All because I got a postcard in the mail!

transformation stories Apr 12, 2016
I recently retired from the hospital this past winter. At this new journey I found the opportunity to take time for myself. In the past always working an early start didn’t leave me the opportunity to workout before work and often times running to cover for my grandchildren, I didn't take the needed time for myself, what little was left in the day.

I have always been a target for the at home programs, they lure me in, I purchase one and 2 weeks later it's collecting dust. My lack of self- confidence never made me a fan of group exercise. So my comfort level was at home. But I mustered up the courage to try my first 'Boot Camp', and the experience has been life changing! ...

As I am right on the heels of turning 60 and everyone saying it's impossible to lose weight when you get older.I knew this was made available to me and all I had to do was show up. I can't put into words the experience I have had, with the program, the people I have met, just the sincere...

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Heck..I'll try it for a month!

transformation stories Apr 06, 2016

BEFORE Tall Trainer:
I thought my fitness level was really good.   Before Tall Trainer, I would work out at least 3-4 days a week.  Mainly cardio workouts with some ab tapes and Pilate tape workouts.  I had also started doing some yoga at a local studio.  My cardio was mainly running on my treadmill and walking during my daughter’s soccer practices and games.  I thought I was pretty fit but now I know that I really wasn’t.  My other false sense was the amount of calories I thought I was burning versus what I was really burning.  My treadmill told me 500 calories, yes but that was for an average person that is programmed into the treadmill…I am not an average person and burn much less due to my size.  I was amazed to find all of this out.

I also thought my nutrition level was really good but Tall Trainer has educated me that what I thought was good was really hurting my workouts due to all of the sugar, carbs, red meat,...
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Lunch in under 2 minutes!

recipes Mar 17, 2016

One of my favorite authors and speakers Jen Hatmaker posted this as her go to lunch. 
I have to be honest when I first read the ingredients I thought it sounded on the nasty side.  But like any devoted fan I decided to give it a whirl.  Man, I am glad I did because I LOVE THIS and eat it for lunch all the time!
I don’t have a fancy name for the title and am not feeling spunky to give it one, so we will call this-
LUNCH-just try it!
This serves one and literally takes me less than two minutes to make!
½ Avocado or 50 grams
½ cup cottage cheese  *(I use full fat-live a little)
10 grams of cashews (or any nut, besides your husband or teen)
4 cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp. of balsamic glaze *(you can buy this or make it)
Layer these up in the order they are listed and DIG IN!
If you measure in grams this comes up at 300 calories.  Because of the fat level this keeps me pretty...
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I was ready to take control of my life!

transformation stories Mar 17, 2016

Meet Deb and read her story!


The journey that led me to Tall Trainer began 3 years ago. I had gone through some serious medical issues; we sold our house, moved to the Finger Lakes and built our retirement home all in the span of 1 1/2 years. However, by this time I was exhausted physically and mentally, and knew I needed to make another change in my life....this time, one that would put me in a position where I could enjoy what opportunities life now held for me. In the fall of 2013, I saw a cover ad on the local Penny Saver telling about a fitness program called “Tall Trainer” sounded interesting, but at the time I wasn't quite ready to make a commitment to add another element to my life that would require more time and effort. So the cover page sat on my tabletop for a few more months as the pounds accumulated and the energy level sank...

In January of 2014 I was ready to take control of my life once again. After all, I thought, this is the only...

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White Knuckle Weight Loss


White Knuckle Weigh Loss..


Does this resonate with anyone?  Do you feel like you are holding on for dear life trying to manage this weight loss thing? Is it exhausting and you feel like you can barely hang on anymore? You have to follow this food rule perfectly!! One small thing can make you crack and then BOOMyou gain back that weight you worked SO hard to lose!


I have been there many times and am embarrassed to say how much time of my life has been wasted thinking about FOOD!  It has consumed my life many times..Maybe most of the time! 


But,I have also seen the other side of weight loss too. I have seen weight drop off me when I become at peace with who I am. 


