Why I Became a Health Coach by Simi Botic

My name is Simi & I am a holistic health coach  living in Columbus, Ohio with the boys (2 pups & a husband). I teach women how to nourish & nurture their bodies + lives, so they can live fully. While my life isn’t “perfect” (DUH, what is?!), I couldn’t love it more. But, if you hit rewind to a few years ago… you would see a life that looked a lot different than the one I am living today.

I was working as a corporate health care attorney, running on the hamster wheel known as the “I’m doing what I think I should be doing so why doesn’t this feel right?” wheel. My job wasn’t the only thing that didn’t feel “right” either. I was stuck in a cycle of dieting & restricting to try to fix my body (which I believed at the time would fix my life & FINALLY allow me to feel happy/content/right) & inevitably caving in to binges of all the things dipped into peanut butter. I was crying, a lot. This cycle of doing what I thought I “should” do, people pleasing, & then punishing my body for not being perfect enough dated back to the dinosaurs (or, more accurately, the late years of Felicity). It was what I did best. If I am being totally honest, I found a lot of comfort in the whole mess & truly believed that eventually, with the right “formula” or plan, I would finally be fixed.

Until, I went on my honeymoon. Tim & I cancelled our trip to Belize at the very last minute because of weather (bless you, trip insurance) & re-routed for a fall getaway in Quebec City. It was seriously perfect. We stayed in this gorgeous chateau, we listened to live jazz music on the street, we strolled under the changing leaves, & we enjoyed incredible French food & wine.

Well, Tim enjoyed the French food & wine. I freaked the F out.

I can’t even remember the rules I was following at the time, but I can promise you that fried potatoes & booze did not fit the bill. So, after many attempts at ordering perfectly off each menu, something creamy passed my lips & all hell broke lose. I ate some of Tim’s fries, I drank some wine, & I “failed.” We went back to the hotel that night & instead of looking super hot in some of my lingerie, I locked myself in the bathroom sobbing hysterically. I hated everything about my body. I called myself disgusting. I couldn’t believe how little willpower I had. I would never be fixed, I declared.

& that was my rock bottom.

I went home & googled like a mad woman to find someone who could help me. I connected with a health coach & started working with her IMMEDIATELY. I had no clue what “health coach” even meant at the time, but I knew I had to try something different or I would spend my life miserable.

Spoiler alert: it actually worked!

I have been to hell & back with body & food issues… so, if you’re there right now, I know what it is like! I also know what it takes to heal, grow, & move forward. For years I tried to “fix” myself by looking for external solutions when what I truly needed was to connect with myself using my internal power. When I finally stopped listening to all of the external voices about what I should do, who I should be, & how I should eat, I discovered freedom, health, & happiness beyond my wildest dreams.

My greatest challenge has now become my greatest blessing, as I get to guide women back to their true selves with the work that transformed my life.

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