transformations

Courtney's Transformation Story

Courtney’s story and transformation after going through EmpowerHer Coaching:


What was your biggest concern before you started working with Devon?

My biggest concern before signing up with Devon was if it was going to be worth the investment or if it was really going to help me.

…soon enough, I discovered, it was worth every penny.

What did you struggle with the most before this program and how did Devon help you overcome it?

My biggest struggle I had before I started this program was that I hated my body. I was completely wrapped up in body image insecurities. I hated having my picture taken and would never let people post them unless I approved. Devon helped me unpack and overcome those insecurities. She made me realize cellulite and my body shape was completely normal. That I was defined by my size. And most importantly, she taught me to love myself—just as I am. She showed me the beautiful soul sitting inside me whose worthy of love and appreciation.

What was your favorite part about working with Devon?

My favorite part about working with Devon is her potency to motivate and having her be my biggest cheerleader!! She was / is my hype queen. I could tell her one small thing I did, and she would celebrate the small success with me. She inspires me and I always love hearing what she has to say.

Also, she’s relatable and real AF. It feels like you’re talking to a friend, not just a trainer or coach.

What is one life-altering lesson you learned through this program? 

One life-altering lesson I learned from Devon is to be compassionate toward myself. To be loving to myself like I am to others. To be kind and gentle with my words when I speak to myself.


Are you ready to create your own transformation? Apply HERE to be apart of EmpowerHer Coaching.

Rebecca's Transformation Story

Rebecca’s story and transformation after going through EmpowerHer Coaching:


What was your biggest concern before you started working with Devon?

My biggest concern when I started working with Devon was that I was the fear of stepping outside my comfort zone at the gym. I had never really been in the weight room and I was super insecure and nervous about working out in that area. Whenever I wanted to lift before, I would go into the women's section at my gym and work with what they had in there, which wasn't much.

Not long after starting my program with Devon, my confidence in the gym heightened. Her workouts were super easy to follow because she includes video demonstrations of the exercises. Now, I feel more confident than ever—I even wear crop tops to the gym. And, I never thought I’d say this, but I actually kind of like it when people watch me workout.

What did you struggle with the most before this program and how did Devon help you overcome it?

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I struggled with food the most before I started this program. I was restricted myself throughout my weight loss journey, which lead to overeating and losing touch with my bodies intuition. Devon taught me so much about nutrition and helped me see that I can still enjoy the foods I love while living a healthy lifestyle. 

What was your favorite part about working with Devon? 

My favorite part about working with Devon is how uplifting she is. She gives the best advice and was there whenever I needed her. Her program gave me the the knowledge necessary to be successful long term and independently so that I can continue on my own without her. Her program is worth the investment. She really does teach you how to live your best life. 

What is one life-altering lesson you learned through this program?

That I can accept myself—just the way I am—while actively striving for improvement. That I need to listen to my body and honor her needs. And that a number is just a number and does not define me.


Are you ready to create your own transformation? Apply HERE to be apart of EmpowerHer Coaching.

Alexis's Transformation Story

Alexis’s story and transformation after going through EmpowerHer Coaching:

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What was your biggest concern before you started working with Devon?

My biggest concern before I started working with Devon was that I was always going to be unhappy with myself. I looked in the mirror and hated what I saw. I was not happy with my appearance OR with my life. I struggled with my emotions and expressing how I truly felt. I was just letting life pass me by, as I sat in misery.

What did you struggle with the most before this program and how did Devon help you overcome it?

Before I started this program I struggled with loving myself. I would try to workout and diet but would not see results quick enough so I would give up. I would tell myself, "Oh well. I’m always going to be like this for the rest of my life." This triggered binges and more self-sabotage. Devon helped me overcome all of this by showing me how to love myself. She provided me with tools to help my find myself again.

Now, it's not just about the results. For me, it's about feeling great in my skin. I’m happy with myself and can embrace any size or form my body takes. I achieved what felt like was an impossible thing to realize.

What was your favorite part about working with Devon?

My favorite part with working with Devon was always having someone to talk to. It didn't matter what I was going through, she made time for me—to listen, to hold space, to give me advice. She's not just a fitness coach, but she’s your friend. She changed the way I look at the world and myself.

