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”I’ve spent almost my entire life as an athlete, yet I never actually knew how to fuel my body properly. I ate “healthy foods” and really just went along with what I thought I needed. As demands increased in the gym, I could not keep up and I knew my body didn’t feel right.
I reached out to the coaches at Relentless and they have not only improved the way I fuel my body, but they have educated me on the “why” behind it all. I am seeing improvements in my body composition, and most importantly, I finally feel like I am able to push my body to limits in the gym unlike before.
What I really love about Relentless is they have devoted time to make a plan that is very specific to my daily routine and nutrition needs. Every question I have is responded to not only with an answer but the scientific reasoning behind it as well.
Reaching out to Relentless is the best decision I have made for my professional career. I wish I would have found them much earlier!”
After 3 months of not getting my period, I began to get a little worried. My OB-GYN did some bloodwork and I had the estrogen of a post-menopausal woman. Cool. I asked her if it was because of all of my weight lifting. “You’re not skinny enough to lose your period so it’s not that.” (That stung a bit, having struggled with an eating disorder for 15 years. I was 5 years into full recovery but those words still gnawed at me.) She recommended that I go to a reproductive endocrinologist.
The reproductive endocrinologist ordered a very expensive MRI of my brain to check my pituitary gland, numerous invasive ultrasounds, glucose tests and more bloodwork, most of which was normal. After months of testing (and not a single person asking me about my eating habits) his conclusion was “you are really anxious. You should meditate. Nursing school is hard. I bet if you calmed down your period would come right back.” Thousands of dollars for something I could have read on a piece of paper in a fortune cookie.
Again, I asked if it was maybe lifting weights and not eating the right things. Again a doctor tells me “you’re not skinny enough to lose your period.” They put me on a birth control pill, which made me miserable, and said it should force me to get a period. 3 months later I did. So I thought I was fixed.
Once I hit 35 I was done taking the pill. Risk of blood clots increases at that time anyway. And once the pill was done, so was my period.
This August, at 37, I started working with Emily. I showed her what I was eating and when. I was running half marathons, lifting 4 days a week, working 12-hour shifts in the emergency room and being a mom. I think it was about 1800 calories a day, which to me seemed astronomical. I’d given up on cycles and periods for 2 years so I didn’t even think about it anymore. One month into my nutrition program with Emily, I got my period. ONE. MONTH. After 5+ years. And I’ve gotten one every single month since then. Science is crazy like that.
CrossFit isn’t the enemy. Weightlifting isn’t the enemy. Running isn’t the enemy. Those things are all essential to a healthy life. What makes them hurtful is improper fueling. You can be a “normal” weight and still be under-fueling. You can run 20 miles a week, back squat 185 and deadlift 215, but if you don’t eat the right things, those accomplishments really don’t mean too much because your body is in survival mode at that point. Despite my past, not a SINGLE doctor looked at what I was eating. All my problems were dismissed as stress-related. I’m grateful every day that I found someone, even at the ripe old age of 37, who actually listened to me!!
I started Relentless Nutrition with the goal of improved body composition as well as improve performance on the court as an outside hitter for Holy Family University. Within the first 3 weeks I noticed a significant changes in my body. Not only was I looking firmer and more athletic, but I was better fueled for my matches. With the nutrition plan, I was able to learn the importance of fueling before, during, and after my games so that my performance never dwindled. Besides the physical aspect, the confidence I was gaining through these changes helped me improve my mental game both on and off the court.
Working with Relentless Nutrition has taught me how to properly fuel my body with what it needs to PERFORM! This experience not only improved my athletic ability, but has given me much more confidence in myself. My mental game is MUCH stronger than it used to be and my physical abilities are only increasing!!
First and foremost, Ive been meaning to send you a long thank you. I have come SUCH A LONG WAY mentally and it is like a breath of fresh air. A year ago, I would have been over analyzing everything I ate out or just wouldn’t eat because I didn’t know what was in it. And I would have been stressing out about how much I weigh after eating something out. Also, I would have never drank because I would be so worried about macros.
