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The History of my Closet

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A couple days ago I was cleaning out my closet. I came across the teeniest, tiniest pair of extra small shorts in the back of my closet. Five years ago these shorts were the perfect fit. Today I could probably get the entire pair over one thigh and no, I refused to try it. For a minute my heart dropped. I felt a rush of emotions.

Disappointed.

Sad.

Ugly.

Angry.

Then a little twinge of pride came over me.

Yes I said pride. I am so much healthier than I was when I would squeeze into those tiny shorts. I was hungry on a 24/7 basis, cranky, and just about the most boring person ever. Even back when I was tiny, I was self-conscious. I hated my body. I would never wear a bikini. I didn’t like me.

My struggle with nutrition and weight loss is a bit different than most. I lost all the weight I ever wanted and then some and I was miserable. I gained it all back and was miserable.

What I wasn’t getting was my weight wasn’t the problem. No diet or smallest size possible was going to make me learn to like myself. Tweet it! I am a whole lot happier with only a thigh cramming into teeny tiny shorts than I ever was when they were loose on my hips.

Happiness doesn’t always come in a size extra small. I have the shorts to prove it.

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How to Lose Weight Without Stepping Foot on the Scale

Hi friends! Happy Saturday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you. I want to invite you to check out my latest post on Mind, Body, Green: How to Lose Weight Without Obsessing Over the Scale. If you are a religious fan of the scale this is a must-read. It turns out the scale is not the most accurate measure of weight loss and may even be hindering your weight loss goals. Find out more by reading it all here.

If you’re new from Mind, Body, Green, Welcome! Feel free to browse around. If my article really struck a chord with you and you are wondering if coaching may be right for you, feel free to sign up for an absolutely free 15 minute call with me here. Enjoy!

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The Biggest Workout Mistake You Might Be Making

I used to be a dancer. In fact I spent over 3 hours a day often in a leotard staring at myself in the mirror. As you can imagine this lead to some pretty hefty body image problems, as well as some frighteningly scarce diets.

When I stopped dancing and actually started eating again, I was pretty unhappy with the weight gain that followed. It was then that I began working out to get skinny. This meant that I ditched the strength training workouts I once did, as a dancer to prevent injury, in favor of hour long sessions on the elliptical, step classes, and just about anything that would get me burning as many calories as possible and breaking a sweat.

You can imagine my disappointment when my workout to get skinny plan was an absolute failure. But I didn’t see this as defeat. Instead I doubled up on workout sessions, started running, and kept my fingers crossed that someday I would just wake up skinny.

When my plan backfired I was stumped, frustrated, and just plain tired. I was subsisting on my low calorie diets that had worked in the past, I was exercising like a maniac, and I was still not losing weight.

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It was during this period of frustration that I decided to try CrossFit. I went to my initial class and loved it. My toes weren’t numb from standing on the elliptical for an hour, I wasn’t bored out of my mind, and for once I didn’t spend the entire length of the workout wondering how skinny this would make me.

After my first class I signed up for CrossFit the following week. At the time I was following a liquid meal replacement diet. I was desperate. After my first workout, a running Cindy (5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 air squats, then a 200 M run as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes), I realized shakes weren’t going to do it.

CrossFit has taught me a lot about my body and myself but the biggest take away I got from CrossFit was that I was no longer working out to get skinny.

Since that very first day of going to CrossFit, I became hooked. Slowly my elliptical workouts became obsolete, my endless string of diets became few and far between, and for the first time in a long time I learned just exactly what my body was capable of doing.

I have never once entered my CrossFit box hoping that my workout will burn enough calories to make me skinny. Not once. If you’ve ever struggled with your weight like I have you know how big of a deal that is. Thanks to CrossFit I don’t workout out to get skinny. Tweet it! I don’t workout to look a certain way. I workout to clear my mind, to move my body because I am capable, to set and achieve goals, to learn about myself, and most importantly to see just how much I am capable of.

I can now tell you that it is possible to live a life that is free of the frustrations of diets and working out to get skinny and nothing can make me happier than that simple fact. Want to learn more about this? Check out my free guide to ditching the diets and ditching the misery by signing up here.

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What to do When you Can’t Stop Eating Cookies…

Have you ever felt like there’s nothing you can do to stop eating cookies? You’ve had a bad day or you’re feeling sad and it just seems like that cookie will fix everything. Did you know that’s there’s actually a solution? Today I’m going to share with you one of the strategies my VIP coaching clients have learned to stop their emotional cookie eating.

