"I initiated a low carb diet earlier this year and had some success losing weight on my own. I came to realize, however, that my weight loss was occurring without much consideration as to proper nutrients and likely included muscle loss perhaps even more than fat. At this point, I turned to Betsy Johnson and Blake Holmes for help with diet and exercise. Betsy showed me not just what to eat at home and away but she also taught me things such as when to eat. Each time I’ve raised red flags as to certain foods I don’t like, she has provided me with alternatives. Given that my family eats out several times a week, I really like that she has helped me understand what to order at various types of restaurants. Blake has helped me develop exercise habits that have begun to rebuild my lost muscle. He’s also raised the bar on my workouts; I am accomplishing far more with his help than what I did on my own. Both have talked to me about the importance of properly fueling my workouts. I’ve lost over 30 pounds this year and with Betsy and Blake’s help and encouragement, I feel smarter about the food choices I make each day and the path I follow to keep improving my health." ~ Frank Southall, lost 30 lbs
"In 2001, I weighed 230 lbs and lost it over the course of 3 years. 15 years later, after Ironman Louisville, the weight started creeping up. I was training 6-8 hours some days, so couldn’t figure out what was going on. By the end of it I was up to 170, depressed, fatigued, and not really sure where to go. I discovered my A1C was high and I was pre-diabetic. The issue was the amount of carbs I was eating and the lack of fat. So, I added fat to my diet, cut sugar and carbs, and voila 20 lbs gone!
In 2017, the issues started coming back. As race season amped up, each weekend was filled carbs and eating out for convenience. The doctor reported excellent bloodwork, so this time, I needed help. My skirts were tight and my workout shirts were embarrassing to wear. I either needed to fix it or buy new clothes! A friend told me about Betsy, and I started right away!
Betsy designed a plan, and we were both excited to get started. My first weigh-in on June 13th was 166.8. The weight came off slowly in the beginning, down 6 lbs in the first month. But then my body clicked, and each week I was down another 2 lbs. When I made my goal weight of 153, I decided I was not done yet. I stayed with Betsy, and the weight is still coming off! I am now down to 149, that’s 20 lbs lost in 11 weeks!
The secret? Structure, discipline, and anticipation of Friday morning weigh-ins! Knowing that I was being held accountable really helped. Betsy is like the little voice in my head that tells me when I’m on the right track, or should pull back a little. Thanks, Betsy!" - Muna Rodriguez-Taylor, lost 20 lbs in 11 weeks
"My daughter Grace, a senior in high school, started her weight loss journey with Betsy in May. I typically prepare healthy meals and we usually eat at home, but Grace began gaining weight last year. She is a very active in sports and dancing, and we couldn’t figure out why she kept gaining weight. Thanks to Betsy we discovered Grace was not eating nearly enough or often enough to sustain her active lifestyle. Working with Betsy has benefited Grace tremendously. Along with the weight loss, Betsy has given Grace the knowledge on how and when to eat right, which will be so important as she transitions to college!" - Artemis Dedes
"Through the past 12 weeks with Betsy, I learned a lot about what to eat, and how to do it right. My ultimate goal was to lose weight, but I also wanted to learn how to make smart choices. I was hesitant going into this program because I thought I would have boring meals that consisted of a little bit of meat and a whole lot of vegetables. However, between Betsy having many recipes that were fun and delicious and my mom being very creative with food, I learned that healthy food could be delicious!" - Grace Vallante
"Betsy has really helped me during my preseason workouts for basketball! She has helped me learn how to correctly fuel my body for this stage in my life. I feel energized while I workout thanks to Betsy's nutritional tips and food. My favorite foods from Betsy's Pantry are the shrimp pack, edamame succotash and the pumpkin protein muffins! Thanks, Betsy!" - Claire Brock
"I've been pretty good about working out my entire adult life, but once I hit 40, no amount of exercise seemed to keep me as fit and energized as I wanted to be. After consulting with Betsy, that all changed. My weight shot down 10 pounds and my energy level soared. And now, with Betsy's Pantry, staying on track has never been easier. Betsy didn't just educate me about nutrition, she's made nutrition convenient. I can't recommend her services enough!" - John Osborne, lost 10 lbs
