I found myself recently stuck in a deep unhealthy rut. I had gained significant weight because I had very little desire to cook for myself, had every inclination to eat out or order in, and only made halfhearted, sporadic attempts at exercise. I knew better. And I had been better.
After all, I had finished two marathons and multiple half marathons and, because of my work in healthcare, I knew of the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. But I was stuck in an unhealthy rut, physically, mentally, and emotionally that I couldn't get out of myself. That's when I sought Lisa out as a health coach.
As my health coach, Lisa guided me through a process of not only identifying my top goals for my program but also my motivations (or lack thereof) and then helped collaboratively lay out a game plan to address home cooking, exercise, and sleep, since these were all critical to helping me get unstuck from my rut. Over the course of my 9-month personalized program, I benefited from Lisa's active listening, practical coaching, encouragement, and accountability.
Through each session, I benefited not only from my own self-realizations but also Lisa's valuable observations and suggestions to learn from what was and wasn't working. By the end of the program, I got myself unstuck from an unhealthy rut. I completed my first triathlon, lost 10 pounds and have kept it off, and have incorporated healthy home cooking as a way of life.
I highly recommend Lisa as a health coach not only because of how knowledgeable she is but especially because of how insightful, caring, and encouraging she is.
Hee Jun Rho, King of Prussia PA
August 26, 2016
My top three goals when starting this program were losing weight, staying hydrated, and sleeping better. Lisa helped me work toward these goals by talking openly about any issue, helping me form creative resolutions, and encouraging me every step of the way. The biggest tangible change I have noticed is my improved diet and increased exercise level. This program has taught me how to manage my fitness in a way that works for me. The most significant change I have noticed has been my mood. I had not given my negativity a second thought at the start, but as time progressed I was able to approach obstacles in a more positive way with the help of my coach. I would describe Lisa as kind, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. I would recommend her to anyone seeking a beneficial change in any and all areas of personal health.
Angela, Farmington MI
October 10, 2014
Working with Lisa was an extremely positive experience. I wanted to work on improving my eating habits, learning about nutrition and limiting cheat days. By the end of my program, I was able to complete all of my goals physically, nutritionally, and emotionally. I achieved a lean 155, feeling much healthier, and eliminated all of the irritable bowel symptoms I used to have. Since the start of my program, I have more balanced and sustained energy, moving from a 5 out of 10 to a 9 out of 10.
Lisa was there every step of the way, co-creating goals for a very structured program. She was supportive and flexible with in-person appointments and conference calling, as well as tweaking recommendations when things were not going as planned. Lisa's nutrition expertise, along with her commitment to getting to know her clients, allows her program to be extremely effective and fulfilling.
Patrick Luther, Novi, MI
Member, The Sports Club of Novi
July 6, 2017
I participated in a 6 month nutritional program with Lisa. I personally thought I was well versed in nutrition and wellness knowledge, but Lisa quickly showed me that what I thought I knew was only the tip of the iceberg.
Lisa is a highly knowledgeable resource and guide (an expert) in all aspects of nutrition and wellness. Lisa takes the time to get to know you, your habits, and your tendencies in order to devise a thoughtfully laid out regimen that will track progress and which will keep you accountable.
Key areas where we worked were on improving the quality of my sleep and prioritizing self-care. As such, my stress level most noticeably decreased by more than a half since the start of my program. I am much more conscious of what I’m putting into my system. While the program may be short term in nature, I know in my case that with increasing my knowledge base, it will undoubtedly serve as a path to long term well-being.
Patrick Kendall, Novi, MI
Member, The Sports Club of Novi
June 20, 2017
Up until a year ago, I have been very lucky health-wise. I only visited my doctor on an annual check-up basis or if I had a cold. But that all changed last year when I had numerous health issues flare up that required surgery and various medications which affected my diet and resulted in additional weight gain as a result of inactivity (not that I was highly active to start). I reached out to Lisa to get me back on track. She helped me focus on healing, strengthening and the importance of nutrition now more than ever.
Lisa was caring, supportive and provided much needed guidance, especially when I was feeling overwhelmed and unsure about how quickly I could get back to “normal.” Or even what the new "normal" was. The first thing she mentioned was that it’s a gradual approach, not a quick fix solution. The changes I made had to come from me and it’s not a one-size fits all approach. Lisa developed tailored solutions over the course of the program based on my progress. She was tough when I needed it and compassionate when I was being too tough on myself all while staying focused on the goal. That’s exactly what you need in a coach. Six months later, I now have more energy than before and more structure to help me maintain healthy habits. Thanks, Lisa!
