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What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Melissa Sloan. I have lived in Morehead Kentucky for the last 2 years. I lived in Richland Washington before that.
Do you have a family and what’s your profession?
I am married to the best guy ever. Great support and encourager. I have 5 children. My oldest daughter is married and expecting our first grand baby. Our second daughter just got married. Our one and only amazing son is about to finish up a two year mission for our church. He has been in California. I have a 13 year old daughter at home and a 7 year old daughter at home. Love my family dearly. They are my life.
I have a degree. I graduated with my radiology tech degree. I worked taking cat scans for 18 years. I have been a full time stay at home mom for the last 4 years.
How did you get introduced to PLT?
I heard about PLT from my husband. He went to the gym with Amy Hill and was impressed with her fitness and progress and she told him about PLT. A long time later I got on board.
Who is your coach?
Amy Hill is my coach. She has been so great.
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach
* very very supportive
* challenges me and helps me set realistic goals
* listens to my crazy life but doesn’t let me make excuses.
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
It has been an amazing experience.
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
In the past I just “tried” to eat “healthy” with the little knowledge I had. I would do ok but not really see any results. I needed to be held accountable. I needed to actually “SEE” what and how
much I was eating. Way different than what I thought.
What was your driving reason for joining PLT?
My main reason for joining was for weight loss. I also wanted to not hate looking at myself and I wanted to feel better and not hurt all the time. I wanted to be stronger and more confident.
How much weight have you lost with PLT?
I lost 32 lbs
What non-scale successes have you found since joining PLT?
Some other wins for me have been getting stronger and almost being able to do my first pull-up. Doing full box jumps instead of step ups and full push ups. My confidence has increased and I enjoy getting dressed in the morning. Just feeling better.
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
I have learned that it’s a journey with lots of climbs and hills. Some harder than others. I still
struggle sometimes but I have learned so much during my time with PLT that I feel very confident in myself.
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
My advice would be to NOT give up ever. I have had some very challenging weeks and thought I’ve messed it all up, but just start again. Get back at it. One bit at a time. I try to count my small successes, because they do add up. I’m so so thankful for this journey and for my coach and all her support.
Your turn now; what 1 thing would you like to ask me?
My question for you would be, what’s the very best way to keep from slipping back into old habits and overcoming the fear of failure. And when I do slip, what do I do to get back and take off anything that’s been done or gained. What is the number one problem that you have seen that puts weight back on? Too much food, wrong food like too much fat or carbs, etc. Thanks so so much PLT for this journey and I hope to continue progressing!
Hi Melissa. Tks for the question!
We nearly all occasionally slip back into poor habits, poor habits are never that far away. There really is no failure, there’s always a positive process you can apply. It’s not important what you do occasionally, only what you do frequently that matters. If you falter or do something to cause your weight to bounce, it’s best to understand the reasons why, accept it and follow your processes you know work. Eating whole foods, drinking water and moving about.
The single biggest issue is when people don’t manage their increased weight. Maintenance is a calorie and weight range, your weight will go up and down. I feel it’s important to recognize when your weight is a little too high and then move to a lower calorie plan until you see a number on the scale you prefer. You have an issue when you don’t act on a high scale number and continue to consume more than you burn, then your weight increases again. This is statistically how people gain weight, less from constant overeating but more from spiked weight that's not acted upon and managed. Coach Amy will take you through these scenarios as you move more into maintenance.