My Story

These pictures are difficult for me to look at. I spent over a decade heavy, overweight, the chubby girl, clinically obese.

Me and my cute family - May 2011
Me and my cute family – May 2011
And me - July 2011
And me – July 2011

I had a hard time looking in the mirror.

One day I finally decided that something had to change. I started to study everything I could find about nutrition and health.

I soaked it in, all the books, documentaries, and studies about food and how it effects the body. I was fascinated!

Everything I read convinced me that we needed to kick processed food to the curb and get back to eating real, nutritious, yet incredibly delicious food.

Through cleaning up my family’s diet, and finding a new exercise routine that I love, I was able to quickly drop over 60 pounds.

The new me, as of January 2013
The new me, as of January 2013

I thought I was at my goal weight and was very happy, but over the next year and without even trying, another 10 pounds naturally slipped away. My body just knew the right place that is healthy for me, and because I was nourishing it with great food, it was almost effortless to get there.

I have gone from a size 18 to a size 4, and have easily maintained my weight loss for more than 4 years and counting. More importantly, though, I have never felt better in my life! I want everyone in the world to have access to healthy, whole, delicious real food, so that they can know just how fabulous this feels!

Because I wanted to share my new found knowledge more effectively, I decided to go back to school. I researched several different schools and realized that for most colleges out there, I would spent 4+ years and tens of thousands of dollars to be a nutritionist or dietitian, and at the end of that schooling I would probably end up working in a hospital, trying to decide what kind of formula to put in people’s feedings tubes. That is not at all what I wanted to do!

Then I found the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I could learn to be an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I signed up as soon as I could, dove in right away, and I have enjoyed every minute. I am so glad that I made this choice! I am now coaching people and helping them transform their lives.

Throughout my transformation I was asked many questions, from what I was doing to what size I wear now. But the question I was asked most was, “What do you eat?” This site is an attempt to answer that question, and hopefully inspire other people along the way.

5 thoughts on “My Story

  1. I’m very inspired by your story. I’m in size 18, been the overweight (now obese) girl my whole life. I have six kids and I’m very very interested in making the change. I bought 100 days of clean eating, gotten rid of processed foods, but I can’t ever shake this feeling like my body is the only broken body in the world and though this works for everyone, I’m convinced it won’t work for me. Mostly because I’ve never been there before. Ever. I don’t know what healthy is for me. I don’t know what a reasonable timeline is for me. If my goal is to lose a good 70-80 lbs, what is a reasonable timeline? I ask so I don’t get discouraged… I’m willing to work hard, but Im scared I’m going to always do something wrong and the results you got will never be mine.

    1. Oh, I want to give you the biggest hug! I want so much to change those voices in your head and show you how amazing you are, in exactly the body that you are in. I really believe that will make the biggest difference for you, changing your mindset to one of treating yourself well because you deserve it! Eating healthy foods because that is a way to treat yourself well. Exercising because it feels good. You definitely can do this!

      It took me about 9 months to lose 60 pounds, and the last 10 came off more slowly. It took about a year total for it all to come off. A good rule of thumb is a pound a week. Hang in there!

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