Tina H., Boston, MA
April 28, 2017
A couple of things that would have prevented me from starting this program was time and cost. I knew I wanted to be healthier, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit, or if it would really, “work.” I had lot of little things I was dealing with that were compromising my overall health, but I didn’t know if they were a big enough deal to spend on having a health coach.
Working with Lisa as a health coach, I was able to reach my goals in a consistent, doable manner in my daily life. Lisa guided me towards my specific health needs in ways I didn’t know how, and did so by incorporating small changes and goals within a specified timeframe. By tackling one issue at a time, Lisa helped me become healthier in every area of my life- physically, emotionally, mentally, and relationally. Becoming more confident and solving a problem in one area, affected other areas of my life. It has been a superb journey.
The specific feature I liked best about the program was how Lisa found little ways to change my habits/attitudes/ways that made a big impact on my health. I loved the accountability of meeting with Lisa biweekly. She was always positive, and coached me to reach my specific goals in an organized and methodical manner. Lisa really listened to me and heard what I needed and tailored the program to my needs, in a natural, health focused manner. I see and feel the results of Lisa as my health coach. With effort and a plan, I thankfully get to live the results on a daily basis.
If someone is interested in improving his/her health, I highly recommend working with Lisa as your health coach. I went from an attitude of “Well, this is as healthy as I can be for the place I am in life right now”, to “I didn’t know I could feel this together and good!” I’ve had significant improvement in my mood, energy level, sleep, exercise, leisure time, eating, and even relationships.
Taking the time and money to spend on yourself is not as selfish as I once thought. In turn, I have more to give those I love, more to give to my work, and more time, believe it or not, to do the things I love to do. Before, I felt stuck and out of control. Now, because of Lisa’s suggestions and my work to be consistent and diligent, I feel amazingly free and in control. This journey has been worth every minute and every penny. I have a life that feels good all the way around, and it’s all been done naturally!
Sue Segerstrom, Novi, MI
Member, The Sports Club of Novi
April 21, 2017
I have read many books on nutrition and how it impacts inflammation. I recently read a book that stated diseases such as Alzheimer's is caused due to inflammation in the brain and that this inflammation is impacted by the foods we ingest. Due to the fact that I have struggled with word finding and brain fog for quite some time, I knew I had to start adjusting what I was eating. Even though these books outline what to eat, it was rather complicated and sounded extremely unappetizing.
After completing a detox program with Lisa, it was obvious that she is extremely knowledgeable and would be able to help me figure out how to approach this issue. After completing a medical/health history, she was able to zone into areas that I should address. I could not get over how my word finding has dramatically improved and my brain fog lifted. It was interesting to know that it was not just adjustments to food that I needed to make but also to sleep.
While some of my food selections have changed, I still enjoy eating and it has been fun to try new recipes. I don't feel restricted about the amount of food I can eat, just needed to adjust what I eat. Happy that I do not have to weigh food or count calories. She has made this process easier and less daunting than it seemed. In addition, I have lost ten pounds from dietary changes. This was a wonderful experience and I feel I have the understanding of how to continue towards gut and brain health in order to decrease inflammation.
Mary Connolly, Plymouth, MI
Member, The Sports Club of Novi
October 24, 2016
Thank you for teaching me how to make wise choices to eat nourishing foods and the importance of reading between the lines of labels during our sessions together. I feel now I know how to have a sustainable healthy lifestyle for myself and family.
Lisa Vucinaj, Northville, MI
Member, The Sports Club of Novi
July 11, 2016
Lisa Verdejo has extensive and practical knowledge of nutrition that allows her to customize a plan that meets her client’s needs. She takes the time to understand her client’s food habits and provides both general and specific advice on substitutions that lead to attaining nutrition and lifestyle goals. Her broad knowledge allows her to be flexible with respect to varying goals, body types, metabolisms and levels of exercise. Further her solutions can be maintained over time.
It was a great relief to work with Lisa and reconcile all of the contradicting nutritional information that is available today into a workable plan that provided results.
Member, The Sports Club of Novi, MI
February 1, 2016
I worked with Lisa on a three-month program following two surgeries - hip surgery and a prophylactic double mastectomy, both occurring within 3 months. Needless to say, with my bad hip, I had not been very active and with my breast surgery, I was more limited with arm strength and ability to sleep comfortably. I was lean due to losing muscle mass so I didn’t need to work on weight loss with Lisa; I just wanted to feel better overall - physically from getting back to being active and then naturally by what I was putting in my mouth.
