Transforming yourself into a fit, happy, healthy person doesn’t have to be HARD! In fact, I’ve dedicated my work at Thrive Wellness to making sure that isn’t the case. I know being healthy goes beyond just physical change, and overcoming ambivalence, lack of motivation, and self-doubt is usually the toughest first step.
Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach
FNL – Digestive Intensive Certification
Most of my life I was fit, happy, and healthy…until I wasn’t.
Throughout my youth, and up until my late 20’s, I never had to think about staying healthy or “managing” my weight. From a young age, I was involved in competitive sports, and even after I stopped competing, I stayed active. I worked out regularly, I ate whatever I wanted, and I was healthy and fit.
At 24, I was living in San Diego, CA and I accepted a job in event planning. During the first several years, I loved everything about it! The fast pace, the changing schedule, the parties with free food and booze; I thrived! I worked endlessly and tirelessly for nearly 5 years as an Event Manager. During that time, I was constantly on the go and on my feet for 8, 10, 12 hours a day. Although I wasn’t following a workout routine, my job was very physical and I stayed in shape. I did not realize that lack of sleep, high stress, and convenient food choices were silently beginning to take a toll.
In January 2010, I landed my DREAM JOB (or so I thought at the time) as an Event Sales Manager at a popular restaurant and concert venue. And while I was ecstatic to have a new job, I quickly learned that in sales you’re only as good as your numbers; and if you do well, you can expect an ambitious increase to your goal! I was still working long hours, but I was stuck at a desk for a majority of the day. And I had access to the restaurant for free meals; mac and cheese, chicken tenders, french fries, pizza… it was all just an order away.
Over the next few years, I worked hard climbing the corporate ladder, accepting a promotion to Director of Sales along the way. And with each year, my sales goals increased and with it so did my stress level. And when you’re working in a fast-paced, stressful work environment where there is a bar upstairs from your office, it’s pretty easy to start drinking after work to “relax.” Day by day this cycle continued…. work, stress, eat, drink; repeat. The struggle was REAL!
Eventually, I learned you can only push your body so far before it pushes back!
I truly believe, sometimes when you aren’t following the path you’re meant to be on, the universe gives you a big, giant SHOVE in the direction you are meant to go.
“CHANGE ISN’T EASY FOR ANYONE, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH, IT’S WORTH IT”
– Ellie Savoy
Out of my struggle to prioritize my health, lose weight, manage stress, and achieve balance in my life, my interest in Health Coaching was born. While completing my year-long certification program with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy – the only certification program in collaboration with the Institute of Functional Medicine, the global leader in Functional Medicine – I learned the “secret”…and I knew I had to pay it forward to others! And this is how Thrive Wellness began.
And the secret is this:
THERE IS NO DRUG MORE POWERFUL THAN EATING WELL, MOVING YOUR BODY, AND PRACTICING GRATITUDE AND MINDFULNESS
As a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, I work with clients who want to lose weight, increase energy naturally, and re-discover their zest for life.
A bit more about me:
- I have the same birthday as Elvis Presley & David Bowie
- My favorite movie is “The Holiday”
- I don’t like pickles or mustard
- My favorite band is The Airborne Toxic Event
- My food weaknesses are donuts and PIZZA!
- I have an adorable Golden Retriever named Gus, whose unconditional love has honestly changed my life.