Meet Camille

Meet Camille

Camille teaches 7th grade and was twice named Teacher of the Year. She spearheads a community initiative for underserved children. And, she’s a wife and a mom to twin boys.

She’s also an emotional eater and lifelong dieter whose weight has yo-yoed for years.

“I’m the fattest dieting expert in the world,” she exclaimed. “I know the glycemic index, fat gram, calorie and ‘point’ of every food on the planet but that doesn’t keep my car out of the Krispy Kreme doughnut drive-thru every afternoon.”

“I’m the fattest dieting expert in the world,” she exclaimed.

Recognizing that she was frustrated and exhausted, I asked, “When is the last time you took a break?”

Not one to complain, (good Southern girls don’t do that…), she said, “I don’t want to be the woman who whines about giving to everyone while no one gives her anything.”

“Okay.” I said. “Let’s talk about you and what you give to yourself.”

“Ok… does driving my sons from school to soccer today count as a break?” she replied, half joking and half desperate.

I smiled and asked, “What were you thinking about as you were driving?”

“The stack of papers I have to grade tonight that I should have handed back days ago… the emails I have to answer… the empty fridge and pantry… and, I don’t remember if my husband is picking up pizza tonight or if I’m supposed to. Oh, and I don’t have anything to wear to the staff meeting tomorrow- none of my nice pants fit.”

“Yikes!” I said. “That makes me want to dive into the doughnuts, and I don’t even like doughnuts!”

During our work together, Camille and I delved into the gap between her nutrition knowledge and why she overeats. She discovered that compulsive people-pleasing and self-sacrifice undermined her needs and drove her to doughnuts for distraction and comfort.

During our work together, Camille and I delved into the gap between her nutrition knowledge and why she overeats.

We unraveled her deeply ingrained small town, Southern beliefs about what ‘good girls’ do and don’t do that left her drained, peeved (the good girl term for mad as hell!), and overweight. She learned that ‘Self’ and ‘no’ are not four letter words. It got a little messy, and she wanted to quit about a million times, but she stuck with the process.

As Camille followed the intuitive eating guidelines that defy diet-dogma, she discovered that eating doughnuts is not the original sin. She can now joyfully revel in a lovely, hot doughnut when she wants to and she’s at peace about it later.

“Me-time” and rest are now a non-negotiable part of Camille’s busy schedule. She rekindled her love of swimming and enjoys being submerged in water where no one can find her. And, yes, over time Camille lost weight and relinquished the title of “fattest dieting expert in the world.”

Are you and Camille soul sisters? Let’s schedule a free, no-strings attached, 20-minute phone chat to see if we’re a good match for one to one psychology of weight coaching.