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Is Your Diet Holding You Hostage from Living Your Life?

I used to follow diets that mapped out what I could and couldn’t eat, which essentially mapped out what I could and couldn’t do.

No alcohol meant no spontaneous trips to the winery. No flirtatious banter with a bumble date while eating an ice cream cone (because, duh, just trying to live The Notebook). And definitely no buying a round of tequila shots while dancing the night away with my best friends.

I was living my life in the confines of a diet and to be quite honest, I was fucking miserable. And at what cost? Sure, being punctilious with my nutrition allowed me to lose weight faster and kept my body fat percentage lower.

But this obsessive behavior around food and my body was taking control. The extent of my socialization was at the gym, and my friends stopped asking me to hangout because my answer was almost always, “I can’t tonight.”

This way of living was causing serious destruction, which eventually lead me to an important question. A question that essentially altered (and drastically improved) my life: Was being leaner 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 more important than spending quality time with my friends and living my god damn life?

The answer was a resounding NO.

I decided to redefine what held significance in my life, and my happiness was theee most significant. Feeling good in my body makes me happy, and so does building profound connections with people I love over food and cocktails and meaningful conversation.

Being lean really didn’t mean anything to me. It was just something I was conditioned to believe would make me happy, and yet it didn’t.

Now my life is a mix of eating nutrient dense foods and drinking margaritas with extra salt around the rim. It’s a mix of taking vitamins and taking shots. It’s a mix of honoring my body, while also honoring my happiness.

Nourishing your body is vital, so is nourishing your happiness. Neglecting one or the other hosts several problems, which is why both extremes just don’t work. There has to be a middle ground. There has to be balance.

So, if you’re ready to finally follow a program that teaches you how to have both—click HERE and let’s work together. I’ll teach you how, baby girl 💓 your health and happiness is important to me.

xx

Devi

Is Working With a Coach *Really* Worth The Investment?

To be completely honest, I never saw the value in the investment to work with a coach. Why should I spend my dollars on someone when I have access to the resources I need right at my finger tips?

If I was uncertain, I could just type my question into the Googs and like magic—the solution appears. It’s fairly easy to learn the best methods and even stumble upon programs without spending a dime because all you need is the internet.

But is that really all you need? Just the information?

Here’s the thing: I had the information I needed to propel me forward, and yet, I was still running in circles, never actualizing my desires. And I’m sure you’re in a similar boat right now. You continue to convince yourself over and over you can figure it out on your own, but you find yourself still stuck.

Why is that?

Lack of information isn’t the problem, clearly. It’s the lack of accountability and support—the important fundamentals to achieving success. You need support. You need accountability. And you can’t provide either of those things on your own.

Once I realized that, I made a two thousand dollar investment for business coaching and it was one of the best decisions I made. For myself. For my sanity. And for my business.

And I know, making a hefty investment is petrifying—this is a valid feeling to experience—trust me, making the investment myself put me at the edge of my seat. But the value is there—and it’s worthy every penny.

Working with a coach will save you time, give you clarity, direction, and prevent you from experiencing the grief you go through when you’re on your own. You’ll have someone holding your hand and giving you a nudge when you’re not motivated—which is a lot more than you think. And most importantly, when you face the treacherous waters (and you will), you’ll have someone to help you sail out of the storm into the calm parts of the sea.

…so yeah, maybe the expense is worth it after all, don’t you agree?

Now, what you decide to do with this information is up to you. But, if you are ready to reach your greatest potential faster and with more ease—click HERE and apply to work with me.

Let’s fucking do this, babe.

xx

Devi

Is Doing More Better for Fat Loss?

Is doing more 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 better for fat loss?

Working out more only 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘴 like it’s a better fat loss plan, because you’re doing more. But how many times have you tried committing to the gym six days a week, only to find yourself falling off?

You assume it’s because you can’t get your shit together, right?

It’s not that, baby girl.

It’s because you’re over-committing yourself and doing too much too soon. You wind up feeling overwhelmed because it’s impossible to maintain.

And then you give up.

Circling us back to the answer of the original question—𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫. Better is what’s most practical for YOU and what you can be consistent with.

You’re more inclined to stick to something if it’s easy for you—and consistency is the true game changer here.

So, how do you establish that?

