Brad Beetch Lost 40lbs with Mavie Nutrition and Fitness Client When I was ready to lose weight, I didn’t come to Mavie right away. I spent about nine months on my own, basically just running on a treadmill and trying to eat right. I lost some weight, but I wasn’t getting any stronger, and before long I began to feel like I was playing a game with the scale. I’d weigh myself Friday, and then that meant I had the whole weekend to do, and eat whatever I wanted. By the time the week rolled around, I was starving myself just to get back to where I was. I didn’t have the energy to do my workouts, and by five in the afternoon I was hungry and tired. It was awful.
From the moment I started working with Mavie, it was fantastic. I signed up for the 90 day Comprehensive Get Lean and Healthy program, and it changed my world. I lost 40 lbs working with Mavie, and I’m doing things athletically that I haven’t been able to do since I was 24 years old. I’m stronger now, better conditioned, and I look forward to doing activities with my family. To put it short, I feel like I’m freaking killing it.
I consider myself a foodie, and I love to barbeque and develop my own rubs. When I started working with Mavie, the food was an exciting new experience—completely unlike what I expected going in. I expected a bunch of “diet food.” I expected to suffer through this thing for three or four months, lose the weight that I lost, and roll on. Instead, I’m walking out of this program feeling like I’ve changed the way I’ll eat and exercise for the rest of my life. I’ve redone all of my homemade rubs now to be healthier. I’m eating delicious recipes that keep me healthy and full—I honestly had no idea the food would be this good. I didn’t realize how much I would learn. Really, I don’t have enough positive things to say about this experience.
I travel for my job, and one of the things Mavie and I worked on was how to keep up my healthy eating on the road. Before started this program, I thought being health conscious while I traveled was just impossible. I wouldn’t do it. Now, I pack a cooler with my food and then I keep whatever we’ve picked out for my emergency snacks—beef jerky, protein packets—it’s a pretty easy deal. It just seems like a natural part of my life.
Aside from losing weight and wearing the same pant size I did in high school, one of the best parts of my work with Mavie has been learning how to move again. I grew up with a wrestling and power lifting background, so I’d never thought about using a Swiss ball or a kettle bell. But these new workouts with Mavie have been incredible. They’re each pretty intense, and they don’t take two hours. I go in, and in 60 minutes, I feel like I’ve done what I needed to for the day and I can get on with my work.
As I’ve changed and learned how to eat and move in an exciting new way, my family has been right there with me. My wife has been incredibly supportive, and we’ve gotten healthier together. My whole family has been impacted by this change—We’ll be doing a warrior dash together soon. I have a few centuries planned on the bike. My wife is doing some distance running. Working with Mavie has changed my world. The first meeting was good, and it stayed good, all the way through.
Kary Todd Age: 51 Nutrition Client I’m a foodie and I love everything—I love to cook. I’ve also always been an avid exerciser. Despite this, I could never seem to get a grip on my weight. I exercised consistently and tried to eat healthy, but my problem was always too many diets running around in my head. Every time I got on the scale, I felt like it was pass or fail. Had I lost the weight? If I hadn’t, I’d failed. When I came to Mavie at Strategic Nutrition and Fitness, it was something I’d wanted to do for a long time. I knew her reputation and I knew she doesn’t mess around. I was also apprehensive. In my 51 years, I’ve been on so many bad diets.
What I quickly learned was that this wasn’t just a diet. It was a lifestyle change. With Mavie, I lost 48 pounds, and turned my health around. My father died of a heart attack at 40, so that’s always been on my mind. When I started with Mavie, I was at risk for many serious health issues. By the end, I was healthier than I’d been in a long time.
The beauty of my program with Mavie was that I stayed engaged. I was constantly excited about the new recipes and the new meal plans coming out for the week. I was eating delicious, filling foods, and all of my recipes were based on what I wanted and enjoyed eating. Very quickly, I felt the results. I was consistently dropping weight. I was hydrated, clear minded, and energized. It was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. Three days in it was like my brain just finally turned on.
I love to swim, and at a certain point I began to feel so much stronger and lighter. Overnight, I just felt like a bullet in the water. Now, I’m keeping up with people who used to pass me.
