Let me tell you a little bit about who I am.
My name is Inez and I am a wife, mother, fitness enthusiast, foodie, wine lover, coffee addict and now a HEALTH COACH. I have done what feels like hundreds of different jobs but never let any one job define me until now. I feel all of my experiences up until this point in my life had led me to becoming a Health Coach. Crazy how the universe works.
I have been living the expat life for over a decade now. Originally from the US and I have lived abroad in the UK, Abu Dhabi, and now Zurich, Switzerland. My 3 crazy children keep me on my toes and my husband supports every endeavour I venture on. These past few years I navigated my way back to health through motherhood, habit change and fitness.
I waited until I was in my mid 30’s before starting a family, but then did it all at once having 3 kids two years apart. This took a massive, heavy toll on my body. After my third pregnancy, I got Bell’s Palsy – which paralysed the left side of my face. I am recovered now, but the side effects still linger on. Living with Bell’s Palsy has not been an easy road and has taught me some very valuable lessons. One being that I need to take better care of my body. Our health is our most valuable asset.
What seems like a lifetime ago to me – I actually got my Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, minor in Nutrition. I had left the Health/Wellness field after graduation in lieu of a more stable government job. A few years later I met my husband, moved to the UK and since then it has been a series of exciting roles and experiences.
Now I am taking my health much more seriously. Starting with losing weight which gets harder as you get older. Like most women, I have done lots of different fad diets: Low fat, Atkins, Body-for-Life (it wasn’t), Dukan, Cabbage soup diet, Slim fast. I even did that cayenne pepper drink detox – what was that – the Master Cleanse? I had my share of tries through these various diets, none with lasting results.
Over the past few years I have been incorporating slow and steady lifestyle changes in the way that I think, exercise, eat, and handle stress. Incorporating small changes little by little, the new good habits tend to stick around and actually become part of my lifestyle. After some time I found myself still wanting to learn more. I decided to invest in myself and signed up to become a Health Coach – returning to my Health/Wellness roots.
My goal is to be the best version of myself – as a wife, mother, and friend. It has taken me a while to figure it out. If I am not happy with myself, how can I expect to be a good role model for my children? The combination of the right exercise and life experience can improve your entire well being: Mind, Body, and Soul.
Growing up I always dreaded turning 40. I thought that once I did I would be “old.” Now that I am here, I am loving it. And Guess what? I am still growing up! In the few years I have seen improvements in my life that I would have never thought possible. I am stronger physically and mentally than I have ever been but still have a long way to go.
Fortynista is my journey to live the best life possible. My goal is to inspire other women to live a healthy active lifestyle.