I see weight loss as an invitation into a journey of personal transformation: an invitation to live your best life at your ideal weight.
I’m not just saying that either.
Let me explain. After college (Tufts - Biomedical Engineering) I went straight on to dental school (also Tufts) then to a GPR (Harvard) and then to an endo residency (Univ of Illinois at Chicago), and then finally become board certified (woot woot!). The entire time I was thinking that life would get easier once I was done, and that I would have more time. Ha!
As the years went on, life didn’t get easier. If anything, it just got more complicated, with more responsibilities! In 2015 I found myself stressed and overwhelmed with life. I had bought an endodontic practice, was learning to manage employees, keep referrals happy, had a wonderful husband that I unfortunately barely spent any time with, and two young sons (one that was still nursing!). I felt like I was on a treadmill and I didn’t know how to make it stop! Also - I put myself firmly at the bottom of my list of priorities. I felt so far from losing the baby weight. I didn’t feel like myself at all and there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I would come home and after (finally!) getting the kids to bed, looked forward to vegging out, mindlessly eating and watching TV. And guess what? Even though I amazingly found time to exercise here and there, the baby weight wasn’t budging. I was starting to feel ashamed with the thought that although I was a “high achieving endodontist”, losing weight and keeping it off was somehow still an enigma to me. I should have been able to figure this out on my own - right? The shame turned into the increasing thought that I needed to wait until life got easier to finally buckle down and lose the weight.
The catch was that I thought I was approaching it the right way - by maintaining an active lifestyle and incorporating exercise into my routine. But in reality, I had a “diet mentality”- I was constantly thinking I needed to “work off” all the excess food I was eating. I was good at losing weight, but bad at keeping it off. This yo-yo went on so many times I lost track. I didn’t know how to keep the weight off for good.
Somehow, miraculously, I was introduced to life and weight coaching through The Life Coach School. The coaching I received was different than any diet or weight loss plan that I had done previously because it delved deeper into discovering WHY I was unable to lose weight. All the other diets and plans were simply focusing on the details of food and exercise - exclusively treating the symptoms of being overweight and not the underlying cause. I also uncovered the thoughts that were holding me back from staying at my ideal weight permanently. My attitude and relationship with my body and my weight changed, and I became empowered to make the best decisions for myself. The tools I learned were so transformational, that I felt compelled to become a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach myself!
Now, in addition to saving teeth, I get to help other female dentists that have struggled with their weight, to lose the weight once and for all!