What is one life-altering lesson you learned through this program? 

One life-altering lesson I learned during this program is that you are NOT your size, your weight, or your appearance. You are your heart, your mind, and your soul. You are so much more than just a body. I learned to respect my body, to care for my body, to love my body. And I also realized how important it is to take care of your head space and protect your mental health.


Are you ready to create your own transformation? Apply HERE to be apart of EmpowerHer Coaching.

Kristal's Transformation Story

Kristal’s story and transformation after going through EmpowerHer Coaching:


What was your biggest concern before you started working with Devon?

My biggest concern before starting with Devon was that she wouldn't understand my needs as a recent vertical sleeve gastrectomy recipient. I had previously worked with a trainer who was adamantly against the decision, although the trainer prior posed many valid and understandable view points, I felt in my life the surgery was something I needed and wanted and would benefit my life for a healthier, happier lifestyle. The  vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) decision was not an easy one to make because by no means is it an easy way out of dealing with food issues or creating healthy workout habits. I knew i needed a trainer who was non-judgmental in my decision and someone who would guide me to make healthy choices.

What did you struggle with the most before this program and how did Devon help you overcome it?

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Prior to working with Devon through EmpowerHer, I had a lot of challenges staying consistent with my workouts. Either I felt I wasn't doing enough or I felt burnt out because I would do too much. I had tried one on one personal training, group programs, and workout programs I would find online, attempting to do them on my own. All of which weren’t successful or satisfying or beneficial. With Devon's program, I know she was giving me workouts that suited me and MY needs, especially with all the changes my body was going through with my surgery.

Not only did I struggle with workouts, but food was a challenge. Staying consistent about eating protein and vegetables was a true struggle for me. With Devon, having weekly follow ups, truly changed my accountability with food and I was finally able to stay consistent with my eating habits. Just because I received a VSG surgery it did not fix my relationship with food, but working with Devon and learning her approach about mindfulness was a concept that helped me tremendsouly reframe the way I felt about food. I never ever felt an ounce of judgement by what or how i was eating with Devon, she simply just helped me reflect on my eating habits and how I could improve.

What was your favorite part about working with Devon?

My favorite part about working with Devon was our consistent communication. I worked with several trainers in the past, constantly attempting to stick to something only to fail and then to feel like I failed them and myself. Devon on the other hand, made me feel empowered, unashamed, unapologetic, and taught me to learn from my mistakes rather chastise myself for it. When I was looking for a trainer I wanted both a friend and a leader, someone who could support me in personal life, yet call me out on my bullshit. Devon provided exactly what I was looking for.

What is one life-altering lesson you learned through this program? 

The one life-altering lesson I learned through this program is that I’m human. Life is messy. I will go through ups and downs and there’s no need to be hard on myself or shame myself for the errors I make. Making mistakes is ok—in fact, it’s necessary—it allows me to see what’s not working and what needs changed so that I can better my life. I’m beyond grateful for Devon's guidance.


Are you ready to create your own transformation? Apply HERE to be apart of EmpowerHer Coaching.

Should You Work With A Personal Trainer?

A question that pops up often is: Should I work with a personal trainer?

Let me help bring some clarity to the question - if you do one (or more) of the following, seeking help would most definitely benefit you:

  • You run to the cardio machines because lifting weights is intimidating AF.
  • You think you should focus on cardio before you start lifting weights because you want to lose body fat.
  • You are lifting, but your routine consists primarily of isolation movements and using the machines.
  • You think eating healthy means only eating salads, chicken, broccoli and sweet potatoes.
  • You are being consistent, but the results aren’t following or you hit a plateau.
  • You struggle to hold yourself accountable.

Doing things on your own often leads to confusion, frustration, and giving up and I don’t want this for you.

You don’t have to figure it out on your own.

The fastest way to reach your goal is to hire a mentor who already knows how to get you there. If someone already figured it out and has the proven strategy you need to make a break through, why wouldn’t you ask them for help? It’d be kinda silly not to.

One of the best things I did to become a better trainer, and accelerate my business was shadowing, hiring and taking advice from the best of the best.

