What we’ve accomplished with Leigh (and more importantly what Leigh has accomplished for herself) in the past 30 days was just step 1. The real success will be in keeping the momentum of this past month and ultimately reaching your goal weight.
We’re all very proud of the group effort it took to help Leigh on her journey to a totally new lifestyle. Each of us contributed our own expertise and then having Vanessa to document every waking moment was really a lot of fun. We all forged new friendships and provided a support system for Leigh and for each other.
So, next step for Leigh is to continue onward with everything she’s learned this past month and make it fit into her life from now on. For Charlie, Donna and Amy, we’re taking what we learned and crafting new programs that will enable anyone to accomplish what Leigh has done. While these new programs won’t be as intensive as this 30-day crash course, the principles remain the same. No fad diets, no fake food.
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Big loss a huge win in Key West fitness challenge
By CAMMY CLARK
KEY WEST — Leigh Smith, an out-of-shape, 240-pound mother of two, wanted to get healthy, but growing up on Southern fried food and routinely putting her family first, the 35-year-old admitted she didn’t know how.
Enter three Key West nutrition and fitness experts who spent November giving her a head-to-toe wellness makeover after choosing her from nearly 90 applicants for a “30 Days to Help Yourself Challenge.”
It wasn’t easy, but on Nov. 30, Smith showed off her new body, new confidence and new attitude about food and exercise at a celebration at Nine One Five Bistro and Wine Bar. Read more…
Special Thanks to:
Isle Style for the hair, make over and the clothes (1204 Simonton)
Cloud Nine for the Nails (1204 Simonton)
Amy takes Leigh’s final weight and measurements – how much weight did she lose??
Now Leigh is on her own she has to start planning her meals and thinking about what she is going to prepare for herself and her family. We took a trip to Voltaire books to check out what they had to help Leigh on her continuing journey.
Below is our current list of recommended books that are all available at Voltaire Books located on the corner of Simonton and Eaton Street. These books are more about the philosophy and thoughts behind our food than cook books, but they bring to light a lot of important facts and create a deeper understanding of how and why food is so important. We opened Leighs eyes to a lot of new ideas and thoughts and now she needs to develop those through her own research and reading. There are many cook books also available at Voltaire Books and we recommend you have fun browsing through the books and finding ones that you enjoy most.
In defense of Food – Michael Pollan
Omnivores Dilema – Michael Pollan
Botony of Desire – Michael Pollan
The Unhealthy Truth - Robyn O’Brien and Rachel Kranz
The End of Overeating – David A kessler
Clean – The revolutionary program to restore the body’s natural ability to heal itself – Alejandro Junger, M.D
Good Calories Bad Calories – Gary Taubes
Food Inc, – Karl Weber
Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front – Joel Salatin
A diet for a New America – John Robbins
The China Study – T. Colin Campbell
Not food related, but very important books:
The Power Of Now – Ekhart Tolle
A New Earth – Ekhart Tolle
It’s Monday 30th and Leigh’s challenge with us is up, but her life is changed forever. 30 days ago her kids had never eaten an orange. The only cooking she did was to open a package and pop it in the microwave or mini toaster oven. Now, she is eating fruits and vegetables all day long, roasting veggies to go with her husbands freshly caught fish, making her own smoothies, salad dressings and dairy free milks and her daughter is even asking for broccoli for breakfast.
30 days ago Leigh hardly went for a walk, now she is exercising vigorously for an hour a day, she has completed her second 5k with the 3rd next weekend. She is ‘running’ the Disney half marathon with her Mom early next year.
She feels great, looks fantastic and has lost a significant amount of weight.
Come and join us all Monday 30th December 6pm-8pm upstairs at Nine One Five, 915 Duval street. Find out how much weight Leigh has lost, see her after her make over and meet the team behind it all.
See you there!