I thought I would write you a message about my first (real) week with the FD. I had bought the first FD ebook and applied the “rules” as you mentioned, but I noticed a big difference since I bought “A week to try it out”. I wrote on your FB wall last week about my first day with the meal plan and being hungry, still, at night. I can tell you that yesterday, day 6, I had a hard time finishing my last meal, was too full. Even on day 5! I sometimes added the extras you mentioned. And this is the first time in my whole life that I eat following a meal plan (I always have to improvise and do it my way so I had to make substitutions with proteins and veggies not to get bored but with the calories equivalents) and that I enjoy it without being HUNGRY all the time!!! As with clean-eating for example : good, but tiny portions… Even people around me are like “Are you gonna eat ALL that??”… “Huh, yeah, I am; and you, are you going to be even fatter?”… I feel like I could REALLY go like this forever and be happy with it. Plus, my taste for sugar decreased in the last week, I didn’t consume any alcohol (usually, 3-4 glasses of wine per week) and I was excited each day about the food I’d eat! AND, day 7 was today, so REFEED with excitement of course! I chose yesterday to make it a leg workout today since it requires to me lots of energy; sushi afterwards were very welcome
I recognize myself a lot in what you say, the way you define yourself, etc. I wish I could meet you someday
Thank you again for your inspiration. Your ad in an Oxygen magazine was what made me “like” your FB page. I thought the picture looked awesome. Then I discovered your world. All that helped me achieve my goal (losing 40 lbs after the birth of my daughter in a year) and I know, now, that I will never stop working out or quit even though I’m a kinesiologist and that I’ve been working out since 1998. Oh, and I’ve got before and after pictures too if you want to see them. At first, I didn’t lose weight cause of the FD but at the end of the summer, I got more serious and discovered it.
I have never got more energy than during this last week (thanks to my hormones too hahahaha!)
Have a nice day!
P.-S. Concerning that “my body is a ‘he’ ” thing, just want to tell that in French (my first language), things do have a gender. So for example, a house is a “she”, a tree is a “he”, etc. AND a body is actually a “he”. Thought I would share it with you
My fitness story is all over the place. I’ve spent many years going from one “high” to the next. From the time I was really young I’ve enjoyed being active and joining in on the many physical activities available to me. A few things have always been consistent. First, I’ve never really been satisfied or content with my physical body. Something is always out of place. Sometimes it was my thighs and butt lacking muscle, other times my poor posture and too much fat that just NEVER seemed to go away. This list could go on and on. Another consistent factor in my fitness is my so called “lack of meat/protein” in my diet. I’ve never been a big meat eater to begin with and through the past couple years have opted out of meat almost entirely. I felt better internally (digestion was easier, I felt lighter and cleaner inside) and my own personal feeling of consuming meat were satisfied. However, my thinking collided with the rest of the fitness world (at least to my knowledge at the time). So here I was faced with the choice of building muscle by consuming large quantities of meat (which always clogged me up and I felt gross both mentally and physically) or I could continue eating my way with lots of whole grains, fruits, veggies, etc and not ever build muscle that I wanted. Well my conscious and my insides won that battle so here I’ve sat for years just accepting the fact that I’ll never be able to build muscle the way I want to. I had to settle for less (yea I know! Lame excuse but at this time in my life it was reality).
Also, up until now I’ve always had one focus in my fitness regime. For a long time it was strictly running. I needed to rid my body of the fat right? Many of you know that it only down sizes someone from their current shape to the same shape just a little smaller. At the time I just thought something was wrong with me and if I kept up my running long enough something might just happen. However, after a couple of years with no success I decided to add a few weights into my running routine. Unfortunately, at the time stretching had very little to no part in my training so my body began to suffer immensely. I got so tight that one day my back decided it had had enough. I could barely walk without my back screaming with pain. That was enough. I couldn’t take the constant hurting back, the tight legs, the constant headaches that would only go away after a long nights rest. So I thought I’d do things “logically” and opt out of what got me to this point in the first place which was weight training. I was in so much pain I took a break from my cardio regime as well.
Introduced into my life next was yoga and stretching. My body felt amazingly loose and at ease both inside and out. I was no longer fighting a constant aching body. Freedom at last or so I thought. After awhile I missed the intense cardio sessions and STILL hardly any definition to my body. I could feel over time my heart rate increasing. Yuck, a healthy heart was extremely important to me. If I couldn’t have anything else I at least wanted a heart that worked great. So… back to cardio.
To many the solution seems quite obvious and now as I look back over the years I laugh at how obvious my issues were but it’s taken many years of trail and error to come to where I am now. I look forward to many years from now looking back and laughing at where I am currently. How little I know and how much learning I have to go!