The best part of my work with Mavie has been the change in the way I feel about myself. I look at food now as nourishing and taking care of my body versus taking care of cravings. I like to visualize a light switch, and when I flip that switch, my cravings are gone. I’m done, too, with being controlled by the scale. I spent so much time associating who I was with the number on the scale. Mavie taught me to look to other areas, other successes. That scale: It’s just a number. It’s not who I am or how I measure my happiness. It’s just a number, and there’s no power in that.
Today I feel strong, powerful, and light. I’ve kept the weight off, and the changes in my life have been significant. I spend 8 hours each day at my job. After that, I go straight into coaching a local swim school. My work demands endurance and energy—something I have more of now. Each day, I feel more effective.
The best part? I used to do events just to get through them. That was the goal: Make it through. Now, I focus my energy on pushing myself, on getting better, on excelling. My program with Mavie wasn’t hard. Everything that came before it was.
An Open Letter to One of the Hardest Working, Most Inspiring Athletes I Know
When I first met Keith Sams in Fall of 2012, he was 45 pounds heavier than he is now, but had already lost a great deal of weight. He came into our meeting with all of his exercise stats from the past 6 months totaled, which included exactly 3325 miles of cycling and 450 miles of running. He described himself as obese, told me how much weight he had already lost, how much more he wanted to lose, how much faster he wanted to get, and all the reasons why. He also said he didn’t “want to wear the scarlet letter of obesity” anymore, and wanted to be Keith LITE! He then detailed all of the things he had already changed in his diet, and that he would be a dedicated client and work really hard to accomplish anything that he needed to do to accomplish his goals of losing weight, being healthier, and getting faster on the bike. Running was something that he enjoyed, but cycling was his biggest goal. He and his wife Cara were soon to be “empty nesters” and he wanted them to be healthy and active and go on fun trips.
Wow, I must say I was a bit overwhelmed by the intensity of this guy! He talked fast, and abundantly, smiled most of the time, and surprisingly, when he stopped talking, was a fairly attentive listener. We set out on the task of accomplishing his goals. By February of 2013 he was at his goal weight, feeling great, running and riding faster, and about to explode with excitement about all the events he wanted to take on as the “new and improved, lean and healthy Keith!” You could hardly keep this guy’s feet on the ground he was so high on how good he felt! During 2014, Keith and I worked together on some of his athletic goals, including multi-day cycling events, multiple half marathons, a couple of marathons, the list goes on. Keith could tell you every single one, and all of his stats on them, in great detail! We learned a great deal about working together, he learned to ask and clarify, he learned that rest, recovery, flexibility, fueling, and hydration were all part of the training formula, not just doing the miles or the hours. We talked often about respecting your body’s work, and giving it time to heal, replenish and recover. Even if Keith didn’t get the execution right on something, you could count on him putting forth a Herculean effort. This turned out to be a very important thing to learn about working with Keith. If for some reason he got off on a sidebar, or didn’t clearly understand the path, he’d be so dug in and busy trying to accomplish what he perceived as the goal, you could hardly rein him in to re-direct or reset! This ability to put his head down and accomplish the task at hand is one of his greatest assets, and little did he or anyone else know, it would be put to the test in a very real, and serious manner. In 2015, Keith snagged a lottery spot for the NY Marathon. This was a bucket list goal, and he wanted to be in prime condition to have his best marathon ever. He and Cara would make a fun trip out of the event, and the wheels were already turning in his mind. Keith asked me if I would help him prepare for the marathon, and we discussed all of his goals, what was realistic, and I agreed to be his coach. Following his early summer conclusion of distance cycling events, Keith was ready to start his training for the NY Marathon which was in Nov. of 2015. Right up through late August training was going well.
In Late August, while in Atlanta for business, Keith participated in a Half Marathon event and suffered a stroke. His physicians believe the stroke occurred during the early miles of the half marathon, but in his finish the workout mindset, Keith endured all 13.1 miles, and finished. He then went back to his hotel and proceeded to collapse. It wasn’t until much later that he called anyone for help. He assumed he was just tired, dehydrated and disoriented from the heat during the run and didn’t fully grasp the serious nature of his problem. Thankfully his friend and his wife convinced him to get to go to the hospital. There his road to discovery and recovery began. This is an excerpt from the email I got from Keith less than two weeks after his stroke:
To some extent he’s treating my recovery as you would for a post-concussion recovery. Because of that and some lingering vertigo-like symptoms (knocking things off the counter, bumping into things), he did put in place several restrictions for the next 30 days:
· No driving
· No running (walking is approved with no restrictions to speed or intensity).
