Hi, I’m Kayla!
Join me at my new website, pretty-healthy.com
Although I’ve been interested in health and wellness for years, I’ve never been able to find a balance that worked for me. I never really liked the way I looked, which resulted in yo-yo dieting, binge and restrict cycles, depression, fatigue, and anxiety. Through all of this, my image of myself never improved, no matter how little I ate or how much I exercised. The constant worry of what I put into my body and the anxiety about how my body wasn’t changing affected all areas of my life – work, relationships, and finances. Adding to my frustration, everything I saw or read was conflicting and confusing: carbs are awesome, carbs are the devil; fats are necessary, low-fat is king; be a cardio bunny, no – pick up some weights instead. Being so focused on vanity and my physical appearance was taking a serious toll on my mental well-being.
In the fall of 2015, my body started fighting back, and I got incredibly sick. I had debilitating abdominal pain after every single thing I ate – no matter what it was – that lasted for hours. I was even more stressed, more irritable, having to leave work early, and I was unable to be productive at home because the pain was so severe. Despite seeing multiple specialists, a hospital visit, and several primary care appointments, a cause was never found. It was then that I knew something had to change, and it was the moment I decided to enroll in school for health coaching to learn how to treat my body the way it deserves, and to learn how I can help others do the same.
In just 6 short months, my life has changed dramatically. I’ve learned how to shift my mindset and adopt a healthier attitude that has lead to an overall healthier lifestyle. I exercise and try new workout programs because I want to, because I love moving my body – not because someone convinced me that I could look better. I feast on fresh fruits and veggies because they make me feel GOOD – not like I need to unzip my pants and nap! The most valuable thing I’ve learned so far, is that there is so much more to life than diet; yes, eating and living healthier is going to benefit every single area of your life, and it really is the basis for how you do everything. However, if you break the food-body-exercise obsession, life becomes a whole new, rich, experience that I didn’t think was possible – and I can’t wait to share it with you!