It wasn’t until I came across the Fighter Diet concept that I started understanding why things went so wrong for me. Now, I’ve reached new heights in my physical and mental fitness that I didn’t think were possible for me. I’m able to enjoy LOTS of food (veggies) which I love and feel great after eating! Another great side note is my complexion looks a lot better too! I feel more satisfied and no longer crave sugar as much. I’m taking Pauline’s advice and am being patient with myself. Therein I see my progress. Slow but sure. I’m seeing muscles I thought I could never see. I’m feeling the energy I had when I was young coming back to me which I thought was forever gone because of age. My outlook on my physical fitness has taken on a whole new meaning. Yes, it’s great to have an amazing looking body but just as important it’s my mental toughness, my character, my passion, my discipline and my outlook on life that are transforming into something and someone I only could be in my dreams. It’s the whole package that is becoming amazing and I thank teachers like Pauline who have lit that dark tunnel for me. It’s great to come across someone who practices w
Just wanted to thank you for your inspiration and motivation. I’ve been following FD on facebook for several months now and have learned so much. I do train but my main passion is running so I know in many ways I have different goals than you, but I have taken some key concepts from your program and managed to lose 7 of the 10 pounds I have been trying to lose for literally 2 years with no success. I have always worked out hard but was getting in my own way with my diet. I know how and have no problem eating “healthy”, but I had been as you say confusing “healthy” with “lean” (oh, nuts are “healthy”, oatmeal is ”healthy”, lots of fruit is “healthy”, you know what I’m talking about . Now I eat to be LEAN, bottom line. I had also been telling myself that I am just bigger (thighs in particular!) and weigh more because of “all that muscle.” Ha! I learned from you that’s it’s not the muscle that makes you look fat, it’s the fat that makes you look fat! If you with all your amazing muscle can be a size 0 and weigh 114 pounds then I am absolutely kidding myself to think that my moderate amount of muscle mass is the reason I am bigger than I’d like to be. No more excuses!
But my real reason for writing you today is that I have to tell you about the effect a few words you posted on your page last weekend had on me. I was participating in a 24 hour, 200 mile relay race with 11 other very talented runners. I was nervous about where I fit in as an “amateur” runner and downplaying my pace so that I wouldn’t disappoint. Just before I went to run my first leg I saw your post of facebook, “You have more in you than you give yourself credit for.” It hit me like a ton of bricks…I was trying to let myself off the hook by making sure they didn’t expecting too much of me and not expecting much of myself. Now I had something to prove…to myself…I ran my ass off harder and faster than I ever have in my life for all 3 of my legs of the relay. And the whole time I repeated your words to myself, “You have more in you than you give yourself credit for…” That feeling of digging deeper than you thought was possible and just having faith that you have it in you and then finding out that you did all along is life changing! I thought I had an inner strength before, but I will never be the same after that and your words will be with me in everything I do, from training to running to dealing with anything life throws my way.
Just wanted to give you an update – I’ve been following fighter diet since April 23rd, 2010 so basically 28 weeks or 7 months. My LIFE has changed for the better and I have NOT cheated once on the fighter diet. I do a weekly refeed and I have no problems with it. I’m the “behind the scene” FD follower. I read all your blogs and follow the facebook FD page religiously but don’t comment or say anything. I’ve attached my pictures just so you can see that my hard work is the result of YOU. Your drive and motivation encourages me and motivates me and I thank you for this. You are heaven sent. Even though I’ve never met you I feel that I know you. I was in Las Vegas for Mr. Olympia expo and went to AST just “by chance” to see if you would be there. You physically were not there but your presence was. I also wanted to buy some AST products but none were available (
I congratulate you on all that is going on for you. The calendar shoot with Eva, the new TV Plot and more importantly the FD Fiber (so sad you don’t ship international).
From your biggest fan (I’m sure you’ve heard that one before)
Had my yearly Dr. visit Wednesday. I am down 10lbs. from last year. 5′5″ 122 lbs. My blood pressure is 92/60. Best ever! I turn 40 next month and am at a personal best. I have worked out for 22 years with and without trainers. Doctor wants every patient on “Fighterdiet” lol. Also, going on 5 weeks of zero wine and feeling awesome!!!!
You don’t have to respond to this e-mail or anything, I just want to say that fighter diet and all your tips have done so much good to me. As you probarly know, I’ve bought a lot of your e-books and they have given me so much; motivation, information and knowledge. The first e-book I bought was the Fighter Diet and I’ve learned so much about your thoughts on veggies and how to prevent hunger etc. I must admit that I’ve not followed the concept 100 %, but I’m proud to say that I’m getting closer to be a true fighter diet every day. You opened my eyes to a new world, a world full of veggies. You also helped me to discover myself in a way. I’m only nineteen years old and I have so much to learn, but I’m lucky to know who I am and who I want to be. I must say it is hard to be a teenager and say that I don’t drink alcohol. People can’t seem to understand why and they all claim that I’ll regret my choice in the future. I think otherwise and drinking doesn’t give me anything. Your status updates on FB have made me to stand up for myself and not bail on my principles. I have goals with my training, but I love the journey and I’m trying my best to be patient. I’ve started to stretch, to do foam rolling, to run and I love it. I hit the weights hard, but I’m paying a lot more attention to my form and making sure I’m doing things right. This new kind of life style makes me wake up happy and content. You know how great that feeling is?! I bet you do I’m starting a new chapter of my life next week because I’ll leave home. I’ve found a place for myself 6 hours from home and I’ll start to study. It will get easier for me to be 100 % true to FD. Yeah, it is a bad excuse that it is hard to follow FD when living at home, but I find it a bit hard. Well, I talk a lot.. I really don’t know why I send you this e-mail, and as I’ve said; you don’t have to respond because I know you are a busy lady. I’ll love to chat with you one day (I’ve done it two times before and it gave me so much), but I need to save some money first. You seem so mentally strong and I admire you because of that. You are different and I feel very different from people at my age, but you made me accept that. Those who say you are a bad role model should get a life.
