Jessica’s Journey with Clean Start Weight Loss, Part 2

Note: this is part 2 of an ongoing guest blog series by Jessica Joyce, documenting her preparations on the road to the 2019 Mrs. MN America Pageant. Read Part 1 here.

Hi! I am 2 weeks into my Mrs. Minnesota America prep and am loving the journey so far! This process is pushing me out of my comfort zone and inspiring me to try new things!

First 2 Weeks with Clean Start Weight Loss

My Clean Start carb cycling diet is off to a great start!  I stick rigidly to the diet plan and my body adjusts to fewer carbs and reduced calories. The first week is the most challenging as my body adapts. No carb days are definitely the hardest. While I do not go off the diet, there are moments I feel like giving into my cravings. So, what helps the most with cravings and moments of weakness…

Flip The Switch

The switch is flipped in my mind and I know I am 100% committed to my goal! I am ALL IN! This is the most important determinant of success! I have a clear vision of my end goal and a strong belief that it WILL happen. I find it helpful to put inspiring quotes in places I will see every day and I try to surround myself with positive people that believe in me.


Know your purpose! My Platform as Mrs. Woodbury is to inspire people to live a healthy life, to eat clean foods and to get plenty of exercise! Seventy percent of people are overweight or obese, and I want to help change that. This is what attracts me to the Clean Start Weight Loss Program. I want to eliminate all sugars, not only for aesthetic purposes, but also to live a healthier life. I want to teach my son how to eat healthily and respect his body with proper nutrition and exercise. This purpose drives me!!


Journal what you eat. I keep a very detailed food journal which helps discover where I need to make changes if I am not seeing results. Here is the journal I use and a photo of a no carb day, high carb day, and a low carb day during weeks one and two. I also track water intake. My calorie range has been between 1,250-1,800- depending on the day.


Exercise is key to getting the results I need!  The past two weeks I make sure to not miss any workouts. I do cardio 5-6 day’s/week for 30-60 minutes per session and lift weights 5 days/week. I split my weight lifting days into 3 groups:

  • Lower Body (Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes)
  • Back & Biceps
  • Shoulders, Chest & Triceps
  • Abs are incorporated every workout. When lifting, the abdominals should always be activated!

When I feel depleted it can be hard to find the motivation to make it through a workout. I listen to music that pumps me up and keeps me going.  I never felt more depleted than when I was giving birth to Ethan, if Eye of the Tiger can get me through that, it can certainly get me through to the end of a workout! That is one of my go-to songs.

My 2 Week Results with Clean Start

It is so exciting seeing results and knowing my hard work is paying off! My starting body fat percentage was 18.7% and it is now at 15.4%. That is a 3.3% body fat loss in 2 weeks!! I encourage everyone to eat clean this week and to get an extra work out! And if you need that extra push, contact Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery! Dr. Schneider offers an array of procedures and services including, a MIC B injection that boosts energy and burns fat to assist with weight loss and can be used weekly!

I am so happy I decided to take this journey! I learn something each and every day to help me become a better version of myself! Bring on the next two weeks…

Jessica’s Journey with Clean Start Weight Loss, Part 1

Note: this is part 1 of an ongoing guest blog series by Jessica Joyce, documenting her preparations on the road to the 2019 Mrs. MN America Pageant.

Hi! I’m Jessica! A 36-year-old wife and mother to a very on the go 3-year-old boy. I’m a fitness enthusiast and nutrition nut who enjoys traveling to all places tropical and loves a challenge! I have competed in figure competitions in the past and am currently preparing to compete in the Mrs. MN America Pageant in June 2019! As I prepare for my pageant I will be following a carb cycling diet and eliminating all sugars to get my body healthy and pageant ready! I will be documenting my journey here!

Clean Start Weight Loss

I met Dr. Schneider at his private practice, Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery & Total Body Aesthetics, and was impressed with the services he and his staff offer. I have seen Dr. Schneider for Botox and am now excited to incorporate his Clean Start Weight Loss Program into my diet! Dr. Schneider has a passion for helping people reach their weight loss goals through a customized weight loss treatment plan.

What is Carb Cycling?