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To start, let me tell you about one of my VIP clients…

I am currently helping Anna through her own struggle with emotional eating and it has been quite the journey. When we began working together she was ready to give up. After admitting to me that she ate a little too much birthday cake the night before and she was done fighting we started to work together. Then one day I received a text: “I really want a cookie but I know my body doesn’t need one”. Breakthrough!  While she fought the cookie, I started celebrating. We made progress. Instead of her going for that cookie we discussed why exactly she “felt” like the cookie and what feeling she was trying to get from eating the cookie. Turns out she needed a little bit of love, comfort, and happiness.

We then talked about some different ways she could find those feelings of comfort she needed without eating a cookie. What would make her so happy to do? How could she feel loved? One of the hardest parts of all of this is actually admitting that we are lacking in something. Who wants to admit that they are lonely, or uncomfortable, or sad. But here’s the thing, when we don’t acknowledge what’s lacking and we quiet our needs with food over and over again we never fix the problem. We never sit in that uncomfortable place. Once we do we can finally recognize the problem and take steps to heal it.

Does this mean Anna hasn’t craved a cookie since? Nope, but it does mean that she has become just a little more aware of how she is feeling. She knows when she craves food at times when she’s not hungry it’s likely for a reason. She now stops and sits and experiences what exactly it is she is feeling and what she needs. Together we are then able to explore how she can get what she needs. Maybe it is a walk outside, or a date with her boyfriend, or a call to her mom. Whatever it is she goes out and does rather than seeking satisfaction from that cookie. Because truth is, the cookie will be gone in seconds and what next? The cycle starts all over again. Is this sounding familiar to you? If this is an area you tend to get hung up on I want to help you get unstuck!

If you’re struggling like Anna is, I want to invite to take advatange of one of my 3 spots I have open for an emotional eating strategy session.

I am currently offering a one-hour power session for anyone battling with emotional eating and would love to offer you support in this area.

If this is something you are interested in please send me an email to [email protected] or head over to my schedule and book a session.

Once I receive your email or your session confirmation you will receive an invoice for $100.00. Once it is paid I will be in touch to book your strategy session.

I can’t wait to talk with you!

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The Secret to Never Worrying About your Weight Again

I’ve been putting off writing this personal note for awhile but I figure there is no time better than today to share this story with you. As you may have noticed, I’ve been promoting Sarah Jenks’ Live More Weigh Less program on my blog a lot recently and I’ve gotten a couple raised eyebrows for it! If I am a nutrition coach myself, why then am I promoting someone else’s program? Well here’s the deal, I am promoting it because I have done it. I know it works. Sarah has been my coach and I can say I have totally shifted my viewpoint on nutrition, my body, and my life. My work with Sarah has been so much more than just a “weight loss program”. Sarah has helped me to transform my life and it has honestly been the best investment I have ever made.

You see I’ve always felt burdened by my weight and had a funky relationship with food. Up until a year ago I was attempting to apply every single little scientific fact I learned in my Master’s program to my diet with the hopes of losing weight. Then I discovered Sarah. Sarah taught me that my problem had absolutely nothing to do with what I was eating. She was real and honest with me and made my life ten times more fun. I started making changes in my life that I would have never considered in the past and suddenly I started noticing changes. Sometimes it was just a little extra positive energy in my day, other times it was the way my clothes, and other moments I found myself doing things I once thought I could not.

For the first time in a long time, I found confidence, I learned to not look in the mirror and cringe. I still remember the first day I looked back and thought “hey I actually ate like a normal person today”! Sarah has been more than just a coach, she has been a friend, a support system, and a mentor and has made getting healthy a total blast. I recommend Live More Weigh Less to you with 100% confidence because  after being a part of her program I feel like a completely different person. I have grown as both a coach and a person.

I know this weight loss topic can be taboo, but I really believe that having more fun and taking care of our bodies can be a celebration we can share in together, so I wanted to make sure I shared Sarah’s free video training series with you.  In it she lays out her roadmap for creating a life you love and body you adore.  Watching it has been a great tune up for me!

I hope you’ll check it out here because I really believe this could change everything for you.

I can’t tell you how awesome it is to no longer be caught up in the self-hatred and diet cycle and I really want you to experience this for yourself.  If you have any questions, please let me know!

Love,

Danielle

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