Testimonial from a postpartum mom

A little over 2 months ago I started coaching my friend Jami so she could lose some weight and live healthier. She’s got some great results so far as you can see from her testimonial below.

Enter Jami…

I gained almost 70lbs throughout my pregnancy in 2013. This was mostly due to ridiculous cravings for all things fried and greasy and my lack of willpower to resist such things. Not to mention the sweet cravings that started in my third trimester and lasted well beyond giving birth.

I was a size 0 before getting pregnant, but even though I lost about 30lbs within a few weeks (which is typical after giving birth), I still had an extra 40lbs hanging around. By the time I reluctantly gave up my daily uniform of maternity clothes and leggings about 6 months after my son was born, I was shopping for a size 8. Although there is nothing wrong with being a size 8 if that is what you are comfortable with, I am 5’2” and was not comfortable in my own skin. I had a soft belly pooch which is to be expected to a certain extent for a few months after giving birth, but I so lovingly referred to this as my undeniable mommy gut. I also had a thighs and a booty that would surely get me a call from Sir Mix-A-Lot himself.

I was still eating fried, greasy crap, had at least half to a full sleeve of golden oreos every night because I had gotten into that habit while I was pregnant, only now there was no one in my belly burning off some of the extra calories for me. I drank a soda every day and stopped for fast food at least once a week because hunger would suddenly strike while I was out and about and resistance was futile against my greasy cravings. I felt run down, sluggish, and all around just blah.

And this was only partly related to my kiddo who refused to sleep longer than 3 hours at a time.

I hated not being able to say “no” to myself. I tried to eat healthier, but I sucked at meal planning and figuring out exactly what to buy for the week to have legitimate meals put together each night. So my husband and I would just fall back into the same go-to meals that we always had and I was bored with it, but I didn’t know how to fix it and our solution for getting out of the rut was to order out. By the time my son was 18 months old, I was frustrated and ready to make some changes toward a healthier lifestyle, not just for me, but for my son. Only I didn’t know how.

Enter Mike Doyle.

I had been following his blog, paleoRiot, and saw that he was looking for clients to work with as a health coach. I reached out to him and asked how he felt about working with a postpartum mom. He asked how I felt about making real change in my life. Mike and I had our first call 2 months ago. He asked me what my long term goals were and why I wanted to achieve those goals. By helping me find my “why” and setting weekly goals, Mike helped break down the process into smaller, simpler steps. That doesn’t mean it was easy, though. In 8 weeks, I have minimized my soda intake to just the weekends (and will eventually give it up altogether), haven’t even thought about golden oreos, and heavily reduced my carb intake.

I use the paleo diet as a guideline for my meals and have at least tripled the amount of vegetables I eat on a daily basis. Instead of wanting junk, my body literally craves kale and Brussels sprouts. If you had offered me Brussels sprouts 2 months ago, I would have punched you in the throat and fled the country. And that nasty weekly fast food habit?


Haven’t touched the stuff in 2 months. Not once. I even did a 10 day sugar-free challenge with my husband who has been resistant to making big dietary changes (it was actually his idea!). In 2 months, the changes I have made were all focused on eating healthier and making good food choices.

With just a healthier diet and nutrition alone, I have lost at least 6lbs and have gone down to a size 6.

I have more energy and focus during the day (despite my kid still not sleeping consistently), and I don’t feel sluggish anymore. My stomach is visibly flatter and I no longer think of it as a gut. I even bought a bikini top to wear to the beach next week instead of a tankini! I have more confidence overall and even more motivation to keep making positive changes in my life. Friends and family have noticed the changes I’ve made so far and a few people have even told me that I’ve inspired them to start eating healthier, too.

It’s one thing to feel good about making your own changes, but to be able to have that kind of influence on other people just by leading by example feels amazing. Making these changes is not easy and some aspects have been more challenging than others, but Mike has supported me and cheered me on the whole way. I love that he is honest with me and pushes me when I need it, but still uses positive and encouraging language. I could not have done all of this without Mike coaching me and I’m excited about taking it to the next level with fitness.

If you are frustrated with your weight and feel lost then feel free to send me an email to see if I can help – mike@paleoriot.com