I was feeling extremely fatigued, depressed and unmotivated to the point where I was struggling to function. If I worked out, I had to take a nap immediately after or at some point in the afternoon or I couldn’t make it through the day. I convinced myself that my IUD was causing the problem so I had it removed (after 15 years on birth control). This shocked my body and tipped me over the edge – among a number of symptoms I gained 20lbs in roughly 6 weeks, struggled to keep food down and started experiencing insomnia and having panic attacks but no one could tell me what was wrong.
I was attracted to work with Stesha because her past seemed somewhat similar to mine so I was hoping she would have some insight about what I was dealing with or maybe even have dealt with some of the problems that I was facing. I was hoping she knew how to navigate through personal experience.
When I reached out to Stesha I had both a nutrition coach and a functional medicine practitioner and the things they were suggesting just seemed to make things worse. I was afraid I was just going to pay someone else to dig me deeper into a hole and then tell me they couldn’t help because she’d never seen my reaction before.
When I started noticing on our calls that she was concentrating on what I had going on outside of the gym, I knew that she really had my best interest in mind. At first I felt pretty defensive about it because in my mind I was “doing everything right” – I was convinced that my health issues were happening TO me, not because of me. She brought awareness to the way that I was living and more importantly, challenged some of the thoughts and beliefs surrounding the habits that contributed to my issues. She helped me learn to be accountable for my own health, to take control of my life and completely changed my mindset which is so much more than I could have ever imagined… honestly, I just wanted to lose weight.
The surprising thing I learned from Stesha was that many of the harmful behavioral patterns (that contributed to my health issues) were tied to the same negative emotions, thoughts and limiting beliefs. Luckily she gave me the tools to work through these so I wasn’t self-sabotaging myself anymore!
When you are feeling awful it is tough to seek out help just to invalidate your symptoms and/or feelings. She helped me feel better when everyone else was telling me nothing was wrong. She did so by operating without an ego- she listened, worked alongside me rather than assuming she knew better and adjusted our approach when it wasn’t working. It felt like we worked as a collaborative team. Not only did I learn the skills I needed to be successful, I understood the why behind it making it much easier to sustain long term changes. Why wouldn’t you want to work with someone like that?