A 3 minute read.
What’s your name and where do you come from?
Trisha Welsh - I grew up in Central Ohio, lived in Allentown Pennsylvania for 8 years and recently moved to Richmond Virginia. End of the month will be 2 years since moving.
Do you have a family and what’s your profession?
Last month I celebrated my 6 year wedding anniversary with my husband, Shayne. He is Canadian from Huntsville, Ontario. We met online and dated long distance for 2+ years. His job is what caused us to move in together from Ohio and Canada to Pennsylvania in 2010. We have a 4 year old son, Parker. He is a VERY active and imaginative young boy who is always on the run...literally running everywhere. Last year we adopted Henry, our rescue dog. The attached picture is of us four and the struggles of taking a nice family photo with a small child and a dog trying to appear like a normal high functioning family.
My profession is in multi-unit restaurant management. I've worked for Panera Bread for 13+ years, and I'm currently the Area Director in Richmond. I have 8 locations and an incredible team of people who I lead and always try to set a positive example for them.
How did you get introduced to PLT?
I used to attend the same gym as Tracy O'Connell. Her and I kept in touch over the years and when I was serious about weight loss, I reached out to her for recommendations and she spoke so highly of PLT. I trust Tracy's judgement, and decided to give it a shot. I'm also friends with a previous client, Jessica Jacquot, and she encouraged me to sign up as well.
Who is your coach?
The wonderful Miss Amy
Name 3 things that sum up your thoughts on your coach
1. Accountability....with a little well deserved tough love :)
2. Kindness - she would help me see the small victories when I struggled to see them myself.
3. Patience - for all the types I was late turning my tracker in...i'm so sorry! your patience makes you a saint!
Are you engaged in regular exercise/a sport?
Now I am, but I wasn't always. I took about a 2 year break from Crossfit and started again in January. My healthy journey with PLT gave me the confidence to go back. In addition I'm forcing myself to run outside. I hate running, running hates me....so we will learn to get along so I can catch up with my 4 year old before he can outrun me. (he is close!)
How did you find your PLT onboarding experience & community experience?
I love the community. I was very unsure of what to expect in the beginning as I have never had a formal coach or nutrition program but it was easy! Coach Amy gave me all the tools I needed and it took off from there!
What dieting programs had you tried previously and what makes PLT standout from previous programs?
I used to take all the weight loss meds and would buy into any gimmick that would convince me I can lose weight. I've struggled with body image and weight my whole life (even when I was at my fittest, I had little to no confidence).
PLT is different because it broke down the science of weight loss without being hungry all day. Before PLT, I didn't want to believe that calorie deficit was the answer. I would eat "healthy", eating the stupid salad and drink all the water but still no weight loss. I was convinced something was wrong with me, even to the point that I had my Thyroid tested (...it's slightly underactive but not enough to cause problems). I also had a fear that if I restricted calories I would develop an unhealthy eating disorder. I also didn't understand Macros. I knew what they were but not how sourcing calories in the right amount of macros would make a difference in weight loss. PLT taught me that I'm not broken, I can lose weight and if I understand how my body ACTUALLY works and not how I THINK it works. In essence, I started to trust the science and trust my coach.
What was your driving reason for joining PLT?
Many reasons. I used to be fit-ish and healthy, and I miss the energy level I had. After I had my son, I gained 30+ pounds in about 6 months, and 50 lbs in about a year. My family of origin has a long history of poor health from poor decision making, and I really started to fear I was going to be like them. I don't want to be diabetic and have high blood pressure in my 30's. My husband and son are very active and deserve a mom/wife who can keep up with them. I also lead a team of 300+ people. If I am to be the role model I want to be, I need to physically take care of myself so I can lead by example. I know I will have more energy and stamina if I take care of my physical body. My family and my team deserves the best of me, and not just what's leftover.
How much weight have you lost with PLT?
28 total and 22lbs since starting PLT! started my health journey at 211, joined PLT at 205 and I hit 183 two weeks ago.
What non-scale successes have you found since joining PLT?
I can run a mile without dying anymore. I'm not fast, but I am consistent. I returned to the gym and I'm thriving! It's such a confidence booster. Clothes are starting to fit better and better. The best non-scale success is when I get a compliment from someone who notices I'm working hard at losing the weight.
How have you increased your nutritional education since PLT?
I've learned so much! The community questions and posts have been true eye-openers. I generally struggle eating protein, as I'm not a big meat eater, and many of the discussions have helped me find ways to increase protein intake. The most impactful learning has been portion size. There is no substitution for a scale. Once I learned what portions are supposed to be rather than what my eyeballs think they should be, I now understand why I struggled with weight loss for so many years.
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people considering joining PLT or new members?
Be patient and consistent. Consistency builds the habits that most people currently lack, and habits are what will give you long term success and not a quick fix. For me, PLT taught me the lifestyle change I needed to make if I want to achieve my long term goals.
...and a 2nd piece of advice....
This is a self motivated program. Your coach is there to be a coach but not to play your game for you. Before you join, understand your "whys" for wanting to start and make sure they are strong enough that you won't want to quit on yourself.
Your turn now; what 1 thing would you like to ask me?
What is your "why" that drives you to have this company and help so many people live a healthier lifestyle?
Thanks for the question!
I became interested in nutrition after my own journey to lose weight and get fit again for my future and family's. Coaching people for nutrition and helping them achieve a healthier lifestyle is a real blessing to me. Clients connect deeply and share a lot of information with us, they let us into their lives and we feel every peak and trough of their journey. It has so many magical moments. Seeing them transform weekly is amazing, and I don't refer to the aesthetics, but the transformation of self. Their internal emotional changes are way more than the external physical transformation everyone sees. Watching them overcome their struggles keeps all us coaches motivated to help more people!
Hi, I'm Paul Leonard.