A Compassionate Approach to Serve Women Veteran Leaders
You are here because you want to BE WELL!
You desire to live fully according to your values and to do that, you want your mind and body to function its best.
No longer do you want to sacrifice your health and well-being.
You are ready to implement healthy behaviors into your everyday routine.
Healthy behaviors like eating well, moving your body daily, getting quality sleep, and managing stress.
These are the habits you know will physically transform your body, make you stronger and feel more energized.
Your mind will have more clarity with room for creativity and increased productivity.
The changes you desire to SERVE WELL are all possible!
It starts with you taking the first step.
My first step was preceded with a wake-up call from a doctor’s visit. After I got out of the military and had my kids, I skipped a few years of physical check-ups. I took my kids to every check-up but didn’t feel the need to go to mine.
Do you see your doctor every year or have you been skipping out on it too?
Until November of 2015. I sat in the exam room expecting nothing out of the ordinary. While the doctor reviewed the results of my blood test, my heart started to beat faster. I was shocked to hear my glucose (A1C) and triglyceride levels were considerably higher than they ever were! Levels that indicated insulin resistance.
With a bit of denial, I questioned how could this happen. I thought I was in “good shape”! After all, I just ran the Marine Corps Marathon along with a handful of other races in the past year. I told my doctor that I felt worried about these results. Because I was a runner and not overweight, he wasn’t concerned at all. However, I felt frustrated because I was looking for answers.
Have you had unexpected and worrisome results after a doctor’s visit?
I knew I needed to do something which led me to research as much information as I can about insulin resistance. Looking back at the previous years, I realized I wasn’t taking good care of myself like I thought I did. Yes, I was running, but perhaps too much. I learned the added strain on my body contributed to more stress on top of what I was already experiencing. Food was also a big factor as I wasn’t eating well either. After facing my reality, I decided it was up to me to make some changes. That I have the choice and I can be in charge of my health. I came up with a plan and experimented with ways to lower my levels.
To Serve Well, I need to Be Well
Envisioning my life in the future, I saw myself as strong, healthy, and thriving. Being well means I can best serve God’s purpose. When I’m not physically, mentally, and spiritually well, my family and the community I serve are impacted the most.
Within a year, the small steps I took made a huge difference. Incorporating nutrient-dense foods, strength training, quality sleep, and stress management into my daily routine were effective ways that brought my levels back to normal.
I am here to Serve You!
Have you made a choice to take charge of your health? I would love to help you take the first step. With an approach rooted in compassion, our one-on-one conversations are mindful and positively focused. I come alongside you and start where you are, with acceptance and without judgment. We focus on your growth where you become more self-aware and discover what truly matters to you most in connection with your health and well-being.
As a fellow veteran, I appreciate you seeking support on this journey. Let’s work together to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.
Schedule a Free Healthy Lifestyle Change Discovery Session
A few Fun Facts :)
1. I was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the US when I was 12 with my family. When we moved into our 1-bedroom apartment, I remember being so excited to see water out of a faucet that I volunteered to wash the dishes everyday! Growing up without the common amenities here in the U.S. has helped me appreciate even the smallest things.
2. My love for running started when I was a sophomore in highschool and joined the cross-country team. My dream is to complete all six marathons of the World Marathon Majors (3 more to go! – Tokyo, London and Berlin). Running marathons helped me discover a part of me that I didn’t even know was there. The depths of my strength in mind and spirit, as I dug deep to get through the toughest parts of the race. I understand how we can grow stronger as we overcome our challenges.
3. I am grateful to receive an NROTC scholarship my first year in college that set me on the path to serve as a Naval Officer for 11 years. It was in the Navy where I’ve made lifelong friendships and met the love of my life. Being a part of the military has led to where I am today.
4. The best part of being a mom is taking part in my daughters’ natural tendencies for play filled with creativity and joy. My heart has grown exponentially with so much love and compassion because of them.
5. My renewed faith in God has pulled me in the direction to serve His purpose. 1 Peter 4:10 – As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
Education and certifications:
- M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, California University of PA
- Health and Wellness Coach
- American Council on Exercise Behavior Change Specialist
- National Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach
- ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Coach