Whether your need to lose 20 pounds or trying to drop those last stubborn five pounds, weight loss can be a struggle. In my twenties, losing weight seemed easy. I dutifully counted my calories, fat grams, carbs, points or whatever the latest weight loss plan prescribed, and the weight came off, at least for a little while. When I hit my mid-thirties, things changed. The pounds started wrapping around my middle and they would not budge. I knew it had gotten out of control when I ran into someone I hadn’t see in a long time who approached me smiling, put her hand on my belly and asked me when I was due. Let me be clear, I was not, nor had I ever been pregnant. Talk about awkward and embarrassing! But the fact remained: I was overweight, had high blood pressure, was not sleeping well and none of the old weight loss tricks worked anymore.
To help manage stress, I started taking yoga, which introduced me to the world of holistic living and a more natural approach to weight management. I began learning about the benefits of organic and locally grown vs. conventionally farmed and raised food. I started reading labels for information other than calories per serving and started learning about the effects that preservatives, food additives, sugar and artificial sweeteners have on not only weight, but also overall health.
My fascination with nutrition and health led me to the health coaching program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. I learned how factors such as career, relationships, finances and spirituality all have an effect on your overall health and wellbeing. It became increasingly clear to me that weight issues aren't only about what you’re eating, but also about what’s eating you.
My motto has become “Progress, not perfection.“ I've learned that I don't have to white knuckle it through extreme dieting and exercise to lose weight and keep it off. I've experienced firsthand how small, gradual changes to diet and lifestyle can add up to big changes in weight, energy and overall health. I’m now off my blood pressure medication, sleeping better and much more in tune to what my body needs. Instead of focusing on losing weight, I’ve shifted my focus
on a healthy lifestyle, and I want to help other women make that shift too.
Are you ready to make that shift? Let’s talk. Schedule a free initial consultation with me today
Nancy Boudreau, CHHC, RYT