A true life transformation is what my June client spotlight has had in the last 6 months! Pauline Juul came to TransFit this January, only 6 months ago, and has lost over 25 pounds and with her hard word and dedication has had a major reduction in her body fat ! Pauline is a veteran real estate agent for Prudential Blanton and her story shows us that age has no limits! Her complete life change has transformed her body and spirit. Pauline’s mindset on food has done a 360 and her consistency and dedication to healthy living inspires so many around her! Pauline is an example that it is NEVER to late to make a real life transformation. Please read below in Pauline’s words how she has changed her life!
"Last year around Thanksgiving I was sitting on the sofa (a favorite activity of mine in those days) searching Netflix when I came across a movie entitled “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. A truly inspirational true story of a man regaining his health with diet and exercise. I decided there and then that I was ready to change my life too. But first I had to get through the holiday season! However, as soon as my children went back to college in January, I tore my pantry and fridge apart... getting rid of all the bad food and replacing it with fruit and vegetables and healthy alternatives. I went out and bought a juicer and juiced exclusively for the first 10 days. After that I started eating real healthy natural food... an apple never tasted so good! My goal was to lose at least 30 pounds, get my cholesterol and fatty liver under control without the need for medication, and get some energy back in my life! One day I was to talking to my friend and esthetician, Cindy Clarke at Nuance, about my goals and she asked if I was exercising, to which I sheepishly replied no. I loathed the idea of a gym with all those fit young things witnessing my efforts. Cindy put me on to Caroline and the rest, as they say, is history! I have been coming to Transfit since mid January and am currently 5lbs from my goal weight, my cholesterol is in the normal range without meds, my liver has recovered, I feel strong and healthy, and I have lost 3 dress sizes and one shoe size!! I brushed off the cobwebs from my treadmill and walk/run 5 times a week followed by weights, planks and lunges. I have added 20 lengths in the pool a couple of times a week and the dog gets walked around Lake Herrick, much to her surprise and delight. The way I eat has completely changed...instead of scarfing a McDonalds Happy Meal for lunch, I come home and make something delicious: A frozen banana smoothie, a green lentil and beetroot salad or a piece of brown toast with low fat Vegenaise and half an avocado sliced on top. I love all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables juiced, but especially watermelon/mint and cucumber/mint. For dinner it’s often fish of some sort, broiled with a mango salsa and fresh veggies!"
One of Pauline’s favorite dinners is Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps! Check out the recipe below!
Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
One Earthfare Rotisserie Chicken Two Boston Bibb Lettuce heads 4 carrots 1/2 cup toasted almond slivers 3 scallions sliced thinly 1/2 cup Cilantro chopped 1/4 cup mint chopped 1/3 cup crunchy peanut or almond butter few splashes of olive oil hot sauce to taste dash of honey 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce sprinkling of red pepper flakes sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds
Cut chicken into bite sized pieces, discarding the skin. Break off each lettuce leaf individually. Peel and shred the carrots.
For the two sauces, first mix the peanut or almond butter with the olive oil, hot sauce and honey. Then make the other sauce simply by adding pepper flakes and sesame seed to the soy sauce.
- There’s no actual cooking in this recipe and people assemble their own wraps...all you do is set it all out in bowls and on plates.
Everyone assembles their own! Take a leaf, put a little of what you want in the middle, finish with a little of each sauce, wrap and munch... it’s finger food!
Congratulations Pauline! Don't ever give up on reaching your goals and keep inspiring all those around you!