Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Stepnowski.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jessica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My journey all began when I packed up everything I owned and moved across country to sunny LA to start a new corporate job four years ago.
Moving to a new city and creating this new lifestyle really affected my body. This job called for sitting for hours a day and also attending lots of social events which lead to partying, eating fast food all the time, and not prioritizing my health at all. With consistently repeating this over and over, in 5 months, I gained an unhealthy 30 pounds…
Little did I realize I was destroying my relationship with food. I was at an ultimate low point where I couldn’t stop gaining weight. I tried endless diets on my own. You name it, I tried it. It affected my social and dating life tremendously. I tried avoiding these social outings and I was just hiding away in my room for the majority of the days.
I hit rock bottom.
I realized I created a binging issue with food. I would go the gym on my free time and then end up secretly ordering pizza at the end of a full day of eating.
One day it hit me when I was sitting on my bathroom floor, shedding tears dreading to look down at the scale.. to see that I gained yet another pound this week. Everything I was doing on my own was not working. And I couldn’t go another week of “trying to restart my diet” to only gain more and more weight. I wasn’t myself anymore and I knew I needed help because I knew there had to be something better, something I could do long term and something that could help me find myself again.
I focused on getting a nutrition and health coach and learned how to mend my relationship with my body and food. Over time, I finally saw results. I figured out how and why I was binging and how to stop it for good.
This healing took me three years. I became so curious on how and why the body worked.. how to heal your hormones, find love in your body again, and how to train properly for your goals.
And eventually led me to become a health and fitness coach and create the Nourished Body Accelerator. A 12 week transformation program for women to get out of the same dieting cycle and heal their health and body.
Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely was not a smooth road but honestly wouldn’t have changed a thing.
The biggest struggle was not knowing what was going to work and I did not feel like I had a great support system during the beginning of my journey.
Sometimes you need to experience the failures in order to get to success. How can you know something works if you don’t try it first?
Same thing with weight loss. Sometimes you need to try and fail and try and fail. I wouldn’t have realized I needed a coach until I tried everything all on my own.
My biggest advice would be to not be afraid of asking for help of a coach/mentor and get started on your journey now. I know starting your fitness journey can be intimidating but you’re going to thank yourself that you did! Find a community, a coach, a friend to help guide you along the way.
We’d love to hear more about The Nourished Body Accelerator.
I’m the founder and CEO of The Nourished Body Accelerator. This is a 12 week transformation program for women looking to heal their relationship with food, find body confidence and love themselves again. My mission behind this program is to impact as many women as I can by breaking the vicious cycles of dieting and create the life they’ve always wanted.
What separates me from other health coaches is I practice a full holistic and behavioral approach. Results and habits that last. I focus on each individual client and break down exactly what they need in order to get their desired results. We go through three phases of the program to help create a better relationship with food and create deeper relationships within ourselves.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Biggest piece of advice would be to take the leap and follow your dreams! NO matter how crazy they may seem. I left a big corporate job for something that I knew was my calling and passion and had no idea what was going to happen. It was scary to leave a stable job but I knew this was my purpose so I just had to take the leap!
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