I’m a scientist who works in the biotech industry, a wife, and a mom of a 7-year-old boy. I was overweight for most of my life, until about 4 years ago when I started doing Crossfit and then adopted a macro-based diet to lose weight. I lost about 15 lbs and several pants sizes, and I kept it off for several years. However, I was stuck in the cycle of cutting to lose more weight, then maintaining for a while, then feeling like I wanted to cut again.
I felt like I was always “trying” to lose more weight but never fully following through or seeing the success I had in my first cut. I started to wonder if I really wanted to have visible abs or if it just seemed like the thing I “should” do. But I felt like I couldn’t stop dieting either because I was scared I would regain the weight I worked so hard to lose. I felt that if I wasn’t (halfheartedly) counting macros, I would give in to emotional and distracted eating and quickly gain the weight back.
I found out about Lisa through Nicole Sachs and her work on TMS– I suffered from back pain and sciatica since I was 16, and finally had success with curing the pain using TMS/mindbody approaches. That experience helped me be open to taking a similar approach to my dieting issue. When Lisa spoke on Nicole’s podcast, it really resonated with me and I decided I needed to work with her.
Working with Lisa helped me realize that my TMS/chronic pain, emotional eating, and chronic dieting are all rooted in the same issues and come from the same place: repression of emotions, fear of failure, feeling the need to control everything, and lack of self-care. She taught me that your health is more than just your physical shape and weight and that it’s possible to maintain a healthy weight while not working against yourself and sacrificing your mental health and well-being. I see dieting and weight loss completely differently now, I listen to my body more than I ever have before, and I have begun to prioritize my own self care across many aspects of my life outside of eating. I am also working on taming my inner critic and being less of a people pleaser. I feel like I have a completely new perspective on how I want to move forward with my health – physical, mental, and emotional – going forward.
If you are considering signing up with Lisa, and especially if my story sounds familiar, I would highly encourage you to do it – it’s about more than just figuring out how to feed your body, but about addressing the underlying causes of dysfunctional eating so you can be free of “diet culture” forever. – Meredith C.