What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Whitney McEvoy. I'm originally from New Jersey, but currently reside in Center Valley, PA.
Do you have a family and what’s your profession?
I'm married 13 years to my husband, Lochlann. And we have a spunky, full of energy, yet compassionate 8 year old daughter named Niamh. That's pronounced "Neev". (yes, we know it doesn't look like that's how it's to be said. And yes, it's an Irish name )
How did you get introduced to PLT?
There was a buzz among some of the members at the CrossFit gym I belong to who were already PLT members. They were kind enough to share their experience with me.
Who is your coach?
My coach is the mini beast, Tracy O'Connell
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach
Are you engaged in regular exercise/a sport?
I currently belong to CrossFit Threefold and have been a member there for 2 years.
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
It's been a friendly and supportive experience.
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
I have tried SO many dieting programs over the years. I've struggled with my weight most of my life, even as a young school-aged person. I've tried Atkin's, Weight Watchers, Renaissance Periodization, 21 Day Fix and the 2 B mindset from Beachbody. And I also tried doing Paleo and Keto since some people I knew did it and lost weight. I'm sure there's others that I just can't recall or have blocked out! Everything would bring some quick results, but it was always short lived, and I'd gain it all back and then some. None of these diets taught me how to sustain a healthy balance, or what to do once the dieting was over. There were so many things that were "off limits", and I always felt like I was failing, starving, and graving the off limit foods. These programs were also for the masses. I was following programs that were not taking in account anything specific to ME! PLT is MY plan made by MY coach for ME!! This has been huge! My life, my stressed, what my stats are showing are all taken into account, and a plan is made so that I'm still reaching my goals. There's also nothing that's "off limits". This psychologically works for me. And if I do indulge, I track it and keep going. I feel calmer about the entire process than with any other program. I have a professional in my corner that's helping me, and rooting for me. My coach makes the changes, I just need to follow what I'm told to get the results. It's been the best experience I've had, and so glad I took the chance!
What successes have you found since joining PLT, scale or non-scale?
I've achieved some PR's in the gym since joining PLT. Finally crossed a threshold on the scale that I haven't seen since before the birth of my child. Clothes are fitting better, and most importantly, I feel happier.
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
Since starting with PLT, I remind myself more often that food is fuel for the body. If I fuel it properly, it'll perform better. I pay attention WAY more to nutritional labels, and make more conscience decisions on if that indulgence is really worth all those macros!
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
Don't wait, just join. You won't regret it. It's not a gimmick or a quick fix fad. It works if you do the work.
Your turn now; what 1 thing would you like to ask me?
How many coaches do you have on staff?
Hi Whitney, tks for the question!
We currently have 7 awesome coaches working at PLT. They come from a variety of athletic backgrounds, each with their own coaching style but all following the PLT methodologies and ethics. Each coach is allowed freedom to coach in their own personal style but they all apply the core policies that are integral to PLT.
Tks Whitney, for taking the time to share your PLT experiences with the community and myself