Name: Rachel Siemens
Sport: Weightlifting

Q) Why did you decide to join Team WAG?

A: After some hesitation, I joined WAG to complement my training. I didn’t intend to drop a weight class, but it came naturally with the program and I feel stronger than ever! I also never thought I would be able to follow a nutrition plan, but I’m proving myself wrong every day. I’m really starting to see that the limits I see in myself don’t exist.

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

A: WAG isn’t just about the food. I’ve also learned so much about myself as an athlete, coach, and person while on the program.

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: I eat the same thing for breakfast most days and have various foods prepped in the fridge.  I don’t pre-prep full meals as I enjoy the creative process of cooking and solving macro-puzzles, however keeping pre-cooked food in the fridge helps me quickly prepare for long days.

And the golden rule: keep it simple!

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

A: I feel confident with my fuel during training which frees me to push hard every session.  I’ve also incorporated intra-workout fuel to prevent me from hitting the wall. I was always told that losing weight means losing strength - this is not the case for me.  I managed to get stronger while dropping a weight class!!

I feel more confident with my fuel during training, which frees me up to push hard every session. I’ve also incorporated intra-workout fuel in my eating habits to prevent me from hitting a wall.

I was always told that losing weight means losing strength, but for me, that’s not the case. I’ve managed to get stronger while dropping a weight class in the process!

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

A: Rather than eat for fleeting pleasure, I eat to fuel my body for training. I now find myself turning down treats in exchange for nourishing meals, and it’s a decision I love to make! Of course, I still enjoy the occasional treat, but nothing beats the satisfaction of knowing I have done everything in my power to train and compete at my best.

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

A: Know your ‘why.’ It’s easier to make choices and feel satisfied when you know and understand your own rationale. Be prepared to meet the limitless version of yourself!

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