I’m learning more and more the only way to make things happen, is to keep what works, eliminate what doesn’t. For instance, in theory, I’d love to say I have the willpower to stear clear of foods not on plan, even though they are hanging out in the pantry. Ha! How many times has that ever worked?? Not once. So I said to myself, if I’m going to be effective on this program, GET RID of what doesn’t work, KEEP what does. So I got a couple trash bags and went through the pantry and threw out a bunch of stuff! I didn’t care whether it was money lost or not. The reward of results is worth a lot more to me right now. It was so empowering; I was ready to build a bonfire from all of it in the front yard and send myself whooping over it! Denying the reality of a situation doesn’t change it. If it’s there, you eat it, if it isn’t, you can’t. Period. And talk about eliminating stress! It’s stressful having crap around. And now I have more room in the pantry
Another example, I was always looking for something that would help me lose weight, make my thighs thinner blah, blah, blah…. REALITY CHECK: I don’t have the bone and muscle structure to be waifishly thin! I had to get over myself, get over what society put in front of me, and ask myself what I wanted, what would honestly make me feel good, energized, positive…I knew exercise was the answer. I had to face the reality that this was a lifestyle, a life change, that it would happen slowly, at times be painstakingly, but completely worth it. When has a path of least resistance been worth the earning?? Training works, excuses don’t.
And all the diets I tried in the past, deceiving myself…. Constantly changing my diet does not work. Neither does a diet that took all day and all night to prepare with a hundred expensive, specialty ingredients. Neither does a diet with half cup portions of broccoli. I’ve had to face the reality in the past few months that “cheat” or “treat” days or meals or hours, or whatever other form of that ridiculousness, does not work for me. It is just a way of keeping myself fat and on a rollercoaster ride that I my body doesn’t want to be on. It’s not healthy going on and off, up and down. I have to be realistic; my system seeks consistency. I knew a consistent structured eating program was a necessity otherwise I’d make excuses, veer away. Consistency in training, in eating, in resting…Consistency achieves results. Consistency works. Everything else is lies.
Facing reality feels good.
I just wanted to say, that I was once a “fat-back” as my boyfriends calls it. I was blobby and was your typical ignorant cardio-know-it-all-gym–weights-will-make-me-big-ignorant – you know the type.
It took me years to open my eyes and actually listen to what people had been saying, before I actually got onto weight training. After 19 years of training incorrectly in the gym, I see the light now and it has taken 2 and a half years of tough, decent training, to trim down and re-shape the jiggly chassis.
Now I’m happy to say, my body has changed, I still have wobbly bits, but it’s work in progress. Hard sometimes, but that’s what makes it so awesome – the challenge of seeing where I can take it.
The motivation I get to push hard at the gym, is from reading about and seeing pictures of you!
I think you’re awesome and I love the way you keep it real.
The best part about reading your opinions is the fact that you’re clear, hard and push past the p..sy crap that most seem to slip into so that mainstream softies will accept them.
It’s refreshing to finally see there is a role model, someone that has and is doing so well for herself, pushing past the usual “I’m a woman, I must train like a woman” rubbish.
You have an awesome physique and you truly inspire me.
Just wanted to thank you SO MUCH
I’ve been following your 1500 plan yesterday would have been day #14
On Saturday (which would have been day 13) I weighed myself on the same scale at my “hometown” gym that I only and always weigh myself at and got my body fat calipers by my trainer the only trainer that calipers me and since the last time I am 7lbs down in weight and 4% down in body fat.
I know numbers mean nothing but my clothes are lose and I can see in the mirror where I’ve lost the fat
YOU ARE A GENIUS and thank you for being you…i follow your Facebook page and read your blogs you are truly inspirational. I was skeptical at first.
Here I will collect some of my more recent testimonials and general feedback….If you have a story you want to share, please let me know with an email!
I’ve been reading your blog once in a while. I just wanted to say that admire you importantly emphasizing a healthy lifestyle and not just looking a certain- typically unrealistic way- that many people in the media do in order to make a profit and not to empower human beings, which is you seem to do from what I read…
A lot of the times at the gym, I like to look around and see what kind of exercises people are doing, how they are doing them. Something you have taught me from your blog, as well as how people often abuse their bodies strikes me as important
I’ve realized that I should not traumatize my joints and unnecessary muscles during an exercise. No one cares about what I do at the gym, but why do so many use horrible form if no one else cares if I and them are weak?
What I am trying to say is that I’ve learned that muscles don’t do any type of lifting- my mind and my body does. I should treat my body with respect and not sacrifice form for weight (wiggling during bench presses, doing calf raises in the middle of BB Curls, etc.) even though it is in every man’s agenda to not only lift as much weights as possible, but to also feel better than everyone afterwards.
No one cares what weight I lift, what I eat, even what my body looks like when I think about it. You’ve helped me realize that I should be learning, trying, doing because my body is my body and I and others feel uncool-looking because they feel they are perceived that way by others. You have taught me that my body is something that keeps me alive for goodness sake and I shouldn’t injure it, to impress people that couldn’t care less about my life.
I’ve realized that guys who do silly isolation exercises are big because of steroids and genetics and not just because of certain exercises; I like military presses and deadlifts and they never do those at the gym, but who cares….
sorry for rambling on and on, but you are a very strong woman/person and i thank you for using your freedom of press to inform people that a healthy life will take us farther than looking a certain way at the cost of harming our bodies in the process, which is what the media wants me to do.
Sorry again for writing so many words. Thank you.
