Beyond Macros clients are real people, with real obstacles, just like you. In our client success spotlights, we dive in to the learn how they overcame obstacles, the lessons that stuck with them, and the advice they would give a new Beyond Macros coaching client.
Allie Flinn lost 15lbs in her first 12 weeks, and overcame the chronic fatigue that plagued her for over a year by making nutrition and lifestyle changes. You can learn more about how she successfully completed this 180 degree transformation below!
What was the problem you were facing before working with a Beyond Macros coach?
It would be first, I was gaining a lot of weight and that was directly tied into my fatigue. I was super, super, SUPER tired all the time. I couldn’t wake up, I was having trouble functioning during the day because I was so exhausted. And then I wasnt working out as much, I wasn’t eating as well, and that led to weight gain. I just needed to get back on track.
What obstacles did you face in making nutrition changes before Beyond Macros?
I was tired. It was just the fatigue. I was so tired and had all these different tests done and nobody could tell me why I was so tired. I was off and on, sporadically going to the gym and eating well for one week and then falling off the wagon the next. It went on like that for a year, and I just couldn’t get myself back on track. I couldn’t get up in the morning. I was just sad.
How did Beyond Macros Help you solve this problem?
I had somebody to hold me accountable for what I was eating, and I had to track my food. After taking a week to track what I ate normally, I realized, ‘wow, I eat a lot of carbs and very little protein.’ Even though I thought I was eating healthy foods I realized I wasn’t eating enough, or the right ones. Knowing that coach Matt was going to look over my food journal, and also the lab tests he ran, and lifestyle and supplementation recommendation helped be get back on track and have been really helpful.
What lessons did you learn that will stick with you?
Tracking. I think that has been helpful. I kind of got how much protein and carbs are in certain foods, so I can eyeball it. I also think that having a nightly ritual, and taking time for me, and making sure I do that on a regular basis has helped with my stress and my sleep is better. Also, leaving out foods that make me feel gross. I did that over the holidays and when I started eating better again, I felt better. I had felt icky, and immediately felt better when I got back.
What advice would you give to somebody thinking about starting with Beyond Macros?
Just do it. I was afraid for a while to do it, I was afraid to share all this stuff with somebody else. You have to realize the coaches are here to help you, and not judge and say, ‘you’re awful’. Just don’t be afraid to start. Sharing your weight, body measurements and all your food is worth it!
Before you started working with Beyond Macros, was there anything you were worried about?
Same thing, I was afraid to come back to CrossFit to workout, too because I got so far from where I wanted to be and where I was before. I was embarrassed, and thought, ‘what if I can’t do it?’ If I do it on my own and fail, I’m like eh, well its just me that knows. But if other people see and know that I failed its scary, but I tried so many other things and nothing was working. I needed help and was just like “get over it, do it, commit”.
What turned your worries around?
Well I didn’t feel like Coach Matt were judging me. That was nice. I think also finding out from doing the labs testing that there was an issue, and being able to understand why its happening, and the way Coach Matt explained it to me helped me understand. I was still kind of nervous, I thought, ‘pictures, uh, do I really have to share EVERYTHING?!’ Its very personal, but Coach Matt was very welcoming and I knew that he knew what he was doing, so that helped.
Who is the Beyond Macros program right for?
People who struggle with food, and their relationship with food. Beyond Macros puts food in perspective. It’s about what you’re eating and how it affects your body. I was eating to do what I want to do vs. eating in a way that makes me feel sick. If someone has problems with their relationship to food, this turns it around so you have a much better relationship to food.