Varsity volleyball coach and running enthusiast, Emily Buckwalter, shares her experience in the FASTer Way With Ahna virtual fitness program.
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IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN:
- Why Emily signed up for the program.
- What element of the program she found most difficult.
- How the workouts affected her running.
- What surprised her the most.
- Top reasons why Emily recommends the program.
- Visit www.fasterwaycoach.com/#emilybuckwalter to sign up for the program.
ABOUT EMILY BUCKWALTER
Emily Buckwalter is a Spanish teacher, varsity volleyball coach, coffee connoisseur, and converted van camping enthusiast.
Welcome to the imperfectly empowered podcast with leading DIY lifestyle blogger on a Fullmer where women are inspired with authentic stories and practical strategies to reclaim their hearts and homes by empowering transformation. One imperfect day at a time not being on here with. A faster way client. We are going to chat about her experience in the fast way to fat loss. Uh, Emily, you did the faster way a little while ago, you did the six week program. Um, and I’m curious to hear when you started the six week program, was there anything that was surprising to you going into it? My a six week virtual program? What, what were you hoping to get out of it? And then was there anything that surprised you once you were in. Yeah. Well, I think my, one of my biggest surprises was actually toward the end, so I’m pretty avid runner and, um, I am not an avid weightlifter or gym rat or anything like that, but I do enjoy running. And so when I entered into the program, I hadn’t really been doing anything other than that. Um, and I think one of the things that surprised me is because of the program, I was just doing the at-home workout. And running and with thinking that’s something that would Nick. Um, I run times. So I think one of the things that I was really amazed by was the end of the program. I tried going back out on a run for the first time in a very long time. And actually all of my mild splits were significantly improved, um, from the at-home workouts. And I remember that me being, um, an extra surprising moment because I had expected it to be one of those things where sure you’re getting. But it’s a different kind of better shape and hadn’t realized that it would actually positively impact other elements of my fitness like that. So that was a pleasant surprise for me from, yeah. I actually remember you texting me saying that being like, wow, just FYI, my rent. Yeah. And I think what’s interesting about it too, is, I mean, there’s a lot more physiological principles that can be talked about there, but this concept of that. A holistic approach to fitness, meaning you’re not just doing one thing is really beneficial. No matter what your fitness goals are, meaning. If you’re a runner you should still be lifting. You should still be doing plyometrics. You should still be stretching, you know, focusing on core strength. If you are. And Jim, bro, if you will, you know, you should still be doing cardio. You should still be able to, you know, maintain that cardio strength. Because if you want to get on the basketball court, then you should be able to run two miles solidly. So I think the point is. That holistic approach. And in the faster way we do 30 minute workouts, um, at a minimum five days a week. Again, I tell clients I have had clients that don’t do any of the exercises, just focus on the nutritional principles and still see results. So I don’t want somebody to be intimidated if you are totally outside of the fitness world. Um, you know, but you really want to dial in on nutrition. Nutrition is 90% of the fat loss pie. If fitness is overwhelming to one step at a time, some is better than none and nutritionist, the name of the game. Um, what was your favorite part about the six week program? So initially it’s a virtual six week program. Um, and then you can roll into a monthly program, but initially in the six weeks, what was your favorite thing about. Yeah, well, in terms of the eating, I really liked that they actually had provided almost like recipe books for you. I think for me, for sure. On the low carb days, I had a hard time imagining what I was going to eat. Yeah. It is like, stay under. So the fact that they basically, if anybody’s done like a blue apron or one of those things where they like send you, it felt kind of like that, obviously they didn’t, that’d be nice, but I’m going to So, Hey, if you guys are looking for more ideas, send me the ingredients for the food copyrights. And I get in on that and my sister would like a check. If you do this. Honestly, I mean, I I’d love, um, be a part of moving the business forward. They should remind us, we’ll just set that. But yeah, no, that would be one of the things that I honestly thought. Cause it kinda like made one. I know you as my personal coach kind of took this one step further and created like almost like shopping list kind of things. Um, kind of identifying like what macros are, what micro, micro micros, macros tomatoes. Tomatoes. Yeah. Right. I remember learn. Um, but yeah, I think having that almost like pre-made recipe book was something that was really helpful to me, especially in imagining those carb days and what could look like, just being surprised at what constituted as high carb and low carb. And then that like helped was really helpful and weekly planning it and coach. So I have a really busy schedule. So I think for me, it was really helpful having as much of