For about a month ago I bought “The Ultimate Fatloss Diet” and has followed that plan for 3,5 weeks now. I love the result so I just want to tell you about it: I am a 29 year old woman who has been working as an instructor at a gym for the past 15 years (yes I started as 14, and training is my lifestyleJ) I teach 6- 7 hard cardio and strength classes a week, and I usually work out 3- 5 hours by myself on top of that. I’ we never been near being obese, but I always felt that I would feel so much better if I lost that thin layer of fat on top of my muscles. But the last stubborn kilos would never go away.
For the first time in my life I’ we lost 3 of the 4 kilos I wanted to get rid of – and I feel GREAT! The last week I’ we got like 20 compliments on how muscular I look. (this is in Norway, where “no one” gives compliments!) I have not done more strength training than my usual full body routine once a week, but it seems like I had a lot of muscles under the 3 kilos of fat… (I’m just 164 cm, so 3 kilos is a lot my body).
Thank you SO MUCH Pauline! You are such an inspiration for everybody who is serious about training!
Now I just want to follow the fighter diet for the rest of my life! Even my husband (who is a sceptic to all kind of “diets”) says that this is great. My skin looks better too I must add
I can’t thank you enough for all of your support and encouragement the last 8 months. I came to you because I wanted to take my body to the next level and you absolutely showed me the way! I set a goal to get on stage for the 1st time before my 37th birthday (next month) and I did it. I accomplished this, in spite of traveling on average 4 days every week for business all over the world. I’m a corporate woman with tons of stress and responsibility but still found a way and the time to make food and fitness THE priority in my life. Again, thank you Pauline for all of your support and ideas around how to make it all work for me.
Look at the great pictures Pavel took this weekend at the MuscleContest Bikini show where I finished 2nd place! I owe so much to you. Of course, it takes incredible persistence combined with patience, a strong work ethic, discipline and dedication to change your lifestyle in order to achieve a great body but having your expertise in diet, weight training and cardio is invaluable. You have taught me the power of discipline and dedication (your mantra) when it comes to food and fitness. For example, I never thought I would be eating pounds of veggies in a single day! Then, the obvious stuff people always take for granted like reading labels, watching sauce content, counting ALL the calories (including fish oil) when you are dieting toward goals can often be forgotten. As you know, I was always afraid of carbs. Thank God for refeeds! Fighterdiet works as long as you stick with it.
As it relates to building the shape I wanted, you quickly pointed out that I was spinning my wheels doing too much cardio, kickboxing and high rep workouts. I’m no longer afraid of heavy weight! I love it!! BRING IT ON. As you know, I came to you weighing about 113 lbs and could barely dead lift the bar and you pushed me to the point were I was dead lifting my own weight. I have achieved so many personal bests training with you, it motivates me to want it more and more.
You are such an inspiration and I’m thankful to have you in my life as a friend. You are a no nonsense person, always telling me like it is and never telling me what I want to hear. This is important, especially when I make the mistake of saying “I’m trying” or “It’s heavy”. Thank you for pushing me outside my comfort zone. Thank you for being a good friend.
I’m looking forward to my next show, because I’m going to place 1st!!! I am on a mission to continue to be the best I can be!
Thanks a million Pauline….
I’ve been a regular reader of your blog for about a year now. I just wanted to provide you with yet another witness of the fact that you most certainly speak the truth.
No doubt you have received abundant accolades from your clients regarding this fact; nevertheless, I wanted to contribute an additional testimony of the profound value of your… “straightforwardness,” and to furnish you with some fresh encouragement to please keep it up!
I have proven the truthfulness of your words in my own life, particularly as they surround what it takes to truly become shredded. There has only been one time in my life in which I have achieved such a state. This was a period of several years, between my junior year in high school and the time in which I began my graduate studies. More specifically, I was able to prove a recent statement you made on your blog along the lines of, “… how much aerobic exercise do I put in each day in order to remain shredded…? You don’t want to know…”
Yes Pauline, I know exactly what you mean… exactly. In my own case, I had to spend an average of 3 hours per day in aerobic training in order to achieve a truly shredded state. (I remember in my senior year in high school, for instance, having early-morning basketball practice (before school), powerlifting/weight training during regular school hours, after-school basketball, and then training for a marathon that same year by running an average of 6-8 miles each evening.)
And yet, there were a lot of times in which even with this amount of aerobic training, I was still not a shredded as I needed to be as a result of nutritional mistakes.
Most of this was during the 1990s. Since that time, I have also proven the truthfulness of what you noted above as a result of NOT being able to spend the requisite 3 hours in aerobic training on a regular basis. As a result of some serious sports injuries as well as injuries sustained in other high-intensity activities (motorcross, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, etc.), I will most probably never be able to spend the amount of time necessary to become shredded again. I’m missing two neck muscles as well as two forearm muscles, along with being full of lots and lots of metal and plastic from just playing too hard. Now that I really don’t have the physical capacity to exercise aerobically for 3 hours each and every day (I still hit the weights with incredible intensity, having gained a little over 70 pounds of muscle during the past 9-10 years), and notwithstanding my dedication to a very strict nutritional regimen, I’m nowhere near a shredded state. With my personal genetics, it takes all the hours of aerobic training noted previously to really bring that out.
So when I read the statement posted on your blog a couple of weeks ago about the sheer amount of aerobic activity you have to perform each and every day to remain shredded, I had to smile a little bit. Not because it’s not true, but because it is ABSOLUTELY true.
Interesting sidenote (at least interesting to me…): the hardest part of the 1990s — the time in which I achieved a state of being shredded — is connected with something you have also noted on a very regular basis: there are people out there who are genetically blessed to be able to be shredded without trying very hard. Such an individual was my best friend all throughout high school; we even went to the same college as roommates. He was and is an incredible physical specimen. He set track records at Arizona State and later went to the Chicago Bears training camp as a walk-on and made it during the first round. (He played defensive back and safety for one season.)
