My Story

In 2013 I got married.  That year, I not only planned our wedding while still teaching school, but I also bought a house, moved in, then quit teaching to change careers, expanded our clinic, started working side-by-side with my husband, and apparently stopped sleeping all within about 6 months.  Looking back, I would not recommend making 10 year’s worth of life changes in a few months’ time!  All the stress lead to me putting my health on the back burner, and I sank into a deep hole. Day after day I became steadily worse, and the vicious cycle kept me at the bottom of the hole I had dug.  The lack of sleep left me exhausted, skipping my workouts, and eating out more and more because I didn’t have the energy to prep healthy meals.  My adrenal glands became burnt out, and my cortisol production went into overdrive.  Some describe this as “tired and wired.”  The normal patterns of energy had become opposite for me, tired during the day and wired at night.  At the worst point of all this, I was sleeping maybe 1-2 hours a day; not falling asleep till 6:00 or 7:00 am, and still having to be up and around by 9:00 am.  This made for very long days, and a very cranky Deidra.  

I was so depressed that I didn’t look forward to life. Events in life that are supposed to help with relaxation actually brought about more stress.  At one point, I didn’t even want to go on vacation simply because I didn’t want to pay money to be in a beautiful location, and not be able to enjoy it. To top things off, I gained weight.  At first it was just 10 pounds. I figured okay, it’s all due to the way I have been eating.  I changed the way I ate, and was working out whenever possible.  The scale wouldn’t budge.  I was only eating vegetables, protein, and low sugar fruit.  By all intents and purposes, I was doing things “right.”  But the scale was only increasing!  I gave up on my weight, with my body in fight or flight mode, my body was storing fat.  By December of 2014, I was 20 pounds heavier than I had ever been, and almost 40lbs more than I was in my early 20’s.  Strangers and so-called friends asked when I was due to give birth, or how far along I was. Me, the pageant girl, cheer coach, wellness coach, and weight loss guru, had gained 40 pounds that I couldn’t get off.  Not only did I feel like I had failed myself, but I felt like I was failing my clients, my husband, and anyone who looked to me for answers on health and wellness.  Internally, my brain was yelling at me, “how can you help others when you can’t help yourself?!” 

If I had to pinpoint what my turning point was for getting back on the road to recovery, I would say it was my decision to become an example of practicing what I preached.  I had to force myself to workout every day, even if I was tired.  It didn’t matter if I didn’t have time to make a meal, I had to eat healthy, and even if I didn’t feel like it. Additionally, I had to start saying “No.” It was time for me to get my stress levels de-elevated. I developed regular evening habits that increased my body’s ability to unwind, and yes, that meant turning off my electronics. Why did God decide to let this battle become such a part of my life?  I believe he wants me to share my story with the world so His power of healing can be made known.  It is only through HIS grace, HIS healing power that he has put inside of each us, that allowed me to develop this simple, sustainable lifestyle approach, and why I am back to where I am today.  

If you are battling any demons, feeling like your struggle is overwhelming you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  I know that if you follow this program that you will, without a doubt, take back control of your life and find the happiness with your body you have been looking for. God puts people through struggles for a reason, don’t feel like you have to handle the burden all by yourself.

If you are battling any demons, feeling like your struggle is overwhelming you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  I know that if you follow this program that you will, without a doubt, take back control of your life and find the happiness with your body you have been looking for. God puts people through struggles for a reason, don’t feel like you have to handle the burden all by yourself.