Over the years my weight roller coaster had left me with a pretty severe case of emotional eating.  Believe me, I could tell you stories that would make you gasp, and I will if you ask!   My weight has bounced dozens of times in my...

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My Body is now as strong as my Mind!

transformation stories Mar 09, 2016

Meet Chrissy!

I have done many diets through the years and I always put the weight back on...I come from a family of great cooks so good food has always been around which did not help and then having kids made me cook and bake more things at when I first came to Tall Trainer I was at my lowest (highest weight) I have ever been at.  I was eating badly all the time and not caring and not doing a single stitch of exercise and felt horrible about myself.
The inspiration for me was Christine, she had tried to get me for the longest time to just try a class and always said you can do it but I just did not believe in myself enough to believe I could.  So when I got to the heaviest I had gotten I said that is enough and finally had the courage to take Christine advice and just try it.   I saw how it changed her life and I wanted that change.  I wanted to be able to physical activities with my kids and not feel like throwing up.  I wanted to...
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Vegetable Comfort Soup

recipes Feb 25, 2016

Vegetable Comfort Soup

This is just a really healthy soup that is loaded with good

stuff! It reminds me of a soup I ate when I first started my weight loss journey. It helped transition me into eating healthy again and have less cravings!


1 Tbsp. olive oil


1 large onion, chopped


2 carrots, peeled and chopped


2 celery stalks, chopped


2 garlic cloves, minced


1 large sweet potato (about 2 cups), chopped


2 cups peeled butternut squash, chopped


2 cups cauliflower florets, chopped


2 cups sliced cabbage


1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes


6 cups vegetable stock


2 tsp. Italian seasoning (or a mixture of dried

parsley, basil, oregano etc.)


1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper

1 tsp. sea salt


2 Tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

Heat up a large pot over med-high heat and add olive oil.


Throw in onion, carrot and celery and cook for 3-5 minutes or until onions are translucent.


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Exercise of the Month -Dumbbell Side Plank Back Fly

exercise videos Feb 24, 2016

Exercise of the Month - Dumbbell Side Plank Back Fly

This compound exercise will work your CORE muscles (particularly the love handles AKA Obliques).  It will also work your shoulders and upper back.  It's a great exercise for better posture and strength...but also for looking good in warm weather clothes.  

CLICK HERE to watch 2 minute instructional video
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Quick and Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

recipes Feb 17, 2016

5 Minute Avocado Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Serves: 1-2  (feel free to double and triple the recipe so you can have leftovers for lunches)
This was so incredibly easy to make and DELICIOUS!   Low in carbs and high in protein.  Its also gluten and dairy free!  I like to double up my romaine leaves per wrap so I am getting extra greens!  This would be super easy to pack for work lunch and I bet people would be envious!  You will have to hide it in a brown bag, put your name on it, strategically place it in the fridge and HOPE that no one will find it!
  • 4-6 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 medium avocado
  • ½ lemon or lime (for juice)
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded or cubed
  • 1 roma tomato (or handful of grape tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion (red, green, white…whatever you like!)
  • ¼ bell pepper, diced
  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
  1. Cut avocado in half, remove pit and scoop flesh into a...
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It gave me what I had been missing..CONSISTENCY!

transformation stories Feb 11, 2016

Meet Christen:

As a teenager I never flipped through fashion magazines, wishing I was model-thin. Instead I admired girls who were runners and athletes. I was more impressed with a person who had muscle and tone instead of someone who was just thin. I wanted to be just like the athletes – someone who was strong and capable, not just skinny. But I never knew how.
Diagnosed with asthma at the age of 12, I shied away from exercise as a kid and used my beleaguered breathing as an excuse. I played tennis in high school because it was a sport I could do that involved the least amount of movement. Needless to say, I wasn’t so good at it, often relegated to the third string of doubles players, if I played at all. I remember dreading the Presidential Fitness Test in school because I was terrified of the timed, one-mile run. I often asked my mom to write me a note to get out of it, blaming it on my asthma.

I struggled with my weight throughout college and into adulthood. I felt...
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