Meet Carlene – Obesity Weight Loss Coach
Hi, I am Carlene, and I have been working as an obesity weight loss coach since 2005. At first, I was just a woman who had lost a lot of weight with a raw food diet trying to help others do the same, not someone bent on becoming an obesity weight loss coach, but that has changed. I have learned so much about obesity and the war it wages on our souls. I have seen the struggle of so many, similar, yet different from my own. I have heard the cries and the fears and the joys of breaking through fat brain addictions and lies. It has changed my life and now I am proud to say, that yes, I am an obesity weight loss coach.
I know the truth now. It’s not the food. It’s not the exercise. Oh sure, those things help, but in the end it takes perseverance. As an obesity weight loss coach, it is my job to convince you to stay. To remind you of why you came to me in the first place. To get you to fight through all the lies you tell yourself, all the lies others have told you, and to bring you to a place where you can find peace with food. Not just for weight loss, but for life.
In the beginning, I didn’t understand the role fear played in obesity. I didn’t know how powerful a shield the fat suit was and how it was used to prevent past horrors from happening again. I didn’t understand how people saw food as their best friend and even lover. In essence, I wasn’t a very good obesity weight loss coach. I thought, I did it, now you do it. Simple, right. Well, I was wrong.
It took me years to really understand what was going on with us, all of us, and become the obesity weight loss coach that I never thought possible. Now, I have to transfer that knowledge to you. Not so you will become an obesity weight loss coach, but so you will see the reality of what it takes to break out of your fat suit and keep it off forever.
Most say they want that, but when I say the words food addict, they cringe away. But if I can admit I’m one, then my clients must too. Although many of us have what I like to call efficient body types and gain weight easily, it is still our responsibility to take care of ourselves. If food is calling to you and you aren’t able to walk away, then you will have to come to terms with the fact that this is your battle too. Lucky for you, I’ve been fighting it for myself and others for years. It’s like a game of chess. The fat brain has its strategy and many years as victor. Now, it is our turn to give the thin brain the knowledge and skill and take back control!
When I first started Raw Food Boot Camp®, as the ill-equipped obesity weight loss coach that I was and was helping Frecs lose her 111 lbs, I was annoyed at her mother for a comment she made. She told Frecs: losing weight is easy, it’s keeping it off that’s hard. My come-back as the expert weight loss coach for the obese that I was, was: you can’t keep off what you don’t lose. Now after all these years, I agree with Frec’s mom, and focus boot camp on the premise that if we don’t change, the loss won’t last. So while we enjoy fast weight loss, we have to understand that it’s not permanent unless we make permanent changes. I’m not saying you have to be raw your whole life, but none of us, not even me, can go back to our old ways.
That was hard to accept.
Now, as Your Obesity Weight Loss Coach I’m All About Change!
Now as a powerful obesity weight loss coach, I am all about the change. My goal is for you to become a new person when it comes to food. Not that you have to be raw or even whole food forever, but you have to learn to stand up to yourself, break old habits, form new ones and cut the cord between emotions and food.
Don’t ask me to coddle. Don’t ask me to accept excuses. Understand me. Understand that I care. Understand that when I help people lose a hundred pounds and they won’t take the time to learn to maintain it, that it breaks my heart. If you hire me as your obesity weight loss coach, I will push you to stand up to yourself. I will insist that you look at the reality of the choices you are making. I will force you to understand the consequences of not taking control of your food. And I will make you walk or equivalent if you can’t.
Obesity is My Passion – Hope is what I Offer
Hope is an amazing thing. The very day raw food found me, I had lost all hope. I sat on my sofa believing there was nothing left , no way to rid myself of the hated fat suit. Like most of you, I had tried every diet out there and without even starving myself or living in the gym, nothing worked. I have a bad heart, so I gave myself, at the time, maybe six more years and then then figured I’d be gone. Sadly, it wasn’t such a horrid thought. Obesity had won and I no longer wanted to play and there was no obesity weight loss coach to help me.
Whenever I’m sad, I rent movies to basically kill the time. That day I rented the movie After the Sunset with Pierce Bronson, Salma Hayek, and Woody Harrelson. It was an okay movie, but it was the outtakes that saved my life. In them Woody introduces his raw chef and tries to get Pierce to drink a smoothie. To be honest, I don’t know which came first, the movie or the MSNBC article I read. It was short. It said: Raw Foodists are Thin But Have Strong Bones. Two times within a couple of days, just as I had lost hope, there was this new diet I didn’t know.
Hope, that was the magic of it. I wanted it to work. I needed it to work. And while my first go at it only lasted ten days. By the end of that month, my core believed so strongly that I had found what I always looked for that I went back to raw. Nine months later and a lot of hiking, I reclaimed my life with such robust health and wellness, even I had a hard time believing it was real.