that work, sort of done upfront for me as well. They really give you so many resources and as fitness coach provided so many extra resources. Um, so for anybody who watches this now, or is watching later, the idea is that faster way provides a meal guide. So to be clear, it is a guide, their recipe, suggestions that do include the macronutrients, your proteins, fats, and carbs, but it’s a guide which is important. A lot of people come in and they’re like, you know, is it a really strict meal plan? Is it really complicated? The fact is it isn’t once you understand the basic concepts it’s sustainable, it’s probably the number one word clients. Give me as feedback as they’re shocked at how sustainable this lifestyle is. Um, it’s kind of like that long-term game. You see short-term results, but then it really is sustainable. So the idea is that you will get a meal guide in the faster way app. So when you sign up and if you sign up, even now, even though the actual six week program, doesn’t start until August 23rd. If you sign up now, you will get an extra week and a half ultimately free of the faster way app, which includes the meal guide. It includes the exercises and the workouts, um, and you’ll get lots of recipes. And were there any recipes that stood out to you? Was there one in particular that you would. I mean, my favorite was the egg roll and a bowl for the low carb, because it was so easy. I actually have the ingredients to make it for dinner tonight at home or tomorrow night, actually at home in my fridge. Cause tonight I’ll be date night for me and Zack. So it’s the blessing of having a sister we use. Um, so. Yeah. So the meal guide, I highly recommend, um, signing up early if you’re interested because you do get an extra week and a half of those recipes and a sense of sort of what the, uh, nutritional strategies are with the program. And what, so you mentioned the low carb days, what was your least favorite part of the program? So for me as an FYI, the low carb days are the hardest for me, but look, her bays are like, Hmm, but they are kind of where that extra fat. Happens by the way. So that’s a really cool strategy that you’ll learn in the program is what carb cycling looks like. But, um, aside from that, if there was one thing that you could change about the program, what would it be? Ooh, that’s other than having the faster way, send the ingredients directly to your front door, which, listen, I’m tiny going to try this because this is like a whole nother opportunity for that. Like goodbye. Hello, fresh, welcome. Faster way grocery delivery, right? Yeah. Yeah, definitely. Um, for me, I think that I would say one of the things, I mean, definitely what you had said was that Mondays and Tuesdays, I think, um, Yeah, I think for me, what was challenging is the numbers. So like I’m very goal oriented person. So I would get really caught up in the numbers and I’ve think my number specifically was 50. Um, yeah, for carbs. Under that was really challenging. And I think one of the things I had to learn to do in that was the grace of like, if I landed between 50 and a hundred, I saw that as like, okay, that’s still pretty good. Like that’s a, that is still a success in the fact that that’s still a lot less carbs than I would normally eating. Yeah. Yeah. So I think for me, just having, like, being willing to like, not get so caught up in the numbers, like, oh shoot, I didn’t hit my percentages. That’s right. Or, oh, no, I’ve gone over 50 because my temptation, my personality sanitation is okay, well now I’m over 50 might as well give up because I didn’t meet the, uh, post. 75 as still a victory for that day. And I think you really good job of kind of taking the program a step further and talking a lot about the community accountability aspect and the science behind what’s happening that I think is really helpful in getting, like, staying away from getting so obsessed with like sort of calorie counting type of mindset, which is what the faster way to fat loss really has tried to pull away. No calorie counting, you know, and even the macronutrients, your proteins, fats, and carbs. Yes. We give you a personalized gram gold. Like you’re saying the idea is learning. What does that mean in a broader sense for your lifestyle? Like how do we see results short term, but then ultimately finding those trends? That’s like the number one reason that we track is because a lot of people don’t realize the trends in their diet. Um, because tracking is like a full-time job. I mean, tracking what you’re eating is. Yeah, it does work. I would, I would say the tracking in general was the hardest part for me. Just taking the time, record everything. Um, just in, again, like as a teacher, as a coach, you’re doing so much other stuff. It’s like a thing to add to the list. And I think that’s, you talked about sustainability. So, you know, I did my six weeks, a full year ago and I do not track anymore. I still use the same general principles. And I’ve been very happy with my results from that since then. So tracking, I think is really helpful to give you a, you start to get almost like a sixth sense of like, I have a general idea of carbs I’ve had today because I took the time to track it. That one, like sixth period. Now I’ve got a sense of what it is that my. Yeah, it should be. And so while thing was not my favorite part, I’ve actually been able to move away from it and be a little more free, um, in my eating, but still at the same time, being aware in general about where like my macros would land. Yeah. And what’s interesting for