I remember coming home in the evening (after spending 60-90 minutes running) and finding him sitting on the couch with a Marie Calendar’s pie placed lovingly on his six pack abs, abs that were rippling through his skin. He would consume junk food most of the time and yet remained incredibly shredded.
So yes, I have also smiled when I have come across the phraseology you have used in describing the difference between so-called genetically-blessed individuals (who are naturally lean, who don’t have to work very hard to become naturally shredded) and the rest of us.
Well, I have taken up enough of your time. Again, I just wanted to provide another friendly validation, if you will, of the undeniable truthfulness of your words. You are doing your clients and each and every individual who reads your blog a great service by being so straight forward.
On behalf of all of us out there who know the truth, I want to thank you!
Pauline, I had some cool news for me yesterday. Last year my Doctor decided to put me on Lipitor to be safe. As you know I’ve lost 24 lbs since I’ve met you.
Yesterday he told me that he’s taking me off of Lipitor . I don’t need it any more. My levels are all good now! Yippee! Another bow of thanks to you!
I have read your blog for EVER and just had to email you today. I plan on printing out your latest blog PRIDE and posting for all to see. I’m also linking it from my blog.
My goodness it was just so completely true. SOOOOOOOOOO TRUE and so well written!
Congrats with all of your success. You are so brilliant!
Have a wonderful friday!
After the death of my wife, I really let myself go physically until I finally became so embarassed of how bad I had let myself go. I started going to a gym and starting a diet, but found myself hungry all the time. I did lose 10lbs but didn’t have much energy. Then one night in January, I found Pauline on bodybuilding.com and liked her articles. What Pauline wrote made sense to me. This led me to her Facebook page and her blogs. Wow, they are intense and motivating! I bought a few of her ebooks including Fighter Diet. I have been putting Pauline’s diet principles into practice and although I am still adapting to doing it 100%, I cannot believe the results! 20 lbs more of fat gone, I am getting stronger in the gym and best of all, I am not hungry like before. In fact, I get too full at times. But what a problem to have, right? I continue to read Pauline on Facebook along with her blogs. She has been so generous of her time to answer questions from so many of her Facebook followers; I don’t know how she does it! Pauline, you have a heart of gold, and I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for not only me, but so many others. FIGHTER DIET ROCKS!!
OK….Im totally on a Fighter Diet HIGH just had to share it with you!!! I love this plan! I just finished a 1hour 15 min run in the hills of San Clemente….I felt great!! Not exhausted and beat down like before! Frikin AMAZING! I think this is only like day 2or3 for me! I can see a Pizza commercial now and not want to attack the TV and have all consuming binge thoughts! Thats HUGE for me. I feel so satisfied now with what Im eating. I hope this lasts.
Also since you went there about the wheat bran….its my new best friend that and noodles&cabbage(esp love warm shredded cabbage with mustard and stevia like you suggested in your e-book….sooooo yummy and satisfying! Well back to the wheat bran, I have noticed what ends up in the toilet…lol;) I have always had a problem with constipation and irregularity, but OH MY the combo of the wheat bran and all the veggies….noooo problem anymore! Unlike coach X’s plan I felt not nearly enough roughage and fiber for me….AWFUL and all backed up;(
Geeez, I really wish I discovered you years ago! Pauline, Keep doing what your doing cause you really do make a huge difference in peoples lives! I love how real you are and how you live by your own rules! YOU ROCK WOMAN!
Oh my….am I LOOOOVING the Fighter Diet Plan!!! I feel fantastic,soooo much more energy and feel full and satisfied. It almost feels too good to be true especially just coming off Kim’s diet plan! I feel hope again and light at the end of the tunnel. I absolutely Love veggies all of them so to get to eat so many is so exciting and satisfying!”
Thanks for my ebooks. I have started on my FD diet and have seen some great results these past ten days already. My training partner (an honest evaluator) has said that this is the best he has ever seen me. So tremendous THANK YOU for such a brilliant concept. (I wonder why all fitness/figure ppl don’t follow this diet??! The results are better and it is a LOT more fun than brown rice, chicken breasts and broccoli day in and day out!!)
“I’m not one to thank people I don’t know in person, but I feel compelled to thank you for being such a source of inspiration and energy to me. Many parts of my life are pretty shitty right now, and many things seem to be goal-less and lacking, but not my dedication to be a strong (physically and emotionally), fearless, and passionate individual. Sometimes I’m not the best at these, but I keep pushing. Its just so great to see others like yourself with a drive that I desire so much to have. I admire your vitality and clarity. Thank you for baring yourself to us. Its not everyday you find people exposing themselves to the world the way you do. Your genuinity reaches me, as I’m sure it does to many others. I hope to do the same one day with my life.
