Before and after The Peak Week 5 Day Shred
You think youre too old - please read on
Recently you reiterated a challenge to look 3 years into the future and visualize what you want for your life to be. I did so, and wrotedown my goals. But I also have the opportunity to look back! I looked at where I was then as opposed to what I am now.....and what I would have been now if Ihad not met you.
I was a nurse practitioner with a specialization indiabetes. I taught carbohydrate counting classes and, to my credit, I taught about hyperinsulinemia and its effects. I stressed the benefit of exercise. My goal was to teach people how they could successfully control their blood glucose levels, and thereby keep healthy hearts, kidneys, eyes and nervous systems. I fervently sought to educate and inspire.
So when I came to meet you, I was no stranger to information about nutrition and physiology.
I thought I knew what I needed to know.
I was exercising, but not in the best way for my body type.
When I walked, my elbows rubbed against mywaistline.
I had 8 back rolls.
I had gradually developed central obesity.
I did not sleep enough and worse yet, I counted myself a noble martyr for it!
I was erratic about taking in enough water--with lots of excuses.
I knew protein was important but did not know the “why” so my intake was inadequate.
In August, 2019, I read your book When Calories and Cardio Don't Cut It. It was not the usual fluff. I read it and studied it like a textbook. I subsequently enrolled in “Mastering Midlife” and eventually took all of your classes. I completed every single zoom, either in person or by the recordings. I learned the “why” behind so many ways the body works including:
The value of intermittent fasting and its effecton adrenaline, cortisol and insulin.
How to use a glucometer to monitor insulinlevels and promote lipolysis.
How the magic of lipolysis can happen in theright environment.
Timing and content of meals to promote lipolysisand reduce hunger.
How to exercise smarter to maximize the benefitsfor my body type.
The power of developing tiny (relativelypainless) habits.
How to increase activity (NEAT) without spendingmore time exercising.
Now I can use knowledge of LPLactivation/suppression to outsmart the aging process.
The benefit of adequate sleep for hormonalbalance (especially cortisol) and calorie burn.
Cortisol, Leptin, Ghrelin – magnificentinformation!!
Making adequate hydration a habit.
The “why” of protein to keep my muscle, nomatter how old I get!
Supplements for cellular and mitochondrialhealth and hormone balance.
Learning to like new foods..... and dropping afew! Food preferences can be changed.
Labels-labels-labels to keep my gut and liverhappy.
Facing a deep-down painful reason for wanting to lose weigh after decades of “darts”.
I have lost 16-20 pounds and kept it off for 571 of 600 days.
My elbows do NOT rub my waist when I walk. (My elbows feel nothing but air!)
I have only one back roll left (7 are gone) and my back actually has some definition. That's also been the case for 571/600 days.
My blood sugar levelsare stable and the lack of spikes and valleys has eradicated cravings and impulsive eating almost all of the time. If it happens, I understand why and know how to fix it.
I sleep more and feel no quilt! (The same is true for my hubby and he no longer takes a controlled-drug to sleep and was able to get long-term care insurance because of this fact!) If we want, we sometimes take the sleep formula you created.
I do a 5-minute plank as part of my exercise plan! This isnot bragging --- it is a fact resulting in my time with you, Joanne!
I am smiling as I write this!
I am 72 years old. Knowledge and restraint will always be required for me to just stay where I am.
But I wanted to break through another plateau and set a new 600-day goal, so after Thanksgiving and up until Christmas, here were my written goals:
Water intake of 96 oz. per day with measuring,logging and no days off.
Carbohydrate + fat equal to or less than 30 gper meal with measuring, logging, and no days off.
Protein 120 grams per day, with measuring,logging and no days off.
Joanne, the first week was like Peak Week!! Of course, you were right. The measuring had become lax and the dietary fat content too high.But I am back in control. These things will soon be habits!
I envision myself three years from now and work toward it.You realize that I'll be 75 by then --- but at least it'll be a good 75. As you've said, “consider the alternative if I give up!” The proof of the power of self discipline is seen in the wreckage of its absence.
When you called me on the phone 4 years ago, you were right – I wasn't too old!
Thank you for that!
Every year, as the New Year approaches, David and I think about who has made an impact on our lives in the past year. For the last three New Year's Eves --- it has been you, Joanne. You are again my “New Year's Eve Person”.
I will always be so grateful.
Having trained with some of the biggest names in the fitness industry I thought I had seen and heard it all. That is until I trained with Joanne!
What makes her unique is her ability to figure out what works best for each individual and then to put it into a workout that is fun and geared towards rapid results.
Joanne is a true inspiration and her passion for life and fitness is contagious. I have recommend Joanne to many people and would not hesitate to do so again and again.
Joanne is the ultimate fitness and lifestyle coach.
I cannot speak more highly of Joanne. I met her when I was 23 (now 35) and she changed my life. She taught me everything I know about food, the body and exercise. She’s so knowledgeable, professional and compassionate. She’s a rare gem! She is dedicated to helping her clients achieve long time success and HEALTH! I couldn’t recommend her more!
I bought Joanne’s book and found it very informative about body composition. After reading it twice, I contacted her about 1 to 1 coaching for nutrition. She customized a meal plan that supported my goals and also helped me with an exercise plan. She answered all my questions along the way and was very helpful and supportive. I have been able to lose 50+ lbs. of body fat on her plan and feel great. She is a great person to work with. Thank you Joanne!
Review (amazon book)
"Joanne Lee takes training and nutrition to a whole new level. Joanne doesn't just speak it, she lives it, and in doing so inspires everyone around her. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have worked with such an wonderful, knowledgeable and awe inspiring person. What once only seemed like a impossible dream for me, was turned into a reality with Joanne's vision, dedication, patience and guidance. Her wisdom goes beyond the gym or the kitchen, it carries with you through everyday life. "