Growing up fitness was NEVER a part of my life. I was not naturally athletic nor naturally thin. Even at recess I preferred to read or go on the swings rather than play soccer with the other kids. Maybe I wasn’t truly overweight but I was definitely a far cry from physically fit or comfortable in my own skin.
College and my 20s and early 30s were spent living and working in the technology industry in New York City. They were fun years, but far from balanced, and they certainly took their toll on my well-being. A half hour on the treadmill and a salad for lunch can’t begin to offset a night out of heavy food and drinks, followed by 3am french fries at the all night diner.
I tried various diets and “workouts” to reel in my poor choices, but they were all, frankly, ridiculous. The fat free craze where a “healthy treat” was half a tray of Rice Krispie treats made with fat free margarine? Gross. A trainer I saw twice a week and expected miracles in those two hours? Expensive mistake.
When I became a mom, I began focusing on my health in a much more sensible and holistic way. No longer was it just about looking good- I needed energy, to live a long life, and most importantly I needed to set a good example for my family. I needed to break through my own self limiting beliefs (“I’m not strong. I’m not athletic”) so that I could inspire my kids to do the same. I wanted them to understand that it wasn’t about being the strongest or fastest or thinnest- it’s about pushing yourself and taking care of your body so you feel the best you possibly can.
I worked with various trainers and began to get stronger and make fitness part of my everyday life. I found other like-minded women and made gym dates where we could chat on the treadmill or sweat through a class together. Slowly I started getting stronger, but real change didn’t happen until I started using coaches and trained to become a coach myself.
I first worked with a coach many years ago to make positive food changes and train for and run my first half marathon. I broke bad habits like nighttime snacks and wine, and processed “diet” food in favor of real, clean healthy food. It was so helpful having someone coach me through my goals and hold me accountable. I worked with another coach in 2018 to shed those last 12 pounds and ramp up my cardiovascular fitness. I ultimately went from not being able to run a mile to running two marathons in 2019.
In 2013 I decided to train to become a coach. I enrolled in the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), one of the largest and oldest coaching programs in the world. I spent two years completing their program to become a trained Co-Active Coach. I learned how to help people identify and eliminate self limiting beliefs and how to craft daily habits that moved them closer to their goals. Most importantly, it gave me a true appreciation for the value of having someone support you in your goals. Many people know what to do to make a change, they just struggle with actually doing it. I furthered my training in 2019 when I completed Certificate in Nutrition and Healthy Living from Cornell University.
I am deeply passionate about researching the effects of food on your body and disease prevention. I love using the power of technology to help our clients make better food choices that support their health and longevity. Nothing makes me happier than hearing from a client that they feel amazing, and are enjoying delicious, healthy, real food.
I believe in the power of coaching because I’ve seen it work for me, for my friends, and for our clients. If you are sick of trying and failing, or feeling like you’re letting yourself down with the same patterns of behavior, make a commitment to yourself and to us. You won’t regret it.