· Restricted core. I can do core, but I have to avoid the specific exercises that put pressure on the head (pushups).
· He did approve swimming and cycling on the trainer! Thus I have a number of options to maintain my fitness and help me prep for a full-time training after the 30 days.
· He did approve light yardwork (really all yardwork but said to use common sense on those).
· Additionally, he said that I would not get medical clearance for any marathons for 90 days. This will officially end my NY Marathon aspirations, but does not rule out Disney in January 2016! I have never met a person more determined to recover and conquer again, and exercise was going to be his way to do it. Think what you like, but he grabbed onto these goals and held on for dear life! Frankly, I was a little worried that he was going to push himself too far, too soon, or go against his doctor’s advice. He did none of that. He walked, he was patient, he started strengthening the weakened side of his body. He slowly returned to running and cycling, he took breaks often and as needed. He ate healthfully to help his body heal, he listened to his wife when she said he needed to take a break. In short, he was humble but determined. Fast forward to November 7, 2016, just a little over a year later, and Keith Sams is finally getting to run his NY Marathon! Please join me in wishing Keith a great adventure with his wife, a wonderful experience in the marathon. He is trained and ready, and has a fabulous plan to smile the whole way, while still striving to accomplish some personal goals. This guy has put in the blood, sweat and tears. He has completed every workout, taken every rest day, and earned a big accomplishment already. Best of Luck Keith! Thanks for the opportunity to be on your team. I am humbled, and impressed by you. Have a blast in NY with Cara! - Mavie
Mike Chown Age: 26 Nutrition , Coaching, and Personal Training Client
My work with Mavie began two years ago. I set out with clear goals and a desire to increase my muscle mass while dropping fat. The results have been remarkable. My body composition has, without a doubt, changed completely. I began by signing up for Mavie’s 12-week Get Lean and Healthy program. In those first months, I changed my body fat composition from 22 percent to 6 percent without dropping any weight. I learned how to eat healthfully around my work schedule, and discovered ways to make my eating and exercise more effective. From there, I knew I wanted to take my fitness abilities to the next level, but I still had a long way to go when it came to knowing how to manage my workouts.
With Mavie’s help I enjoyed customized food planning, weekly motivational coaching, and exercise guidelines that provided the structure and the tools I needed. Mavie’s expertise helped me to pull a health and fitness 180. I felt better, healthier, stronger. When I look in the mirror, I see the results of my work with Strategic Nutrition and Fitness, and I couldn’t be happier.
Mavie not only gave me workouts that were both different and more effective than what I had been doing, she also planned delicious, healthy meals that I enjoyed eating. Her recipes are mouth-watering, easy to make, and so nutritiously balanced that I never feel bad about eating them. Mavie also helped me to correct my hydration habits, encouraging me to drink water and to drink it often.
After getting my body composition where it needed to be, I have continued to work with Mavie on my training program and in personal training sessions. She keeps the workouts fresh and exciting. Each day, she challenges me to be my best. I have complete confidence in Mavie’s abilities as a health and fitness coach. As long as you follow her plan, you will look and feel great.
When it comes to working with Mavie, do not hesitate! Her program will change how you eat, how you look, and how you approach working out.
Best of luck,
Priscilla Barnes Age: 60 Get Lean and Healthy Client
When I called Mavie, I was in a desperate spot. At 60 years old I had given up on my health and fitness and was eating out for almost every meal. When my sister invited me to start a new fitness program, I told her I just didn’t care anymore. After years of struggling with my health and weight, I felt like I’d tried every diet, every health craze, and nothing stuck. Interestingly, not long after, I bumped into some family friends who looked fantastic. When I asked what they’d been doing, they told me I needed to check out Strategic Nutrition and Fitness with Mavie. I was skeptical. What could be different about this program, I thought.
