Erin has been with me for the past 12 weeks, and the entire time she has been such a radiant joy to work with. Every single week I look forward to getting her emails. She puts in such hard work, and her body responds accordingly. I can't wait to see where another 12 weeks together takes us as we are in for Round 2 now starting reverse dieting very soon!
What a difference 12 weeks of solid training and the right fuel can make! I started my journey with Katie right after Thanksgiving. I had a couple of goals in mind- I wanted to lean out (get my abs back!) as well as train for my first half-marathon in February. I had started following Katie on social media and on her blog and loved her philosophy and approach and her hybrid training programs were exactly what I was looking for. I’ve been very health-conscious and maintained a good level of fitness since high school, and bounced back into shape after each of my 3 babies was born. However, I’d become a little softer than I like to be after a fairly stressful year and lots of traveling. I was ready to buckle down and get really consistent with my nutrition and workouts.
Katie recommended her fabulous half-marathon & lifting program and she dialed in my macros. The training fit my schedule and my goals and she was there every week (and sometimes more when I had questions) to help me make changes along the way so that I could achieve my goals. I love that she provides the tools to achieve what you’d like to do, rather than tell you what she thinks you should do- she is such an awesome, caring coach who really wants her clients to get to where they are happy with their body and training using whatever approach fires them up!
I’ve never really considered myself a runner, but I am a goal-oriented person and I set a goal to run a half, so I wanted to do that really well. I’ve run on and off in the past, and more during that past few years. I ran Ragnar last February with a team of friends and loved it. My pace was between 9:15-9:30 min/mile. After Ragnar, I didn’t do much running until the late summer, which is also when I first learned about flexible dieting and tracking macros. I started seeing an improvement in my running by focusing on my nutrition, rather than only tracking calories, as I had done in the past. I used to run so that I could eat more that day, or workout/life weights to prevent weight gain and maintain my shape, but I’ve learned there’s so much more to it than that. Now I eat to train better and don’t spend my training time chasing calories, but now focus my training to achieve my goals. I don’t worry as much about what the scale says, but focus on training hard and eating the right balance of protein, fats and carbs. Katie’s been awesome in dialing in my macros along the way. I ran my first half-marathon, and it was amazing! I was fueled well and I felt great the entire run! I am so pleased with my performance and am still shocked in the improvements that I was able to make in my 12 weeks of training. At first, I just wanted to finish, but along the way, I decided that I wanted a great time. My pace was 7:48/mile and I finished in 1:42:10. I never could have done so well without Katie! During my first 12 weeks with Katie, I lost 7 pounds and 6 ½ inches overall, but the real results were a shift in mindset, a greater appreciation for my body and feeling empowered to be able to change, improve and achieve even bigger goals! I’m so excited to see what the next 12 weeks will bring (& I’m pretty sure Katie’s stuck with me for the long-haul!)