One time I was at my doctor’s office when around 16 yrs of age and they put me in the room waiting for the doctor with my chart on the back of the door. Can you see where this is heading? Yes, being the nosy teen that I was I flipped it open and there was a letter that was to my own doctor from another physician saying “thanks you for referring this pleasant obese young women” Argggghhh! Who was he calling obese!! Even though I knew it was true, it was very painful to see it in writing.
I moved out of the house early and would diet and white knuckle it down to whatever number I was aiming for. The diet always started on a Monday, and even better if it was Monday, or better yet – Monday, January 1st of whatever year. I would calculate if I lost 2 lbs a week how many weeks it would take me to get to my goal. I can’t remember the goal weight number because I never got there until much later. I loved reading everything and anything I could get my hands on about the latest diet. I tried Atkins, WW, some caramel flavored gross candy that was supposed to make you lose weight but I liked the taste back then so it didn’t work. I tried blended drinks, being vegan, and whatever was popular at that time.
The disordered eating continued for many years and by my 20’s I was working in law enforcement as a police officer. There was a lot of pressure to be slim and fit in one size of uniform with not a lot of leeway. I also quit smoking (pack a day) and turned to my old friend –Sugar! I’ll save the dental horror story for another day. Candy along with caffeine helped me have energy while working 12-hour shifts and shift work in general.
I moved to Calgary in 1999 still in law enforcement. After being promoted and moving to a plain-clothes position, I noticed that whatever I did to lose weight was no longer working. I got certified as a hot yoga teacher. Arrghhh -during perimenopause, no matter how much exercise (weight lifting, hot yoga, or spin classes), the new spare tire was not moving! After completing a Masters degree in 2011, I decided to fulfill my life-long love of nutrition. I became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist in 2014 and even though I knew which foods to eat, I still couldn’t lose the weight. Things began to shift when I became a Nutritionist and went through a super difficult year in 2015. You know how sometimes when you are going through a rough time and feel like someone pulled the carpet out beneath you? It was like that until I dusted myself off and turned my life around –now I know that the rough time was necessary to jolt me into taking action as scary as it seemed (taking a leave of absence to help people full time with nutrition). I became a Metabolic Balance coach and discovered it works if I work at it. Finally Science meets Nutrition! The sugar addiction seemed to be on the back burner and I love eating clean healthy whole foods without all the sauces, sugar, fat, and salt masking the taste. Fitting in size 3-4 or 5-6 jeans doesn’t hurt either and by that I don’t mean that I have to lie on the bed to get them done up.
With some hard work and a sense of humor I want to share how you can experience the same saneness & serenity around food and have the body you deserve. Whether it’s through one-to-one coaching, group weight loss, or fixing your leaky gut, or anything else I have to offer - I am in this to make a difference.