Hey there! I’m Marissa. I’m a certified health coach, foodie, nerd, and fitness enthusiast.
Like many young girls today, I grew up surrounded by those closest to me always working to lose weight and talking about all the things they wanted to change about their bodies. In my family, weight is a struggle for most of us, and it often comes with chronic illness and health conditions. Like far too many others, I’ve spent most of my life struggling with a terrible self image – for a long time I couldn’t tell you a single thing I like about my body. I tried my share of big box diets and lost and gained over and over again.
As I got older, my relationship with food got even unhealthier. I became obsessed with calorie counting and was constantly trying to get under my target number for the day. Fortunately, at some point something just clicked for me and I realized that I was punishing myself with food and that I wasn’t doing myself any favors, physically or mentally. That’s when things shifted for me and I started focusing on truly being healthy, not just being super skinny. I loved the way I felt when I was taking care of myself and healthy living became a lifestyle
I finally decided to make my passion my calling and changed careers to start Well & Simple Health Coaching & Workplace Wellness. I am certified through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute in LEAN Start and LEAN Expectations so I can work with individuals, families, and expecting and postpartum women. I also have a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College which has given me the skills I need to read the latest research and studies on weight loss and supplements with a critical eye and build a network of like-minded, trusted professionals who can assist my clients with aspects that fall outside of the scope of my practice.
My health coaching practice is based on 4 core beliefs:
- Diets don’t work.
- There is much more to health and wellness than what you eat and how much you sweat.
- You can live a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy food.
- Everyone is capable of making lasting healthy lifestyle change.
I’m excited to work together with you to help you live your best life!