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2018-02-13 / Sports

Juliane Hillis, Six Weeks to Healthy Living


Juliane Hillis lost more than 12 pounds in six weeks. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Juliane Hillis lost more than 12 pounds in six weeks. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - Juliane Hillis’ journey to healthy living with The Reporter has come to an end. However, the 39-year-old has every intention to continue on.

“I am going to continue to make healthy eating choices, workout hard and make conscientious life choices in regards to my health all around,” she said.

The mother of four, has lost 12.6 pounds (252.2) and a total of 12 inches between her bicep, thigh and waist measurements.

In her final week, Hillis took a spin class three times, a tabata class and a lift, she also took to the treadmill one evening. She took the weekend off as she was a chaperone for an engagement out of town.

“Before this, did not do strength training and I really enjoyed it and will continue,” she said, in addition to stepping up her cardio work. “ would spin three days a week and call it a day.”


Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter A side view of Juliane Hillis on the last day of her six-week journey to healthy living on Monday. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter A side view of Juliane Hillis on the last day of her six-week journey to healthy living on Monday. Hillis said she relies heavily, on workout partners and although she prefers to work out with friends, she must learn to get her sweat on independently.

As discussed over the course of six weeks, Hillis’ weakness is food - particularly chicken wings and pizza.

Some of the challenges which she has faced, has overcome and looks to continue, is having no shame in pre-planning when attending social events.

“I bring food which I can eat,” she said.

Hillis’ diet before the six week plan was dominantly comfort foods. She has consistently incorporated more proteins (a lot of eggs and chicken), as well as plenty of leafy greens and good fats (avocados), all while watching her carbohydrate intake. She also discovered if she didn’t have something pre-planned or on hand, she would nosh on anything.

“I didn’t realize how many carbs I was eating, sugar and my sodium intake was a little shocking,” she said.

Hillis made the decision not to “crash diet” and lose weight drastically in the past and hopes to maintain a two pound per week weight loss.

Hillis has stumbled over the course of six weeks, her penchant for comfort food is strong and she is one of the busiest women around.

“I know I have to watch my portion sizes,” she said.

Dietitian/Nutritionist Amy Wilmarth Tuller has been helpful in dieting suggestions and feedback.

“I have learned that no matter what the life stressors, I need to make time for myself,” said Hillis. “I can’t avoid social functions because I am worried about over indulging - I just need to prepare for it. The scale has always been a challenge for me and I can’t beat myself up - I have children, I am busy managing my schedule, I am a mom, wife, friend, I have jobs and I am highly involved in the church.”

Hillis said although she didn’t lose a miraculous amount of weight, she feels tremendously better.

“I think my overall health and wellness is better, I don’t feel as bloated and my digestive track is in a much better place. I am determined and will make this healthy journey a lasting effort.”

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Ah, but you did lose a

Ah, but you did lose a miraculous amount of weight! 2# per week x 52 weeks = 104#. Just think of where you will be a year from now! You have done a great job of getting started on this lifelong journey. Even more importantly, you have made a commitment to your health, making healthier food and exercise choices, even in an environment full of unhealthy choices, and an extremely busy life. Brava Juliane! You are doing great and are a positive inspiration!