To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.Oscar Wilde
It started off innocently enough…
I’ve always enjoyed food. The savory flavors and textures, but especially the comfort it brings. In fact, I wasn’t even aware that I was doing it. A warm, creamy bowl of macaroni and cheese made the day’s cares just slip away. But eventually I’d figure out it was only temporary.
When I was in high school, my weight stayed in check thanks to my love of competitive swimming but I still used food to soothe my soul. Once I got to college, I was free to indulge in any food that comforted me… ah, the freedom of being on my own! Add in late night drinks and food with friends and I went home for summer break after freshman year with 20 extra pounds.
And so began my journey with weight loss, body image and not feeling good enough. I may have lost those 20 pounds before going back to college but over the next ten years I’d gain and lose the same 15-30 pounds. It was a cycle I’d repeat again and again.
The solution was out there, I just knew it…
I immersed myself in health books and magazines. Maybe this diet or workout routine would finally be the one to solve all of my problems. And I mean all of my problems. I wasn’t worthy the way I was. I had to lose weight. To date and find a partner. To be truly happy. Despite having an amazing life full of adventure and travel with a successful career and loving and supportive family and friends.
A few years ago I thought I had finally found THE diet that would change it all. Again. And I felt so passionately about it, I had to tell the world! Since I had spent the better part of my life dedicated to my own health and wellness journey, I decided I needed to find a way to help others navigate the misinformation and confusion around weight loss and diet.
That’s when I found the Health Coach Institute. I thought it would prepare me to be a Health Coach. And it did that, no doubt. But it did so much more for me. The Transformational Coaching principles taught me to look within; my experience is unique to me and the solution to my problems will be equally unique.
Turns out the answer wasn’t out there, it’s within me...
I learned to love myself just as I am, extra pounds and all. To trust that someone could love me just as I am, not once I get to an “ideal” weight or size that our culture deems appropriate to be desirable or attractive. But most importantly, to listen to my body. It tells me everything I need to know.
I am no longer on the hunt for the latest diet or workout because I have learned I have all the answers within me. I listen to my body and feed it when it tells me to and enjoy movement that makes me feel good. I am still healing my relationship with food but my approach now is one of kindness and curiosity. I no longer beat myself up and I know that with time, I’ll be the intuitive eater I was born to be.
You can have the same kind of transformation. It would be my honor to help you discover what’s holding you back from reaching your goals and create a plan to get there. Click below to schedule a free 45-minute discovery session.