My client here is proof that balance is key. Even if you are eating the cleanest diet, not handling your stress , and your body is “off” it will not do what you want it to. My client started off with me weighting 445lbs, she was on the verge of depression and could not go to a restaurant without yelping it to make sure that she would be able to fit into the restaurant chairs. She never traveled because she was to embarrassed about not being able to sit comfortably (and embarrassed they would make her buy 2 tickets) She was eating all the right things , heck she was eating healthier than me! She was also exercising 4x a week. We were perplexed and I thought surely it had to be a metabolic issue and after more digging , I found out she had a thyroid issue. Her doctor, like any conventional doctor, was only testing the TSH and T4. That was my aha moment. I told her to go back to her doctor to request the complete panel. His response to her “you just need to eat less and you’ll lose weight, your thyroid has nothing to do with it”. So for months, she stopped talking to me. Why? Because of course people are going to trust a doctor over a health coach. She called me again after she gained more weight and even more desperate than ever! We ordered her own thyroid labs and sure enough, her T3 hormone was non existent. I explained to her how T3 was the workhorse of all thyroid and without it, her weight will not come off, despite her healthy lifestyle. She was taking only a T4 medication and for whatever reason , was not converting that to the active thyroid hormone. This is where my job ends as I can’t prescribe medication, so I referred her to my doctor . Working together , my client has now lost over 100lbs and continues to lose. Her goal is 225lbs (her weight before ) and I know we will get there.
Stories like this is the reason why I do what I do. It takes a person to have gone to hell and back to be able to understand the desperation and frustration my client felt because I was in her same shoes! When you hire me as your health coach, you’re not only getting coaching but someone who will support and hold your hand and advocate for you! #healthcoach
Yass! I really needed this. Journaling is important to me because today I sat down and re-read my journal entries from exactly a year ago. The people whom cause me stress are still the same ones today . But instead of putting myself down for letting this affect me, I am going to remember that I am only HUMAN. And as humans we do care about what others think about us. As a health coach, I feel like I have failed because not only am I allowing myself to be stressed about this, I am not walking my talk about self love. One of the mistakes our past generations made is not teaching us how to value and love ourselves. Starting this week, I am going to walk my talk and I am going to value myself. Because at the end of the day, this stress and hate that goes round is costing me too much. And I am not willing to sacrifice any more. Your rebellion is yours. As my son would say, #byefelicia#stress#healthcoach#selflove#selfvalue#thankyouifyoureadthis#fatigue#chronicstress#chronicdisease#rebellionisyours
Recently, I found a page on IG that just resonates with everything I am going through. If you watched my stories, I am going through some mental stress right now and it takes me back to that dark place that I don’t want to go back to. The very thing that I have fought to avoid and yet , here I am again. I know some may deem that I am too “sensitive”, that I easily get my feelings “hurt”. And to that, I say so what? Society always has this stigma against sensitive people but if we could all be sensitive and mindful , what a peaceful world it would be? Instead of fighting my feelings, why not feel them? We are always trying to fight against what hurts. We are all supposed to just put all our hurt into a box and file it away just so we can survive the pain that it brings. But that doesn’t work because this pain manifest as elevations in anxiety, as physical pain, in the form of insomnia or some other ailment. Every once in awhile, it’s ok to take that file out and feel the pain. Not everyone’s journey is the same. And you know what? Even though it brings on the gut wrenching waterworks , it really does work! Cr: @adrenal.fatigue.awareness #mentalhealth#pain#depression#anxiety#healingjourney
I am a giver. One of the things I’m most guilty for giving up to others is my time. Over the years, others have abused it. And I am not even mad about it. 👧🏻 You’re never too old to learn lessons and one of my recent lessons taught me to be more careful with where I put my energy. Late last year, I stumbled upon hospice care by accident. I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t even know what “hospice” was. As a volunteer, I thought I would be going into the office to do office things; file, make copies , draft documents , etc. My volunteer coordinator approached me and told me she thought I would be great with hospice patients. Never would I think that “bravery” even existed in my vocabulary much less a word used to describe me. And let me tell you, it takes a lot of bravery , time, and a lot of heart to care for hospice patients. ❤️ I am on my 3rd patient now and never have I found anything more rewarding and more deserving of my time than to be with my patients. I don’t do early mornings, I don’t do strangers homes, and definitely I don’t do “death”. But for my patients, I will do whatever it takes to help make their next journey a most comfortable one. Some days I don’t do anything but bring a book and read, some days I prepare a meal for them, and some days we get ourselves into “adventures” that I’ll always treasure. Instead of giving up my time for those that don’t deserve it, I have found a place where my time means everything. #hospice#volunteer#timeisprecious#inspire#giveyourtimewisely#primaryfood#healthcoach#dontmindmyhair#itsearly#forme#badgeofhonor#tribe
Part of the health journey is including exercises you love. For me, that is working out once a week with my personal trainer @getfit.with.mere , a brisk walk outside, and @pvolve workouts. In between, I also incorporate mindful meditation when I can and with @headspace , it makes it so much easier
As I’ve gotten older, I am less comfortable in a two-piece, but here goes!!! First picture was 2016, working out nearly everyday w/ a personal trainer , counting macros , and gained 10 lbs! Second picture was summer 2018; working out once a week, not counting calories because I knew I was nourishing myself with good foods, and just stressing less about my weight. Every single trainer (before Chimere) tried to push cardio and weights on me & I knew that it wasn’t for me. Listening to your own needs and having someone there to support those needs is major!
Like with food , what works for one might not work for the other. Choose what works for you , listen to your body, and you’ll get the results you’re looking for. #exercise#healthjourney#healthcoach#adrenalfatigue#burnout#choosewhatyoulove#healthcoach#weightloss#transformation#autoimmunedisease#lessismore#hashimotos#hypothyroidism