"This program was the BEST thing I have ever done for myself!"

Do you want to:

Change your relationship with food, exercise and your body but… you feel overwhelmed and stuck, unsure of how to proceed?

Stop overeating eating & lose the weight for good, but…you don’t know how to break the cycle of emotional eating?

Quit ping-ponging back-and-forth between strict diets that leave you feeling deprived and…..total indulgence that leaves you with unwanted weight gain or health consequences?

Understand the root causes of weight gain….and learn the tools to reverse it for good?

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Finally, stop feeling shame, fear & guilt about your weight, your diet, your body, yourself….and find a health living path rooted in self-love, self-compassion, self-acceptance and JOY?


There's a good chance that what you've been taught about weight loss is wrong. simply “Eat less, move more” does not work. The studies prove it over and over again.

In fact, not only is this message wrong, it can be dangerous. It often sets us up to have an unhealthy relationship with food, exercise & ourselves. It messes up our metabolism, it messes up our mind & it messes with our JOY.

The problem is that most of these diet plans are not tackling the underlying reasons for why we overeat or crave those "bad" foods.  Understanding this is key to successful and long-term health & weight loss.


What I teach is different (And it works!).

Most healthy eating or weight loss plans focus only on what you should or shouldn't eat. Some foods are deemed "good" and others "bad".  The goal is simply to resist the bad foods and eat the good ones. (I call this the “gold star system”.)

You can do it for a while but inevitably willpower starts to wane. The walls start to crumble and you can no longer sustain it. You are left with one of two conclusions: "the program doesn't work" or "I am a failure”.

Weight loss is not a calorie issue, it's a hormone issue. Once you understand how to properly recalibrate your hormones with food and exercise, your body will become "fat adapted" which means you can more easily lose weight while reducing hunger and increasing energy.

Emotional eating is not a willpower issue. It's about understanding how your brain works and why you are driven to overeat, why it often feels like you are acting against your own will, and why it feels so hard to stop. Once you understand the underlying mechanisms of how your brain works, how it's trying to protect you and how it's connected to your emotions, you can unlock the key to ending emotional eating for good!

Joyful Transformation focuses on four key areas:

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"I am forever thankful to you & this program. It truly changed my life."

  • Physiological - Weight loss is more than just calories in, calories out. I'll teach you how the foods we eat affect our bodies and how can we use that to our advantage so that we start to crave the foods that serve us and decrease our desire for the foods that don't.

  • Mental - what is happening in our brain that is making it so hard to change? Once we understand how our mind works and why, we can learn to manage it instead of it managing us.

  • Emotional - emotions drive our actions. Here is the exciting thing: we can learn how to recognize, process and even change our emotions by understanding the cause of them. By doing this we can use our emotions to drive the results we want in our life.

  • Spiritual - while the most personal component this might also be the most important. Spiritual is about reconnecting to that inner voice that is guiding us toward our highest self. It's about believing in our dreams and going for it instead of using food to hide from our fears.


In the program I will work with you to:

  • Create a personalized eating protocol that gets you to your natural weight easily, increases your energy and helps you feel amazing.

  • Use food & exercise to properly calibrate your hormones and eliminate over-hunger & cravings.

  • Reduce your over-desire for the foods that aren’t serving you so that you can change your relationship with food.

  • Stop emotional eating without using willpower (which, ps., never works).

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If you are someone who has tried it all but can't seem to find peace with food, feels overwhelmed by all the information out there or just can't bare the idea of another failed attempt at weight loss, this program is for you! It's time to go beyond counting calories, willpower & deprivation.

You CAN overcome emotional eating.

You CAN lose the weight (maybe more than you imagine) for good.

You CAN find peace around food and it CAN be a joyful transformation.


Coaching Q & A:

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Melissa is always helpful, encouraging, and motivating. She has helped me work through things from emotional issues to food frustrations. Seriously, she’s a text away!

Donna B.

How long is the program?

Joyful Transformation is a 6-month program. In that time I will walk you through my curriculum and offer support through weekly coaching sessions.

Where do we meet?

I coach clients completely online so it can be done from anywhere as long as you have a phone/tablet/computer and access to the internet.

How often do we meet?

With this program you get weekly hour-long coaching sessions. We will determine a set day & time that works for both our schedules.

How do we meet?

I use a program called Zoom (similar to Skype) for weekly/monthly sessions. There is no cost to you for using Zoom, it can be accessed from your phone/tablet or computer and is very easy to use. I also offer support between sessions through email, text & a video chat app called Marco Polo.


To learn more and see if private coaching is right for you click below to schedule a free phone consultation.

"I am 44 years old and have been overweight my whole life. Three different times in my life, I have lost weight fairly dramatically. Each time, my weight loss was fairly rapid and with extreme limitations on food. In order to lose that weight, I became obsessed with my eating. Then, when I would quit being so “hard-nosed and obsessed,” the weight would creep back up and before I knew it, I would be back to where I started: discouraged, angry with myself, and completely frustrated.

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I’ve been discouraged and down on myself all my life due to my weight, but in the past couple of years, I’ve become a bit hopeless, but at the same time totally desperate.

After just the first 5-6 weeks, I feel much more confident about managing my emotions and my eating in order to lose weight in a reasonable manner.  And I lost 10.2 pounds in that time!

I highly recommend working with Melissa. You will not regret it."

 - Donna B.

“I love our weekly sessions where the content is customized to my needs. I can ask tons of questions and I'm supported throughout the week with personal texts as well tons of online content.”

- Betsy C.

“Trust this former yo-yo dieting, supplement buying, negative Nancy overweight mom of 3....the motivation fairy isn’t going to magically appear with special dust and make all your dreams come true, but with Melissa as your guide, your journey will lead you to a beautiful place of freedom, love, and achieving those goals!”

- Jenna S.

"When I first started this program, I knew I needed to make a change. I had started putting on weight and felt like I was always hungry. I tried to count calories and watch what I ate, but it didn’t work. Not only did I lose weight (without ever counting a single calorie!), I made lasting changes to how I felt about food. I gained power over my cravings, and now have so much more energy! This program was the BEST thing I have ever done for myself!"

July 2018 participant

"Melissa’s program isn’t one size fits all weight loss program. It is a guideline to have mindful discussions with yourself as an individual to determine where improvement is needed when it comes to taking care of yourself physically and mentally. I have learned to examine my weaknesses in eating without judgement and have been able to make changes without the pressure of having to lose weight."

- Rosey S.