make this promise to myself, “There is no going back!”
When I met Maggie and saw that most of the food she ate was of the fruit and vegetable family, my first thought was, bland, no flavor; I’ll be starved an hour after eating. I was wrong! I’m the kind of person that is usually not afraid to try something new, except jump out of perfectly good airplane, so I decided to give Maggie a try. Before I go too much further, I need to confess to a 3 day-a-week habit of McDonald’s, Burger King, and Jack-in-the-Box. I also partook of a donut or 2 in the AM, just for the sugar high!. “Don’t worry,” I told myself, “I ride a mountain bike and I can hike with the best of them. I stay in shape and I look pretty good, if I do say so myself.” The BIG change is coming. I followed Maggie’s advice and adopted her eating regimen and after 3 months, I can truthfully say I have no urge for donuts and hamburgers. I have eliminated carbonated beverages, most red meat, but sometimes a steak; it’s tomatos, avocado, and a host of much better substitutes and I have no craving for any of the ‘foodstuffs’ I ate before. No chips, no cookies, no sugar, AND I feel better than I have felt in over 25 years – maybe more. By the way, I went down to a 32 from a 34 – waist that is! Thanks Maggie