WOW. Such inspiration today! Kristen has been using the 21 Day Intermittent Fasting Program for about a year now and had seen some great success... but then experienced a weight loss plateau.
One strategy that the 21 Day Intermittent Fasting Program emphasizes is the importance of using resistance (or strength) training alongside Intermittent Fasting to help accelerate fat loss results. That's why it includes a 3 week workout program to pair with the meal plan.
I'll let Kristen take it away from here...
"And I was FINALLY able to break through my 7 month long plateau! I lost about 15 more pounds, my body fat percentage has gone down, and I’m the strongest I’ve been in a long time."
Say hello to Kristen!
Tell us about yourself!
I’m 34 years old. Just moved to Oklahoma this past summer for a new job. I’m a middle school assistant principal.
Which Intermittent Fasting Program have you been following?
What was your main wellness goal with the 21 Day Intermittent Fasting Program?
For this challenge I decided to incorporate the strength training, which I hadn’t done in the previous challenges. My goal was to break through my plateau and hopefully see some body recomposition.
Did you have any hesitations before starting?
I’d been hesitant for over a year in adding in the strength training because the way my brain thinks is, “Well, I don’t want to do something if I don’t see myself doing it when I’m a lot older!” I didn’t want to start using weights and then later on stop and my body go back to “blah”.
What's the biggest wellness change you've experienced?
I hadn’t done strength training exercises in YEARS so I literally started the first week just doing the motions with the movements, no weights. I felt silly but my body needed to adapt. Each week I went up to a heavier set of dumb bells (3lbs, 5lbs, currently doing the exercises with 8 lb weights!) So that was a win.
And I was FINALLY able to break through my 7 month long plateau! I lost about 15 more pounds, my body fat percentage has gone down, and I’m the strongest I’ve been in a long time.
Have you tried anything else in the past to achieve your wellness goals?
Prior to intermittent fasting and learning about the science behind weight loss I had tracked my “macros” and before that, calories. I haven’t tracked either of those in over a year ever since I started following AEN.
What are your favorite meals from the 21 Day Intermittent Fasting Program?
I love all of Autumn’s smoothies and also the Pumpkin Chili Goodness 🤤
Did you have a nutrition nerd moment?
I could totally nerd out about any of Autumn’s information she gives. Anytime my friends ask me about the wellness success I’ve had I ALWAYS refer them to her videos or I’ll text them one of the videos that I feel like goes with a question they asked me haha.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I’m really glad I decided to finally incorporate the strength training. I’d gotten results from doing the challenges and following Autumn’s protocols and principles. But adding the weights was definitely a game changer! Looking back, I’m not embarrassed that I only started with the motions with the exercises… I was able to get stronger and my mindset the whole time has just been, “SOME is better than NONE.”