Hi! My name is Kim.
I used to feel stuck. I spent so much time thinking about food and how I looked. If I didn’t have a salad with grilled chicken for lunch or a healthy breakfast then the rest of the day was a write off. Cookies at the office? Why, yes – I’ll have 5. Oh since I had 5, that means I should probably get a foot long subway sandwich after work with extra cheese, and a bag of Doritos, and chocolate, and some sushi thinking “I’ll eat that tomorrow” Cue 1 hour later and I ate it all. And more. Whatever was around. High fiber crackers – SURE, I’ll have 15 of those. This was always it for me. Food. Loving it – hating it – controlling it – going crazy with it. This story is just one example of how I let things outside of my life rule me instead of loving and trusting who I was. It was a tool I used so I didn’t have to face real doubts and feel fears. What if I lost weight and kept it off? What if I did have control? What if I did feel great? The thing was that if I was afraid to be happy. I was afraid to be great. Then if something went wrong (as it usually does because LIFE), I couldn’t be a victim. I couldn’t keep replaying the same story of “I’m not good enough” – SEE! This is why. “I’m not smart enough” – SEE “I’m not pretty enough” – SEE! “I can’t do that. I’m not athletic” -SEE!
For me, the change was not overnight. I made small changes, and then bigger ones. I started to love myself. I traveled solo in Europe, I quit my job, I tried new jobs, I started walking, I stopped worrying about calories and started paying attention to what I loved about food (taste, textures, community), I started to feel strong. I started running – slowly for 30 seconds at a time on a treadmill in a basement. I stopped apologizing. I let go of friendships and relationships that were holding me back. I started teaching other people about food and confidence, I connected with people, I joined groups of likeminded thinkers and doers.
I know what it’s like to want to change something. To be overweight, to have a job you were supposed to love. I know what it is like to be scared – I started crying before I took my first solo travel trip in Germany and Austria (yes, really), I know what it is like to let the “what if’s” take over your life. What if I move here and everything goes wrong? What if I start this new coaching career and I decide I hate it after I year, what if no one likes me? I have had doubts and fears and let all those noises stop me and hold me back because I didn’t want to mess up and make the wrong choices. When I started to make small changes, I was able to make bigger ones. I let go of the physical weight (over 50 extra pounds) and the emotional weight of telling myself I would be happy if I just weighed 135 pounds, made 100,000 a year, lived in California, had a group of 4 best friends that I met with on Sundays and had sex and the city style brunches with. I stopped waiting to be happy and found ways to fuel my own happy. For me this meant, eating a burger when people eat salads or eating a salad when everyone has a burger, sometimes having cookies for breakfast, becoming a runner, traveling to new places, starting a business, making new friends, setting boundaries and above all valuing myself.
I get where you are because I have been there too. I GET IT. Sometimes I have moments where I am still there because life is messy and no one is perfect and my inner critic can be a real asshole. I used to spend so much time telling myself the things I couldn’t do because I was not smart enough/ thin enough/ pretty enough/ tough enough. They were lies. They always are.
I can help you make the changes you want because I have been in your shoes and I know how hard it is and how helpful it is to have someone to cheer you on, to support you, and to help you push past self-limiting beliefs and the bullshit lies you tell yourself. You want more energy, motivation, confidence, and freedom. You want a change. You can’t figure out how to take action to accomplish what you want and let the fear of the unknown stop you. You struggle to move forward and make excuses on why you can’t. You are tired of limiting yourself and holding yourself back. You are tired of not feeling good about yourself and trying to control everything. You want to feel amazing – not just okay. You are ready for what is next.
How long have you been wanting to lose weight, change jobs, end a relationship (or friendship)? Why haven’t you already? What is holding you back from doing it? I know it’s terrifying to say goodbye to fears and take action. I also am positive that you can do it and I know that I can support you to do this. I help you eat well, find confidence and take action. I help you deal with stress, food, and self-doubt. I help you turn frustrations and fear into clarity and action. I help you feel beautiful, courageous, positive, strong, satisfied, motivated, badass and BRAVE.
Fun Facts and Fancy things:
- I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from George Washington University in Washington DC, USA
- I have a Masters degree in Public Relations from London College of Communication in London, UK
- I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute of integrative Nutrition (The World’s largest Nutrition School) in New York City
- I have worked with Weight Watchers, Girls Incorporated, and Girls on the Run all with the goal of helping women and girls of all ages grow confidence and take action in their lives.
When I am not coaching, I can be found exploring my neighborhood and living like a tourist. I like to be active and try out new activities or eat my way through the local restaurant scene. If we are being completely honest, I am most often found laying on my couch watching YouTube videos of Amy Schumer and/or cheesy made for TV movies. I am a travel addict and have been to 40 countries and I have lived in 3. My all time favorites that I have visited are Argentina, Vietnam, and Spain. Though, for the record, asking me to pick favorites is like asking a mom to choose her favorite child.
Other things you might not know about me:
- Throughout my life I told myself I was not a not athletic and couldn’t run. I always found ways to get out of it in gym class. I spent a lot of time “going to the bathroom” and tying my shoelaces. Despite this nonsense, I ran my first half marathon in July 2014. I AM A RUNNER!
- I broke my foot a week before my wedding (from literally just walking across a floor) and a week before going on honeymoon in East Africa. Just picture me with a floral decorated cane hanging out with a bunch of zebras and lions – yep.
- My eyes are different colors. There is a fancy name for it. Sometimes they look more different than other times. I get really excited when other people have the same thing. My thumbs are also different sizes and when I get my nails done they often think something is wrong with me so I get defensive and say “Do you know Megan Fox?, WELL she has the same thumb.” This makes me feel both normal and super hot like her.
- When I was younger I wanted to be a fashion designer and created some great “faux fur” sneakers. Aged four I wanted to be a dog. What can I say? I wasn’t going to be told what I could/couldn’t do!
- When I was younger I also really wanted an imaginary friend and I was jealous of my best friend that had one. I thought if I just imagined hard enough… (It didn’t work).
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I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach with a background in working with non-profits on girls and women’s empowerment. I believe we all have the power to create the life we want and we often lack the tools and support to do it. My goal is to give you these tools and provide you with this support. I create positively-fueled spaces which foster belonging, trust and encouragement to anybody that I work with. I help women fuel their happy, grow their confidence and move forward and take action with their dreams and goals!