Karen Rossi – Testimonial

My name is Karen Rossi and I met you a couple of weeks ago while picking up copies of the ENCORE Course Brochure for our church group, Gulfview United Methodist Church located in PCB.  I am the coordinator for Older Adult Activities at our church and I am excited to share your fun, learning opportunities with our 55+ seniors.  Attached is a poster I created in hopes to generate interest within our church.

I have personally attended several ENCORE sessions and have thoroughly enjoyed the learning experiences.  Particularly the course called “Hitting Your Reset Button” instructed by Jennifer Ashby.  All I can say is WOW!!  There are not enough words to describe what a difference this class has made on my life.  As a result of attending her 6 week class and doing my own online research, I have successfully transformed my physical self and have lost 55 pounds since last September.  I have more energy, I feel better about myself and everyone has noticed.  To go from a size 20W to a 12 is quite remarkable, but definitely doable, if you really want to change.

Jennifer’s style of instruction is the epitome of an excellent, passionate teacher.  Accompanied by a great sense of humor helps ease the terrible truth of what corporate America is selling us.  She looks at you square in the eye and tells it like it is when it comes to nutrition, portion control and healthy eating habits.  I believe in what she teaches and I am what you call…  the proof is in the pudding (no pun intended).  One of things that really stuck in my mind is eat like a king in the morning, eat like a prince in the afternoon and eat like a pauper at night.  It works!

In her teachings, she offers a once a week cheat day.  A cheat day is a day you can eat whatever you want, whether it be pancakes smothered with pecans and syrup, grilled reuben with french fries, lasagna and garlic bread, banana split, etc.  This way, you are not depriving yourself of foods you like to eat.  But, as I have realized, my food preferences and choices are very different since I’ve taken her class.

You might think I’ve turned vegetarian, far from that.  But, I have switched from fried foods to broiled foods, eating red meat once a week (eggs, chicken and fish other days), using spices to excite and please my palate, eating more fruits and vegetables, eating sweet potato vs white potato, brown rice vs white rice….   the choices are endless and nutritious.

As I’ve said, there are not enough words to describe the impact this class has had on my life.  I feel like I’m 30 years old (I’m 59) and I’m thinking about writing a book “How I lost 50 pounds without dieting”.  LOL.  Diets never work.  It’s all about making the right food choices.

In conclusion, I will work hard at encouraging our church group to attend your ENCORE program.  It’s all good.

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