It kept me from experiencing all the grief and confusion I often went through when I was trying to do it on my own.

It gave me the clarity and the direction that I desperately needed.

It provided me with accountability. It’s nice to have someone there to give you a little nudge and remind you to take action.

And last but not least, it saved me a lot of fucking time. I achieved my goals way faster than I would have if I did it on my own.

Ask for help and invest in yourself. It’s probably one of the smartest things you’ll do.

Save yourself the time and energy. Someone already has the step by step formula for you. Invest in yourself, baby. You’re worth it.

With all that said, if you want to save yourself the time, grief, and frustration and you're ready to take action... I want to invite you to join EmpowerHer Coaching

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Devynne's Transformation Story

Devynne Eldridge's transformation and story after going through EmpowerHer coaching.

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What was your biggest concern before you began working with Devon? 

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I have struggled most of my life with my weight - I always felt I was “too big” no matter what. I’ve tried numerous diets: Weight Watchers, low-carb, IIFYM… you name it, I’ve tried it. When I started working with Devon, I was nervous I wouldn’t change my lifestyle; I was afraid it’d be like every other time. I would drop weight, feel great, then fall right back into unhealthy eating, rarely going to the gym, and just generally treating my body like shit.

 

What did you struggle with the most before this program and how did Devon help you overcome it?

I didn’t think of me, or my body, as something I should be kind to. Devon's self-love component was honestly life-changing. Before this program, I would look in the mirror and pick out all of my "flaws." I would just stare for 10 minutes pointing out things I wanted to change or that I thought was unattractive. Now, I look in the mirror and I see something I love. That was my favorite part about working with Devon. She shows people how important it is to love themselves, take care of their bodies, and live a healthy lifestyle for themselves - and no one else. Her social media posts are always so motivating, she's non-judgmental, and so approachable. It’s hard to find people like that in general, let alone a trainer.

What was your favorite part about working with Devon? 

My favorite thing I have learned throughout this program is how important it is to take care of myself. Once I started to love my body, I wanted to take care of it. I don’t look at any of this as dieting; I eat better because I want my body to be fueled properly – but I still eat what I want. I work out because I love feeling strong, I love being active, and I love the way I feel after. These are all things Devon taught me; being involved in this program was one of the best decisions I made for my health, and I can’t thank you enough.


Are you ready to create your own transformation? Apply HERE to be apart of EmpowerHer Coaching.

Imeleta's Transformation Story

Imeleta Tavete transformation and story after going through EmpowerHer coaching.

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What was your biggest concern before you began working with Devon? 

I had a lot of concerns. My biggest concern was my weight which effected my self image and anxiety. I couldn't look at myself in the mirror without crying - I loathed myself. I was scared of going to the gym and I would have anxiety attacks in the car before walking in. I had this fear that people would be looking at me or making fun of me (which by the way is not going to happen - thanks for talking me through this Devi).

What did you struggle with the most before this program and how did Devon help you overcome it?

I struggled with my self image. I let my worth and value be determined by the number I saw on a scale. Devon helped me realize that I have so much more to offer the world and I finally have the confidence that I so desperately wanted in the past.

I can now go to the gym by myself at any time and can actually say I enjoy it. She helped me flip my mind set - I remember going to the gym because I hated myself, motivating myself negatively - I now go to the gym because I love myself and love feeling strong and capable.

I also struggled with binge eating. I felt the need to do it all the time, and if I "screwed up" I would throw out the rest of the day, splurge and eat what ever the hell I wanted. Devon helped me break that cycle and again re-frame my mindset - failing and "falling off the wagon" doesn't happen anymore.

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What was your favorite part about working with Devon? 

The accountability and support. The encouragement. The realness. The fact that I can now walk into a gym and feel confident.

Devon drew a clear picture for me outlining why I felt the way I did and how to fix it - this has changed my life forever. 

What is one thing you learned through this program?

That it's okay to love yourself and be loved despite the number on the scale. 


Are you ready to create your own transformation? Apply HERE to be apart of EmpowerHer Coaching.

How Hailey Lost Over 100lbs & Kept It Off

I am honored to have such an inspiring individual, Hailey Hechtman, as a guest on the blog. Hailey originally reached out to me sharing her fat loss story, and I decided that I wanted to put the spotlight on her because I know she can be an impact to others.

