An Interview With Olympic Weightlifter Jaci Alberts-Long

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Name Jaclyn Alberts-Long
Location Richmond, Virginia
Goal Become a National Champion in Olympic Weightlifting
Weight lost/gained to date: Lost 16.2 lbs since starting WAG in January
Sport Olympic Weightlifting

Q: Why did you decide to join Team WAG?

A: I decided to join Team WAG after not having much success with other nutrition programs. I needed to make weight for Nationals in May and had steadily gained since Nationals the year before. I wanted to find a program that worked for me, didn't make me crazy, and could last passed Nationals was over.

Q: Was there anything about the program that surprised you?

A: I found it fairly easy to follow, versus some other programs. I liked that it was up to me how I wanted to "spend" my macros that day. It allowed for more flexibility and less stress.

Q: As an athlete, your training schedule is intense and varied. How have you managed to stay on track while balancing all of your commitments?

A: This is the key to success for sure. Being organized and disciplined is the only way I could balance work, training, and making sure I was eating well and sleeping a full 8 hours. I did all my lunch and snack meal prep on Sundays for the coming week, but enjoyed cooking dinner at night, so I would do that post training. I'd often work from 8-4, go to the gym, cook dinner, and finish up any leftover work I had in the evening. Luckily, I'm able to make it work!

Q: How has your performance in the gym been affected by tracking, if at all?

A: To my surprise, my strength actually went up while losing weight. I've hit several all-time PR's during the time I've been on WAG, including my Olympic lifts, as well as my squats.

Q: What has been the biggest change you've made in your lifestyle since joining?

A: The biggest lifestyle change was weighing myself every day and measuring myself (which I had never done before in my life). I'm used to tracking and weighing my food, so that wasn't a huge change to my life.

Q: What advice do you have for other people considering hiring a nutrition coach?

A: To trust them and stick with it. I never once cheated during the few months prior to nationals, because I was only cheating myself out of hitting my goals. Knowing that, kept me from caving to cravings. And if I really wanted something, I made sure I could fit it into my macros for that day so I never felt deprived. Chris (my WAG coach) was super motivating and wanted me to hit my goals as much as I did, which kept me going even through the few weeks I saw no change on the scale.

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