"If you are reading this testimonial, it probably means that you are ready to lose weight. I wish I could tell you that Betsy has a magic wand and you will instantly lose the weight that you want, but that is not possible. You cannot lose weight without personal commitment, sacrifice and hard work. If you are ready to put forth the effort, Betsy has the plan, knowledge and encouragement to set you up for success. For me, this has been a complete lifestyle change, and I hit my goal to lose 36 pounds in 3 1/2 months. The weight is not only staying off, but I keep losing because I’ve made the commitment to a healthier lifestyle. I could not have done it without Betsy. She kept me grounded through the whole process. When I had big losses she encouraged me to dig even deeper and push harder and when I had weeks with very little loss, she reminded me of my past success. I travel a lot, and when I traveled, she helped me plan meals. When I didn’t pack the right food and couldn’t find it locally, she gave me new suggestions. Without Betsy I would never have reached my goal. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for success in trying to lose weight!" - John Tackett, lost 36 lbs in 3 1/2 months
"After turning 50 in April, I came to Betsy for help with my nutrition before my daughter’s wedding the following July. I worked with her for 2 months with the goals of feeling better and learning to eat right, and obviously to lose a few pounds. I have a very demanding job as a judge and rarely eat lunch and cannot predict when court will finish for the day. I would generally skip or have cereal for breakfast, starve until 3:30, then pick up fast food for lunch and eat pretty light for dinner. I knew several friends who had worked with Betsy and had experienced great permanent results, so I gave her a call. I cannot say enough about how clear, direct and easy it is to follow Betsy’s plan and have rapid results. I’m eating more than I did before, I just eat more often and in the right combinations for energy and fullness. I feel great and lost 9 pounds in those 2 months, and keeping the weight off has been easy. . I look at food so differently now: I eat for energy and love the healthy choices. It’s actually simpler to cook and plan with Betsy’s direction than it is to think up my own menus. Because I am not exhausted every day when I get home, finally, at age 50, I am working out with a personal trainer and really love the exercise. I am going to incorporate healthy eating into the rest of my life and enjoy the extra energy I have. Thanks Betsy!" - Patricia, lost 9 lbs in 2 months
"I've always enjoyed exercise, working out, and long distance running, and I used to play soccer and run cross country. I'm middle aged now, and a few years ago, I had to have surgery on both knees because of torn meniscus, mostly because I was overweight and continued to run long distances and play sports. After my surgery, running and staying active was becoming very difficult. When I first started working with Betsy, my goal was to lose 20 pounds. After just a few weeks on her program, I could tell my body was starting to change. Betsy taught me a whole new way of looking at food and how certain foods fuel your body. Learning these things will benefit me for life! I had more energy, a good attitude and I handled stress a lot better. I was running and exercising more and more. My running became faster, distances were longer and I was feeling good, so I set a goal to lose another 10 pounds. I ended up losing 33 pounds in total and am running and exercising like I did in college! I’m at 185 now and never thought a size 34 waist was even possible for me. People say that I look like a new person and that they don’t recognize me. But I tell them, THIS IS WHO I REALLY AM!" - Eric, lost 33 lbs
"I recently came back from a vacation and looked at pictures of myself and realized I needed to lose weight. After seeing good results from friends who had worked with Betsy, I decided to give her a call. I had tried different diet programs in the past, some worked better than others, but I always seemed to end up right back where I started. I don’t consider Betsy’s plan a diet, it’s more of a lifestyle change. She gives you the power to make informed decisions on what you eat. I not only lost weight, I felt better, I had more energy and slept better. I would highly recommend Betsy’s Nutritional Consulting to anyone who wants to lose a few pounds, but more importantly, feel better about what and how you eat!" - Alan Sims, lost 20 pounds in 80 days
