"I began my Healthy Edge journey after 4 years of telling myself that my body would always be this way due to an auto immune diagnosis. After I was diagnosed and treated I accepted the weight gain; telling myself I was stuck with this body to move on, but was resentful and angry about it. The journey has taught me that I often hurt myself with the foods and wine I CHOOSE and blaming my spouse. I thought I knew about healthy eating, but this program has taught me the truth and retrained some false beliefs I had about what is healthy. I am so glad I did the 8 week program. I noticed an immediate change in my energy, how my clothes fit, and my mindset.
My Healthy Edge Coach Stacey Ungashick Lobdell at 501 has been a major support during this journey. I immediately felt comfortable opening up to the entire process with her. She has been encouraging, often texting or emailing right when I needed it. Along with this she introduced me to her community of Healthy Edgers and they became a part of my community of support. I was lucky to join with two of my friends Amy and Vicki who have been my daily motivation and have pulled me through nights when I wanted to get off course.
At the start of my journey I hit the coursework hard and was very dedicated. About week 5 I started to struggle with this new lifestyle. But as my support encouraged me, I worked my way through what was going on inside me and re-calibrated. The best gift I take from this program is my knowledge about food and my body. I have great boundaries; I know how to set up a successful environment for myself and will never stop drinking WATER. I drank a lot of water before, but this increase has been important to my success. I believe in the importance of water (I purchased water bottles for my family for Christmas).
I have truly redeveloped myself and look forward to continuing with the Healthy Edge Community locally and online to continue to grow in these things that have impacted my well being, self worth, my relationships, and my work with my clients. I am now in control of me and am embracing progress, not perfection."