Hailey is a wellness enthusiast who is passionate about sharing her personal journey with others who are looking for ways to find a sustainable, long-term and strength-based approach to their health. Hailey has lost over 100 pounds and kept it off for over 6 years by finding aspects of nutrition and fitness that she loves and gets excited about.

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What made you decide to want to start your weight loss journey?

My weight-loss journey really began with a look in both the literal and the figurative mirror. Throughout my teens I had always been overweight, however it wasn’t until I was 20, just out of a long-distance relationship, confronted by the important question “what do I want?” that I really became fully aware of how I looked and felt.

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For a long time, I had focused all of my attention outward, on friends, family members, on the people that I supported through volunteering, rather than on myself. This felt good because it gave me a sense of accomplishment to help others and to be seen as a caring support system to so many. This role as a helper, as someone that gives of herself and doesn’t expect much reciprocity, clouded my vision of who I had become, or better yet, the person that I wasn’t living up to.

At 20 years old, I started to shift this perspective, when I looked at a picture of myself attending my cousin’s wedding. It wasn’t just my size and the redness of my face that took me off guard, but the fact that I had gotten to be that unhealthy without even thinking about it. It was my lack of self-assessment that really shook me as I thought about all the food that I had eaten mindlessly, all of the times that I had sit on the couch motionless for hours and never considered the value of getting up and going for a walk.

When I stepped on the scale that day for the first time in as long as I can remember, the number jumped at me…. 287. This number represented not only a lack of self-control, but someone who had spent the majority of her existence carefully considering the needs and feelings of others and never had thought to do the same for herself.

Now, this entire fulsome self-care revelation did not just happen overnight, I continue to look back regularly and have worked to identify where my insecurities still hide even to this day. That being said, that day at the heaviest weight was the beginning of that deeper internal conversation and what motivated me to start looking at what I was eating, and take steps towards changing my life as I knew it.

What was the biggest obstacle that you faced on your journey and how did you overcome it?

My wellness journey in many ways was an entire obstacle course. When I started out, not only did I know nothing about nutrition or exercise but I had very little sense of who I was. The food and the workouts were definitely a practical barrier to success at the onset, but they came in time with research, planning and dedication.

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For me the struggle in getting to know myself was the more challenging area of growth as it required a significant mental push forward beyond my comfort zone. I had to ask questions that I had never been confident or aware enough to ask like “what had caused me to become so unhealthy?” “why did I use food to cope with emotions?” ”where were these emotions coming from?” “can I really say no to helping out a friend and instead focus on what I need?” These internal confrontations were hard to have, and sometimes I wasn’t even completely honest with myself because that was scary and vulnerable even when I was the only one to know.

Doing this however, was the key to all of the other stuff. If I could understand what caused me to eat to that extent, then I could also identify new strategies to deal with it. If I could pinpoint how food made me feel calm or soothed, then maybe I too could find other ways of getting that sense of relief. Without taking the time to interview the person that I was, it would have been impossible to become the one I am now.

How did you keep yourself motivated?

Motivation is a drive that no one feels 100% of the time. When I was starting out with my wellness journey, I was motivated by losing weight so that I could look better and feel more energetic and capable. As I began to lose weight, I was motivated by a drive to become a better version of myself, to feel strong, to be confident and to let myself catch up to the potential that I had been missing out on for so long.

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Let me tell you, some days no motivation was there when I was tired or aching or felt sad but what propelled me ahead was my dedication and commitment to that woman waiting on the other side.

I think for anyone to keep motivated you need to remember what you are working towards and have it be something more meaningful, more life-validating then a specific number on the scale or on your shirt tag. Setting goals that inspires you, like becoming a stronger person, gaining personal insights, enjoying healthy food or having exercise help you to cope is so much more powerful.

Today, what keeps me motivated is the fact that it doesn’t feel like work the way that it used. I now have found nutritious foods that I love to eat and make me feel good. I have found workouts that I enjoy doing, that challenge me to get better, that fill me with excitement and that help me to relax when I am anxious or stressed. This took time, practice, switching things up but eventually the food and the fitness that I was doing, matched the lifestyle that I wanted to sustain.

