In mid-June, Lisa Thermen left her Chicago home and landed in Louisville after accepting the offer to move in with a life coach who would help her lose weight over the next two months – even though that meant she’d be moving in with her younger sister, Stacey Vicari.
Now, two weeks later, Thermen is celebrating an 11-pound weight loss even though she can’t “see it yet, but my waist in my pants are a little looser,” she said.
“I’m so proud of you,” Vicari enthused. “I think you’ve had a great week.”
The toughest part of the past seven days was dealing with a bout of digestive issues that have most likely occurred because as soon as Thermen arrived in the River City, she adopted her sister’s way of eating, a drastic difference from the standard American diet, which consists of cooked and processed foods. Vicari’s diet consists primarily of vegetables, raw nuts, seeds and fruits, all of which she eats raw. Surprisingly, Thermen admitted, many of the dishes Vicari makes are not only good for you, but they taste good and look beautiful on the plate. “I don’t do that for myself,” Thermen admitted.
Unfortunately, the swift change in diet took its toll on Thermen. “Your body is like, ‘Oh my god, what are you doing?’ ” Vicari explained.
The two have since compromised a bit. Instead of creating dishes that are completely raw, Vicari now lightly sautés or roasts some of the vegetables and has added brown rice to a number of the dishes. Since then, Thermen has felt better, even though she’s still lacking energy and she’d like to see an increase in her muscle control. “I’m still going to Jazzercise … but I need to increase muscle strength and I just don’t have the energy I normally would after the digestive problems,” she said. “Today (at Jazzercise) was not good.”
Vicari interjects. “But that’s OK because today is not over.”
Thermen smiled and shook her head. “You’re right,” she said, quietly. “It’s not over.”
Make a Change
Even if you’re not looking to do a total life makeover like Lisa Thermen, it’s possible to make small changes to help create a healthier you.
For starters, try incorporating new foods into your diet. “Just knowing that the food is good for you is half the battle,” Vicari said.
Don’t expect to immediately like everything, but don’t discard a food just because it isn’t pleasing the first time around. “Think of how many people didn’t like beer in college and then now are beer drinkers,” Vicari said. “It’s the same sort of thing. Your palate has to get used to it.”
Keep things simple: On a recent visit, Vicari treated this writer to a wrap unlike any other I’ve had. First she took a collard green she grew in her backyard, had Thermen flatten it with a mini rolling pin (a water bottle would work just as well), and then she added a generous portion of roasted sweet potato, a slice of avocado, seasoned pumpkin seeds, broccoli sprouts and a mango salsa that was made of mangoes, red peppers, green onions, fresh lime juice, cilantro and jalapeno pepper. I went out and purchased the ingredients that night and have been eating a wrap a day ever since.
For more on Stacey Vicari and Lisa Thermen’s journey, go to www.myideallife.com.
Category: Tale of Two Sisters
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Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.