Lisa and I had very engaging conversations. She was always kind, supportive, and a cheerleader for what was “new and good” as well as sounding compassionate if I was having setbacks or frustrations. She didn’t push me, she encouraged me and held me accountable. I picked up some fantastic tips from her, added vitamins into my diet and as a result, my hip has felt amazing and 100% normal since six weeks into working with her! As a result, I’ve actively been able to keep a somewhat consistent exercise routine incorporating swimming, jogging, and cardio classes. With each stroke or step I take, I thank the fish oil for what’s it done for me and I’m grateful Lisa recommended it.
Incorporating green shakes, sardines, omega 3’s, fish oil, turmeric, and probiotics have overall genuinely made me feel better. Additionally, after consulting with Lisa, I added a regimen of taking magnesium before bed and dabbing lavender oil on my wrists and heart to help me sleep. I’ve seen some improvement in this area.
I would have not thought about most of these, much less incorporated them into my diet, if it wasn’t for her suggestions. I no longer crave chocolate and I ate it, literally, everyday. In summary, working with Lisa was enjoyable, informative, and I walked away physically feeling better and I am more educated on what I need to do to maintain this great feeling. Thank you Lisa!
Carrie Fabris, Dallax TX
July 28, 2015
I started working with Lisa at a time when my work/life balance was completely out of whack. I was a busy marketing executive, commuting to work 3 hours each day with a packed meeting schedule. The long commute meant I left the house really early and came home really late. And I would be miserable at home… tired, hungry and grumpy. I was concerned this would affect others in my personal life, so things had to change. My primary goals with Lisa were to improve work/life balance, manage stress and adopt a healthier lifestyle (diet and exercise).
Lisa is extremely motivating, but in a very calm, understanding way. She’s an amazing listener. We would start each session with a “short” agenda of the topics we wanted to cover. Often I would digress and go off on tangents, but she never interrupted. Instead she listened intently, summarized the key concerns and turned the conversation into actionable items. She was great at brainstorming ideas on how to incorporate healthier lifestyle changes in ways that wouldn’t disrupt my normal schedule.
For example, when we first started, I never ate breakfast. Who had time for breakfast when there’s traffic waiting for you? Through encouragement and brainstorming, Lisa suggested a few options that helped me incorporate breakfast into my daily routine. After a few weeks, I noticed I didn’t have to “remind” myself to eat breakfast. It became second nature to me. I was happier, healthier and I felt more accomplished.
I could list the many lifestyle tweaks we made during our time together, but at the end of the day, working with Lisa helped me a ton. I was eating better, drinking more water (I never realized how dehydrated I’ve been for the past decade) and overall less stressed and happier. However, to say I’ve gone from ‘zero to hero’ would not be accurate. There is still much room for improvement (i.e. exercise) but working with Lisa put me on the right path. I now have a foundation of knowledge and experience to help me get there.
I would highly recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking to improve his/her overall lifestyle and health. She’s friendly, patient, encouraging and supportive. Exactly what I needed.
Christina H., Los Angeles CA
November 24, 2014
I currently run an employee wellness program for 400 employees. I am constantly seeking out partners to provide seminars and other health and wellness programs to our very diverse population. Lisa approached me about providing resources to employees and I immediately knew she was someone who would be beneficial to our team. Lisa has a very calm and comforting personality and has been a pleasure to work with. Scheduling, coordinating and developing our sessions has been incredibly easy.
Lisa has provided more than just a typical “lunch and learn” environment. She has brought a more interactive format to these sessions, which has been great for everyone involved. I would recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking for a corporate wellness partner. Her knowledge and ability to customize her programs to her client are very helpful attributes that make her a pleasure to work with.
Jackie Smale, Novi MI
Human Resources Generalist
December 8, 2015
Lisa’s knowledge of healthful and balanced living has been a wonderful resource for our club. Her desire to help others live more mindful and healthy lives is evident in her interactions with members, and her willingness to share her expertise in the health and fitness arena has been extremely valuable. With the well-being of ourselves and our families being top of mind for our club members, we will continue to welcome Lisa’s passion for balanced living and her expertise in helping others to lead more wholesome and health-oriented lives.
Meganne Arens, Northville MI
Healthy Activities Coordinator, Farmington Area Moms Club
August 5, 2014