Good news at last…
Since my mom’s passing on 10/20/21, I’ve pushed back and put many things on hold as I explored what I needed and how I was going to get through the hard days/weeks ahead. My background as a health/wellness coach guided my day-to-day actions and helped me tons. I put on hold my weekly newsletter, podcast, and with a few exceptions, I removed myself from social media.
Regardless, there were four things I knew I needed to continue to do:
- serve my clients—my contribution to their wellbeing is a big part of my purpose in life.
- exercise 4-5x week for mental/emotional and physical balance.
- weekend side hustle played became key to my social wellness. Being busy around people on Fri, Sat, and Sun nights has been really helpful and a blessing.
- not stop progress toward becoming a Certified Functional Diagnostic Practitioner (FDN-P) which I had planned for mid-November.
As far as the latter…I am the type of person who needs to create an environment and opportunities for myself so I feel good and continue to grow. At the same time, I was hoping that if I kept going, I’d feel mom’s energy as she’d look down and say “good job” with a big smile. It’d be another way to honor her since she always kept going despite ‘life’ and her health issues that started in her mid-40s.
The good news…keeping up with the first three commitments was not difficult. As far as getting through the certification, that was a different story. It was rough finding focus and emotional strength to get through the darn written exam.
I MADE IT!!! 😊 In the last two months, I found just enough energy and focus to complete/pass the last two (out of six) case studies/practicals I had left, write ~21,000 words to answer 62 questions of the written exam—I missed 5 out of total 271 points 😊, and I pass the final verbal exam. And yesterday, I received the certificate you see here.
I am officially a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I feel relieved to put this behind me. I feel renewed energy is coming is, which is exactly what I need to start a new year. This training opened my eyes to create a structure and process health coaching programs I offer for those with more complex health issues.
Depending on someone’s health and ‘trial and error’ history, running functional labs/screenings to identify internal/external stressors from the beginning will make a much more effective protocol and healing. Like one of my clients said recently during a Results & Recommendations session ‘I finally understand why I’ve been feeling like crap for all these years.’ With that kind of realization, a person’s commitment to their health journey is exponentially higher so is their success rate. FDN is adding tools to my toolbox and I LOVE IT! And if you are curious about what it is, reach out—life is too short to live a mediocre life you survive and feel like crap. You want to thrive and feel great in your own skin. In the meantime, here is a definition straight from the source 😊
“Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) is a complete methodology (way of thinking with the tools to go along with it) used to help people recover and maintain the best health possible.
There is no interest in diagnosing or treating disease, an area well attended by licensed physicians. Instead, FDN investigates hidden healing opportunities within the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy and nervous systems using functional lab testing.
The clues collected by objective and subjective assessments are then used to guide holistic lifestyle recommendations intended to coach up function in all areas of the body while coaching down contributors to Metabolic Chaos®, which will ultimately restore health and balance.
For most chronic stress-related conditions, FDN is all a person needs to do to get well and stay well. For those with a serious medical condition, FDN is a proven stabilizer and holistic grounding program, adjunctive to the medical attention they may receive.”
In the next weeks, I will be editing my website so it reflects more on some of the tools FDN has added to my toolbox. In the meantime, if you have any questions, send me a note.
As far as the “Be Fab Be You Made Simple” podcast, it’s back. Released episode 60 to the Universe last night. The goal is to release weekly episodes in 2022. Lots of great content is coming your way.
Thanks mom for giving strength to push through. This one is for you.
Love you and miss you every day.