What’s your name and where do you come from?
Amanda Magnusson, from Peace River, Alberta, Canada (look it up on a map )
Do you have a family and what’s your profession?
I am an Animal Health Technician by training but haven’t worked in that field for 20 years. I’ve been a stay at home mom to my four kids (2 boys 2 girls ages 18, 16, 13 and 10). Darryl and I have been married for 23 years. He works away most of the time so I’m pretty much “on the job” 24/7. For the past 5 years I have worked at the local Freson Bros grocery store. I have a mixture of jobs there my favourite part is building displays and chalk art signs.
How did you get introduced to PLT?
I saw Paul’s comments regarding nutrition (free advice) on the Peloton Nutrition Page and asked him if I could send him a friend request or if he had another page I could follow.
Who is your coach?
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach
2. Honest, going to tell me like it is, not sugar coated
Are you engaged in regular exercise/a sport?
Yes, I workout at my local gym it’s a mixture of HIIT, weight training, Tabata and circuit training. My sister is a coach there and my accountability to get my butt there each day. I also have a peloton but currently only seem to get riding on the weekends.
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
I was pretty familiar with macros and tracking so that wasn’t too bad for me. I’ve enjoyed seeing the community encourage one another as we each work towards our personal goals.
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
Oh where do I start...slim fast, weight watchers, curves, the Daniel plan, whole 30, ideal protein. Many of these programs make extreme menu changes, restrictions or food that I wouldn’t normally eat, so when the program was done I went back to eating what I normally would and gained the weight back. PLT is about eating the same as I would with mild modifications, mostly understanding serving sizes. Paul told me early on “you can eat anything you want, you just can’t eat it all.” That was very freeing as nothing was seen as “off limits”.
What was your driving reason for joining PLT?
Accountability!! I needed someone I didn’t know who would be honest with me. Too often family/friends are too soft or make concessions saying “that’s okay, you were (enter excuse here)” or that accountability only lasts for a few days or weeks.
How much weight have you lost with PLT?
Close to 25lb! 24.6 as of this morning!!!
What non-scale successes have you found since joining PLT?
My husband called me a “Yummy Mummy” last week, I totally consider that a win!!
My workouts are definitely “in the zone” as my sister said yesterday. I feel great so I’m definitely pushing harder.
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
This has been an on going interest for me over the past few (5?) years. Growing up I was thin and athletic then gained 60 lbs when I got married and struggled with my weight for the next 20 years. I felt like in my mind I was an athlete but my body wasn’t. What did being an athlete look like as a busy mom of four kids, that was now over 40. I’ve read a lot of information over that time. In August I started a personal training and nutrition course. My dream job would be to help women examine their “plates” not just their food, but their roles and responsibilities, relationships and how these things are affecting their health. I’ll get there...eventually.
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people
considering joining PLT or new members?
Give yourself grace. Making a poor choice today doesn’t write off the rest of the week. It takes time, enjoy the process don’t view it as a “diet or a time of restriction”. We need to enjoy life, there are good days and bad days but it’s all a process of learning and establishing new better habits.
Your turn now; what 1 thing would you like to ask me?
What is your favourite success story?
Thanks for the question!
My favorite success story was of a husband & wife couple that signed to PLT Nutrition. 1 week into the program the wife felt she couldn't fit the tracking into her busy life with school etc. I spoke to her personally and explained how tracking is an added process initially but soon becomes second nature and takes minutes each day. I asked her to continue for 4 more weeks and if she still found it hard to fit into her daily life I would give her a full refund. She never contacted me personally again and one day she posted on our PLT Community how she'd lost close to 20lb and felt the best she'd felt since college!!!
I just loved that, what a success story!
This was an awesome question because all our successes are AWESOME, from the people that stop using insulin or other medication because of working with PLT Nutrition coaches, to the people that lose weight to fit into their wedding day dress and the people that gain muscle and strength and compete - all are special to PLT!