What’s your name and where are you from? Do you have a family?
My name is Christina Caceres from Kenosha, Wisconsin. I am married to Kevin, with an almost 18-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter.
How did you get introduced to PLT?
I found PLT through Peloton Nutrition.
Who is your coach?
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach.
Mandye is thoughtful, nurturing, and among your biggest cheerleaders. Her knowledgeable feedback and cheery demeanor week after week are the highlights of my Thursdays.
Are you engaged in regular exercise/sport?
I have recently begun Peloton Split Training, so I am using my Peloton bike less than before. I also do Thunder 45 every Sunday for a solid HIIT workout. I am really liking both of these right now because I have a lot of room for growth. My weights are getting heavier and I’m slowly climbing that leaderboard on Sundays.
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
PLT onboarding was seamless. The community reminded me that more information provided would be best for coaching decisions, so I laid it all on the line. Patti worked her magic, and the rest is history. One of the greatest attributes that PLT community offers is the ability to make people feel comfortable enough to ask questions. As a macro newbie a year ago, there are certain places I wouldn’t dare admit my shortcomings, PLT isn’t one of them. From each of the coaches to the community itself, this truly is a special place that has been created to make everyone feel welcome, regardless of nutritional expertise.
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT stand out from previous programs?
I have done WW, Isagenix shakes, Keto (that lasted 2 weeks), Intermittent Fasting, and tracking calories countless times on Sparkpeople, WW Online and MyFitnessPal. PLT is different because there is no product, there’s no magic pill. PLT is all about knowledge and mindset. PLT has taught me that tracking is more than plugging in numbers, it’s about reading the data and understanding how your body reacts not to food per se, but to nutrients.
What was your driving reason for joining PLT?
PLT was my last-ditch effort to get healthy. I needed guidance in learning how to eat, not diet, but really eat. As I explored PLT, I felt like this company was nutrition first, diet second and that is exactly what I needed when I needed it.
How much weight have you lost with PLT?
47 lb and counting!
How many total inches have you lost with PLT?
35 inches, 6” off each thigh even! What?!
What non-scale successes have you found since joining PLT?
One of my biggest NSV's has been the ability to acknowledge that I deserve to be proud of my journey thus far. I don’t need to wait to celebrate my accomplishment or goal weight because every day that I show up for myself is a day for me to be proud of myself.
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
I feel like my diet has had a complete overhaul, yet at the same time stayed realistic to the way in which I like to eat. I now have the expertise to balance a plate that best fuels my body, but I don’t have to create an extravagant meal to make that happen. I've learned that my food is neither good nor bad but can acknowledge that it may not be suitable to help me reach my goals AT THIS TIME. I no longer constantly need a tracker to tell me if I had a balanced meal.
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
Be honest with your coach, listen and learn from them. You have paid for their expertise, let them support you. When I joined, I made the decision to turn off all the noise of all the “experts” online. If you have provided your coach with everything you want them to know, they are the ones best suited to give you advice.