Carb cycling is an eating plan that manipulates caloric intake by alternating high-carb, low-carb, and no carb days. There are many variations to this approach. You can adjust your carb intake to fit your specific needs depending on what your goals are. My goal is to reduce body fat. I am currently at 18.7%. I will start with a carb cycle of:

  • High carb
  • Low carb
  • No carb
  • Repeat

My biggest workout days (HIIT and lower body weight training) will be on high carb days and fasted steady state cardio will be on my no carb days. This way my body is getting the nutrition it needs, when it needs it most!

What Foods & Drinks Can You Consume on this Diet?

All clean, one ingredient foods. No sugar and no dairy. Here is a list of foods and beverages that are in my typical diet and I stick to mostly organic:

Chicken breast, extra lean turkey burger, eggs, egg whites, tilapia, asparagus, spinach, bell peppers, onions, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapefruit, rolled oats, brown rice, puffed rice, puffed kamut, sweet potato, peanut butter (no sugar added), avocado, almonds, walnuts, olive oil, egg white protein powder.

Beverages: Coffee (I love iced coffee and drink lots of it), unsweetened tea, unsweetened almond milk and of course, lots and lots of water.  For a sweetener, I use stevia.

I’m off to my first week of carb cycling. The first 2 weeks are usually the hardest as my body adapts to fewer carbs! Here I go……!!

If you would like to know how you can tailor a diet specifically to your body and achieve the weight loss you want while reducing appetite cravings contact Dr. Schneider at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery and Total Body Aesthetics!

Medical Weight Loss + CoolSculpting = A Match Made in Heaven

It can be difficult to find the right combination of treatments to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. In this article, we are going to talk about how you can combine CoolSculpting and medically supervised weight loss to effectively achieve your weight loss goals!

Medical Weight Loss

If you’re looking to lose weight, there are no shortage of diets to choose from. But with so many options it can be difficult to figure out which diets are legitimate and useful. Medical weight loss is different from the innumerable diets you can find on the internet. With a medical weight loss program, you work directly with a licensed physician who specializes in weight loss.


CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved procedure in which unwanted body fat is frozen off. The procedure is performed by a licensed medical professional. The biggest benefit of CoolSculpting is that it allows you to get rid of excess fat in problem areas like the tummy and thighs. For some people, no amount of diet and exercise can get these areas where they need to be. That’s where CoolSculpting comes in. CoolSculpting shouldn’t be used as a substitute for diet and exercise. Rather, it should be coupled with a weight loss program to help remove fat from problem areas around the body.

Make an Appointment Today!

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we offer a wide range of cosmetic services (both surgical and non-invasive) to our patients. Dr. Daniel Schneider is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who has been providing care to patients throughout Minnesota for years. Contact our team of cosmetic experts today to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Our primary clinic is located in St. Paul, but we serve patients in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.

New Year, New You – Tips for Losing Weight

Happy New Year! Losing weight is one of the most common New Years Resolutions. Unfortunately, not many people are able to achieve this resolution. Losing weight is difficult, but we’re here to offer some hints for making it easier. In this article, we are going to offer a few tips for achieving your weight loss goals in 2019!

Get a Clean Start with Medically Supervised Weight Loss

The Clean Start Weight Loss Program helps you lose weight, reset your metabolism, and control your appetite. This medically supervised weight loss program is different from other diets in that you work hand-in-hand with a physician who specializes in weight loss.

Freeze Away Fat with CoolSculpting

As the body ages, it gets harder and harder to keep weight off of certain areas. If you’ve tried diet and exercise but just can’t seem to lose the weight from around your stomach, CoolSculpting can help! CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment that freezes unwanted fat away. The procedure is quick, painless, and effective!

Start Now

Take action now! There’s no time like the present to get going on your weight loss journey. Putting things off will only make it more likely that you won’t take any action at all. Contact a weight loss specialist to discuss your options.

Weight Loss Clinic in St. Paul, MN

If you are searching for a weight loss specialist in the Twin Cities, you’ve come to the right place! At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we provide a wide range of cosmetic procedures to patients of all ages. Dr. Daniel Schneider is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon serving St. Paul and the greater Twin Cities area. Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide at Riverview Facial Plastic and to set up your appointment with our team.

