Private Coaching Testimonials

Heather S.

I was referred to Tosha at the beginning of June. At the time, I was eight months post-op from a biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch and my weight loss had stalled for over a month. I was panic-stricken that I had turned my world upside down to have the surgery and might never get anywhere near goal weight. The bariatric surgery team only provided the broad strokes for support. Between being obese my entire life and my medical background, I had a good working knowledge of nutrition, but it wasn’t enough. I needed help to understand the proper bariatric portions and amounts of macronutrients to support healthy weight loss.

Tosha’s support through Bari-Fit provided me with a sense of peace around bariatric nutrition. It’s also important to note that the program goes so much deeper than just what we eat. Bari-Fit’s programming walked me through understanding why I overeat, identifying how those habits form, and working through developing new, healthier habits. The mental work has proven invaluable to other areas that have nothing to do with food. Understanding the science of habits and increasing my self-confidence through coaching with Tosha has helped me in every aspect of my life. I truly believe that I continue to be successful with juggling work, school, home life, and weight loss because I’m putting in the tough mental work every day!

RNY: 5/15/2009

High Weight: 420

Surgery Weight: 368

Lowest Weight: 192

Current Weight: 192

Tonya R.

Twelve years ago, I made the decision to have a RNY, in order to reclaim my life.  Typically, you have 18-24 months of the “honeymoon” period, where your “tool” works best for you.  This is the period I lost all of my weight.  I went from 275 to 143 pounds.   After, the “honeymoon phase is over habits and behaviors need to remain in check to continue your weight-loss success.  Many times, if weight-loss surgery patients have not worked with anyone on mindset, they normally go back to the previous habits and experience regain.  In 2020, I reached out to Tosha becauseI regained 66 pounds.  

I lost ALL of my regain in 24 weeks of private coaching, by following Tosha’s Eating Structure, accountability in weekly weigh-ins, and mindset work!

RNY: 5/15/2009

High Weight: 275

Surgery Weight: 273

Lowest Weight: 138

Current Weight: 138 

Salena S.

I started working with Tosha in December 2015.  I had a revision from Lap Band to Gastric Bypass in July 2015. The weight loss after bypass was slower than with the Lap Band because my body had gotten used to having bariatric surgery.  So while I was under the impression the weight would just melt off of me, it did not. In December, when I had finally given up trying to figure it out on my own, I found Bari-Fit.  Simply put, Tosha helped me figure out how to make my tool work for me when I couldn’t.  Trust me, I was not the easiest client to work with.  Tosha put up with me bothering her about when my next workout and meal plan was going to be updated because I was so eager to get going. 

After working with her for almost a year, Tosha introduced me to newest love…..Powerlifting!  Since working with Tosha I have become a Nationally ranked competitive Powerlifter.  I hold State records and placed 5th at Nationals in 2018.  Tosha introduced me to the world of being healthy and along the way she inspired me to create my own health and wellness business.  To this day, I still consult with Tosha when I need help and never fail, she responds.  Working with Tosha was the best decision on this journey to a healthier me I could have ever made.  Thank you Tosha! 

Gastric Sleeve: 7/20/2015

High Weight: 275

Surgery Weight: 225

Lowest Weight: 138

Current Weight: 140   

Michele S.

Michele has followed me since before the inception of the company.  After having the gastric sleeve surgery on March 27th, 2014, she had lost a total of 94 pounds weighing in at 158 pounds. After a series of events in her life, she faced a regain of 30 pounds weighing in at 194.  In December of 2016, she came into Private Coaching with me where she has complied to every aspect of her program.  She has now lost all of her regain by eating real food and getting active despite medical issues that limit her mobility.

Michele never gave up on herself, despite days she struggled with her long work hours as a nurse and family issues that demanded her time and attention.  Each day she focused on being 1% better than the day before and each day she got a little closer to taking off her re-gain until finally reaching her GOAL weight again.  {happy dance}

In her words “many aspects of my life  (not just nutrition and fitness) have been impacted in  positive way by learning the behaviors and habits that define the Bari-Fit values.”

Gastric Sleeve: 3/27/2014

High Weight: 252

Surgery Weight: 230

Lowest Weight: 158

Current Weight: 162 

Julie M.

Julie has been part of my Private Coaching program since Feb 2016.  Her first goal was to reach 125 pounds.  As we started to work on her goal progression, she realized she loved group classes like Zumba and Bodypump, so I incorporated them into her training.  After reaching her goal weight of 125 pounds, we continued to focus on “fat loss” the closer she got to having plastic surgery.  Today, Julie is now focused on having that “fit” looking physique.   

In her words “Bari-Fit is my life line to health and happiness.  The guidance you have given me has taken me to a level of strength and confidence I never knew existed within me.   I was so intimidated and confused on proper nutrition and working out.  The tools and coaching I have received from Tosha  are priceless!”

