I started health coaching six years ago. When I decided to pursue coaching, I definitely knew I wanted to focus on overall health without feeding into the diet narrative. I grew up hearing about how weight was the enemy, I heard the mantras of “3 meals a day with nothing in between”. I saw my … Continue reading Weight Loss Doesn’t Equal Health
In May 2017 I had a surgical procedure to shrink multiple uterine fibroids. For over two years I had insane menstrual bleeding which completely took over my life. I tried unsuccessfully to heal myself naturally, with herbs, acupuncture and elimination diets. I repeatedly had accidents and could barely leave my house, my bleeding went on … Continue reading Why I don’t know if I can be a health coach.
Last year I started to notice that I was getting larger around my stomach. It was a little weird for me, I don’t normally carry extra weight there, it’s usually on my hips and legs. But I thought, it must just be my age. I’m 45 and I know that as a woman approaching perimenopause, … Continue reading Maybe your changing body isn’t about you not doing enough
A few years ago, I was going through hell. I don’t know how else to explain it, hell seems to be a pretty accurate description. I was a single mom, raising two daughters alone, and my youngest was having some issues that were affecting school. I was in constant meetings with the middle school and trying … Continue reading Do you feel like you’re always starting over?
It’s that time of the year when we’re bombarded by messages about losing weight, getting in shape and becoming a new you. The holiday stuff is cleared off the store shelves and the diet books will soon be front and center at Barnes and Noble. Many of us overindulged over the holidays and it can … Continue reading A Different New Year’s Resolution
Last night my car indicator alerted me that my tire pressure was low. I pulled into a gas station and went to fill the air in my tire. As I walked over to the pump to ask the attendant for change for the air machine, the car that was parked to get gas started to … Continue reading Are you missing moments because of your body image?
September has always been a hard month for me. Since I was a kid, the transition from summer to fall, going back to school, along with some other difficult things that had happened around that time of year combined with my birthday, usually sent me into a depression. This year, both of my daughters moved … Continue reading What happens when you give yourself acceptance and compassion?
I grew up without much of a relationship with my father. I haven’t seen him since I was 12. A few days ago, my sister Arial called to tell me her husband had called her and said there was a letter from our father in the mail. As she drove home, we talked and then … Continue reading An Open Letter to My Father
Growing up I wasn't very athletic and I was never comfortable with body; my weight was always a struggle. When I got into working out in my early 20s, I became a gym rat but I still didn't think I looked fit enough. And even when I fell in love with cardio kickboxing, pushed hard … Continue reading Stop Waiting for Perfect
Most of my life I've been overweight. Not a lot but never thin. Or, at least, what I thought of as "thin". About two years ago, after gaining a lot of weight due to a severe depression, I lost 40 pounds. I went from a size 14 to a 6. Everybody told me I looked … Continue reading The Myth that Thin Equals Happy