“Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live” ~J. Rohn
Welcome to my site!
Hello! I’m Kristi and I am a Certified Health Coach and reformed “dieter.” I’ve created this website, to share my experiences and insights, provide any new tips I run across, try out new recipes and have open discussions on “Life Beyond Lettuce,” or life beyond dieting.
This page will give you a quick heads on what you can expect here.
Let me give you a 2-minute bio, so you have an idea of who I am:
- I’ve been dancing my whole life (since age 2 ½). In 2014 I earned my ACE Group Instructor Certification and was licensed as a Zumba instructor and recently certified as a Silver Sneakers instructor.
- Over the last nine years, I’ve worked as a medical device rep interacting with physicians, nurses, hospitals and have had a lot of training on the body, biology, surgical procedures and such.
- I’ve spent a lot of time and way too much money in school. I have a Bachelors in Management, a Bachelors in Communications and a Masters’ in Business Administration.
- In January of 2016, I completed my first Half Marathon at Disney World! It was such an experience that I did it again in November! This year, I will be completing my third Half, hoping to beat my previous time by at least 30 minutes!
- I received an ACE specialty certification in Weight Management, Health Coaching Certification from the Health Coach Institute and have a certification in Families (Kids) and Adults/Seniors from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.
- Currently, I am in working towards my Holistic MBA at HCI and my Eating Psychology Coaching certification from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
- Later this year, I will also be completing my Exercise is Medicine designation.
- I believe in eating real food, moving your body and treating yourself with respect.
Having struggled with my weight my entire life, I am not your typical health coach. I have lost and gained nearly 1,000 pounds over the last 29 years, some of them being the same 20 or 30 pounds over and over again.
I have also overcome more than a decade of digestive issues, multiple misdiagnosis and found on my own through elimination diets that I cannot tolerate gluten. 2017 marks my tenth year of being gluten free.
Just so we’re clear, I am not perfect. While I am still on my journey, what is different for me now is that my decisions are focused on habits, behaviors and mindset. Not deprivation, judgement or shame, as in the past.
If any of this is resonating with you, I encourage you to subscribe to my blog. I’ll also be running FREE online healthy habits challenges a few times throughout the year, which you’re welcome join. Check out the social media posts for upcoming dates.
I will be publishing posts weekly and always look forward to connecting, identifing and helping my readers in any way I can.
To our health!