Gastric Sleeve: 9/14/2014

High Weight: 222

Surgery Weight: 210

Lowest Weight: 125

Current Weight: 130

Sharon P.

Sharon has been a Private Coaching client of mine since February of 2016.  Back then she weighed 196 pounds and was only a few months out of bariatric surgery.  She works 12 hour shifts and was so fatigued she could barely make it thought them.  Her goal starting the program was to how learn “how” to eat for the bariatric lifestyle, reaching her goal weight of 155-160 pounds and to be a successful WLS patient.  In her client profile she stated she could do no more that 2-3 cardio sessions because she was so tired, so I took cardio out of her plan and focused on other goal progressions.  Fast forward 2 years, she is now active in the gym enjoying her workouts and happy over having little to no loose skin and no need for plastic surgery!  We surpassed her goal weight of 155-160 and pushed it down to her maintenance weight of 130 by focusing on her nutrition consistency first and then adding in effective workouts.    

In her words ”  When I first contacted Tosha 2 1/2 years ago, she spent over 2 hour with me on the phone explaining how to get my protein and calories in.  Within 2 weeks, I felt like a new person.Her influence has given me the confidence to workout.  Never in my life did I think I would be 30 pounds UNDER my goal weight and in the best shape of my life!  #clientforlife 

Gastric Sleeve: 12/13/2015

High Weight: 289

Surgery Weight: 238

Lowest Weight: 127

Current Weight: 129.6

Maribeth K.

I had gastric sleeve surgery December 13, 2016 and began working with Tosha as soon as I was cleared for exercise by my surgeon in later February/erly March 2017. 
Many trainers were hesitant to take me on because of my bariatric surgery. It is hard to find someone who has been through the bariatric roller coaster, especially someone who understands and encourages bodybuilding. I have always loved to exercise and lift weights, so I was looking for a program that balanced not only my nutrition goals but my physical goals. Tosha provided a custom program that kept me focused on my goals, both in the gym and at the kitchen table.   
There are days when I struggle, when I don’t know why the scale reads what it does, but I can always reach out to Tosha for support. She knows when I need tough love and when I need a reality check. She reminds me that the scale isnt the only measure of success, and that I’ve come so far, and that is so important to me.

Gastric Sleeve: 12/13/2015

High Weight: 298

Surgery Weight: 276

Lowest Weight: 155

Current Weight: 167

Wendy E.

I embarked on my weight-loss journey in July 2014.  I was a fast loser and reach my lowest weight of 125 pounds six months later. 

 Due to the drastic weight-loss in such a short period of time, I decided I wanted to gain some muscle in order to help minimize the loose skin.  As many know, there is so much conflicting information on exactly how to do this with the limited stomach capacity we have as bariatric patients. 

 I was introduced to Tosha in a private Facebook community in January 2015.  I immediately contacted her and joined her membership.  She set me up on a plan that matched my exact goals at that time.   

 After having a tummy tuck in February 2017, I found myself getting more and more complacent.   I was not as strict with nutrition nor weighing on a regular basis.  In 2018, I experienced alot of stress with 2 accidents, a layoff, and a career change created a perfect storm for re-gain.    Out of shame and guilt, I had to face the facts that I had re-gained 30 pounds.   Though, I have followed Tosha for years, I was not always good about following the plan. I knew what I needed to be doing but just was not doing it.  

 I immediately started back on Tosha’s bikini routine, her eating structure and doing her challenges again. Tosha and the group provided so much inspiration and support.  I am now at 141 and tend to stay the course. Tosha’s constant tough love and dedication to both her clients and her family keep me in check. I am so grateful for the patience, support, and guidance that she has given me throughout these years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Tosha!


Gastric Sleeve: 07/28/14

High Weight: 250

Surgery Weight: 240

Lowest Weight: 125

Current Weight: 140

Tammy L.

I’ve been following Tosha for the last few years. The 1st thing I noticed about her was her work ethic and drive to help her clients reach their goals. In the past I’ve worked with other trainers, they don’t understand how post bariatric surgery patients eat or how our bodies react. Tosha being a bariatric patient herself gives her an extra edge.

 My highest weight was 298, in 2013 I had the gastric sleeve procedure and lost down to 125. I bounced back and leveled out at 135-140. Fast forward a few years, I let in some bad habits and menopause hit.  I regained up to 173 and needed help getting control before it was too late.

 Tosha’s plan along with accountable is a tried and tried program. Within a few months of one on one accountability I’m down to 154 and working towards my goals. She’s not going to sugar coat things but will tell you the truth.  She’s going to show you a way that will help you achieve your goals that’s sustainable.  She’s highly motivating and with her in your corner there no way you can’t lose.



Gastric Sleeve: 01/15/13

High Weight: 298

Surgery Weight: 280

Lowest Weight: 125

Current Weight: 154