I've struggled with my weight, body image and self esteem for what seems like my entire life. As a 6th grader I attended Weight Watchers meetings with my mom, my own Grandpa teased me about my weight when I was only 10 years old. It's been a lifelong journey that's still ongoing when it comes to my relationship with myself, my body, food and fitness. Even as an active kid in middle and high school I was still overweight - and I felt awful much of the time, I have vivid memories of crying in fitting rooms because clothes didn't fit and wishing I could just cut off all my fat. I tried anything and everything, workouts, diets, excessive exercise, attempts at starving myself. I tried it all and nothing ever worked or stuck if it did. I felt like a failure in every sense of the word, and also that I would never and could never have the life and body I wanted because I was such a failure.
Binge Eating, Food Addiction & Unhealthy Patterns
Through college I continued my disordered eating and exercise patterns, now with the addition of parties and alcohol, and the spiral of binging, attempting to starve myself or over-exercising continued. For the first time ever in my adult life I was able to get to a weight I felt proud of, yet was nowhere near my goal, my 21st birthday was the thinnest I'd ever been, yet I was also very unhealthy. I re-gained some weight after graduating, eventually found my way to acupuncture school and took on a healthier approach to nutrition and dieting thanks to my education. But again, even with a newfound appreciation for nutrition and health there was still a fog of disordered and unhealthy attachments to how I went about dieting and exercise. I found my way into an emotionally and psychologically abusive relationship during acupuncture school and exercise was my escape, once again I found myself back to my 21 year old self's weight and while I felt good about that, I still felt terrible about myself and my relationship. After the relationship ended I managed to maintain most of my weight loss, and found new hobbies, friends and purpose that led me to think I was on the right track. I opened my acupuncture practice, and although I struggled to make things work, I still felt better. In 2013 I had another traumatic incident with a romantic partner which caused significant health issues and resulted in extreme lack of self worth, anxiety and once again - weight gain. In 2015 I reached my heaviest weight, pictured above at 215 lbs. I felt like I was truly going nowhere, unable to make my acupuncture practice take off in a sustainable way, unable to find more work elsewhere, unable to find a romantic partner, unable to truly love myself or set boundaries. I felt and knew there was so much more out there for me but I was so stuck - unable to get seemingly anything to budge, my weight weighed on me even more so as a constant reminder that I was a failure.
Healing & Releasing Limiting Beliefs Around Food and My Body
After cutting back my schedule I happened to also have the time to attend a meditation class I had had my eye on for a few years; now was the time. Little did I know that attending this class and the results from taking steps on my spiritual journey and through therapy and coaching, were what was going to lead me down a path to true embrace of my divine self and nature - able to show up in the world without fear and with confidence to truly be seen, and a side benefit of weight loss.
Every step I took towards unlocking my limiting beliefs, attachments and desires was actually a step towards embodying in body, mind and spirit the being I knew I was meant to be. As I continued through this process I found it easier to set goals for myself and keep those small promises to stick to them, this included diet, fitness and even my relationship with men. Every step I took I found more confidence in setting and holding my boundaries, more ability to move through discomfort instead of succumbing to it, and as I did this my relationship with food and dieting started to shift. I was able to stick to a plan for longer stretches without 'going off the rails' and was able to find activities that brought me joy and a sense of accomplishment rather than punishment like I had used exercise for before. I was also able to see and acknowledge the deeper intention behind why I gained weight and found it so difficult to lose - because for me, being overweight was a way to protect myself, and it was also a way to be able to hide. When I was able to start clearing the blocks I had around truly protecting myself energetically and literally (by expressing boundaries) and around showing up and being seen for my true self I found it easier to be ok with the process of letting weight go, because I didn't need it anymore. Eventually I found a nutrition coach who's approach resonated with my beliefs that food isn't bad and having a plan that allows you to also have a life if crucial to your long term success - through this approach I was able to unpack more of my limiting beliefs around food and dieting, and also understand more fully the process my body goes through while in a fat loss phase. I was so inspired by this method that I completed the program through the National Academy of Metabolic Science as a Certified Nutrition Consultant.
This process is one that still continues for me, I still struggle on some days and I still 'go off the rails' on others. But I am able to pause, acknowledge where I'm at, forgive myself and move forward with less and less judgement. Weight loss isn't about being perfect, it's not about doing it fast, and it's never easy - but it is about being committed, being willing to look at some things that are uncomfortable and re-focusing towards our goals, we only truly fail if we quit. For me, this process is daily and the work is constant, with such a lifelong struggle to love myself as I am there's been a lot to unpack and heal, and it just continues to deepen with time.
Your True Body - Weight Loss, Body Image & Nutrition Coaching
My own personal journey and healing has been the catalyst for my new weight management, nutrition and body image coaching program Your True Body. I've created Your True Body to share the wisdom, tools and knowledge that I've acquired on my journey as a healthcare provider, coach and from my personal experience. I know first hand that weight loss is hard and it isn't simple - there's a lot that goes on besides just what we eat. I'm honored to be able to help others in their journey toward self acceptance, love and growth and am so happy to be able to share this program with individuals who are ready to take a huge step towards self love, acceptance and their True body!
This program is not just simply about weight loss, it’s about getting to the core of what contributes to us being unhappy in our bodies, what keeps us stuck on actualizing our goals and bringing transformational healing to all areas of our lives through this process. The program, detailed below is truly an all-inclusive offering which at its core is based on support, guidance and awareness.
Weight Loss Isn't About Food
Goals of the Your True Body Program
While this program is designed to help with fat loss, this actually isn't our only or even our main goal for the program. I wanted to make this a well rounded program that sets you up for success and consistency long term. The goals I hope every participant will attain with this program in addition to fat loss include:
In regard to fat loss: Fat loss is usually a top priority goal our clients come to us with, but we would be remiss to advertise or promise fat loss that is fast or easy. Say what?!? The goal of Your True Body in regard to fat loss is to help you make sustainable progress over time which sets you up for long term success as opposed to short term success that seems impressive but is unsustainable.
We want to set you up with a plan that works with your needs and preferences that helps you attain your goals at a sustainable rate. By doing this we help create new habits and patterns, we give ourselves time to adjust to changes, and we reduce incidences and desires to binge or 'cheat' on our plan because the plan itself is sustainable for long term success!
Intuitive Eating and Weight Loss
The your True Body Program is a unique blend of conscious flexible dieting and intuitive eating. Intuitive Eating is a recent trending and popular strategy and it stems from the belief that our body inherently knows what it needs to survive and thrive, we just have to listen to it. However, our body's inherent wisdom is designed to keep a level of homeostasis - meaning keeping everything the same, as such, intuitive eating isn't necessarily the best choice for conscious weight loss. What we do with Your True Body is help you achieve conscious weight loss and simultaneously learn the principles of intuitive eating so that when you reach your goals you can easily transition into an effective intuitive eating experience for long lasting sustained results.
16 Week All-Inclusive Coaching Program
16 Week All-Inclusive Program Cost:
$3,196 broken into 4 monthly payments of $799
Option to continue coaching at a reduced rate of $249 / month once complete with the Your True Body 16 Week Program
12 Week Coaching Only Program
For those not interested in the Your True Body online course we are offering a 12 week coaching only option for direct 1 to 1 coaching and support with Dr. Kim.
12 Week Coaching Only Program Cost:
$1575 broken into 3 monthly payments of $525
Option to continue coaching after the 12 weeks at a discounted rate of $249 / month
Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc is the Owner and Acupuncturist at Lion's Heart Wellness, the San Francisco Bay Area and Marin's #1 Cosmetic Acupuncturist and #1 Holistic Healer.
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