"22 months ago I was the definition of unhealthy. Since finishing my college football career my training table eating habits remained, but the workouts stopped. I was an offensive lineman in high school and college and had always been a big guy. I prided myself that even though I had stopped playing and working out, I was basically the same weight and considered myself somewhat healthy. The changes that Betsy brought into my life weren't a secret formula that I had never known. They were simply lifestyle choices that I had to make. With the right guidance, I was able to instill those habits into my life and have reaped the benefits from Day One. Setbacks come, sure, but they also go. While I am not yet where I want to be in my fitness goal, I know that Betsy won't stop pushing me until I get there, and probably after too." – Davis Bodie, lost 100 lbs in 22 months
“I am very proud of how far I have come and my journey going forward. I’m so very thankful that my path crossed with Betsy’s. I have tried to think about my biggest take away from all of her help, and its not just one thing….although, not eating the same cardboard meal everyday is awesome! I am such an emotional eater….that’s my problem. I have trouble controlling my response to stress and do not channel it into something healthy. I came to Betsy broken and in tears with the goal of competing in a 70.3 triathlon, however my goals morphed as we continued along. It was so awesome when I discovered that all that had been holding me back on the rowing machine was my belly that was in the way! I’m a pretty good rower now! Betsy has given me knowledge that I will have forever and she leads by example! Definitely not an armchair coach. I am getting better everyday and getting stronger everyday. I give her contact number to everyone that I know because she is that awesome. Thank you so much!” – Robin Turner, Lost 30 pounds
"Everyone knows that having a baby drastically changes your body. But a lot of times, I feel like we use that as an excuse when we're not in shape. My youngest just turned 9, so I definitely couldn't use "post baby body" as an excuse anymore. As I began to get close to the weight I was when I was pregnant with her, I knew I had to make a change. I had tried several fad diets, but what I needed was a lifestyle change, not just a diet. That's when I heard about Betsy. I took the plunge and signed on for 8 weeks of nutritional counseling. I say plunge because I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and it was going to take a lot of effort on my part. I'm a single mother who works an average of 48 hours or more most weeks, most days being 10-12 hour days. And like many children, my two are involved in a lot of activities. Needless to say, our life is pretty hectic. When you make your health and well being a priority, anything is possible. You go to the gym at 5am before you go to work, or at 7pm when you get off. You prepare your meals ahead of time, even if it takes you 3 hours to do so. As I enter my last week of working with Betsy, I'm down 13.8 pounds, almost to my goal weight in just 8 weeks! I have so much more energy, and just generally feel great! She has been a fantastic motivator and has helped me tremendously through the process. People often ask me when I'm going off my diet. Well, I'm not. And it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change!" – Dawn McKinney, lost 14 lbs in 8 weeks
"After being pregnant 3 times in under two years my body had been inconsistently up and down with my weight and body fat. When I got pregnant the third time, I put on weight dramatically. I was eating nonstop and making terrible choices. I had no energy and felt terrible about myself. I met Betsy through a friend and had remembered a conversation we all had about nutrition and decided to reach out to her. We met towards the beginning of my second trimester and Betsy created a healthy and clean eating plan for me. It was not to lose weight, but to maintain healthy weight gain throughout my pregnancy while giving my body all of the nutrients that my baby boy and I needed. Within just one week my energy was back up. Throughout my pregnancy I gained the recommended amount of weight (almost 30 pounds) at a steady pace. I had so much energy that I managed to run throughout my entire pregnancy and my delivery was a breeze! Betsy and I agreed to meet when I was ready after giving birth. We then met again 1 month after giving birth. She created a two-month plan for me. It was not about counting calories, but eating clean and nourishing food. I was shocked this time because I was never hungry, but still losing weight. I appreciate that Betsy practiced what she preached and we really built a friendship throughout the process. Not only did she help with diet, but helped me get back on track with an exercise plan, meet a new trainer and helped me get creative in the kitchen to cook for my entire family. By week 10 postpartum I was back down to my goal weight. I feel better than ever and enjoy my Betsy meals from Betsy's pantry every week! I am almost 31 years old and can honestly say I feel healthier and stronger than I ever have. I can't thank her enough for everything she has done for me!" – Ashly Sims, reached goal weight after 3rd pregnancy
