Hi friends! Today, I have a special installment in the RD to Be Series. Instead of introducing you to an aspiring Registered Dietitian, I want to indroduce you to Bernadette, a patient who’s had a lot of success working with a Registered Dietitian.
Bernadette is one of our awesome clients at Biker Barre, and I’ve watched her progress throughout the last 8 months. To date, she’s dropped 48 pounds the healthy way. Wow! How did she do it? By sticking to a consistent workout routine and working with Mary Warner, a DC-based Registered Dietitian!
When I found out that Bernadette was working with Mary, I asked her a million questions. In turn, she not only graciously arranged for me to shadow her session with Mary (←stay tuned for that recap!), she also offered to share her perspective with all of you.
I hope you enjoy the interview below. Many of you have asked why I pursued the RD option instead of the nutritionist or health coach route. While that post is still coming (it’s almost done!) Bernadette touches on some of the reasons in her answers below.
THANK YOU, Bernadette, for being a total rockstar. As your friend and instructor, I am so proud of you!
↑ before and after photos
1. Why did you decide to hire a Registered Dietitian (RD)?
2. What did you look for in your initial search for an RD?
3. How did you find Mary, and why did you decide to work with her?
4. Can you give a quick recap of what a typical session looks like?
5. What has been the most helpful aspect of the sessions?
6. Did your initial perceptions of what it would be like to work with an RD change after you starting working with Mary?
7. What do you do on a daily basis to make sure you stay on track?
8. What has been the hardest part of the process?
9. Tell us about your results!
10. Any tips for people trying to lose weight and improve their diets?
- Not all “vegetables” are vegetables. For example, corn, peas, squash (anything other than yellow or zucchini) are all starches. That came as a shocker to my system, plus they are all the yummy vegetables. Sigh.
- Journal. You can’t lie to yourself or anyone else if you are writing down every single morsel that goes into your mouth
- Support is critical. You can’t do this without support. Find people who will support you on good days and bad.
- Saying “one time won’t hurt” will completely sabotage you. Next thing you know your once has turned into twice, which turns into a month and then you have backslid all the way to where you were.