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?
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?
I can help. What I teach is different.
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".
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.
My coaching focuses on four key areas:
Physiological - Weight loss is a hormone issue, not a calorie issue. 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 or other behaviors that don't serve us as a way to hide from our fears.
Why get coached?
Coaching is incredibly powerful. I’ve seen the effects of it in my own life and with my clients.
When a child decides they want to learn something new, such as a sport or musical instrument, what do we do? We don’t tell them to figure it out on their own. We know that if they are going to be truly successful they need to be coached. We don’t think less of the child because they need help to learn a new skill. Of course not. We know that a coach has the ability to get them to their goal faster. We know the coach will be able to see what areas they need to work on the most. The coach can guide them and keep them motivated.
what I believe:
Positive thinking and positive emotions are so much more powerful than negative thoughts & emotions (although sometimes we are afraid to believe this). My goal is to elevate my client’s mental and emotional state so that they move towards their goals feeling excited and joyful.
A coach helps you see your “blind spots”. I point out the thought patterns and habits that aren’t serving you and give you tools to help you overcome them.
You are the expert on YOU. I’m simply here to help you reconnect to your inner wisdom and find your own path.
Everyone’s journey is their own. Together we will create a long-lasting plan that gets you to your goals and leaves you feeling confident & motivated.
What I teach:
How to create an eating protocol that gets you to your natural weight easily, increases your energy and helps you feel amazing.
How to use food & exercise to properly calibrate your hormones and eliminate over-hunger & cravings.
How to reduce your over-desire for the foods that aren’t serving you so that you can change your relationship with food.
How to stop emotional eating without using willpower (which, ps., never works).
How coaching works:
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 do we meet?
I use a program called Zoom (similar to Skype) for weekly 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.
How long are the sessions?
Each session is 45 min - 1 hour long depending on what challenges or questions you have from the week.
What else do I get?
You will also have access to my coaching curriculum which offers lots of amazing supplemental information & support tools. You can also access me through email or text message between sessions.
How much does it cost?
I offer several monthly coaching programs starting at $100/month. If you think coaching might be a good fit for you or if you would like to learn more you can schedule a complimentary consultation .
“After struggling with my weight for over 5 years, one-on-one coaching with Melissa has been the best decision for me and my family.”
- Betsy C.
"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.
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.
Private coaching/counseling has made a world of difference for me. 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!
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 (wished to remain anonymous)
"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.