When I walked into Mavie’s office, I was immediately struck by her devotion to my health and wellbeing. She was both honest, educated, and professional about the specific problems I was facing. I don’t think I actually grasped that day the importance of what I was doing for myself. At my age and weight, I was a high-risk candidate for heart disease, diabetes, and other medical issues. My energy was low, my mood was dark, and in general, I was feeling unhappy with myself. In the span of just a few months, Mavie and I turned all that around.
The changes started out small, but specific. Mavie developed a nutrition program tailored to my personal calorie needs and diet preferences. She challenged to get involved. Together, we found healthy foods and recipes that I enjoyed. I began to carve out time for my own health. Over time, I started to try new foods that she recommended, and today I’m eating delicious meals that I never would have thought to make before.
As I progressed through the Comprehensive Get Lean and Healthy Program, my contact with Mavie became increasingly important. Together, we created a new healthy lifestyle that included my friends and family. If I went out to a restaurant, I knew that I could take a picture of the menu, text it to Mavie, and get a quick response with meal recommendations. When I travelled, we found ways that I could stay on my healthy eating plan and work out. Even more importantly, Mavie helped me change the focus of my health goals. In the past, I was obsessed with the scale. When I worked with Strategic Nutrition and Fitness, I learned that those numbers weren’t nearly as important as how I felt. I had more energy, I was sleeping better, I was happier. As I lost fat, I gained muscle.
Today, I’m moving with a confidence I’ve never experienced. When my husband suggests a bike ride to the square, I agree with enthusiasm. A year ago, I wouldn’t have even thought I’d be able to ride that distance. In the spring, I took my grandchildren to an indoor water park. I wore a swimsuit and chased them through the water. I was cute as a button, and everyone in my family commented on how healthy and happy I looked.
I can’t even express the full extent of what my work with Strategic Nutrition and Fitness has done for me. I went from someone at high risk for health problems, to a happy, athletic, good-looking woman. I feel wonderful, both emotionally and physically. When I wake up each morning, I know that I don’t want to lose where I am right now, and I feel confident that I won’t. I know that Mavie cares about my health and fitness, and I’ll never hesitate to reach out again if I need help. In the end, I understand that my wellbeing is not a destination, but a continuous journey. That used to worry me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can tackle anything, and I’m not afraid to try.
John Neihouse Age: 52 Competitive Cyclist, Sports Nutrition Client
I’ve ridden a bike recreationally for years. I didn’t begin racing until I became friends with some local cyclists and attended their events as a spectator. Before long, watching wasn’t enough. I signed up for a race of my own. Immediately, I loved it. Since then, I’ve been training and racing competitively.
Unfortunately, passion for a sport doesn’t necessarily translate into doing everything right. Before I met Mavie, I was probably one of the worst athletes in terms of my nutrition. I wasn’t eating well and I definitely wasn’t drinking enough water. After a hard weekend of racing, I used to come back to work feeling almost like I had a hangover. I was run down, exhausted, and sluggish.
A friend and fellow athlete recommended that I get in touch with Mavie at Strategic Nutrition and Fitness. I signed up for her comprehensive and sports nutrition coaching. From there, I’ve never looked back.
One of the first things I discovered was that Mavie’s work is definitely not a cookie-cutter operation. She spent a lot of time with me, getting to know my goals and what my focus was. Beyond that, she was always available when I needed advice, or to make last minute alterations to my plan.
It didn’t take long for the benefits to kick in, either. I was surprised by how much better I felt. After a long weekend of racing, instead of feeling like I had a hangover, I was refreshed. I was hydrated, my recovery time after workouts was shorter, and my body fat decreased. As a cyclist, you always want to be as lean as possible. When I’m out on the bike for anywhere from 2 to 5 hours, I can feel the difference that lost weight makes.
Other members of my support team noticed the changes as well. My massage therapist commented that my muscles were not anywhere near as tight. Before, stretching had been like plucking guitar strings.
This year, I did the Joe Martin Stage Race, and I have never performed so well. I attribute that, in large part, to my work with Mavie. Her help filled a very serious gap in my overall training. I wasn’t hydrating enough. I wasn’t eating properly. Now I feel like I’ve got that whole process down, and it makes me more confident every time I enter a race.
As I continue to compete, Mavie and I stay in touch. I eat the foods she recommends and cook with her recipes. With each new bike ride, I reap the benefits.
