I was sick and tired of recommitting to diets.
I was tired of being angry at myself.
I knew there had to be a better way.
After two Masters Degrees and a 7-year teaching career, I was battling a lot of inner turmoil despite my success. I tried dealing with most of it by being hard on myself and my body. I drank a lot, was in and out of extreme dieting programs to deal with weight gain, hormonal issues, and digestive disorders.
One day enough was enough. I moved my family from new York City to Maplewood, NJ to seek an easier and gentler way to be with myself, as well as seek the truth about what was actually going on for me.
I didn't need another diet.
I became certified in Integrative Nutrition. Then Life Coaching. Then Energetic Nutrition and Psychological Kinesiology. Then studied Sports Medicine.
I stopped dieting and I started taking action for the most important things in my life.
I ran over my scale with a car and set on a journey to health by knowing MYSELF.
I mastered how to use a positive mindset, simple running and strength training techniques I could sustain, and most importantly, community, to essentially survive.
We are all human. But capable of being so much more.
Diets prey on our human desire to live. They promise drastic results for the life of your dreams. The weight might go away temporarily, but life isn't waiting on the other side. Instead, you walk away with hormonal imbalance, digestive issues, metabolic disruption, and a lack of trust in your capacity to take action. We are capable of knowing what is best for us when we are taught to focus on the most important things in our lives, not the size of our bodies. Your life and joy is in you today. Not 10, 20, 50, or 100 pounds from now. I still remember the thrill of announcing another 2 pounds in weight loss groups, only to stop showing up because of the shame I felt when I had a good time at a wedding. That story has to stop for all of us, our friends, our children, and our communities.
I believe in the exploration of the self
Focusing on the external body ignores the unique story that's within you. What motivates you to change is different than anyone else. You have a whole story, a whole life in front of this moment that influences you. I want you to know what it is you are fighting for.
It's a journey. Not an end goal.
That's why at the end, when the only confidence boost you have is your body, you think you are done. Health is never done. So you stop, or you think the next diet can wait. But your health is always being discovered. It's always going to be a choice you have to be willing to make. What makes it worthwhile is seeing how it impacts everything--your work, family, friends, and your body, the vessel that carries you through your life. Once you see that, all or nothing falls away, and the right choice in any moment becomes obvious and available.