1. If it feels like too much, take something out of the equation.

Example: if you’re trying to workout five days a week, but you’re having a hard time scheduling it all in, cut down to three or four days a week.

2. Start with one to two habits at a time and build from there.

Example: rather than trying to change everything in your diet at once, start by creating one healthy habit at a time and then add from there.

3. Be easy on yourself. No really, it’s just fitness, it’s not that serious. Stop beating yourself up about slipping up—you’re only human.

Love,

Devi

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Three Perspective Shifts That will Dramatically Improve Your Life

Three perspective shifts that will dramatically improve your life and finally allow you to get the results you want:

𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 >> 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧

Attaching to the idea you need to be perfect with every action step you take paralyzes from taking any step at all. And without taking those steps, you remain stagnant.

Of course it would be nice to perfectly execute each one of your goals, but it isn’t going to work out that way…and it doesn’t even need to.

To move forward and see results, you just have to take consistent action—even if it happens to be messy action.

Messy action might mean working out for 15 minutes instead of your planned 40 because that’s all you have time for—and guess what? It’s better than doing nothing at all, because it’s still action in the right direction.

Do something. Literally anything. Even if and when it’s messy.

𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 >> 𝐀𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐇𝐚𝐭𝐞

If you’re running through the myriad of reasons as to why you hate something, it creates resistance making it even harder to do whatever it is.

We don’t work well when we operating from a place of hate. It leads to rebound, self-sabotage, and like I said, a fuck ton of resistance.

So, rather than heavily focusing on the pain—replace that pain with pleasure. Flip the script into something positive; find a new association and affirmation that stems from a place of love and enjoyment.

𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬 >> 𝐐𝐮𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬

You want it and you want it right now. So you take all the drastic measures required to get those results FAST...only to fall off. Again.

You’re trying to bite off way more than you can chew, adhere to impossible commitment, and follow guidelines that only work for an extended period of time...if that.

If you want to create lasting results, you need to drop the quick-fix mentality and follow a program set up for long-term success.

There you have it three powerful ways to improve your life and get the results you’ve always wanted ⚡️ Put them to action and watch your life drastically improve.

Devi


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How to Finally Stick to the Program and Get the Results You Want

You’re not working out, and your diet consists of convenience—things you can easily grab on the go—usually not the most nutrient dense choices.

You want to lose weight, so you look up the quickest and best way to lose it.

You immediately decide to jump on this health kick come Monday, promising yourself you’re going to abandon all your old habits.

“𝘕𝘰 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴. 𝘕𝘰 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵. 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴.”

In other words, you’re telling yourself, no more “bad” foods and I have to workout five days a week. Anything less is not enough.

After two weeks or maybe within the first week, you’re struggling. You want the pizza, you want to grab a drink with your friends, and you just don’t want to go to the gym today because work was exhausting.

You cave. You skip the workout and go to happy hour with your BFF.

Now you’re full of regret—you didn’t keep your promise because you didn’t follow the plan perfectly.

As a result, you give up, wait a couple weeks, and then try again. And again. And again.

Can you identify the problem?

(𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚝: 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎’𝚜 𝚝𝚠𝚘)

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦 #𝟏:

You’re jumping from 0-100, real quick. In other words, you’re doing too much too soon and making an impossible commitment.

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝘅 𝗶𝘁:

It should be: 𝚕𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊 𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 —> slowly cut back on “bad” habits by replacing them with habits that are aligned with your goals.

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦 #𝟐:

You have the all or nothing mentality. Being a perfectionist does nothing other than hold you back. It holds you back from taking action, from moving forward, from acknowledging your wins, and from getting to where you want to be.

The minute you slip up, you feel like you failed and start all over. But that’s what’s actually messing you up—thinking you messed up and need to restart.

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝘅 𝗶𝘁:

Consistency and adaptability drives results, not perfectionism. Be consistent at least 80-90% of the time and be adaptable when circumstances require changes.

If you’re trying to breakup with perfectionism, but you’re struggling with the breakup, let me help you. Let’s do this together.

You and me.

Let me help you through the breakup. I’ll show you how let go of the all or nothing mentality so you can finally get to where you want to be. Click the link HERE apply to work with me. After you send in an application, we will have a conversation to see what you need and how I can help you.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Devi

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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

Click here to learn more.

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