Every time I read your blog and rambles I get choked up inside, its amazing to me that someone can mirror how I feel so precisely. Your words give me strength, I know the key is consistency but combine that with motivation and ethusiasm and you have a powerful formula. I feel I can always do better, train better, lift heavier, eat even cleaner (if that’s possible) and more, I am not afraid, I can improve constantly. I have always been a self motivated person and I have always had consistency but now since finding you I have more, it has made all the difference, I am more focused, stronger and happier in myself. In the past I have tried to fight with my passion to conform to what others wanted me to be, but I can no longer repress, even if they are my family. Pauline you are an amazing mentor and I have quietly read your blog and rambles, but I can be quiet no longer, words are unable to describe my appreciation for what you have done for me, my inner spirit has been lifted and strength renewed and for this I thank you enormously”
” OK, as of this AM I am 183.5 pounds. Started at 190. This is amazing. Is this possible to lose sooooo quickly. I have this down to a science. My wife thinks I am crazy, LOL. Well she my wife, that’s her job, LOL. Re-feed on Tuesday. Then I have to get through the holidays. I’ll be fine as I am very MOTIVATED. OK, time to shovel some snow.” -Dan
“When I got to Los Angeles, I didn`t know anybody. The only person I had a little bit contact with was you Pauline, and the day I meet you – and you said “yes” to help me towards my show, I was thrilled! You have been my “superhero”, and inspiration for five years know – nothing could make me happier than having you by my side.
My biggest problem through the years have been my time between my shows. The time many people call “off season”. I always gain too much weight, and every year I need to rip it all off when my shows are coming up. I`m not a big junk food eater, but I`m a big portion eater! It didn`t matter if it was something healthy, it`s still calories and I ate way too much. Finally I learned how to go through my “off season time” without gaining a ton of weight! Pauline showed me how she lives her life, her “tricks” for staying in shape, and how I really could be able to live my life in a good shape, all year around – without feeling like I was constantly starving!
But Pauline didn`t just show me how to live my life off season, this was just the start. She also gave me a different kind of support than I`m used to on my diets. If I didn`t see her in a couple of days, she always sent texts wondering about how I felt – and when you are tired on a diet…That means A LOT! Another thing was trust, I know I really could trust Pauline. I could tell her everything, without ever doubting she would not keep it to herself. When I contacted Pauline, I didn`t have long until my show was coming up, only two months..So the stress often got to me, and ripped away my believing. For me, when I`m doing my shows – the mental state means almost more than anything else. To have someone backing you up at all times, listen to you when you have something to say, telling you that YOU can do it, see the talent in you and just really SHOW that they care about you – when the dieting gets to your head. This person Pauline proved to be, and because of her I continued believing in myself – and completed the show. With the best result I ever could hope for, a FIRST PLACE! It`s insane to think that I actually wanted to skip it, because I didn`t feel good enough…I truly believe that if it wasn`t for Pauline’s backup, support and help I would have skipped the show – and missed out on my biggest happiness and experience so far in my life!
-Excalibur Figure winner 2009 Heidi Vonka Koi
“Your way is real, you don’t hide the truth or reality, you don’t make something seem easier than it is, and that makes it incredibly motivational. As a beginner in figure training, I know that I can do it with the right mixture of discipline and dedication, if I WANT it enough.” -Christine
“At first I liked your puctures then I followe you blog, and I was drawn To your writing style and personality. You have talent and an ability to project your personality through your writing. I did my research and Fighter Diet is supported by all the nutritional evidence I could find. Iknew then that FD would work for me. Since you moved over to FB its been even more fun!” -James Massino
“I am hooked on your blog. First thing on my plate in the morning is checking fighter diet on Facebook. It is inspirational, motivational and just insightful. It is addictive!!!” -Ann Marcella
“I love your page. I was just talking to a friend about how you inspire me. I totally went and drove 30 minutes to whole foods to buy greek yogurt. Fage. I would of never have heard of this stuff without you.
You are all about fitness and so to the point. You are real and look fabulous and practice what you preach. You are an inspiration to both men and women. You are not all about the gimmicks to get fit. You are straight up about workouts and eating right.
I push my friends to get on to your fighter diet page and listen and learn. You are the best inspiration I have ever had. YOU ROCK!… ” – Linda Taylor-Gallup
“Pauline, you say what and how I feel about bodybuilding as if it was coming from my own heart. I often say AMEN after reading every single one of your inspiring posts. It keeps me mentally and physically focused on my goals. I know i am not alone in my quest to being the best i can be and doing what needs to be done to get there” -Jewel
“I am drawn to your blog, because of your unbreakable determination and energy. Your are inspiring without a doubt, because you refuse to accept anything less of what you want. I am always reading what you write — I am learning a lot from it and am working on living it.” – Cynthia
“Your page is AWSOME!!! Its full of Great Tips and Great Pics. Your Page is Motovational to many people.”
” I love and look forward to your inspirational tips and progress reports. As a professional Wing Chun Kung Fu Instructor, diet and exercise is a constant and any tips or inspiration goes a long way” -Paul Blisset
“Your page is awesome Pauline! You are a big inspiriation for me. Both as a person and your sight on training. As I said, your page i freakin awesome.” -Alexander
“I must admit. I am ADDICTED to reading your blog. It’s sooooo inspirational and full of useful stuff, especially when I have the urge to eat crap or skip my workout. HATE HATE HATE cardio, but then I look at your pix and your blog, it smacks me back into reality. Thaaaank you!” – Ada
“Your page is straight forward, to the point, and honest. I think your honest thoughts on training & dieting help the most because you dont hide anything. Thank you!” – Serine
Fighter Marcus Kowal
Fighter Diet is not just for fighters…but it doesn´t hurt to be one! Meet Marcus Kowal who I´ve worked with since I came to America:
When I get ready for a fight, I believe one of my advantages is the shape I come in. I take my training and preparation very serious and it only makes sense to get the best diet and nutrition out there. Before I met Pauline, I thought I had it down. How wrong I was! Since working with Pauline, I’ve come in ripped and stronger than ever. My recovery after gruelsome training sessions during training camp is amazing; my strength is better than ever and in a sport where you can’t leave anything to chance, nutrition is one of the key aspects.
