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Healthy Tech: Lori Ryan

Amazing Nail Concepts educator Lori Ryan gained weight after she transitioned careers and went through menopause, resulting in her choosing convenience over health.

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!

Are you a healthy nail tech? We want to hear your success stories. Email [email protected] to find out how you can be featured in our Healthy Tech column.

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