Hi, I'm Erica and I'm a recovering perfectionist. For most of my life, I needed outside validation and clear expectations set for me. Without them, I didn’t know what to do as I didn’t know what my definition of success was. So, for the first 30 years of my life, I lived out others’ dreams and desires for me. I got the job in a big city and followed it up with a grad degree from a good school and just kept working harder, giving a little more, and moving a little faster to reach my goals.
Sure, I heard a voice in my head telling me that something was off and life should be a bit more fun (even easier!), but I shut it down. Magazines, the internet and bosses told me that working harder would get me to where I wanted to be. And this mentality spilled into my health routine. I had it in my head that to reach the pinnacle of my health I just needed to work out harder, cut out more calories, and restrict myself.
As you can imagine, this method was physically and emotionally exhausting me. Of course, I didn’t realize that until over a year ago as I was so used to being some combination of tired, negative and unsatisfied.
When I finally got wind that this life was draining me, I dove into self-help books to "fix" myself as that’s what perfectionists do. And in my search for an answer, I found the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I signed up for this “health coaching” course because I thought I was going to learn what foods to eat, which not to, and the mechanisms of the gut. I learned all those things, but what I really took away from my year there was that health is about doing what’s right for you – and that doesn’t just apply to food. It applies to mindset, movement, and love.
This revelation my life. It really did. Not only did the extra pounds I was holding on to just release off of me, but I actually found the sense of control I sought my whole life. I figured out how to honor my needs, and by doing that, I started to really like myself and I got happy. Unsurprisingly, I no longer needed the outside validation and being healthy wasn’t hard anymore. By learning I could set my own expectations and live life on my terms, I instinctively take care of my body and my life.
I'm the healthiest and happiest I've ever been today. Sure, I sometimes wish I would have gotten here faster, but I’m here now. I know that health and happiness are possible. And it’s this truth that set me on a mission to help others improve their lives. I truly believe you deserve to live your healthiest & happiest life. If you ever need a reminder, let me help.