This journey keeps unfolding in ways I never thought possible…
Did any of our lives turn out the way we thought it would? So far, the most important thing I’ve learned is that
It Never Looks The Way You Thought It Would.
And for that reason, I’m thrilled you made it here! If you’ve discovered Mind Body Wellness, then I know you’re ready to face the challenges that come with learning how to be the healthiest you that you can be!
I’m Leslie, and I founded Mind Body Wellness to teach people the importance of being proactive in their health care. I understand that if the journey into “perfect health” is hard on some days, then other days it will make you completely miserable. You ask yourself “why am I doing this to myself” and “what’s really the point”. I know how easy it to stay in the comfort zone and just let the days pass by.
Until we can’t
Then one day, you wake up. The person in the mirror is unrecognizable. Sure, you’re still there at heart but somehow life got in the way. Things like your job, your kids and your family took the #1 spot. You put your own needs in the back seat. What’s more, you don’t even know what your needs are! You really never took the time to learn about yourself. Believe me when I say, I totally get it!
My own colorful story began back in my early 20’s. My lack of self awareness was hidden behind a knowledge of body work and healing arts. I immersed myself in a Massage Therapy practice that spanned over 20 years and several luxury, high end spas spanning 5 states across the country. I loved my career, but the bigger, deeper call to “be more” never left me.
You know that feeling: that nagging feeling that won’t let go.
In my late 30’s I was at a major turning point- I decided to go back to college. There, I studied Recreation Therapy, focusing on military mental health. This helped quell the desire to do more, but even then, I knew. I just wasn’t the healthiest me I could be.
Something was still missing.
From a professional standpoint, I had risen from the ashes into great success. I had comeback from a painful divorce and heartbreak, significant weight gain, and a several years long perpetual dark night of the soul. Going back to school helped me remember that I am smart, that learning comes easy to me, and that I really enjoy speaking and teaching other people.
From a wellness standpoint though, I wasn’t so successful. My physical health was waining- I was drinking way more than was good for me, way too often. While I was engaging in some steady exercise and keeping active, I was inconsistent with a routine. Exercise was more like a chore that became daunting- the only reason to do it was to lose weight.
In fact, I was obsessed with how to lose the 30 lbs I had packed on in my late 20’s. Obsessed to the point of starving myself with a mere 500 calorie a day HCG regimen. I tried everything to beat the system and trick my body into dropping the weight- You name it, I’ve done it. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, Keto, The Zone, hot yoga, hot pilates, running, spinning, weight training, and finally Noom (more on that later). I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve “started over”, only to find myself “failing” at yet another program, just a few weeks into it.
Let me just say here- it don’t work like that, kiddo.
It’s taken time and patience with myself- another learned skill. I’m 46 years into it and I think I’m finally getting the hang of it! My vision for Mind Body Wellness is to take my passion for helping others, and use it as a guide for you. The transformative programs I created will get you to the point in your health that reflects where I am today- living my truth and accepting who I am.
It’s truly a never ending process! With over 2 decades of formal training and professional experience in the health and wellness industry, I’d like to think I can lead you down the path to better yourself. It’s not going to be easy, but who ever said it couldn’t be fun?
So when you have one of those moments where you’re ready to throw in the towel and want to run and hide from yourself, I’ll be here. When you can’t take another day of the “more of the same”, I’ll be here. And if you doubt yourself please remember:
I believe in you