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Hi!!!  My name is Mary Ann and I live in Seattle WA.  I’m passionate about helping women break free from fear and the negative talk to live a free and fulfilled life.

I’m a Wellness Coach, with a background as a NASM certified personal trainer, Health Coach via received Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Registered Nurse. I teach fitness classes and pop up mindful movement classes because I love connecting with my community. My hope is that people will walk away feeling rejuvenated, full of good vibes, and positive energy. You’ll often see me with my dog Miles Davis, taking workout classes throughout the city, having a glass of wine, eating ice cream, trying out new foods that also could be dairy free and gluten free and exploring the world on my own or with my partner in crime.

Here is my journey into Self Love and Coaching:

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After years of allowing my past to control my life, I said no more.  I was ready to “shine bright like a diamond” as Rhianna would say.  I ended two relationships. One with food and my ex. My relationship with my was emotionally abusing, and had striped away my confidence, I wasn’t myself at all. I also ended the relationship with food; where it once ruled my life, and caused me to be so fixated on food, my weight and my body image.  I was so focused on food that it created an eating disorder that took time to break away from. Not only was my mindset at an all time low, my gut was not happy. So I began to re-build my life.  It wasn't easy.  It took much strength to believe that there is more to life than what I was currently experiencing. 

“I believe there is no one right definition of what a Healthy Lifestyle looks like, but I do know that it includes your mindset and what is happening in your life.”

What created the shift in my life:

How I shifted my thoughts into an Ignited Mindset. When I started to work on my inner core, repairing the areas that were weak, I started to feel ignited and empowered. Ultimately feeling confident, sexy in my skin, and finding my intuition and voice. 

I relied on therapy and books by Gabrielle Bernstein, Jen Sincero, Melissa Ambrosini, and Louise Hay to help me see a different way of living.  I began to see I could live a life where the universe DOES have my back, where my intuition began to speak louder and where I could use positive affirmations to build up strength.   I began to surround myself with people, experiences and things that would bring love, support, and joy into my life. For once, I was able to construct and believe in the positive words of affirmations, instead of letting the negative words have power over me.

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How I shifted my relationship with food into an Ignited Nutritious Life. This shift was also seen in how I looked at food. I felt I could enjoy food and not worry about eating the donut or ice cream.  I stopped weighing myself on the scale, which was a big challenge for me, but I began to feel free. Free from the self-criticism I had built up, free from the criticism from certain relatives about my weight when I was a teenager, free from what the world says as a woman I should look like. Learning what my trigger points where, what made me feel good, and listening to my body helped me to feel more connected to it.

How I moved into an Ignited Fitness Life. I always had been into fitness but now I began to understand how my body works and what felt good. I tried out different forms of exercise to find out what worked for my body. I realized, I don’t have to do the same workouts all the time nor do I have to do workouts that everyone else is doing.

How I traveled into an Ignited Accountability Experience. I started my journey alone. I didn’t have someone to keep me accountable and help me when I felt weak; when I might give up. When I started to ask for help, share my journey and find people who could support me; a community, I realized that creating a positive shift was possible. Accountability helped me to reach my goals, not to give up and not to let the excuses pile up and win. I felt stronger and focused on fighting against my fears to continue my journey. I knew wholeheartedly I could achieve the impossible.

Then, I realized, why can’t I provide that for others?! Why can’t I be part of someone’s support system or community, a partner in crime, an accountability partner; share my tips, and knowledge to help someone with their own journey! And that is how my shift to coaching began. We all need community and check ins in our health and wellness journey. So I started to help others with their own journey as well.

One thing I want to say is that even though I’m a coach, I’m not perfect. I believe that all professionals are continuously learning about themselves and about what they do. Even now, I’m working on strengthening my intuitive energy.

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Come see what I'm all about. I'm about finding balance and finding your own path to a healthy living in a safe non-judgemental place. You’ll never feel forced to do anything or guilty.   

A transformation is possible in your life too. It all starts from the inside out. It starts with an ignited heart. If you aren’t sure that is ok too! We can figure that out together.

If you desire a change, or need accountability or guidance with your transformation lets chat and check out my coaching offerings.

xoxoxo Mary Ann 

 

Portrait Photo Credit: Sarah Wolfe Photography