It was then that role of obesity weight loss coach was thrust upon me by the women who had followed my weight loss journey. They insisted I help them. As I pondered this, my daughter reminded me I had sympathy for no one and that I could never have the patience to help others who didn’t do things the way I did. She may have been right. Maybe I couldn’t be the sweet, love and light, obesity weight loss coach some wanted, but I could be drill sergeant obesity weight loss coach!
Hope spread as I opened the doors to Raw Food Boot Camp® on December 28th, 2005 and was catapulted into my role as an obesity weight loss coach. Twenty four women joined that day. Some of them still hang with me today.
I have always called her Miracle Jan
The first year of Raw Food Boot Camp was amazing. Me as drill sergeant weight loss coach for the obese and the women who joined as willing soldiers in a great battle. The success was staggering. Of course, the most amazing change was with Jan. On Christmas of 2005, she sat in her chair, shaking and crying from the pain she suffered through her MS. Soon, her wheelchair was to arrive and steal her last vestige of hope.She believed she had seen her last Christmas.
Raw had found her a little before us, but it was the higher fat, sodium and sugar raw and hadn’t made many changes. She was one of the first to sign up to Raw Food Boot Camp® on Dec 28th.
A month and a half into RFBC, she walked a 5K! Four months into RFBC, she walked a 10K. Her MS was in remission, and she was on top of the world. She moved from a hospital bed in her living room back upstairs to be with her husband. Now, don’t get me wrong. It was hard work in the beginning. She would walk multiple times a day from her chair in the living room through the dining room, around the kitchen and back to her chair. It was painful, but she did it. Why? Because, like me, she had seen that glimmer of hope and believed in it.
Raw food is not a cure-all, and it did not cure Jan of her MS. She recently wrote and said it was coming back. But it’s been over seven years. She’s remained high raw and active. And will always be to me, that light in the window, the remembrance of the power of food and of hope. It is because of Jan I have never walked away from being an obesity weight loss coach. I’ve seen the power of what we do, and I will never stop believing there are many more Jans out there just waiting to find us.
The next few years, we struggled. I made the mistake of listening to others. They felt I was too strict, more drill sergeant than sympathetic obesity weight loss coach. They wanted to be coddled (something that seems to go against my nature). They wanted more bananas, more nuts, more dates, etc. And no one was losing weight. Oh, they talked about it, but they wouldn’t do something about it. Raw Food Boot Camp® was more a social site than a diet. Until I took it back.
I know what works
I am an obesity weight loss coach and drill sergeant
We are back to basics and this is boot camp, baby!
If you come to Boot Camp and you sign up for support from me, expect to get it whether you are in the mood to hear it or not. If you don’t want to work towards your own success, then I don’t expect you to waste my time. You can’t pay me enough to support someone who won’t work to help herself. I am not a therapist, I am not a medical professional. I am a woman who insists that you can have what I have, but you have to be willing to work as hard for it as I do. I understand people have bad days, I get that, but I don’t get giving up. What obesity weight loss coach with a passion for the obese could?
On the flip side of all that toughness, trust me when I say: I understand where you are coming from. I know how deep rooted our food addictions are and how no one can change a lifelong eating habit overnight. I know the fears associated with losing weight, the struggles to get the support needed from family and friends, and the constant desire to just be normal and get to eat like everyone else. I am, after all, an obesity weight loss coach who was morbidly obese herself.
Over the years I have heard it all and learned that structure and accountability are the top reasons members join RFBC. They want someone to be tough on them, to hold them to high expectations, and to call them on their screw ups. They also want someone who can listen and relate to their lives. I think that is what sets up apart from different weight loss groups and me apart from most obesity weight loss coaches. I know what it’s like to not fit in a chair or on a ride at the amusement park, to drive instead of fly because I was afraid I would have to buy two tickets, to not give blood because it required the nurse to hunt for the oversized cuff. I get it, but I also know that our bodies need movement and if we don’t get up and walk if we don’t take charge of our lives, those of us plagued with obesity will die young with many missed opportunities. But, with all my understanding, with my ability to listen and offer empathy when it is needed, I know that nothing is impossible for those who really want it.
So, hire me as your obesity weight loss coach by becoming a member of Raw Food Boot Camp, but understand, I expect from all the members I support that they choose life over food. I don’t expect it to be easy. I don’t expect perfection, but I expect them to reach for it with all the strength they have.
If you really want to lose the weight, I am willing to fight tooth and nail with you to help you get there. It won’t be an easy ride for either of us, but it can be life-altering. If you really want this, then I have the patience and the tenacity to help you get it, but only if you are willing to give it your all and not ever use the word try. I am a firm believer in the word do.
You can learn much more about me by visiting www.IBeatObeisty.com, there you will find my weight loss journal and my passion for using raw food and exercise as a means of fast weight loss over gastric bypass surgery. You will also read why I chose raw foods as the diet for me and start to understand how and why I am your perfect obesity weight loss coach.