The Breaking Point: When I graduated college I was the heaviest I had ever been and my doctor told me that we needed to do something about my weight but I told her I was burnt out and tired of “working at it.” My fat weeks turned to months. I felt terrible and yet couldn’t get motivated because I was overwhelmed with all the work I believed I needed to do.
Time to Make a Change: My doctor encouraged me to take a medicine to stop overeating. Looking back it was the easy way out and I now know it was not the healthiest option, but it did kick-start my weight loss journey by helping me lose 30 pounds (13 kgs)*. Then at the age of 25 I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and could either go on medicine for the rest of my life or change my diet. I chose the latter option and lost another 15 pounds (7 kgs)*.
I Wasn’t Going Back: In early 2006 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, had my thyroid removed and lost my grandmother all within the first 5 months of the year. Needless to say, it was a stressful time in my life and afterwards I found myself 5 pounds (2.2 kgs) heavier again. But I decided I wasn’t going back to where I started. So in January 2007 my friend encouraged me to sign up for a leading weight loss program. Originally I was skeptical but I went in ready for a lifestyle change instead of another diet. To my surprise I quickly lost 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) and was only about 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) from my goal weight.* Suddenly I was energized and finally felt that I could be a U.S. size 4!! I never thought that was possible but I was wrong! I hit my goal weight in 2008 and have kept it off since.*
Working the System: Even though I was maintaining my weight I still had ups and downs, which I call ‘working the system.’ I continuously found myself eating healthy for a while, followed by eating whatever I wanted for a week or two. I would gain a couple pounds but since I knew what I needed to do, when I started eating healthy again I would lose the weight. It turned into a vicious cycle where I felt I was constantly consumed by thoughts around food and needing to control my weight.
It’s Not Just About The Food: After losing the weight I decided I wanted to help others on their personal journeys so I went back to school to become a Health Coach. While studying I started exploring what was really leading me to ‘work the system’ as described above. I learned it wasn’t just about the food but also what the food represented in my life. This self-exploration led me to discover that I love digging deeper to find out why we crave certain foods and how to overcome the cravings. When you know this from the start the path is more motivating and not as overwhelming.
Putting it to practice: I decided to leave my corporate job in advertising after 13 years to pursue my passion. In December 2014 I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I am now working with clients globally and love working with people who are open and ready to try a different approach.
*Results may vary from person to person.