The Many Benefits of the Clean Start Weight Loss Program

We have helped many patients lose weight with the Clean Start Weight Loss Program, but many people don’t even know what this program is or how it’s beneficial. In this article, we are going to explain the clean start weight loss program and how it can help you lose unwanted fat.

How Clean Start is Different

The Clean Start Weight Loss Program is different from most other diets in that it is medically supervised. Throughout the process, you will have the help and guidance of a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in weight loss. Clean Start is also highly customizable based on the needs of the patient. Your medical professional will examine the full extent of your current situation and make recommendations the fit your unique needs.

How the Program Works

The Clean Start Weight Loss Program is a comprehensive package that includes dieting, exercise, and hormone injections administered by a medical professional. The goal is to reset your metabolism and help your body shed unwanted fat.

Benefits of the Program

Here are just a few of the many benefits of the Clean Start Weight Loss Program:

  • You can eat real food – no packaged meals!
  • You have the help of a medical professional every step of the way
  • You get long-term weight loss
  • Your metabolism gets reset

Medically Supervised Weight Loss Clinic

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we provide a wide array of cosmetic treatment options to patients. From non-invasive procedures like Botox, to facelifts and rhinoplasties – we are your go-to resource for plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments. Dr. Daniel Schneider is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing a range of procedures. We can help guide you through your options and choose the best procedure for your needs. Contact us today at our cosmetic clinic – located in St. Paul – and set up your appointment with Dr. Schneider and his team!

Cosmetic Treatments to Help Get Rid of the “Dad Bod”

We work with many male patients in their 30s-40s who want to get rid of their “dad bod” but don’t know how. In this article, we are going to talk about a few cosmetic treatments we offer that can help you get rid of your “dad bod.”


CoolSculpting is a fantastic way to reduce unwanted fat in problem areas (such as around the abdomen). As the body ages, it can be difficult to keep fat off of these areas – even if you are dieting and exercising regularly. CoolSculpting can be a great supplement to diet and exercise that can allow you to achieve your cosmetic goals.

hCG Medical Weight Loss

If you are looking to lose weight but just can’t seem to achieve your goals with regular diet and exercise, an hCG medically supervised weight loss program may be the solution for you. This program involves strictly supervised hCG injections, along with a regimented diet and exercise routine. It has been proven to help patients lose weight and keep it off – with some of our patients losing up to 30 lbs. in 40 days! hCG can be a great tool for getting back in shape and getting rid of your “dad bod.”

Cosmetic Clinic in St. Paul, MN

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, it’s our goal to help patients achieve their cosmetic goals. Whether you’re trying to reduce facial wrinkles, you’re unhappy with your weight, or you want to revitalize your appearance – we have surgical and non-invasive solutions for you! Dr. Daniel Schneider is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who dedicates his practice to treating patients in the Twin Cities metro area. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you reach your cosmetic goals. Schedule an appointment at our St. Paul cosmetic clinic.

Exercising on the HCG Diet

Note: this is part of a continuing guest blog series about Kim’s journey with HCG medical weight loss. Read Kim’s other entries here:

Another area of my life that compliments the HCG diet Phase 3 is exercise. During the low calorie phase, exercise (other than walking) is not recommended. In Phase 3 you can start to add in more physical activity as you ramp up your calories.

I began with walking and steady state running. After a few weeks I’ve added more intense interval training, bootcamp, lifting, kettlebells, yoga and long distance runs. The biggest thing I noticed was that with my weight being lighter I had less joint pain and my endurance had improved.

One of my accomplishments a few weeks into phase 3 was that I completed the Tough Mudder. A 10 mile muddy obstacle course race!

Kim’s Journey with HCG Medical Weight Loss – Part 5

Note: this is part of a continuing guest blog series about Kim’s journey with HCG medical weight loss. Read Kim’s other entries here:

The transition to phase 3 (which in my opinion is the most important and difficult part of the HCG diet- but also the most rewarding) has been better and easier than I anticipated. I decided to do 6 weeks of phase 3 to make sure my metabolism is set at my new weight. I have been successfully maintaining my weight and I have added more diverse foods into my diet and been able to re-enter social society. Some of the things I stressed about most were going out to a restaurant to eat, a weekend at the cabin, date night and a girls night out. I’ve done all four during Phase 3 with great success, and without feeling deprived.

