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Professional Writer, Editor, Author
Certified Life Coach
Certified Weight Loss Coach
Licensed Am I Hungry™ Facilitator
What brought me to wellness coaching
You may not be able to tell by looking at me now, but I have been the heavy girl. While never obese, I began battling my weight as a child, starting my first “diet” at age 12. After 30 years of yo-yo dieting—alternating between compulsive, out-of-control eating and a combination of starvation and obsessive exercise—I finally confronted the beliefs, emotions and habits that were holding me hostage. Today, I am living a balanced healthy lifestyle and loving my life.
My interest in coaching stems from a deep desire to make a difference to others who are stuck in the struggle with weight, body image or self-esteem. I am passionate about helping my clients take charge of their health—to see themselves in a new light, overcome their fears and self-doubt, and gain the confidence to lose the weight and start living their dreams.
My favorite encouraging and motivational quote
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
The top three things I enjoy most about Wellness Coaching are
- Meeting people where they are and helping them discover their own inner wisdom.
- Celebrating my clients’ successes as they begin to see the results of their commitments in action.
- Seeing my clients become healthier, happier people.
My number one highlight since becoming a coach
One of my clients—a very successful career woman whose long-term goal is to lose 75 pounds—came bounding up to me, gave me a big bear hug and said, “I know you may not see it on the outside yet, but the changes are happening inside.” I knew then that she was on the path to reaching her goal, because that’s where the changes have to begin—inside. By tapping into her intelligence and strengths in other areas and learning to apply them to her health and wellness vision, she has been able to lose 30 pounds so far and is well on her way to greater health and a longer, happier life.
H3 @ Home Coach
Texas A&M University Alumn
Masters of Science in Counseling & Guidance
B.S. Applied Learning & Development
What brought me to Wellness Coaching:
People never cease to amaze me and I regularly find myself in awe of the power and inspiration that we have to push ourselves into incredible places to accomplish our goals. I was drawn to wellness coaching because it allows me to help, encourage and inspire my clients to reach their greatest potential, while also being inspired by the power of my clients. I love the transformation stories of mind, body and soul that my clients experience and I love helping my clients on the path to health, fitness and wellness.
“A goal properly set is halfway reached” –Abraham Lincoln
Top three things I enjoy most about Wellness Coaching:
- Watching my clients power through their health and fitness hurdles to achieve their goals
- Helping clients realize their full potential even when they doubt themselves and then hearing their success stories every week
- Clients actually make me more motivated and help push me towards bigger and better wellness goals!
My favorite personal fitness success story:
Naturally born as the worst runner in history, I was disappointed when I thought I reached my health and fitness goals after my wedding but failed to run an entire 5k in October of 2009. I needed a goal. Another 5k was scheduled 2 months later and I started my training and completed that race successfully. But then I needed a new goal! This was the first time that I realized the addictive power of goals and fitness. I was no longer on the white dress diet but a fitness goal specifically for me. I found a half marathon in Austin, TX scheduled for February and a running partner so we started to train together. This was when I realized the power of accountability in fitness goals. You can’t wimp out on a running buddy when they are depending on you. That February, I finished my first half marathon running every step of the way! I was not transformed into the world’s greatest runner but I was inspired by the ability of setting goals, being accountable for your fitness goals and the pure joy experienced when you reach your goal—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
My number one highlight since becoming a Wellness Coach:
That’s easy! The first day I arrived at the H3 campus and had my first conversation with a guest. What more amazing first leap toward improving your health, fitness and wellness than dedicating one week or 3 months—or anything in between—to yourself, your health and your wellness at Hilton Head Health. There are far more exotic or luxurious vacations that require less sweat, provide more decadent meals and don’t require you to get a full health profile, but the guests at Hilton Head Health all choose to put their health and wellness as their number one priority. The first step is often the hardest and dedicating the time and energy it takes to get your life on a healthier track is an amazing and admirable first step.