Thank you Jill. You have been patient, caring and inspiring. You have helped me grow and figuring the hard stuff out. You’ve helped me find my joy and see my gorgeousness. With your help my future is forever changed and so much brighter and more interesting. I found my laugh and my eyes are smiling again. I can balance my outward joy with the inner peace to keep moving forward. Finding my daily confidence cleared the fog in my eyes enough to hear and see what my friends see. The world sees my beauty and so can I. I don’t just see the scar on my neck or my moles. I see eyes that glow and sparkle, especially when I smile. I see a body that is strong and feminine. I see someone who is dateable and I have life again! I am no longer waiting for life to happen since I’ve taken charge of my time and planned ahead for adventures. In the past I’ve struggled with my emotions. I suppress them until I burst and can’t figure out what is wrong. I know now that I can work with them as they occur. Allowing myself to experience them helps me figure out how to move on. I am still growing and changing but I now know I have the skills to joyfully grow because I see my confidence and beauty and strength. I can pause to look at my life and not see what I am missing as a bad thing but as a way to tweak what isn’t working to live a more awesome life.
By working with Jill, I have gained self-awareness. I have a stronger sense of individuality than ever before. I am no longer consumed by what others think of me. I am living my life, not the life others. I am more secure about who I am than ever. My past no longer defines me. What will define me is what I do tomorrow and how I go a bout life moving forward. I know what I want and expect from a relationship, and how to set boundaries as I share my life with someone else. I am able to have self-compassion and express my personal thoughts/needs rather than hold them in. I am able to better manage self-doubt through positive thinking and being mindful of each situation. My Primary Foods became balanced when I began taking note of how each piece influences the other. I no longer focus on things that really don’t matter, thus don’t lose sight of where I am going. I have learned to live in the gray, slowing down to enjoy a life of peace. In a nutshell, I know who I am; where I am going; how I will get there, and where to place my focus. I have found the true me, my inner peace, the person I have always deserved to be. While I have lived most of my life with a “cup half-full” mentality, the wisdom I have gained through this program has not only been beneficial to me, but others as well. I have achieved my mental/physical health goals and been able to maintain them; gained financial independence; grown closer to GOD; learned that I can do things on my own; and learned that I can be in relationships and keep my balance. I can and will be me; I can and will help others; I can and will survive this transition in my life and be a better person in the end for having gone through it all. In the end… I am blessed.
I learned about primary foods and came to the realization that I was hiding behind a screen; one that I had constructed in order to avoid addressing the issues that were negatively impacting my life. I made some significant changes and emerged with a new appreciation of what it means to be healthy. I know what I need to do to achieve my ultimate goals and be a positive role model for my daughter!
Working with Jill allowed me to lose weight, start a business that gives me purpose, find hobbies to get me active and rethink exercise, and be open to new foods and eat what my body needs. I no longer let my weight stop me from doing things I love or trying new things, and I have found balance in all areas of life.
Participating in your one-on-one coaching has been a blessing. Not only have I been able to make some major changes in myself, but I also feel a closer connection to you that goes beyond the mother-daughter relationship. Being able to open up to you and tell you some of my “hidden” eating secrets and also being able to share some of those same things with my sister has been liberating. Because of this liberation I do not feel the need so much to eat in secret anymore. If I want something that is not so healthy, I feel freer to eat it now and not feel guilty about it; therefore, I do not binge on foods the way I use to do. That is not to say that I have completely conquered that urge, but it doesn’t happen very often anymore. For me, one of the biggest changes has been not beating myself up if I “fall off the wagon” so to speak. I allow myself to feel the disappointment, but I don’t reach for food to make me feel better. CLEAN EATING REBOOT has made me much more aware of how I feel when I go back to some of the old eating patterns. I have come to a better understanding of how I want to eat (or don’t want to eat) so I can feel my best. I saw improvements in my skin, body, attitude, and myself in general. I have definitely learned that not depriving myself is the real key to making permanent changes. I no longer set an unrealistic deadline of how much weight I want to lose. Actually, I am not setting any deadlines. One-on-one coaching and CLEAN EATING REBOOT have helped me find things I enjoy doing to keep me busy and active instead of sedentary. I feel like staying active will help me maintain a better attitude about life and keep a more positive feeling about myself going forward.
Working with Jill at WholeListically Nourished has been quite an experience. After about two months into my one-on-one personal coaching sessions with her, I participated in the CLEAN EATING REBOOT Fall Edition program. Most of the cleanse program was food based, there was also a large amount of information available on how to encourage more of an entire life system cleanse – physical, mental and spiritual. While the benefits of the physical cleanse seemed very obvious to me, I was a tad skeptical about all the other parts of my life that needed to “be cleansed”! The original elimination program called for no caffeine, but I still drank one cup in the middle of the morning. I savored it instead of chugging! I didn’t think this was any big benefit of the program until one Monday morning. The house was quiet as it is in the morning and I was working in my home office. I began to feel overwhelmed with my work and personal schedule and my never-ending to dos. I tried meditative breathing, stepping away from the computer, closing my eyes, but to no avail. However, I became aware that my normal tendency in this situation is to be short tempered and quick with my words – usually hurting my family members. I told my husband “I am feeling this way…” He was terrific – mainly just listening, and asked, “What can I do to help you?” I answered that he could make my daughter’s lunch, prepare a salad for my lunch, and make his own breakfast (these are all normally things that I take care of in the morning.) I went upstairs and showered and got ready to take our daughter to school and head to work. I was able to relax in the shower, get dressed and help my daughter with her morning routine with no drama. My heart wasn’t racing 90 miles an hour and I wasn’t short tempered or brusque with my words. When my daughter and I walked downstairs for breakfast and to get all our stuff ready to go, our stuff ready to go, our interaction, as a family was calm, nourishing, easy, and actually fun! In reflection, I realized that the amount of caffeine I had previously drunk in the morning before talking/seeing/being around anybody in my family was extreme and caused me to be quite anxious during the day. Since the ending of CLEAN EATING REBOOT Fall Edition, I have permanently decreased my caffeine intake to one cup of coffee in the mid morning. Our home is much happier and less stressed every day because I’m not all hyped up! I am grateful to the program and to Jill. The support given throughout has been a major difference in my willingness to make permanent, positive changes in my life – physical, mental, and spiritual.
~ Martha P.