But strict food rules make it super confusing – should you do keto, fasting, lifting, and HIIT at the same time?! (Hint: no!)
You end up sluggish, hangry, not building the muscle and strength you’re working hard for…and ultimately you get so frustrated with yourself that you quit.
It’s hard when you look on Instagram and see other weight lifters going on low carb diets, fasting, counting macros, and doing 3-hour training sessions. You assume that’s what will get you results, so you follow along.
But despite all the discipline (er, deprivation) and busting your ass, it’s only a short time before you’re sneaking cartons of ice cream, skipping workouts because you’re exhausted, or nursing that sore shoulder that won’t seem to go away.
You’re starting to feel like there’s just something wrong with YOU.
I get that feeling so well because I’ve been there before.
For years I did half marathons, grueling long-distance mountain bike races, and triathlons.
And though I looked dedicated on the outside, on the inside I was struggling. I wasn’t eating enough because I was so focused on getting smaller. I was afraid to cut back on workouts even though I developed chronic back pain. Every day, I felt drained and my moods were crap.
In 2010, I made a series of bold choices that changed my life: I started lifting weights then, learning to fuel properly. Slowly, I stopped putting all my focus on my weight and started focusing on what my body could DO.
Eventually, through sports nutrition education, food psychology, and intuitive eating, I began to see food as both fuel and something to be enjoyed – without the rigidity and dieting of my past. As a strength coach, I started helping other women see what their bodies could do and take up space, too…a stepping stone that skyrocketed their confidence and connected them to their inherent self-worth.
Every single day, I see women like you who are strength training with intention and trying to eat “healthy” feeling frustrated because you don’t really know how to work with your body and get stronger. (Hint: “Women are not small men,” as Dr. Stacy Sims says. We need smart considerations and a different approach than what the mainstream nutrition world preaches.) I’m here to help you do that!
What I loved most about working with Steph was that there was no judgement from her. She approached my barriers and fears with kindness, compassion and understanding. It was a relief to be honest and allowed me to be completely open on our journey together.”
Weekly coaching calls
Unlimited between-call messaging support
Private client portal
Resources and supplementary activities to support your growth
Together, we’ll establish the big picture of working together to set a strong foundation for your progress. Clarify your big, juicy goals; biggest challenges with nutrition and lifting; relationship with food and exercise; and lifestyle outside the gym. From there, we’ll prioritize the biggest areas for you to take action.
Each and every client’s plan is unique. Zero cookie cutters here. At every meeting we review your progress (yay, wins!!), troubleshoot challenges, and set micro-goals for the week ahead.
We’ll focus on helping you create new habits and making behavior based goals that work for your life, schedule, values, goals, tastes, and preferences. You’ll get simple action steps each week to keep the progress train rolling. Learn the practical tips and strategies for making change stick long-term.
Every step of the way, you’ll be supported…whether it’s our private Zoom sessions or messaging support between sessions. You’ll have the accountability and encouragement you need!
Though each client is unique, common areas of focus include…
Sound like exactly what you need? I’d love to chat with you more about your specific challenges and goals.
“Before working with Steph, I was struggling with excessive burnout with respect to what I was eating and a loss of enjoyment related to movement. For me, the biggest changes were mental and emotional. You helped me open new ways to relate to moving and eating, particularly in using them to build confidence about myself in the present rather than “if I got to this weight” or “if I got to that goal.” In particular, getting back into swimming was a big mental and emotional improvement for me. If I could show up as I am in a speedo in public without anything bad happening like my brain told myself it would, then the negative thoughts really don’t have the power I was giving them.”
“The results I saw from working with you are significant, but still a work in progress. I have stopped restrictive dieting and am able to enjoy all different types of foods. This was really evident on a recent trip I took because I was able to enjoy myself in a way I never had before. I didn’t have to microplan my meals, didn’t feel guilty, and was able to enjoy new foods. I am also working to view my body as an “instrument and not an ornament”. I focus on what my body can do instead of what I don’t like about its appearance. I have also learned that I am not responsible for other people’s reactions to my body and don’t need to manage those reactions by making myself small both in physical space and energy.”
You’ll be fully supported to implement customized, sustainable nutrition, fitness, lifestyles strategies and habits that match your unique challenges and goals!