"Lisa and I began our journey on 8/5/2016. I had just finished up a Mountaineering class that I had been taking in the summer. During our first conversation Lisa asked me what I wanted to work on during our time together. I told her that I had gained 30 lbs in a year, and I wanted to buy my house, so weight loss and finances. I also felt that it was time for me to put some effort into finding a relationship. I told her that during my Mountaineering class it was really frustrating that I was always the last one to get to the peak, and that everyone always seemed to be so much faster than I was. I also told her about my fear. Whenever we came to rivers that needed to be crossed on a log, I would freeze in fear. I would always make it across the river, but I had a very difficult time forcing myself to do it. That became our motto and an analogy for the rest of our time together: getting across the river of weight loss, and financial security.
When we began to dig deeper into the reasons behind the weight gain and the financial difficulties, we found that fear was the root cause of both of those issues. I was using the weight as a barrier to keep men at a distance, so my fear of commitment and hurt were the cause. The fear of owning a house, and that commitment were making it hard for me to focus on paying my debt down, and saving money. By the end of our 12 weeks working together, I no longer felt the fear holding me back. I talked to my landlord and a mortgage broker about buying my house. The mortgage broker put me on a path towards paying off my debt, and getting a mortgage for my house. I have signed up for the 15K Hot Chocolate run in San Diego as a goal to focus on for weight loss and to increase my endurance and speed. I have lost an average of 3 inches across my body and 8 pounds.
The best way to describe how I feel now is light as opposed to dark with fear and depression. I face each day with a smile and a determination to make the day a good one. As my family likes to say “Life is Good.” I still haven’t found the love of my life, but my promise to Lisa is that the day after the 15K, I will sign up for internet dating. I am very grateful for all of the help that Lisa gave me."
"Before I started working with Lisa, I was always stressing about the foods I was eating. If I ate one unhealthy meal, I felt like it was the end of the world. I avoided going out with friends in fear of eating something unhealthy or drinking too much. If a family member of my boyfriend suggested a place to eat, I had to check the menu ahead of time to make sure there was something healthy enough for me on the menu. I didn't really think anything of it until Lisa called me out on it. I realized this was not how I wanted to live my life. I wanted to have fun and stop stressing about food.
After weeks of working with Lisa, she helped me find a balance with food. I may not always be perfect, but I've definitely come a long way. I no longer fight with food, which I felt like I was doing daily. I have learned to tune into my body and really listen to what my body needs. It's like I'm more at peace with food, which is something I didn't think was possible.
Along with helping me find a balance with food, she helped me understand that working out shouldn't feel like a chore. She helped me find activities that I genuinely enjoy rather than having to force myself to go to the gym. All in all, I feel more balanced and more like my self since working with Lisa. I can't thank her enough for all that she's done for me."