My Early Struggle
I started struggling with my weight as a teenager. I felt uncomfortable and heavy in my body. Finding clothes I felt good in was hard and shopping was not something I looked forward to.
I wanted to lose weight more than anything. But unfortunately, back then I had no idea what I was doing. I did all kinds of crazy things (can you say “all apple diet”?). But my love of food, hunger and cravings always won out.
I tried controlling my portions, eating less meat, eating more fruit and vegetables. I was active-- running, swimming, going to the gym, and playing sports. But, remarkably, none of this seemed to make ANY difference with my weight.
Not only that, but I became anemic. I was exhausted all the time. I didn't feel good.
The irony was I was successful in SO many other parts of my life. This seemed to be the ONE nut I couldn’t crack.
After receiving my doctorate I worked as a psychologist, I taught at a small college, I led groups of people on wilderness courses in with Outward Bound. I started a coaching and consulting business with my husband, working with businesses, non-profits, and universities. I got to share incredibly powerful experiences with people -- I had the opportunity to help truly empower them and transform their lives for the better.
A Turning Point
My struggle with my weight came to a head when I started considering getting pregnant-- I was afraid things would get even HARDER. I decided to dig in and figure this thing out.
I read a LOT. I dug into the research. To be honest, I became a little obsessed. I needed to find out WHAT WAS GOING ON. Why was this so hard?
I studied the science on metabolism, neurobiology, hormones, the history of diets. I dug through the psychology research, the science of willpower, cognitive behavioral theories, understanding mindset, fears, and motivation.
Thousands of hours later...I had a much clearer picture of what was going on. It was obvious I had been doing so many of the WRONG things! I learned that so much of what we’re all taught to do to lose weight is based on flawed science and messy politics.
And there’s a MUCH easier way...
Since then I've helped hundreds of women learn the truth about weight loss -- and how to find their own path to food freedom and a healthy body.
What I’ve found through the years is that although there are some basic, fundamental truths, there isn't one way that works for everybody.
The best results come when you take the science and marry it with psychology, top notch coaching, and a customized approach -- one that takes into account a person’s genetics, health, preferences, activity level and a host of other factors.
There’s nothing more exciting to me than to see my clients transform before my eyes — as they take control over their bodies and health, watching their confidence emerge and their strong sense of self return. So they’re able to go out into the world and be the person they were meant to be. It never gets old. I'm so grateful to be able to help people in this way.
"When I think about where I was and where I am now, I can say without a doubt that the decision to work with Mandy was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.
I am a different person than I was before we started working together. How do you even put a value on that?"
“After 41 lbs and coming off 3 medicines, I am a believer! I had gone to 5 nutritionists, exercised for months non stop at times and the doctors just kept prescribing more meds and telling me to try harder. I had tried and so I thought I was just genetically handed this fate.
I was wrong . January 19th, I started Mandy's program and finally...after 8 years of struggle, I was off 2 diabetes meds in 1 week! I have my dreams back and I am not as afraid of living. The best part is it’s as simple as eating real food.
"I needed someone I could trust in, where I didn’t feel judged or shamed. Because when we battle our weight, we put a lot on ourselves. I needed to be able to not be perfect, to just be human. To be able to understand what was going on underneath that had kept me in bad food patterns. This program was focused on ME, it was one-on-one, and it was REAL.
I had done so many diet plans, I called myself the 30 day wonder. This was a total shift in mindset for me.
In addition to the weight loss, I finally overcame a lot of the food addictions and other issues I had. My joints stopped aching at night-- my sleep got much much better. I was shocked at how much better I felt -- and continue to feel."