In addition, Pauline is one of the most passionate and intense trainers I’ve ever dealt with.. On top of her vast nutrition and training knowledge, Pauline is great at helping preventing and rehabbing injuries. Pauline’s tremendous knowledge for the human body makes her work with soft tissue and trigger points one of a kind.
I have referred several of the fighters from our team to Pauline and I recommend Pauline to anyone who wants to make some serious changes in their lives or training!
by Marcus Kowal
Marcus next fight is in March, prep starts right after new year!
Another Client shares her experience!
From Jessi who placed in the bikini division at the Excalibur show recently:
I read Kelly’s blog and it sounded exactly word for word how I would
explain my experience with you in just the past 3 months. I want to
post this on your blog I’m just not sure how to, I’ve never done it
before but this is what I want to tell all of your readers and most
important tell you, in case you didn’t know I think you’re the best!!
You have without a doubt changed my life, mentally, physically and
spiritually. What you have taught me in this short time I only wish I
had known growing up. Like so many others, I thought I was eating
healthy and working out efficiently but just not getting the results
and wondering why? I made tons of excuses for myself, my age, change
in metabolism, just accept that my body type will be what it is, deal
with it. I couldn’t have been more naive. Well there are no
accidents in life and 1 year ago almost exactly to the day I was
looking @ a fitness magazine and I said to my friend I want to look
like that, that’s the ass and back I want!! He told me you can have
that, it’s going to take a lot of hard work, commitment and passion
but you can do it. That ass and back in the photo was Pauline, I
don’t think I’ve ever told her that She was the reason the inspiration
that hooked me. I posted the magazine article and photo on my fridge
and started training for my first competition. My journey had begun.
Little did I know my inspiration would become my coach. The image came
to life, and she is more than my coach and trainer, Pauline has opened
my mind and has educated me about nutrition, lifting weights,
stretching, cardio, rest and recovery and about a million other things
that she should write a book about.
Although my relationship with Pauline started just a few months ago I
couldn’t imagine doing it ALL on my own, however, if I had to she has
given me so much information that’s given me confidence to do it
alone, if i had to. Well too bad girl, you’re stuck with me! My fear
has turned into confidence and that makes every workout something I
actually look forward to. I’m happiest when I’m working out. I get a
peace of mind knowing that I’m putting myself first and I can let go
of all the B.S. and focus on a goal. Pauline helped me to get to one
of those goals. I had to do the work but along with her cheering me
along (which comes in the form of brutal honesty) I have completely
changed my life. I’m not afraid to eat, lift heavier weights and run,
bike, step till my legs and arms are burning, numb and feel like they
are going to fall off. It’s a feeling like no other and if you
haven’t had the fortune of indulging in this pure and intense high you
have not been pushing yourself, or maybe you need to find a better
trainer. Pauline has kept my workouts tough, fun, never boring, I
always learn something new, she is consistent and true to her beliefs
so everything she teaches me makes sense and it works.
As far as the food goes I am a hardcore choc-o-holic, if it said sugar
on the label than I was in! Well reading labels had become passe now
since vegetables don’t come with labels or preservatives, trans fat.
low fat, food coloring etc. well not the kind I’m eating anyways. I
can’t lie I still crave the sugar now and again but I know better now.
When I wake up at 6 am because I want to and I feel pumped to go run
intervals on the step mill it’s definitely because I DIDN’T eat a
chocolate chip cookie the night before. If you know the stove is hot
and you put you’re hand on it and burn yourself there’s really no one
else to blame but yourself. I’ve learned to keep my hands off the
sugar, it’s simple and it’s a choice. It’s really about moderation and
not over indulging and being educated. I’ve learned to stop and think,
when it comes to food I think most of the time it’s best NOT to be
impulsive, but to stay sane make space for a bit of fun.
Thank you Pauline for giving me the courage to keep challenging myself
and never accepting that this is all there is, there’s always more
room to improve, learn and grow.
I’m looking forward to the New Year!!!!!!
Feedback from a FD practitioner!
I want to thank you for being such an inspirational woman to me. Since I have started working with you via your online training about 5 months ago (and many more to come), I have seen a real transformation in my body. The before pictures and after pictures say it all with appearance. But you have not just helped me physically you have helped me mentally get stronger as well.
With Fighter Diet I’m never hungry, I’m so focused on getting my 6-7 lbs of veggies in, I don’t think of other foods I used to crave. You have helped me get past my cravings. (For example: Every night I eat greek yogurt with some stevia in it instead of ice cream. I can proudly say I have not had ice cream nor wanted ice cream since being on this lifestyle diet). I want to look stage ready everyday of the year. What IS the point of looking awesome for one day on stage? I want to have that look everyday. That sounds selfish but I am doing that with this lifestyle diet.
Before Fighter Diet came into my life, the holidays and/or traveling would terrify me because I would be afraid of what I would eat. Absolutely Terrified. Now I am happy to say I stayed on my diet during Thanksgiving. I traveled to my dads with no problem. Even when they have cookies sitting on the counter, I said no and went for my veggies. I am going on a cruise this coming week and now knowing how to eat I realize everything will be ok. You have taught me how to pick the right foods so I don’t want the pizza or dessert.
