Weight loss success story: Dave Lapides, Sandy Springs Police Officer

At Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine, we love hearing about our customer’s health journeys & success stories! Today we’re talking to Dave Lapides, a Sandy Springs police officer and client of our friend Rami’s at FormWell Personal Training Studio in Sandy Springs!  Keep reading for our interview Q & A with Dave and a special blog discount code! Have a weight loss or health success story you want to share? Email our social media coordinator Taylor at taylor@freshnfitcuisine.com!

1. What motivated you to start the Fresh ‘n Fit meal plan?

In March I decided to make a life style change. Not just lose weight, but actually change the way I do things and the way I approach life all together. I started to count calories and started to work out. I was doing well for the first three months, and dropped 40 pounds. Then I hit a plateau. For three weeks I would drop and gain the same 5 pounds. I was talking to Rami, owner of Formwell Fitness, and he suggested to give Fresh’n Fit a try. I have got to say with in the first week those five pounds were gone and almost three weeks in I am down over 10 pounds. From the research I did, Fresh’n Fit was the best tasting and the most value for the buck.

2. How does the convenience of Fresh ‘n Fit impact your daily life?

I do not have a routine schedule. It varies almost day to day. I like the fact that the night before there is no planning for what should I pack tomorrow. I was prepping the same food over and over again, and it was starting to get boring. Then when it gets boring, the thought creeps into your head, hey let me go out for lunch today, cant hurt. Then before you know it you have gone out to lunch three times in the week. Then when it comes to dinner, though we (my family) would be eating better food at home, the portions were tough to manage. I mean are you really going to put a spoonful of scalloped potatoes in the frig for tomorrow? Nah, I will throw them on my plate and finish them off.  The thing I like about Fresh’n Fit, is the portions are done. It is pre-made and pre-weighted and portion controlled. I know what I get from Fresh’n fit is what is inn the container is what is for dinner. I have learned to pace myself to make the food last longer. So the convenience is that it is made and done and there is no measuring or nothing. I leave the pre-made breakfasts and lunch in the frig at work and bring home the dinners and the week is done.

3. What has been your favorite meal so far?

Wow! What a question. There have been a bunch that have been great. Not going to lie, a few have been ok, but the majority have been delicious. I think as far as my favorite goes has to be a tie between the Teriyaki Chicken Wings on a bed of rice with a side of vegetables or there was a Turkey dish that was served on a bed of noodles. The noodles were not pasta but made of something like pasta that was very tasty.

4. What kinds of exercise are you pairing with your Fresh ‘n Fit diet?

I am a member of Formwell Fitness in Sandy Springs. I can not rave enough about this place. The owner Rami is great. Very in tune in what you are doing and what your personal fitness goals are. He has paired me with Darian, my trainer. Talk about two peas in pod. Darian is great. He works me enough that he pushes me, but not to the point where it is miserable. He knows where I am physically and where I want to get too. Besides the great weight training at a fast pace, the talk of comic books, WWE, and the newest movies that are out make me want to come back. We typically train 3 to 4 days a week with weights, 45 minutes a day. He will also vary it with Rope routines, boxing, or other things to change it up. Before I start with him I try to get 30 minutes on the treadmill or the elliptical. My goal is 200 minutes of Cardio a week, now I am getting just over 100, but I am striving for the goal. I also do Cardio on my own when my schedule permits.

5. What kinds of health goals have you set for yourself?
I have not looked at this as a health goal type of thing. As I said I look at this as a life style change. I was never brought up with the though of what we are going to eat nor was outdoors very important to my family. Something Rami said before I began this training is concentrate on your “Y” factor. Why do you want to do this? What reason do you have? Is that “Y” factor strong enough to keep you engaged and motivated for the rest of your life. My “Y” factor has a name and it is Tobias, my son. He is almost 4. I want to be there for a long time for him. I want to be able to run outside, play catch, and take him hiking. I want him to show him places and things. I don’t want to be sucking wind after running after a ball, or not going for a hike because my knees hurt. I have never been a small person. I do not have a weight goal per se. I want to lose body fat while gaining muscle. So if the scale says, for example, 230, but I am in a 34 pants and physically am in great shape then good for me. If the scale says 200 and I am wearing a 34 pants then that is fine as well. I guess that is my health goals is lose the weight to be at a health BMI and I would love to start running again.
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