But that is not the case anymore, so thank you! I finally am at a place where I recognize food for FUEL and it has affected my life in such a positive way.
I never knew I was fueling my body wrong on game days until Emily taught me how it really should be done. Proper nutrition during competition is a GAME CHANGER! I felt energized and was consistently able to perform at a high level without much fatigue.
Coming from an athletic background, I decided to start working with a weightlifting coach a few years after college and I made some massive improvements in the first 6 months. Unfortunately, things began to stagnate and was becoming really run down. I was unaware that was not fueling my body properly considering my work loads and my progress started diminishing. I was so crushed by my backsliding performance considering I was still putting forth 100% effort. That’s when I reached out to Relentless Athletics and I could not be more thankful. We worked on recovery through my diet for weeks until my body was recovered and allowed me to start making progress again. Week by week we took my multifaceted goals into consideration and made changes as my body responded. Not only do I know more about nutrition related to performance as a whole, but I better understand my own body and what I need to do to achieve success. I’m currently at my lowest body fat % and am back to competing and achieving new PRs!! I am so grateful for the education, encouragement, and notable professionalism offered by Relentless Athletics.
Just over a year and a half ago I shifted my focus from playing high school sports to competing in Crossfit and Olympic Weightlifting. Both sports are very physically demanding and when I first started I ate based on a template designed for the general crowd of olympic weightlifters.
Using these general nutrition guidelines worked for awhile until progress began to slow and energy levels began to decline. My coach and I decided I could fill my weight class out even more gaining much more strength and energy. When I first started working with Emily it was obvious that I would be a tough subject as we had a lot of factors to take into consideration such as my age, volume of activities, my weight class and even the time constraints on major competitions coming up.
Working with Emily I successfully finished my first mass gaining both strength in my lifts as well as performing better in high intensity Crossfit workouts. Currently I am in the middle of my first cut feeling the best I have ever felt leading into a competition. Without Emily none of this would be possible as I believed it would be impossible for me to gain weight! I recommend Emily to anyone with any sort of fitness or health goals even if you believe you yourself may be a tough subject I guarantee with her help anything is possible!
I’ve been Weightlifting for 3 years, and as some may know, Weightlifting is a weight class sport. My game plan for about 2.5 years was to just complete wherever I fell. I was able to bring myself from 60-61kg body weight to 58kg, but recently I wanted to take my competitive edge to a new level by dropping my body fat percent and also dropping a weight class from 58kg to 53kg. I sought out help from Emily because she was currently working with 2 of my team mates. I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a shot and see what kind of protocol she would put me on, knowing I could always go somewhere else. After 8 weeks, I am definitely not going to be going anywhere else anytime soon! I had about 5 weeks on a baseline template, and about 3 weeks now of cutting. I’ve gone from sitting at 58-59kg to a steady 57.5kg during the baseline phase, to hitting a new low at 56kg heading into my 4th week of cutting. The template she gave me is easy to follow and I can pull it up on my phone anytime I need to. It’s balanced, and gets an athlete eating a healthy diet geared toward maximum performance with a focus on nutrient timing. As a current Nutrition and Dietetic Student, working with Emily is more than just a client/nutritionist relationship. It’s a learning opportunity. Seeing her methodology in action for athletes who are cutting and/or massing gives me a great understanding on how the body works. Emily is also very receptive and communicates with her clients really well. I feel like I am being guided by caring hands towards my goals! I absolutely love working with Emily and would recommend her to anyone looking to improve their health, fitness, and relationship with food!
Usually I feel pretty sluggish during warm ups and eventually feel better once the competition starts. But now, I can tell I have more energy at the start of warm ups and that stays around longer, which was really nice! The timing of meals really helps too. I think that is the biggest thing that helps on competition day because I never give my body a chance to be hungry and lose energy.