Wendy Ramseys Lean and Green plan is making a difference in peoples lives
By J.O. PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating optimal health is something that Wendy Ramsey takes to heart.
Ramsey, who resides in Grinnell, is owner of Lean and Green, Inc., a business focused on helping people live healthier lives.
I help people change the way they are seeing themselves and the influences around them, Ramsey said.
Sometimes that means separating themselves away from unhealthy environmental factors, she went on to say.
Ramsey, 48, has been promoting the healthy lifestyle since she was a teenager.
It all started at age 13, when she was recruited to fill in at a ladies fitness class at the YWCA in her hometown of Cortland, N.Y.
After that, I just started teaching fitness and have always done that on the side, Ramsey said.
Following high school graduation in 1983, Ramsey attended Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., where she studied biology. She then enrolled at Duke University in Durham, N.C., to study environmental management.
It was at Duke that she met her husband, Jim, of Grinnell, who was also studying environmental management at the school.
After completing their masters degrees in 1991, the couple moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., where she worked in the science policy department at National Laboratories, a position she held for six years.
The couple returned to Jims hometown of Grinnell in 1998, to raise their two daughters, Samantha, a senior at Grinnell High School, and Leah, an eighth grader at Grinnell. Jim works at the family business, Ramsey-Weeks, Inc. Ramsey holds a certified personal trainer certificate, which gives her the ability to work one-on-one with her clients.
While working with clients, Ramsey discovered that the road to a healthy and fit lifestyle for some included dealing with behavioral issues.
So, I started researching about motivation and how people change their behaviors, she said.
She said sometimes people get stuck in a rut or hit a plateau when losing weight.
The biggest problem, she found, is that people dont leave old habits, they just go through the motions and force themselves to diet.
That is why 85 percent of diets dont work, Ramsey said.
She said it takes the right skills, right actions and right concepts to be successful at losing weight.
People get derailed because they are missing something in one or more of these areas, she said.
Take Shape for Life
In December 2011, Ramsey was introduced to the Take Shape for Life system by Kerry Juhl, former executive director of the Wellness Council of Iowa.
Im in love with it, Ramsey explained. As a coach, I help people stay on track (with this plan).
The Take Shape for Life system is all on-line and is backed by physicians, nurses, dietitians and behavioral specialists.
The system incorporates Medifast Meals, which are individually portioned, calorie and carbohydrate controlled, and low-fat. Every meal provides adequate protein and is fortified with vitamins and minerals.
The program, which is referred to as the 5&1 Plan, includes the following:
You eat six meals a day, so you wont feel hungry. You lose weight fast up to two to five pounds a week, on average. With a variety package, you pay about $11 per day less than the $16 per day that the average American spends on food. Your Medifast Meals go with you anywhere, so the 5&1 Plan fits in with even the busiest lifestyles.
Once the weight comes off, the program outlines a meal plan to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Throughout the process, Ramsey is right there coaching her clients, helping them learn healthy habits, no matter what is going on around them. She also helps them when they fall off track or need some encouragement during a rough spot.
Its a relationship and a partnership, Ramsey said of her coaching and the Take Shape for Life system.
Ramseys coaching services are provided as part of the Take Shape for Life system. Clients are required to purchase their own food.
When asked, Ramsey said she keeps in-touch with her clients through a variety of means from texting, Facebook messages, phone calls, e-mails and face-to-face conversations.
Im not a weight loss coach, she said. Im a optimal health coach. I have confidence (that I can make a difference) because I know what I am doing.
To learn more about the Take Shape for Life system and how Ramsey can help, visit her Web site at: leangreencoaching.tsfl.com/explorer.
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