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Healthy Tech: Lori Ryan

by NAILS Staff | August 27, 2018

Tell us about yourself and your career.

My name is Lori Ryan and I retired from a 33-year career in automobile law compliance in 2011. I was retired for one year when I decided I needed to do something with my time. I had gone to beauty school back in the early ‘70s, but we didn’t learn how to do nails back then. So at age 55, I went back to school to become a nail tech and have now been a tech for five years.

What are your health challenges?

I began gaining weight after menopause and put on 50 pounds. I also keep a very busy schedule, and I was choosing to eat what was convenient — mostly unhealthy on-the-go food. This combination made it easy to gain another 40 pounds.

What was your plan of action?

I didn’t have many health issues, but it was getting harder to do everyday activities with my extra weight. One day last May, I decided I didn’t want to be 60 years old and obese. I started with Nutri-System. It was a good starter and I became more aware of what I was eating. I stopped eating carbs and sweets and drinking alcohol and sodas. It was surprisingly easy to lose the weight, in part due to my supportive husband of 35 years, a great staff at the salon, and the best fan club I could ask for, also known as my clients.   

 How does your job as a nail tech affect   your plan?

 Owning a full-service salon and nail business   takes a lot of my time. I work six days a week,   12 hour days at the salon, which leaves little   time for exercise. Still, I have managed to lose   90 pounds and I am very proud to have   accomplished my goal. I have not fallen back   into old eating habits. I intend to incorporate   more exercise into my day, and I try to work in   the salon a little less to allow more time for   self-care. It is certainly easier and more fun to   try new things (like paddle boarding) now that   I am not carrying that extra weight!

What advice do you have for other techs?

Never skip a snack or meal, but make sure you are opting for nutritious food. I eat six times a day, which includes three meals and three snacks. I keep protein shakes and bars on-hand for those super busy days. Drink lots of water!

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