Another year, another goal!
As most of you know, since deciding to change my lifestyle back in 2012, health and fitness has become a pretty big passion of mine. I’m continuously amazed by how much I continue to grow and learn on this journey, and am so excited by my most recent challenge!
While still being a HUGE proponent of Weight Watchers and still following the program’s philosophies (I now lead a meeting there once a week!), I was finding that with the intensive workouts I was doing six days a week, I needed to increase my food intake and eat even cleaner. That’s where Ricky Goodall comes in.
Ricky is a local entrepreneur who is involved in just about every aspect of health, wellness and fitness. This summer, my good friend Jad (who might I add is a HUGE inspiration for me) started a 12 week diet plan with him to get ready to turn the big 4-0. The results she had from the program were so incredibly amazing that I knew I just had to try it out for myself. Jad genuinely looks better than most 20-somethings I know and she had nothing but positive things to say with respect to her experience on the program.
So, this December I contacted Ricky and purchased his 12-week nutrition program. I’m nearing the end of my third week right now and am completely shocking myself. I have not once cheated on the program and my results (so far) are incredibly impressive (6.8 lbs in two weeks, 2 inches off my hips, an inch off my waist and an inch off my chest – I’ll take it!). I am someone who is obsessed with carbs and cheese, and I cannot believe how much I love this new way of eating! I can’t wait to share more details and pictures with you when I get a little further into the program!
In the meantime, check out this little interview I did with Ricky below! He’s got some pretty cool stuff happening in our local world of health and fitness, and I simply could not pass up sharing his story with you! The part that excites me most (aside from the AMAZING results that I’m getting) is that he is self-publishing a book via Kickstarter with 100% of the profits going to the Phoenix Youth Programs in Halifax. When you read below, you’ll understand why! Pretty powerful stuff.
1. What can I expect during my 12 weeks on the nutrition blueprint?
The 12 week program with The Nutrition Blueprint is designed to help the client learn the value of creating a routine with healthy eating and become more accountable and independent, ultimately leading to a healthy lifestyle. The average amount of fat lost in a 12 week period is typically 1 pound a week though the total weight loss during that time can be significantly higher when taking into account water and toxin loss as well. We try to focus more on measurements, how our clothes fit and our energy as the best measure of progress.
2. How soon do most people see results?
Most people feel more energetic and experience a loss of water retention within the first few days of being on their plan. As we eat cleaner it allows important neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin to be produced more efficiently therefore also increasing mood!
3. At what phase of someone’s fitness journey would you recommend eating clean vs simply counting calories?
Once a person has created a structure and routine while keeping themselves accountable they can switch to clean eating within a few months. Many of my clients might downgrade to a Mentorship Program with me once they have finished their plan which allows them to continue checking in weekly and also gives them other benefits like having me modify a recipe once a week, suggest alternatives and offer resources and advice.
4. Can you explain the benefit of eating 100 calories of clean, whole food vs 100 calories of something processed?
The Nutrition Blueprint is only partially based on calories and more focused on hormonal optimization and nutrient timing. As an example eating 100 calories from sweet potato and 100 calories from fruit will have an entirely different effect on our hormones, ultimately affecting our storage or burning of body fat. Calories might be understood as loose guide where these others aspects make up the technical aspects of the blueprint.
5. I hear you’re branching out. Can you tell us about it? (plug for new centre/book)
I’ve recently opened an Elevated Wellness Center in Halifax which offers nutrition coaching, herbal medicine, massage therapy, Reiki, Reiki Massage, personal training, yoga, meditation and more. We also carry supplements, superfoods, herbs and other natural products.
Other than that I’ve also finished writing my book The Elements which is a strategic guide to manifesting the life of our dreams. The concepts in the book have taken me from being homeless and jobless 8 years ago to living the life I am now. I’m in the process of raising funds through Kickstarter and 100% of profits are going to Phoenix Youth Programs in Halifax. Supporters can pre-order the book by choosing the $31 reward at www.whataretheelements.com which includes a paperback book and shipping worldwide.
6. How could your new book help people in their fitness goals? Or live a better life?
The book includes concepts and information as well as specific homework at the end of each section that will help the reader start to see progress as they’re reading the book. This book will quite literally help anyone manifest any dream they like into their lives simply by reading along and doing the work.
7. What would you say to someone who may not believe in “The Secret” philosophies?
The Secret is a nice introduction to these types of concepts but the truth is in my opinion it’s far too focused on materialism and has been marketed a bit misleadingly. It is loosely based on concepts that have been around for quite literally thousands of years though it’s a bit more complex than “positive thinking.” With the right information and tools a person can not only manifest the dream car or dream house but a very fulfilling life full of excitement and love.
8. You certainly seem to have a lot on the go! What’s your ultimate goal?
It might sound a little cheesy but my ultimate goal is to elevate the wellness of the world. It’s the name of my center for exactly that reason. When I began my journey of self-exploration it started with humility and surrender into admitting that I didn’t really know what I wanted but I had a great idea about what I didn’t want. The idea is to start by looking inside and making the changes there. When that happens we don’t need to change the world around us because it changes all by itself. It really is about being the change you want to see in the world because all change happens from within.