What Did I Do? What Did I Eat?

I followed the rules in the protocol the best I could and didn’t stress out when food options weren’t perfect. I tried to plan my food ahead of time by checking menus and picking out what I would eat. This helps prevent “moments of weakness” while holding a restaurant menu.

While road tripping and going to the cabin I packed snacks like turkey jerky, sugar snap peas, berries and pork-rinds (no carbs). I chose an unwhich at Jimmy Johns as a healthier option. I’m learning more and more it’s all about balance.


Grilled Brussel sprouts, zucchini and salmon


Egg, cheese and chicken sausage omelet, guacamole and homemade salsa

Fried eggs, bacon and avocado salad. Drinking sparkling water and BCAAs (Branch chain amino acids).


Fried eggs, Gouda, bacon and sprouted grain bread


Honey sweetened green tea with tapioca, viola and lavender from Cafe Astoria.

What’s next on my weight loss/ maintenance? Exercise, a big vacation trip and attending 2 weddings. Stay tuned! Again, if you are ready to make a change, send a message! I feel amazing, so should you!

How hCG Can Help You Lose Up to 30 Lbs. in 40 Days!

For a lot of people, it can be difficult (seemingly impossible) to lose weight. Even with diet and exercise, some people just can’t lose the weight they want to. If this sounds like you, hCG medical weight loss may be your ticket to losing the weigh you desire to lose. In this article, we are going to explain how hCG medically supervised weight loss can help you lose up to 30 lbs. in just 40 days.

hCG Medical Weight Loss – Get a Clean Start

The hCG medical weight loss program is a tried and true method that has helped thousands of people successfully lose weight using a combination of diet and hormone therapy. Here’s how the program works.

The first step is to have a doctor perform a preliminary assessment to gauge your overall health and to ensure you are a good candidate for the program. If your physician determines that you qualify, you will begin receiving weekly hormone injections.

Over the following weeks you will have weekly check-ins with you doctor. At these appointments, your doctor will administer hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) injections to reduce hunder and metabolize fat.

In addition to the hCG injections, you will have to follow a calorie-controlled diet. The program comes with comprehensive meal plans and shopping guides to help you buy and prepare healthy foods.

Combining all of these elements helps to reduce your appetite, minimize cravings, and reset your metabolism – all with the goal of creating long-term weight loss.

Medically Supervised Weight Loss

Dr. Daniel Schneider and his team of cosmetic specialists work to provide unparalleled care to each and every patient. As a board-certified facial plastics surgeon, Dr. Schneider has the skills and experience needed to provide the care you need. Contact us today at Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic to discuss your situation and how we can help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Our primary clinic is located in St. Paul, but we work with patients throughout the Twin Cities and around Minnesota.

Kim’s Journey with HCG Medical Weight Loss – Part 4

Note: this is part of a continuing guest blog series about Kim’s journey with HCG medical weight loss. Read Kim’s other entries here:

HCG – Week 1 of Phase 3

I have now been off HCG for 12 days and I’m really enjoying getting to eat a larger variety of foods. My greatest challenge thus far is eating enough. I have been keeping it pretty basic, simply adding a few new meats like salmon and lean pork as well as vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Things have been going well. I have maintained my weight and only cheated once when I ate 2 small low carb tortilla chips and guacamole. I then switched to dipping pork rinds in my guac. Delicious and no carbs! Note: must be eaten in small quantities.

I’ve also increased my activity and I feel amazing! Running is much easier on my joints and I have been slowly increasing my weights at the gym. I have so much energy, and my sleep has been very restful. Overall I feel great!


Buffalo cauliflower roasted in the oven. This will be a new go-to family favorite.

Flank steak and BBQ Brussel sprouts.

What I didn’t eat – frosted brownie


If you think you need a change and want something to jump start your weight loss, post below or send a private message. This program is worth it, it has simple rules that when followed yield great results.