Local Celeb Paul Wharton Gets Fit With VIDA!
By: Elise Chretien
City Vista members may have noticed a new bubbly personality around the gym lately – TV personality and fashionista Paul Wharton! Real Housewives of DC fans will recognize Paul from his appearances on the 2010 show, plus he currently hosts Paul Wharton Style – a talk show on DCW50 covering all the latest fashion, beauty, style and entertainment trends in the DC area.
As you can imagine, Paul’s got a pretty packed social calendar. We all know how tough it can be to schedule workouts around long days at work, social events, and in Paul’s case – shooting television shows. For a long time, Paul had not been following any type of exercise or healthy eating routine and was becoming increasingly unhappy with his body. He knew that in order to start feeling better he needed to make a change, which lead him to VIDA Fitness!
After meeting with our personal training department and discussing his goals in depth, Paul started a 3x a week training program with City Vista trainer Justin Bucko complimented by nutrition sessions with VIDA RD Cat Taylor at the end of last month. Paul has just entered his 4th week of training, and says that he’s already feeling more energetic and healthier!
“I’ve been carrying extra weight around my stomach forever and I hated wearing tight shirts. I never thought that I would be able to stick to a fitness program, and I was actually considering liposuction as my only option. That’s why I’m so happy to be seeing progress already!” he explains.
Paul’s schedule consists of strength training with Justin three times a week, and cardio as his homework for the other two days (something he’s working on getting better about.) He has already lost 3 lbs of body fat and decreased his body fat percentage by a whole percent!
At four weeks in, Paul says he’s never had this much energy before and loves the changes he’s noticing in his body.
“I was in the Pride parade last weekend and was able to run and jump through the entire thing! My friends said they’ve never seen me this active before. I used to always just drive places but now I’m focusing on walking more and thinking about doing Capital Bikeshare too. It feels so freeing to walk through the city!”
Paul credits his training sessions with Justin to his progress so far, since he says he knows Justin pushes him in ways he wouldn’t be able to on his own.
“He’s always switching it up on me – just when I think something’s getting easy he changes the exercise or makes me add more weight. It really speaks to how valuable having a personal trainer is because I know if I was coming by myself I’d just do the same things over and over and be wasting my time,” he says.
Paul has also been focusing on making healthier choices in the kitchen; something that everyone with a hectic schedule knows can be difficult. But for someone who knows all about makeovers, he knew that his diet was the biggest thing that needed a transformation.
“Nutrition has been the hardest part for me. When I get home I’m so exhausted, but I’ve been committed to making healthier choices. For instance going out to eat after Pride I ordered a salad with grilled chicken instead of a greasy sandwich,” says Paul.
Sitting down with Cat for his nutrition consult showed him exactly how many calories he needs to stay under in a day, and what portion of those can come from alcohol (300.) He says he isn’t always perfect with sticking to the calorie restrictions, but he is making a conscious effort to be mindful of what he’s putting in his body.
“The other day I wanted Chipotle so bad but I forced myself to go to Sweetgreen instead, and it was actually delicious and satisfied my craving. It’s all about the little choices that add up,” he says.
Paul says he appreciates all the support he has received from his VIDA team and that the people here have made all the difference for him thus far.
“You know I’ve been to many gyms where you’re just nameless when you walk in and they don’t make any effort to get to know you. Everyone here has been so encouraging and has helped pull me through. To be honest without my team here I probably would have quit by now,” he says with a laugh.
We are certainly glad he hasn’t quit on us yet, and we’re so excited to see his continued progress throughout the summer!
“I feel stronger and more confident every day but I know I’m a work in progress. By the end of the summer I just want to be able to take my shirt off by the pool!” he adds enthusiastically.
We have no doubt that you’ll get there Paul, keep up the awesome work!