A 3 minute read.
What’s your name and where do you come from?
Hi, my name is Eunice Joannys Zea and I am from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. I have been living in Pittsburgh, PA since 2014.
Do you have a family and what’s your profession?
I am an English Language Specialist (ELS) teacher in Mathematics for grades 1st-5th in Pittsburgh and I have been married for almost 7 years to my husband Jovan Rohena and we have a beautiful fun toddler, Emmett, who is 2 years and 8 months. We also have an English Labrador, Jaxson, 5 years old.
How did you get introduced to PLT?
I was introduced to PLT by the members of St. Clair Fitness Center, especially Arianna Chiani Welling.
Who is your coach?
The best motivator and cheerleader in town, Paul Leonard!
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach
1. Amazing motivator
2. Finder of a person’s potential to maximize the best of them
3. Knowledgeable & Committed to us
Are you engaged in regular exercise/a sport?
Yes, I love to lift weights, attend my spinning classes, and enjoy outdoor activities. I am now committed to learn more about running and to find my pace.
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
My PLT experience has been the best experience to reach my fitness and wellness goals. During this experience, I reached my weight goal faster than ever before but at the same time, I learned to enjoy new food items that I never liked before and I also learned so many new habits and ideas from our community. I have learned how my body functions and what meals go according to my plan and my body. I love that I can eat my chocolate, if it goes with my plan!
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
I've tried many of them! I tried the Counting Calories by myself, eating 1,200 calories a day for weeks without calorie changes and getting bored. I followed Keto, Paleo, Atkins, Military diets, and more. I did body builder meal plans and I even switched for a while to a vegan lifestyle. What stands out from PLT is definitely the 1-1 connection with a coach and receiving guidance from someone real, someone that went through the same experiences, someone who can answer your questions right away and plans accordingly to your needs and goals, and someone who cheers you up in every step or challenge along the way. PLT gave me this experience. One that was enjoyable and one where I was able to live life to my fullest potential while cutting and dropping weight without being hungry. I enjoyed every minute of the way.
What was your driving reason for joining PLT?
My driving reason was the amazing results from other PLT members and St. Clair Fitness members. I felt that I really needed to learn about how my body works and learn new dieting habits.
How much weight have you lost with PLT?
I have lost 14 pounds with PLT.
What non-scale successes have you found since joining PLT?
One of the non-scale successes from PLT is that I love the way I look. More than a weight on the scale, I really wanted to look fit because who wants to exercise a lot and not look like it? I am also loving that I can live life and enjoy so many different food items, that I never did before.
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
Honestly, my coach has taught me so much about macros and how they affect my body. With Paul, I have learned about cortisol, muscle glycogen, fluid fluctuations, women’s cycles and so much more. He is so knowledgeable and on every email he answers your questions with great facts to educate yourself on nutritional topics. The PLT private facebook community is also a great part of this nutritional education, in that group you learn from each others experiences, new facts, and new recipes to fit your desires and goals.
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
Enjoy the process, learn more about your body, ask all the questions you have, and look out for patterns on your meals and how your body reacts to the numbers. All these will help you during your plan but even better, for the rest of your life.
Your turn now; what 1 thing would you like to ask me?
Ummmm… What diets did you try before learning about Macros and Nutrition?
Hi Eunice thanks for the question!
Over the years I had done WW, Atkins, and even briefly the Cambridge Diet! Admittedly then I wasn't that heavy. Eventually, when I reached my peak weight and decided I needed to improve my weight and health for my family, I kind of did my own thing! Without any nutritional knowledge, I lost 57lb in 20 weeks by reducing alcohol, limiting bread and potatoes - I mean 'Atkins' right? Lol
I maintained this weight for 18 months before working with a coach myself and that's when I was exposed to macro based coaching which I liked but it was overly focused on macros. Macros are cool for nutritional awareness and a balanced plate of food but too much emphasis is given to them, its calories that are king, macros are the queen!