What is something that you do daily for self-care?

I am a huge advocate for self-care and have found many ways of incorporating little practices into my days as a way of checking in with myself. I have been keeping a gratitude journal for over a year now, where I write down what leaves me feeling happy and thankful at the end of each day. I start off all of my workouts with a fun form of cardio and a catchy beat that always gets me energized and smiling. Most of all, I try to laugh with my husband, connect with friends and family and treat myself when I need a little pick me up.

Did you ever struggle with body image? What is one thing that helped you work through it?

I have struggled with body image at many points pre and post wellness journey.

When I was overweight, I constantly tried to hide my lack of self-esteem by not wanting to be the center of attention. I desperately wanted to feel attractive however I just didn’t and compensated by taking the light off of myself and putting anywhere else I could.  I often looked at other women with fascination to how their clothing fit or what options they had when they went to a store and felt isolated.

When I lost weight, I felt a new type of self-consciousness. It was a mix of getting to know a new body, having lots of comments and compliments that felt uncomfortable and facing the fact that my body wasn’t going to be perfect. After losing over 100 pounds, I had loose skin, I had stretch marks, all of which made me feel like I would never truly see the success that I had accomplished because it was still hiding below layers of the past.

I still feel this way on occasion, but one thing that has helped me work through the body image issues I felt was remembering how far I had come, that my body was a shining example of effort, commitment and changes that I had made for a better life. That I was able to wear things I never would have, and was stronger, more agile and knowledgeable then I have ever been in this skin.

What Does Body Positivity Mean to you?

Body positivity means embracing not only what you look like but all of the elements that make you who you are. It is about focusing on your strengths, your abilities, your talents, your beauty and being accepting of all the combining factors that are involved in the person that you have turned out to be.

Body positivity means empowering other people to see beauty, power and achievement in who they are and encouraging each other to be supportive rather than dismissive. It is about sharing experiences of success and failure because we are all going to have both throughout our lives. Body positivity is showcasing the value of diversity among people because if we were all the same the world would be a pretty boring place.
 

What are you most proud of yourself for today?

I am most proud that I took the time to get to know myself on a deeper level. That I didn’t just make this wellness journey about weight loss or a goal size or fitness landmark, I truly made it about exploring the various facets of who I was, who I was becoming and who I will continue to strive towards each day. I am proud that I see myself as an evolution that I didn’t get to a certain dress size and then say that was it. I instead committed to being healthy, happy, to growing and learning on a daily basis which all have lead me to create a lifestyle that is enjoyable and sustainable.

What advice would you give someone who is starting a weight loss journey?

The best advice that I would want to give someone who is starting a weight loss journey is that there is no one size fits all answer. We are all motivated by different things, have diverse preferences and abilities and that you should consider yours in order to work towards your goals.

Find the strengths that you are proud of and use those to get you going. Really good at drinking water? Then make a water intake goal that you can work towards and get a sense of accomplishment from, then move on to the next one. It is helpful to set small goals at the onset so that you can have milestones that excite you rather than beginning by wanting to lose 100 pounds. Congratulate yourself when you get there and don’t discourage yourself when mistakes happen or when you don’t quite hit the mark.

The journey is not linear. It is going to have giant peaks of motivation, plateaus of no progress and dips of temptation and that is okay. Just remember what got you started in the first place and keep going towards that.


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On a professional front, Hailey has dedicated herself to a career focused on promoting self-care and mental wellness through her work in distress lines, youth workshops and now as the Executive Director for a non-profit supporting adults with developmental disabilities.

She feels that in life and in work, people are at their best to give to others when they are feeling full, happy and empowered from within.

To reach out to Hailey you can contact her by email at hh.healthyliving@gmail.com

Valerie's Transformation Story

Valerie Molina's transformation and story after going through EmpowerHer coaching.

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What was your biggest concern before you began working with Devon?

My biggest concern before I began working with Devon was that I wasn’t going to last very long in the program. I honestly thought that after a week I would give up because I just thought that I wouldn’t be able to do it/wasn't worth it enough to get it done. I was really scared of that outcome and thought about it all the time.

