We are a few months into spring and, as the bug hits us, we start our Spring Cleaning. Cupboards are cleared. Sidewalks swept. Boxes filled with junk and taken to the curb. And finally you get to your own closet. Pulling out old jeans, on a whim, you try them on and realize, they won’t pull up. They don’t even want to go past your thighs. You get that sinking feeling, remembering all the wine you drank to keep warm over the winter, accompanied by a few too many treats. With a sigh, you wonder what to do. Do I really have to go on a diet?

How many of us have experienced this scenario? I’m describing myself, as my own story of weight ups and downs has been a lengthy one, but every one of us can relate to that punched-in-the-gut feeling when you realize you aren’t where you want to be with your health, weight or otherwise. Rallying ourselves for yet another session of dieting feels as painful as climbing up a mountain with 50 pound weights tied around your ankles. Dieting just feels wrong. But what’s the answer?

Today, dieting has taken on a different tone, something suggesting a fad or trend. No one wants to diet, using an extreme food restriction strategy like eating cabbage soup for 21 days straight, only to gain all lost weight back. Some estimates suggest that more than 80 percent of people who have lost weight regain all of it, or more, after two years. Researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles found that “about two-thirds of dieters regained more weight within four or five years than they initially lost.” A more informed public prefers to make lifestyle changes. In a recent study conducted by researches Sherry Pagoto of the University of Massachusetts Medical and Bradley Appelhans of the Rush University Medical Centre, it was reported that “lifestyle changes trump diet in fighting the battle of the bulge.”

Adherence and accountability in a restriction diet are cited as key factors leading to success with weight loss or not. The authors further report that “adherence — the degree to which participants continued in the program or met program goals for diet and physical activity — was most strongly associated with weight loss and improvement in disease-related outcomes,” and that “changes in lifestyle, not diet types, are the true ways to prevent weight gain and the associated ills of diabetes and circulatory disease.” Naturopaths like Dr. Rachel Corradetti, ND from Body in Tune as well as myself, couldn’t agree more.

Last fall Rachel and I spent several weeks creating a solution for this problem. We wanted to build a comprehensive weight and nutrition plan that would help would be “dieters” make lifestyle changes in a positive and healthy way. It had to be a program that embraced making lifestyle changes including what to eat and how to eat it, as well as what supplements to take and why, with a daily dose of exercise to encourage the weight loss process. Out of this was born the Fitness Commitment, a complete 4-week program to help you make lifestyle changes including because these feel less like pain and more like gaining intelligent control.

The Fitness Commitment plan contains the key elements to get you back to optimal weight and health, using lifestyle success building strategies. These include:

– menus, snacks and hydration for each day
– recipes and food adjustments for various eating styes (vegan, gluten free, etc.)
– portion size education
– supplements and how and why to take them
– weekly shopping lists
– an Eat-Clean guide of acceptable foods
– a daily food and exercise tracker
– a strength and cardio training program
– videos demonstrating exercises
– inspiration
– metabolism-boosting strategies
– a private FaceBook group to support you (the support of thousands of people doing the challenge with you is powerful and very real)
– daily check-ins with myself, and Dr. Rachel.
– weekly Q and A sessions

Fifteen years ago, when I faced myself in the mirror trying to pull on jeans that just wouldn’t go past my knees, at 204 pounds of unhappiness, I knew it was time for radical action. Translation: with the powerful tools of Eating Clean combined with exercise, I finally wrestled my weight and health challenges to the ground. I made a Fitness Commitment to myself and won! Now it’s your turn.


You can make changes like Charlotte did:

“Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with Lupus. Three years ago I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It is in remission. I was allowing my previous medical problems to control me. Now I am in control and it feels so good. I am 62 years old and forever thankful for Tosca and this challenge. I am taking this opportunity to not only make physical changes but to change up my attitude about age and medical issues. Thank you, Tosca.”

Or like Christine did:

“I am ready for the Fit Commit Challenge. I have been a respiratory therapist for 23years. Long 12 hr shifts, stress of taking care of many patients, missing meals then eating what ever co workers bring in . It’s so easy to go by fast food on the way home. I have neglected to take care of myself. I’m a yo -yo dieter. I’m at the heaviest I have ever been . I am tired, low energy and I feel like I’m dying inside at 44. Tosca has always been inspiring to me. I’m ready to make a change. My big challenge will be to plan make meals ahead of time . Tonight I made no bake power balls , applesauce protein balls and breakfast fruit and nut cookies (for something easy to bring with me to work) they tasted great. So many ingredients I have never tasted or used before. It took about 1 1/2 hours. I also got a reality check by having my husband take a full length picture of me in a bathing suit. I posted it on the refrigerator as a motivation.”


Are you ready? Dr. Rachel and I, are here for you all the way.

Remember, I am always listening.

PS. Find your copy of Fitness Commitment.