"When I first started my journey to better health with Jess, a.k.a. Health Coach Philly, I had a few goals in mind. I was the heaviest – and unhappiest – I’d ever been in my life. A downward trajectory of feeling sorry for myself after a few years of unsuccessfully trying to have a child and consequently being diagnosed with unexplained infertility led to weight gain, bad skin and just general malaise. I was not in a good place.
So when I started working with Jess, I had an overarching goal of using nutrition to balance my hormones – in hopes that would maybe, possibly, eventually help me overcome my fertility struggles. I also wanted to feel better, look better and lose some weight. I set a goal of 20 pounds and a less measurable goal of regulating my hormones and gaining some psychological peace.
At first, I’m sure I was somewhat resistant to change, not willing to give up my bad behaviors – and this is where Jess’s abilities as a coach really shined. She told me not to worry, not to beat myself up about doing everything perfectly and not to tell myself “no” right away, but instead to start incorporating more good behaviors. In time, she said, the good will “crowd out” the bad. And she was right – those bad behaviors were indeed “crowded out”, very quickly, in fact! I soon found myself craving all of the recipes she gave me and running to the grocery store after our calls to grab the ingredients to make new meals. Along the way, my husband even got into the routine with me – we’d cook together most nights and he loved almost all of the meals we made, which was such a win for me, being a terrible cook and all.
Over time, I started to feel so much better physically. While my emotions were still running a little wild – Jess was there as a support system, inherently knowing when we would need to switch gears to focus on my mental health as opposed to my physical health. She became not just a nutritional guru, but an ally and even more so, a friend that I looked forward to speaking with every other week. It was so easy to chat with her during the lessons – to admit when I messed up and to receive encouragement rather than scolding. The weight was falling off, my skin was clearing up, and one day towards the end of our time working together, I magically became pregnant! (Well, OK, it wasn’t really “magically”, I know how biology works. But it was completely unexpected as we had given up trying. These six months had been all about me bettering myself in preparation to try again later.)
When it was all said and done, I lost 25 pounds, found a new perspective on health & wellness, and gained a child! I learned tips to living a healthy life that I’ll carry forward with me, tips that are common-sense and easy to implement. As cliché as it sounds, this is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle, and it’s one that I will carry forward with me through this pregnancy and beyond. I really can’t thank Jess enough for her tireless work and championing of someone like me – someone who’s got a lot of flaws and cracks beneath the surface. If I can find success and finally live a healthy life through this program, anyone can. While I can’t say that my results would happen to everyone, they happened to me, and it’s made all the difference in the world."