I am an entrepreneur and small business owner, a mom of two kids and a Golden Retriever, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a competitor, a skier, a mountain biker, an encourager, a coach, a listener, and a head-nodder.
In 2018, the first seed was planted for my business when I offered to help run a nutrition and lifestyle challenge for the members of my home gym, Athlete Inside Performance & CrossFit.
I absolutely fell in love with providing guidance and support for people looking to make impactful change in their lives.
I took the opportunity to increase my knowledge, through courses and certifications, about nutrition, lifestyle, mindset, and MOST importantly, how they all fit together. This piece… the piece that effectively and meaningfully intertwines all three with each other is, I have discovered, where success and sustainable change await.
Here is some of what I have learned… not from lectures, or textbooks, or the internet… but from listening to, working with, and supporting my clients:
Everyone is completely unique… and yet so many of us struggle with such similar challenges.
Not everyone works through their challenges in the same way. A successful strategy must align uniquely to each person. While plans may have similarities from person to person, there is no such thing as a one size fits all strategy.
Learning and practicing balance and moderation will benefit you more in the long run than will deprivation and restriction.
If you commit 8 weeks to complete restriction from all sugar, processed foods, alcohol, deep fried foods, in addition to eating in a caloric deficit, there is a high likelihood that you will lose body fat.
But it’s ALSO likely that you learned precisely NOTHING.
You didn’t learn how to improve your relationship with food. You didn’t learn how to eat well in social situations without straying from your goals. You didn’t learn that it’s possible to find enjoyment in food while still being able to achieve your goals.
If you spend the time to understand your behaviour as it relates to food, determine your limiting beliefs about your nutrition, and assess life’s many factors that influence nutrition for you, you are far more likely to be successful in making permanent changes in your life.
Mindset is a game changer.
Your mindset is the attitude and beliefs that guide how you approach all aspects of your life. It affects how you approach challenges, successes, failures, goal setting, communication, problem solving, self-care, connection with others… basically, you name it, mindset affects it.
I have yet to meet a single person who wanted to eat better just for the sake of eating better. There’s always a reason why. Losing weight. Increasing energy. Gaining muscle. Gaining confidence. Looking good in a bathing suit. Look as fit as they feel. Love their body again. Mindset truly comes into play when you ask someone WHY they want the things that they want. If you don’t dig into that, no change will ever be sustainable.
Consistency will win out over perfection…Every. Damn. Time.
The all-or-nothing mindset drives the pursuit of perfection.
This is the belief that if you don’t do it perfectly, there’s no point in doing it. If this is your mindset, you will struggle perpetually. This is also not an easy mindset to up and change… it takes practice.
It takes practice and consistency with allowing, accepting, and embracing imperfection in your life.
At the end of the day, I love making impact on others’ lives. I love helping others break down their own barriers. I love knowing that the time I invest in myself improves the lives of others.
Finally, every day I embrace the reality that my work has meaning. There is nothing more empowering to me than that.