"My sister represented so many things to me: inner strength (spiritual), positivity (mental), and will (physical drive). Niki believed that if her spiritual, physical, and mental were aligned then she was the best person she could be, but in order to have all those things you have to work hard at it EVERY DAY! After she passed, I had an urgency to put into motion what she shared with me. I thought that if I fueled my body with all the right foods and exercised that it would help my fragile mental state! And that is what led me to Betsy. I am beyond grateful for her direction on how to treat my body! I truly know that all the tools she has given me will be a lifestyle change that I will follow forever! She has given me such confidence in not giving up and pushing through! Coming to her was much more than losing weight, that was just an added bonus! I do enjoy fitting into smaller jeans, but that was not the reason that I came to Betsy. I came to try Niki’s formula, and she is so right! They all work together! I just want to thank Betsy for being with me every step of the way on this journey! She and Niki gave me the drive and motivation to turn my grief into something positive! Betsy’s passion for what she does shines so bright!!" - Mimi Shymlock, lost 20 lbs
"I have struggled with my weight my entire life, and going to college didn't help at all. At graduation, I was the heaviest I've ever been: 222 lbs on a 5' 7" frame. When I moved back home, I knew that I had to make a change in my diet, but had no idea where to start. This is where Betsy comes in. It was the best decision I've made to this day. Betsy isn't just a nutrition consultant that helps you transform your body; she helps you change your own lifestyle. When I started the "Betsy Plan" as I've come to call it, I was 217 lbs and 33% body fat. My final Bod Pod before going back on my own 5 months later was 184 lbs at 19.7% body fat! 33 pounds in 5 months; who knew it was possible! I can't thank you enough for changing my life, Betsy!" – Philip Icuss, lost 33 lbs in 5 months
"I want to thank Betsy for all that she did for me over a 5-month period. I was frustrated with my weight, energy and how I felt overall. She made everything easy and held me accountable to hitting small goals. I started this journey at 217 pounds, now I am holding at 184! Wow is all I can say. Thanks, Betsy, for helping me change how I feel and look. Everyone asked me how I did this and ‘Betsy” is all I have to say! Please keep blessing all of us old, overweight and frustrated guys!" – Andy, lost 33 pounds in 5 months
"Six months ago, Betsy and I had our initial nutrition consultation. I was extremely frustrated and skeptical. I felt like I exercised a lot and ate healthy, but kept adding a pound or two every year. I had resigned myself to believe that this was just a fact of life. Betsy gave me the direction, accountability, and positive reinforcement that I needed. Six months later, I have lost 25 pounds, decreased my body fat by 11%, and cut almost a minute off of my mile. I feel incredible! Thank you Betsy!" - Jill Hanggi, lost 25 lbs in 6 months
"Betsy, I can’t thank you enough for helping me lose that last 10 pounds! After years of trying to do it on my own and deciding it was just a 40-year-old metabolism, you helped me realize it didn’t have to be my normal. After two months I’m down 11 pounds, and I feel great! At 41 with two kids, I’m in the best shape of my life and weigh less than I did in high school. Not only did you help me lose the weight, but you’ve changed the way I think about food that will help me keep it off. I couldn’t have done it without you! You rock!" - Tiffany Carpenter, lost 11 pounds in 2 months
"Betsy is a true professional. I have struggled with weight and nutrition issues for the past 20 years. Betsy designed an individualized plan that not only has led to weight loss, but has also taught me how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for years to come. Best of all, Betsy makes me feel like I am her only client. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for her clients’ health and well-being is unmatched. I signed up as a client but have become an advocate for her. I am grateful for Betsy’s counsel and care. She’s one of a kind. - Keith Carver, lost 20 lbs
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