Customer Success Stories - Steph Ranallo
Tell us a little about yourself and why you decided to make a change to your health?
My name is Stephanie Ranallo. I'm 33 years old, originally from Pittsburgh, PA now living in Melbourne, FL. I am a lifestyle and weight loss surgery coach for LOUD Lifestyle training. I've been a nurse, specializing in heart surgery for 12 years and now in school to be a family nurse practitioner. I was not always fit and active. I grew up as an obese child and topped the scale at 301lb in my late 20s. I have done every diet in the book. Done every trick of the trade. Ultimately, I decided to have vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a form of weight loss surgery, at 28 after multiple failed fertility treatments. Not to mention, I was pre-diabetic, on thyroid medication and was about to be placed on oxygen overnight due to the inability to breathe while sleeping.
I went through the weight loss surgery program three times before it stuck. After that, I changed my life, learning about fitness and nutrition, really applying myself to my second chance at health.Tell us how you discovered Devotion Nutrition and how it has helped you stay Devoted to your goals.
I discovered Devotion through a friend of mine who used flex flavors during her bikini prep. I was newly out of VSG surgery and bought myself samples of the protein and a rainbow box. It was way before the re-branding and I have been using Devotion daily since 2016. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't have Devotion. As a girl who loves her sweets, Devotion just made sense. The hype does stand up and Dana/the Devotion team keeps making the products better and better with each passing year. I don't know how successful I would have been, LONG TERM, without Devotion as a staple.What are your favorite Devotion products? Do you have a favorite Devotion recipe?
If I had to pick one, Mocha Java protein powder. I love everything though.
This past year has been crazy! I moved states. Changed careers. Networked. Grew mentally and physically. Make new connections. Started school. Mental, emotional and physical growth was achieved on so many levelsWhen it comes to eating well what are your top 3 recommendations if someone doesn’t know where to start?
Protein with every meal, do not drink your calories in sugary beverages, add one large salad a day.How did you manage to alter your eating patterns and accommodate the rest of your family?
I stayed in my lane really. When I started my journey, my ex-husband was not dieting, nor care to. I would still cook for him, but tailor what I would have. For example - if he was having rice, I would eat the same thing, but dub out for cauli rice. I would essentially cook MY meals and he could have HIS meals.What is your favorite form of exercise to do and why?
Strength training. Not only does it make you feel strong and powerful... as women, it is super important we are using our muscles to help prevent osteoporosis long term. Also weight training increases metabolism AND gives women the shape that they most desire.What is your favorite form of cardiovascular exercise to do and why?
HIIT. Keeps it moving and interesting.What is your favorite healthy food to eat? What is the recipe?
I try to keep things as simple as possible and build my plate with half veggies, 1/3 protein, 1/3 complex carb, and low fat. I'm a lower fat dieter. Also, SEASON YOUR FOOD AND USE ZERO CALORIE CONDIMENTS!What is your least favorite healthy food to eat?
ummmm... not sure. Nothing comes to mind. I like food.What is your favorite cheat meal?
Going to sound crazy, but I love Devotion, oats, PB and pretzels so much. I will pick that as an additional treat. Or sushi.What is your best piece of advice for those just starting to exercise?
Start walking. Get steps in every single day! Movement is medicine!What is your goal for this year?
Grow my business, start a new business. Continue to network. Road shows with Devotion and leaning more and more into my lifestyle. Getting ready to start clinicals for school and graduation!How do you continue to stay devoted with this lifestyle?
I made it legitimately my LIFESTYLE. I love my diet. I love training,
Devotion is a staple for me, always! It keeps me from eating cakes and treats. I look forward to it daily!