What’s your name and where do you come from?
I'm Lauren Fetzer and I'm from Canton, GA (north metro-Atlanta).
Do you have a family and what's your profession?
I have been married to my husband, Josh, for 5 years and we have 2 boys - Lucas (4) and Carson(3). And we can't forget Lexi, the fur-baby! I am a stay-at-home mom, but I also have a baking business on the side. So there are constantly cakes, cookies and sweet treats in our house!
How did you get introduced to PLT?
I saw PLT mentioned throughout various Peloton Facebook pages.
Who is your coach?
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach
1. Patti has so much knowledge about nutrition and freely shares it with everyone because she is so passionate about what she does.
2. She is such a role model in all areas. Whether it's coaching, working out, cooking, her family and beyond, she gives it her all. And has amazing things to show for all of it!
3. Patti may not be my coach forever, but I have made a lifelong friend.
Are you engaged in regular exercise/a sport?
I'm a Peloton addict (find me on the leaderboard - CabernetCycler)! I alternate between riding the Bike and running. Last fall I completed the Virtual Boston Marathon and hope to run it in person in the next few years!
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
The onboarding experience was so easy! I went into extra detail on my onboarding form, so I knew whatever coach I was assigned would know what they were getting into. Sitting back and watching the community while I waited just made me even more sure I made the right decision. Everyone is so supportive, kind and they give the best advice and recipes! It helps so much knowing that, along with your coach, you have a community of THOUSANDS behind you, too!
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
What haven't I tried? Keto, intermittent fasting, low fat, low calorie, Weight Watchers, HCG diet, juices, cleanses, pills, all of it! Before I had my own story with PLT, I could tell there was something different about this one. Everyone seemed happy. People were getting results and keeping them. No one was complaining about starving, no one mentioned "keto flu" or horrible headaches or anything like that. And coaches show off the ice cream they're eating? Sign me up! Now that I have been on my own journey, I can confirm that all of what I was seeing is true. PLT doesn't treat nutrition as a punishment. You don't eliminate anything you don't want to. Sure, you may have to scale back, but they definitely believe that you should still be able to enjoy life!
What was your driving reason for joining PLT?
At the time, my boys were 3 and 2. I could already see myself not having the energy to keep up with them because I was carrying so much extra weight. I knew that I wanted them to have memories of me actually playing with them and having fun with them, not sitting on the side just watching because I couldn't. I wanted to be confident enough to take them to the pool, lake and beach and not feel like I have to sit in the shadows so no one sees me in a swimsuit. I wanted to play baseball and football with them in the back yard. They were and continue to be my why!
How much weight have you lost with PLT?
67 lbs (SO FAR!)
How many total inches have you lost with PLT?
What non-scale successes have you found since joining PLT?
I wore a bikini at the beach! I had to reset my Apple Face ID because even it didn't recognize me anymore! I have some clothes that still have tags on them that used to be too tight, now they're too loose!
How have you increased your nutritional education since joining PLT?
I've learned the importance that each macro has. I grew up in the Atkins era, so "carbs are bad" has just been ingrained in my mind. That's just not true. Everything has it's place in the right amounts, and those amounts can change daily depending on what all you have going on. Also, excessively tracking is never good for anyone. There are definitely foods that we don't need to measure, weigh or track. It's exhausting and just not worth it! I've also learned that almost every restaurant has a healthy food, you just have to know what to look or ask for.
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
If you're considering joining, what are you waiting on? You'll never regret investing in yourself! You have SO many people ready to cheer you on and help you reach your goals. You won't be doing this alone and we all get just as excited when others succeed as we do with our own success!
If you're a new member, remember that perfection just isn't possible. Daily small improvements lead to major results! It's why you'll see and hear "1% better everyday" a lot around here. And probably my favorite mindsets on this journey is this: If you drop your phone and get a small crack in it, would you take a hammer to it to completely ruin it? No. So if you don't eat well for breakfast, don't sabotage the rest of the day. If Monday is less than desirable, the entire week isn't ruined. It's just a small blip!
Your turn now; what 1 question would you like to ask me?
You’ve been at this for a while. I know temptations never fully go away, but how do you avoid them and maintain your healthy eating lifestyle so well the majority of days? I know if there are certain foods in the house I WILL eat them (Cheez-Its may forever be my PLT reputation). But you seem to have it all together and balanced so well!
Thanks for the question!
Oh boy, i wish i had it figured out! Like our clients, i have cravings and indulgency's. I have moments of stress where i eat and times when I don't eat much. Overall though i make it work; luckily the foods I love are lean proteins and things like cauliflower rice, avocado (i'm the #avocadoaday guy) and I have never been into pizza, hot dogs etc. So generally my diet is straight and narrow, where it falls down are things like ice cream or granola! When I start on granola I can't stop, so I don't buy it - controlling your environment is a key part of our diet strategy. Also, I exercise pretty my daily and I always weigh myself. I don't have any issues from the scale and I use it, with the mirror, to guide me when I should eat a little less. Ultimately, I swore I would never return to being overweight and so I manage myself daily to keep myself in shape. We always need to manage ourselves, maintenance doesn't allow a free for all but it allows a lot of flexibility as long as we manage our weight and adjust as we need to!