About Crystal and Carpe Vita Coaching

As a Certified Trim Healthy Mama coach, I come along as an ally in your Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle journey. Your journey is yours, and my job is to help you navigate the twists and turns it takes and give you the tools to thrive.

I have been living the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle since the spring of 2013. I started the lifestyle edging ever so much closer to 300lbs. I’m only 5’2”, so you can imagine what that looked and felt like. I had no energy for my two (at the time) young preschoolers, hated how I looked, didn’t take time to take care of myself and was to a point neglecting even my relationship with my husband. That winter, I had seen an advertisement in the Above Rubies magazine about Trim Healthy Mama. I was intrigued. I felt a nudge in my spirit that this lifestyle was the one for me. We were living on a very tight, threadbare, shoestring budget at the time and I shoved the thought down. Then, the next Above Rubies arrived and there was that advertisement again. And that stirring increased. So, I pinched pennies until I could order the book. The book arrived a few days before my husband had to leave on a business trip. I spent those days he was gone, devouring the contents of the original, giant Trim Healthy Mama book (disclaimer, I stayed up reading nearly all night, every night he was gone after the girls were in bed. And I am also one of those apparently, rather rare visual print learners. Not quite a photographic memory, but if I read it, I can understand it typically rather well). I dabbled with a few recipes in that giant first book and served my husband secret agent brownies the night he arrived home and the rest, as they say, is history.

My Trim Healthy Mama journey is far from perfect. It has taken me years to embrace the fact that for me, my weight is rooted in a history of various abuses, and in a way, it hid me from people. I felt safer, the larger I was. I was raised to believe that I was never enough and that no one wanted to know the real me, so I used my weight as a shield. And sometimes, I still find myself purposely self-sabotaging in an attempt to prove to myself that I am as worthless as I was brought up to believe.

But, I plug on. I know that I am worth more than everything this world has to offer in the eyes of our Savior. I am his beloved daughter. And while the journey has been painful at times (for me and my family), it has been worth it. I now realize much sooner when I’m living in the lies again, and that while the journey is slower now that I’m older than when I first started (I’m now older than 40…) this journey is worth it. Because I am worth investing in. I want you to see that for yourself. I understand what it is like to be hopeless and ashamed and feeling so unworthy. You too can use this journey to find the life you were meant to live. I have and I hope to be able to bring you to yours.

This is why I chose the name Carpe Vita for my coaching business. Most people are familiar with the Latin saying Carpe Diem which means “Seize the Day.” You see, Vita is Latin for Life. I want to come alongside you and help you to Seize the Life that you were meant to live. It is an honor and a privilege to partner with you as you learn the ins and out of living the Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle for yourself and your family. And letting this lifestyle give you the energy and gumption to live the life you were created to live. A life that is worth living.

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