those of you watching this, one of the number one trends that I see as a coach, In the diets in the nutritional intake of my clients is that, and this is actually true for me is our fat intake is too high. Our protein intake is too low. And that’s probably the number one imbalance that I see. And then carbs really vary from person to person based on your experiences. Some of the diets people have done before people are terrified of carbs. To be clear, there is carb cycling. We do low carb days, but we eat a lot of carbs in this six weeks. I’ll have had clients literally message me and be like, I will never lose. Inches. I will never lose weight, eating this many carbs and guess what you do because you’re probably eating the wrong carbs at the wrong time for the wrong reason. And that’s part of this is learning how to leverage the food that you’re eating to work for you, not against you, so that ultimately you can end up thinking less about food. People think so much about food. And the idea is like Emily just said, you want to create a sixth sense about what you’re eating so that it’s not. Uh, burden because food was meant to be enjoyed and more importantly, the fellowship around it, which is something I’m really passionate about. Um, so, so that being said, Emily, what would you say to somebody who is considering the program? Why would you recommend it to them? And, um, in terms of like just people in different stages of life, tell me why you would recommend this program to them. Yeah. Um, well, I think one of my favorite elements about this specifically is the personal element to it. So for example, in a lot of programs, like you get like the meal plan or you get the workout videos, but here the pairing of the online community with a personal trainer, I think is really what sets it apart because not only is it entirely holistic, but you as a trainer, I think do an excellent job of taking that holistic nature of faster way to another level. Like I remember there was stuff about how like to sleep well and S and how that can actually benefit this program or this science behind. Y, this has benefiting your thoughts. Not only just how it’s, you know what to do, but here’s why it works. And I think, um, like you said, that understanding is in a way almost freeing because you can kind of just like trust the process a little bit. If. Um, and I think having somebody there, um, to give you that extra information is okay, so I read this, I get it. Now. I’m not going to worry about it. Now I’m just going to do it because I have this deeper understanding of why it works. I’m not just kind of like blindly following a diet. Theme. Um, and I really think taking it that extra mile is what, for me was coolest about this as like, I’ve never seen, you know, a program that’s so fully addresses every element of health. Yeah. I love that feedback. That’s um, I think that is true. The fast rates, why I became a coach for the faster way, you know, as somebody with two masters in nursing, um, it’s, it’s not, I get skinny quick kind of a program. Live well and prevent disease for life, kind of a program, which is what I’m passionate about. And, you know, to be clear, too, everybody comes in at different stages. And Emily is a good example of this. I have other clients who would be similar to her. She had very little fat to lose when she came into the program, you know, Emily’s already very lean. She’s an athlete, you know, she has been able to maintain fitness. Um, and I think you still saw what I think he lost three inches. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I think if I recall your number was still, you know, three inches and what I always tell. You know, there are people who have a lot more who have a higher body fat percentage who will see them before and after like that and be like, well, you know, she didn’t have any weight to lose in the first place and people feel discouraged. Well, I’m here to tell you, first of all, that I want to help you shift your mindset a little bit, because first of all, skinny does not equal healthy. Do not assume somebody has already. Simply because they’re skinny, knock it off. That is a Western based approach. And America is completely destroying. People’s understanding of what health really means because we’re so appearance based. So don’t assume somebody is healthy just because they’re skinny. Um, and more importantly, from a practical standpoint, if these strategies can still help somebody who is already at a healthy body fat percentage lose inches, just imagine. What they can do for somebody who has a higher body fat percentage, um, in the first place. So if anything, please be encouraged. Don’t hear somebody’s story who is already at a healthy body, fat percentage coming into this program and feel discouraged. You should really feel, feel encouraged because there, there is hope. There is a way of. You know, to lose body fat and in a healthy way and be able to sustain it. Any questions, drop them in the comments when this is uploaded and, uh, feel free to reach out to Emily too. If you have questions that you want to hear from a client standpoint or from mine, don’t hesitate to ask Emily any final thoughts. Uh, you’re looking good. I like that shirt. Thank you. I appreciate it. Yeah. I won’t show you what I have on the bottom hat. Okay, but you know, this is the reality of life. Now I’ve seen, I’ve seen behind the scenes. I got a privilege to say I’m very comforted. At the moment. All right, guys. Good to have you on here. 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