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I'm the girl who: • struggled with weight, • met a handsome prince {aka-personal trainer} who kicked my butt into something close to fit • continued struggling with weight • is completely addicted to food • found an awesome program that finally works • became a health coach • • is learning to deal with & gain control over my addiction to food. Thus, health confessions. The story of me, Karli, a foodaholic turned health coach & how it’s all going down. Here’s what you’ll get from this site: • Complete sincerity, honesty & self discretion. • Confessions; happy and...not so much. • success stories • Recipes, tips, tricks, and exercises • Encouragement for your personal health journey {If I can do it, EVERYONE can!} -Empathy for your i-fell-off-the-bandwagon days {trust me, I can relate!} • A good laugh most days {because laughing at myself is something I am really good at}. Enjoy!



    My role as a health coach is to assist my clients in reaching their goals for optimal health. I support, encourage, keep accountable, share, and am an available resource who’s “been there, done that.” I’m flexible. I communicate face to face and through phone/email/text.



    Every age. Both Genders. Every size.
    Anyone who desires better health by attaining a lower BMI, a different target weight, the ability to get off medications, and those who want to learn the habits to keep them healthy for life.

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    It’s no secret I love food. All the best people do. I strive to eat healthfully & mindfully 90% of the time & love sharing my favorites with my readers. View Recipes…



    Reading is one of my all time favorite hobbies & ways to better myself. I have stacks of unread books around my house just taunting me with the possibility of sitting down and getting lost in their pages. There is just something happy about the anticipation of a good read for me. From time to time I’ll share some of my favorites. Feel free to share yours.



Confessions - My thoughts & stories about my journey to health. Having struggled with a food addiction throughout my life, this is my journey to finally reaching that balance point and becoming my best me. This is the real deal: the good, the fat, and the carby!


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    Confession: I thought when I got closer to my goal weight-that illusive & magical number on the scale-somehow everything would be different and I’d suddenly be everything I ever dreamed of.

    I know, it sounds ridiculous now that I put it into writing, but I seriously thought some permanent mental shift would occur and suddenly I’d be left with no confidence issues, no feelings of lack, no questioning my worth, no enormous problems in my every day life…everything would just somehow work out. 

    That’s not been my experience, though.  I’m still me and my issues are still my issues.  Imagine that!

    Last week I attended a health coaching convention in Anaheim and had an incredible time.  On the plane going there I began reading a book called Cold Tangerines, by Shauna Niequist.  She eloquently said exactly what I was feeling about this topic:

    “I thought a lot of things would get easier instantly.  And some have.  But many haven’t.  I thought, of course, that this was the key that would turn all the locks inside me, that would set in motion all the parts of my life that seemed stuck and stalled.  I thought seeing that magic, fabled, dreamt-of number on the scale would turn me into a person who revels in her own skin, who dances in her underwear, who walks into every room fearlessly and shamelessly.  I thought that number on the scale would protect me from the vulnerability I had always felt, that it would secure me, once and for all, a place at the cool kids’ table at lunch, my very own place in the world of successful, happy, confident people. 

    What I found, though, is that if you’re not chasing one fantasy, you’re chasing another.  If it’s not your body, it’s your bank account, and if it’s not your bank account, it’s your resume or your nose or your boobs or your car or the perfect marriage or the perfect vacation or the perfect child.  For two decades, I believed that if I could just get this one thing under control, then the whole of my life would magically bloom like a perfect, lush flower.  But to my great dismay, I realized that my life was still my life, and I was still myself, just in smaller pants.”

    My personal mental shift is in the works.  I’m focusing on enjoying the scale & non scale victories as they come; fitting into my size 8 American Eagle jeans that haven’t fit in YEARS, doing a double take when I walk by a mirror or see a picture of myself to realize that yes-that’s really what I look like, setting a good example for my clients, having more energy to play with my kids on a daily basis, losing 5% body fat in 15 weeks, saying no to the donuts I crave because I really desire the feeling that comes from health more than the feeling that comes from indulgence, and wearing a swimsuit-WITHOUT a cover up!-to swim with my boys in our little 3 foot pool.  And slowly, I’m coming to grips with the fact that while being close to goal makes certain things simpler, more enjoyable, and fun, it is not a fix-all.  If I don’t change the inside-my mental focus and attitude and habits-the outside will just be a shell, and more likely than not, the weight will come back anyway because the changes I’ve made will be temporary. 

