"Having worked with practitioners and being one myself, I wasn’t sure what else I would learn as far as information and education. I knew the changes to make; I just wasn’t making them. I also was not a person seeking a paleo-primal way of eating. I was curious as well as open to exploring this way of eating, but I wasn’t yet committed. I wasn’t ready to commit to a ‘plan.’ Rather, I wanted a person to hold me accountable.
There wasn’t a hard sale and no demands. Everything was discussed and related to where I was in the moment. As a result, my trust level increased those first 30 days and I signed on for another 60 days and then another. My resistance to change was softly and gently eroded. No storm-trooper approach wanted or needed; Dana’s compassionate approach was gently probing and directing. In addition to gaining trust, I realized primal eating was a fit for me.
Though it took me 60 days to start really following a primal approach, those first 60 days brought insight into patterns, beliefs and resistance...plus appreciation for who I have become—not just an overweight person but a person of contribution and connection. Dana’s focus on me as a person rather than me as a consumer of food helped me address my resistant patterns.
There are several benefits I received through coaching. First was having a person willing to do what I needed. For example, emails have been journal entries for me, and Dana quickly learned that for me, an email was a good way to help me stay accountable. Another is that as my weight loss has continued, I have a person helping me sort through food choices and affirming my efforts. Dana helps me stay focused on the marathon for sustainable results.
Because I started out with mobility difficulties, the improvement in my movement and endurance has been a huge benefit. I had been limited to sitting most of the time. Now I can walk short distances, go grocery shopping, stand for longer than a few minutes, and walk without fatiguing pain. I continue to progress each week in this area.
Another benefit was addressing my emotional connection to food. Truly diving into the underpinnings of my emotions and certain choices has helped me focus on how I want to feel versus medicating because I feel.”
– Lynn S.