Keri is a client of mine who's been with me for almost one full year. Keri had already lost weight before training with me, but wasn't necessarily gaining the change in composition (muscle vs. fat) and strength gains that she needed to have a supercharged metabolism.Over the past year, Keri has been up and down with her alcohol intake. We've had great results, but then we would face many session cancelations in a row and those absences were often filled with lots of partying! She knows full well that what will bring her to her goals, with consistent workouts and nutrition, is her cutting down / out the booze. Alcohol inhibits proper sleep and depletes nutrients in the body, and this double whammy effect leads to increased appetite, lower serotonin levels, high cortisol levels, wacky insulin levels and basically has us mowing a ton of bad food, exhausted, exercising less and overall declining QUICKLY in wellness.

So, she is making a vow to us so we can track her booze-free progress!

Keri's voice:

Hi All,

My name is Keri and I am going to be joining Jess’ blog to share my experiences over the next few months. I have been a client of Jessica’s for some time now and she has taught me a ton of stuff—I’ve definitely changed my body composition and become stronger and healthier since working with her. But I’ve also continued to struggle with keeping myself on track consistently—one of my main vices is alcohol. I’ve been a social drinker all my life. I’m not talking about one glass of wine with dinner—I’m talking every weekend, out with friends, drinking A LOT of wine, vodka, shots…etc. Within the last two years I had some success on my own losing about 25-30 pounds—however I’ve found that for the past year and a half I have been constantly trying to lose ‘that last x amount of pounds’. But what I’ve achieved is losing and gaining the same 10 pounds over and over again. So I’ve made a pledge to cut out alcohol for eight weeks (eeek!!). Those eight weeks start on August 7th when I get home from a long weekend in Montreal. (POUTINE! I’ve promised to only eat one…) I am also going to try to cut out, or at least limit, gluten and dairy from my diet. Not saying that will be a permanent thing but I just want to see how I will feel and how it may or may not effect my progress (Jessica says: "IT WILL".) When I stick to cooking at home my meals are quite healthy. I buy local farm raised lean meats, I only eat whole grains, make the majority of my food from scratch and eat a ton of veggies. Knowing how to reach my goals isn’t the problem—but sticking to what I know works seems to be. When I put that in writing it sounds so—to put it bluntly—stupid! But I'm not going to beat myself up about it—it’s about moving forward and making better decisions from this point. So no booze it is! And I will train hard, sticking to three of Jessica’s strength training workouts per week and 2-3 high intensity cardio interval sessions. So for the next eight weeks I will be checking in and sharing my progress. I don’t have a specific number in mind for how much ‘weight’ I want to lose. To be honest I’m not really sure. It could be 10 pounds it could be 30 pounds! I’m not fixated on a number, what I do know is that when I reach a state where my body is healthy and happy and balanced I will know—and it won’t matter what the number on the scale says.

YES! Awesome, Keri. Looking forward to this!

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