Last but certainly not least for our Honorable Mentions is Carleen Tucker.
Carleen’s journey with us began in October 2012. She came in feeling a little intimidated just like most of our new clients but quickly feel in love with everything we do at CRAIC.
The first Nutrition Challenge she participated in with us was NBC4 and this was her before picture.
She went on to win NBC6 and said “After winning NBC6 I found myself stuck in a rut and not really seeing much more change after my initial success in that challenge.”
At the end of 2014 she was in a rut – complaining about her weight, and lack of progress in the gym. After asking herself some hard questions she realized that the reason she wasn’t seeing any progress was because she wasn’t putting in the necessary work.
In January 2015 Carleen decided to step up her game and try something new, moving away from our No Bread principles where we primarily focus on the quality of the food you eat, and moving into doing Macros where we focus on the quantity of the food you eat.
At first glance a lot of our clients think that doing Macros is easier than No Bread because it allows for you to have a little more freedom with the types of foods you can eat and still produce results BUT it is far from easy. EVERYTHING you eat must be weighed and measured to fit your goals, activity level, and current weight. This requires a tremendous amount of commitment, individualization, and is not to be taken lightly. We like to say it’s the RX of Nutrition.
Carleen started working with Coach Sara (SCD) who immediately determined she wasn’t eating enough (extremely common) to achieve what she wanted.
Carleen’s introduction to this new protocol was ‘shaky‘ as she puts it. She gained weight the first week and felt like she was eating more food than any person trying to lose fat should be but taking the two foundational pieces of advice from Sara 1-Be patient, trust the process and 2- Communicate your concerns and needs she was able to stay the course and started to really get the hang of things after about two and a half weeks. Carleen says “Sara has been instrumental in this process, her commitment to my success has surpassed my expectations.”
Carleen is married to Coach Marc who helps her out with home workouts when she can’t make it into the gym , has 4 kids, and a full-time job working 45 hours a week managing a staff of 13 people. Her life is busy, as is everyones, but she doesn’t let any of it get in way of her accomplishing her goals. She makes it work.
Everyone has struggles on their path and hers were no different. Her journey has been filled with challenges, days where she thought it wasn’t working, and many other set backs but she stayed the course and kept pushing forward. Thats the huge difference maker between those who succeed and those who don’t.
Throughout NBC9 Calreen and fellow partner Inga Nelson – Team: Get It Right & Tight inspired everyone around them with their teamwork and support of each other.
Carleen reported perfect workout and food scores, and PR’d during DT completing the workout RX.
Carleen now says that this way of eating has become a lifestyle for her v.s. it being a ‘diet’.
“I don’t feel boxed in by what I can eat; I enjoy the flexibility of eating what I want. It also allows for more normalcies within our family because we are all eating the same thing. As far as measuring goes, I use measuring cups instead of serving spoons – ask anyone who has come to our house for dinner. I do ask if you would like a ¼ c or a ½ c of rice and how many ounces of chicken you want.”
Even now Carleen says that she has even bigger goals in mind and has no intention of slowing down any time soon.