    So I’m keeping my ego in check, focusing on the things I can change, and working on shifting the necessary gears in my mind and my daily habits so I can stay at a healthy place regardless of what life stuff I’m going through.  fishinsideandoutsideforwebAs always, I’d love to help you!  If you’re unhappy in body, mind, and/or finances, let’s set up a one on one meeting {phone/zoom/in person} and chat.  {Picture on the left was taken just over a year ago before birth of our third son, picture on the right was taken this past Monday.}


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        I’m a huge fan of visualization.  Seeing something tangible helps me stay motivated.  I have a dream board in my kitchen office & I glance at it several times each day.  I keep a pair of goal jeans that I try on regularly to measure my progress.  I write daily affirmations, to do lists, goals, just because cards, and keep a meticulous food journal.  I like to see my progress on paper as much as in real life.  Does that make sense?  Can anyone else identify with that?I was recently introduced to a new app by my BFF.  …read more


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        I had two experiences last week that helped me realize I’m stronger & more capable than I know. Last week during one of my workouts, box jumps were one of the exercises.  I’ve been too chicken to try anything higher than the 14 inch box because even that feels like a big jump to me {this girl has NEVER been a jumper}, but I decided to try the 18 inch…and I did it!  Then I tried the 20…and I did it!  Multiple times!  It was a huge confidence booster and now I’m not as scared to try the …read more


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        It’s been six weeks since I posted THIS about my spring leaning challenge.  I finished my 42 days strong & LOVED the experience.  Yesterday was judgement day.  Weighing & measuring after six weeks of consistently working out a minimum of 5 days a week, clean eating, lots of water, and trying my best.  The results were: Six week Progress Weight: 155.0 {minus 8 pounds in 6 weeks} Six week Progress Bodyfat %: 25.2 {minus 2.9% in 6 weeks} It’s been said it takes a good four weeks for you to notice a difference in your body, 8 weeks …read more


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      I’m taking a cue from my favorite photographer and doing a TEN on TUESDAY style post today. It’s a “Favorites” edition.  Enjoy & share your favorites from this past week in the comments.  What’s lifting your spirits or making you smile this week?  Here are TEN of my recent favorites: Recipe: Roasted AsparagusClient Success Story: Wendy did awesome on plan!  Such an incredible example of being a fully integrated client.  She didn’t treat the program like a diet and has kept the weight off because of that!  She is a busy mama of EIGHT kids + runs her own …read more


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      Confession: I’ve struggled with the Jonah complex What is that?  Back in 2001, I found a fabulous article in Muscle Media magazine on this topic & tore it out and have saved it after all these years because it resonated with me so much.  {Husband was a subscriber & thank goodness he was-that mag had TONS of useful info!}  Larry Dossey, M.D., authored the article which was taken from a book he’d written titled Beyond Illness.  Here are a few of my favorite direct quotes from Dr. Dossey: “American psychologist, Abraham Maslow observed that we all have inner impulses …read more


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        Confession: sometimes my “free” meal turns into an all out free day. I’m talking, “I’m not accountable for anything that I put into my mouth because it’s my free day!” Or, “Because this is the only day of the week I’m allowing myself something ‘free’ {read: includes refined sugar of some sort}, I MUST eat all of the food today!” I turn into this desperate, out of control, sugar driven crazed person.  And, I feel really awful. Yesterday was kind of one of those days.  I had decided ahead of time I’d indulge in one or two things …read more


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        Confession: I am being very vulnerable today. 12 years ago when I met my husband {who was my trainer then}, he introduced me to a valuable measuring tool for health.  It was about a week after I’d began training with him and I still felt very middle-school-crush type feelings when I was with him.  After all, I was easily 70 pounds heavier than him and he was a very fit and very attractive guy.  I was totally crushing and didn’t think the feelings would ever be mutual.  Then he asks me to ride to town with him?  Um, …read more


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        I figured since I wrote about spaghetti squash Tuesday I’d share one of my favorite quick & easy ways to enjoy it.  First, cook your squash {easiest way for me is to poke holes in it all over using corn skewers, set it on a plate & microwave for 5 minutes.  Turn it over & microwave it again for 5 minutes.  Let cool a bit, cut in half, scoop out & throw away seeds, scrape out squash in spaghetti-like strands with a fork & store in a tupperware container in your fridge}.Quick Tuna Squash Dinner Bowl Put 1-1.5 …read more


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        Confession: MOST times I just want the spaghetti instead of the squash. Spaghetti squash, that is. You know, you substitute spaghetti squash for spaghetti pasta noodles and it tastes exactly the same, right?…WRONG.  It doesn’t taste the same.  Because it’s NOT the same.  It’s a vegetable, not a pasta.  And although it’s a dang good substitute {and extremely yummy}, I’d rather go into it knowing that it doesn’t taste the same.  Or have the same texture.  Or smell.  Or yummy starchy goodness.  Don’t lie to me & pretend it’s “exactly the same!” I actually do love spaghetti squash.  …read more