What did you struggle with the most before this program and how did Devon help you overcome it?

What I struggled with the most before this program was how I saw myself. I hated myself and my appearance and everything about myself. I’m not kidding you, everyday for YEARS, whenever I’d look at myself in the mirror, I would say either out loud or in my head. “You are so ugly and disgusting and fat, no wonder no one likes you. You will be like this forever.”

Devon’s Self Love course helped me see that I still had a small positive side within myself, underneath all the negativity, and each week that side of myself grew stronger and stronger. Now, when I look in the mirror, I actually admire myself, and praise myself for how far I’ve come. I never thought that I would ever get to that point. 

What was your favorite part about working with Devon?

My favorite part about working with Devon was that she was readily and easily available to hear you. For me, it is so important to have accountability and support, and just someone to listen. She is always there for you, and that is what helped me push through all the negativity within myself and in my life, and the challenging workouts that really tested me mentally and physically. That kept me going - knowing that I wasn’t alone anymore like I had been my entire life. 

What is one thing you learned through this program?

I learned so much throughout this program, it’s hard to list just one thing. I learned that I am capable of doing so much more than what I thought. I learned that it's ok to challenge and push yourself even though it can be scary to do so. I learned to appreciate my hard work and to admire myself for my accomplishments. I learned how important it is to take care of myself through healthy eating and physical activity - and how to make those things fun. I learned that it’s ok to be different and how important it is that everyone is not the same and to appreciate everybody’s differences - unlike what society tells you about how you should be and what you should look like. That’s just a few things haha, there’s so much more!


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Valerie lives in New York with her boyfriend and is a mom to two adorable kitty cats.

She has a full time job in the restaurant industry that almost always requires her to stay overtime. And because of her hectic schedule, she only works out twice a week (occasionally three - if time permits).

The reason I love Valerie's physical progress is because it's proof that more is not better. Better is better -  better is what WORKS best for you. In this case, two days a week is better because it's what she can stay consistent with and still enough for her to make strides toward creating insane progress. 


Are you ready to create your own transformation? Apply HERE to be apart of EmpowerHer Coaching.

Elizabeth's Transformation

Elizabeth O'Hare's transformation after going through EmpowerHer coaching.


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What was your biggest concern before you began working with Devon?

One of my biggest concerns before starting my journey with Devon was, “am I going to fail?” After trying diet after diet, and never following through or seeing change I would automatically give up. So one of my biggest concerns was “am I going to fail, be a quitter or let her down.” 

What did you struggle with the most before this program and how did you overcome it?

I struggled with self-confidence not just before this program, but it has been a struggle of mine, my whole life. In years past, my self-confidence and self-esteem were always so low, it was even noticeable to people around me. Devon has helped me SO MUCH! If you were to know me then and talk to me now, you would think I’m a whole new person! I walk into a gym with all the confidence in the world now! I’ve learned to love myself in a bathing suit, to set reasonable goals, and I’ve learned not only to have self- confidence but self-love, because I’m an amazing person and Devon has helped me to see that!

What was your favorite part about working with Devon?

One of my favorite parts about working with Devon is her availability! Whenever I needed her, whether it was a nutrition question, exercise question, or just needing to talk and vent she is there for me. I love the weekly check ins, because it holds me accountable but I don’t feel forgotten either. Whether it’s email, text, or phone call she has been such a great coach and mentor, but most of all I’ve gained one kickass friend! ☺ 

What is one life changing thing you learned through this program?

NO ONE IS PERFECT! Devon is an amazing coach. She makes me take responsibility if I start to get off track, but she also reassures me that “ no one is perfect...” we are all going to eat that piece of cake, or drink that glass or two of wine with friends and that is okay, because that’s fucking life. You have to enjoy life, just because you are making a life style change, doesn’t mean you have to give everything up. She has helped me understand that! She has helped me with so much, through the holidays, through funerals, through summertime, etc. Many of these events I felt like I fell off the band wagon, but she never gave up on me. Always there to help me, and remind me “no one is perfect, its life and we all go through it.” <3



Are you ready to create your own transformation? Apply HERE to be apart of EmpowerHer Coaching.