You have helped me through sickness and surgery. You always tell me how it is. You are very up front. You hold nothing back. You always get back to me with in hours. Plus I can vent to you about different situations in my life. You are there to listen when the boyfriend, family, or friends don’t get why I want to be super lean or why I don’t eat rice and chicken everyday. You are there for me to talk to so I can stay focused on my goals.
You have taught me in the end “I” have to be the person going to the gym lifting the heavy weights, getting on the treadmill and run up a 10% incline, and put the veggies in my month. You cannot do that for me. You helped me realize I don’t want to look like someone else. I want to be the best “I” can be. You have helped me through good and bad times. You inspire me to lift that heavier weight, which I didn’t think I could even pick up. Haha! You got me to do a REAL refeed, starting at 3000 calories. Now I sit here writing this doing a refeed of 5500 calories. I have learned to look fear in the eye and tell it to f*ck off! Pauline, thank you for everything. I am a completely different woman I was a year ago, I stand taller, I lift heavier, and I don’t let anything stand in my way. I am me and me I am. You have taught me to discipline my dedication.
From Manuela in Sweden
In late summer/fall of 2005 me and my ex boyfriend slavishly watched a programme on Swedish television called the Biggest Loser. Since almost one and a half year has past since the show was broadcasted I do not recall many of the details in the show, just that Sweden, Denmark and Norway were competing about which of the teams who could lose most weight during a couple of weeks time. My boyfriend told me that he during his stay in Norway for a couple of years had worked together with the Norwegian pt, but despite this there was another girl’s values of which he sympathized for. Of course, for natural reasons, you usually tend to support your own country, but I as well was of the opinion that Pauline had that special something which the other pt:s were lacking. Since I do not have the programme fresh in my memory today I cannot really put a finger on what it was, I only remember that I thought Pauline was hard-boiled and straightforward, told everyone her thoughts and opinions about everything. No mollycoddle was in sight! Pauline was extremely focused on her goal, to take the Swedish team to the final, while the trainers of Norway and Denmark (as I recall it) were more focused on criticizing each others, but above all, Pauline’s training methods.
There is one thing though which I will never forget. There was a clip from the programme where the Norwegian pt criticised Pauline and her way of training the Swedish team. In the next clip Pauline gets the chance to respond to the comment. She stretches her biceps and makes a comment that is so remarkable/eloquent: “It is to no considerable extent that I have these, so I think I know what I am talking about”. This comment was so pleasant cocky and clear as a bell! And she was so right! As I recall it she proved this at the end of the programme by making the Swedish contestant Roy the winner of the whole competition. I remember that I was so fascinated by Pauline’s personality, tuff and cocky but in a very likeable way and with just the right attitude (according to me).
A couple of months later when the programme was not broadcasted any longer I just thought I would search for Pauline on the internet to get more information about her. Maybe she could give me some tips and advice. During my whole life I have never been satisfied with my body and I have never had the luck of finding a good pt who could give me the right instructions concerning training as well as dieting. Well, on the internet I just searched for the name Pauline Nordin, and there the homepage of Pauline fitness was right in front of me. To my great delight I read that it was possible to hire her as pt, so I decided to contact her. So I did, and I also talked it over with my former boyfriend. Should I hire Pauline or not? Stupid as I was I listened to him and did not go through with it. Since he also was into fitness training he was of the opinion that I could do this on my own with just a little bit of help from him. After a while he and I broke up and some tragic things happened in my life which made me feel very bad. I also got a job which I did not like since it meant I had to sit down for several hours a day without moving from my desk. This resulted in me gaining a lot of weight. Finally I got so depressed that I felt I was in great need of help, so I decided to once again get in contact with Pauline. To this day I do not regret for one second that I did it! I have not been going on for so long yet, but Pauline has helped and supported me to such a great extent that I already feel so much better. Foremost, at this early stage, I am already beginning to see some results which only motivates me even more to go through with this! Pauline gives me some pep talking everyday, she gives me great tips and good advices, she has also succeeded in making me appreciate food in a way I have never done before – the right kind of food that is =)! During this short time she has also increased my interest in diet, health and training and thanks to that made me realize what I want to do with my life in the future, namely working with diet, health and training!
It feels very comfortable to wake up every morning knowing that you are in the hands of a real pro, someone who really knows what she is talking about – Pauline Nordin!
“My name is Christina Berg and I’m 29 years old. I have never been really over weight, but also never really contempt with the way I look and how I feel. I have always been working out – spinning, running, horse back riding, body pump etc and I have always seen my self as a “sporty girl”, but also someone who likes the good things in life a little bit too much… cheese, wine and chocolate…
Over the years I have been struggling with various diets, some with no result at all and some with some excellent results… for a week or two… before falling back into old habits and gaining all the weight I lost – and some more.
So, in October 2007 I decided I have had enough – enough of various non-functioning diets, enough of running the same kilometres day after day without getting tired or loosing any weight, enough of feeling a little sad every time I look in the mirror and feel that “if I just could loose some weight I would do this and that…”. I had heard about Pauline before checking out her web page. I had seen her on television in Sweden and I had read her column in a Swedish fitness magazine. I decided to check if maybe she could help me out and help me make a difference this time.
After a month with Pauline’s help and excellent support and after sending hundreds of questions to her, I did not only loose weight and a couple of centimetres from all around my body, I also feel very happy and proud when I look in the mirror. Now I have a much greater understanding for how to work out and how to eat to reach the goals I set. I am determined to keep working out and eat like Pauline has taught me – it’s a new way of living and I like it and the way it makes me feel.”