Margie Moldenhauer Age: 62 Nutrition and Coaching Client
I have worked with Mavie at Strategic Nutrition and Fitness multiple times over the past five years. The first time, she changed my life. Before Mavie, I was unhappy with the way I looked, the way I felt. Sonic was a twice a week stop and when I looked forward to the next phase of my life, I was worried by what I saw. My family tree has not had, historically, the greatest health in later life. I realized that another few decades of physical decline was not what I wanted.
I had several friends who had worked with Mavie. From them, I heard dozens of wonderful things about her. Before long, I had called her up and we scheduled a meeting. Immediately, I understood that Mavie was not only an immensely professional and educated person, but also a very kind, inspiring, and supportive coach. She listened to what I said, to my individual struggles, and together we found foods, workouts, and schedules that fit my lifestyle.
The benefits I achieved are without measure. I lost 37 pounds. At 58, I ran a marathon. Beyond that, I felt younger and more adventurous. Working with Mavie gave me a new way of life that I had never taken advantage of before.
The best part about my work with Mavie, is that I am always able to return to her. I’ve gained so much since our first meeting. I’m lighter now. It shows in my face and my body that I am healthier, and the comments I’ve received—people who have known me for years can hardly believe my transformation. I don’t want to lose those changes, and I know that I can always call Mavie when I need to get refocused.
A while ago, I saw a news clip about a 92-year-old woman who had just run a marathon. Immediately, I thought, that could be me. Thanks to my work with Mavie, I know that it really can. Today I’m doing things I never would have imagined just a few years before. I’m an athlete and a healthy eater. I look at this next phase of my life as a wish granted.
To my friends who are also struggling to improve, I say this: If you’re ready to look better, feel better, and make changes, go see Mavie.
Matt Long Age: 27 Triathlon and Personal Training Client
My work with Mavie has involved both triathlon training and personal training sessions and workout plans. In her training plans, Mavie provides a personalized strategy that is tailored to both your end goals and your current abilities. She builds a bridge that challenges you while not overextending you, limiting the risk of overexertion and injury. As you progress, the plans continue to change in pace with your abilities. Group and one-on-one training sessions provide real-time coaching on form, race prep, and race simulations. I would recommend Mavie as a coach to anyone looking to grow within the sport of triathlon!
Ultimately, Mavie is highly skilled at developing training plans catered to your individual needs. She has creative workouts that I had never performed before and which challenged me in new ways. Upfront, we focused on areas in which I needed to improve my strength and endurance. Over the course of 3 months, I had increased my flexibility, gained strength, and maintained lean muscle. This customer approach is something you can’t get from out of the box training plans!
Deloris Hudson Age: 60 Nutrition and Coaching Client
When Deloris retired from her job at the U.S. Post Office after 31 years, she decided to start running. As a newcomer to sports, Deloris took her first step into the racing world with a 5K in June of 2013. The run was rewarding, but as Deloris neared the finish line, her energy dwindled. She had to stop and walk the last 200 yards.
Determined to keep running and pursue a new, healthy lifestyle, Deloris found Mavie. Deloris and Mavie met at a Hogeye Half Marathon training group in 2014, where Deloris was a novice runner. Inspired by her training and Mavie's coaching, Deloris signed up for the Strategic Nutrition and Fitness Performance Coaching Program. Mavie's 12-week program gave Deloris the support and information she needed. Each week, Deloris received a customized training program, personal training sessions, and sports nutrition guidance. Before long, Deloris was running farther, faster, and feeling better than she had her whole life. Deloris did complete her half marathon, and a year later, she had doubled the distance! Deloris and Mavie maintained close contact with weekly meetings, emails, and texts. Together, they ensured that Deloris was a healthy, injury free athlete. In March, 2015, Deloris ran the Hogeye Marathon. Mavie cheered at the finish line as Deloris completed 26.2 miles ahead of her goal time, passing through the archway at the end of the race with a big smile.
Deloris still wakes up each morning and eats the breakfast Mavie recommends, and when she laces up her shoes and hits the road, she remembers the way it felt to cross that finish line. As for her next adventure, she's not sure yet what it will be, but she knows that when she does figure it out, Mavie will be there to help—every step of the way.