Hi, my name is Gert Collier, and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Volleyball Coach, and Mom.
When I look at this photo below, taken in 2018, sure I notice the weight difference but more importantly, I remember how I felt. I remember the emptiness, the heaviness and the paralyzing hold depression had on me. I remember the exhaustion, fatigue, the restless legs and the out-of-control seasonal allergies. Additionally, I was so emotionally and mentally overwhelmed that I began suffering from panic attacks. I remember feeling so tired throughout the day but not having the ability to turn off my brain at night to sleep. I was 50 pounds overweight, taking allergy meds, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety meds. My life was so out of balance that I did not want to get out of bed, I did not want to socialize with anyone, and hoped every night that I would not wake up the next day.
During the pandemic, through a lot of grief and sadness, and being afraid of what my once suicidal brain would do, I “did the work” to improve my life. I incorporated all the tools I had learned in counseling the previous 4 years and applied them to my everyday life. My results have been LIFE CHANGING!! I am physically, mentally, and emotionally healthier than I have ever been. The energy, excitement, and joy I have for life is something I never thought possible. I have also lost 50+ lbs, am off all prescription and over-the-counter medications and somehow developed a few ab muscles along the way!
In my role as a volleyball coach over the last decade, I have met several athletes that have struggled with the same things I struggled with. I feel their anxiety and their sadness. Our children are struggling in today’s world and I understand what that feels like. I have learned a lot of tips and tricks along my journey and feel confident that I can offer support as they navigate their middle school and high school journeys.