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I know what it is like to be an overweight kid, teen and adult.

When I was 9 years old, I started to gain weight. I was heavier than I wanted to be. I remember my pediatrician telling my mom, “You gotta get her to stop eating.” That was really hard to hear at that age. He then told me to eat a 1200 calorie/day diet and gave us a green and white pamphlet listing all foods and their calories. As a child, I studied that list. I tried to eat only that amount of calories but I couldn’t do it. Needless to say, that restrictive strategy did not help me to lose weight. In fact, it didn’t even help me to stabilize my weight gain.

Throughout elementary school, high school and college, I was active in sports and kept up with my schoolwork but at the same time, I always struggled with being overweight. I felt pretty bad about myself because of it. I just wanted to be at a healthy, natural weight but I could not figure out how to get there and stay there. Fast forward to a stressful job, overnight shift work and poor sleep for many years, my dream of being at my natural weight seemed even more out of my reach.

Fortunately, I heard about life coaching for weight loss. Without telling anyone I knew, in silent desperation, I signed up. From there, things started to change very quickly for me. I learned the meta skill of thinking about my thinking and I started to believe that I am 100% in control of my own thoughts, feelings, actions and therefore my results in every aspect of my life. I used these skills to stop overeating and over desiring foods that were keeping me overweight. I lost more than 45 pounds and I’ve become a person who no longer struggles with food. I’m free!

If I can do it, anyone can do it. My mission as a pediatric life and weight loss coach is to help kids, teens and parents find their natural weights, avoid years of painful weight struggles and achieve lifelong health and emotional wellness.

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Sheila Carroll, MD is board certified in general pediatrics. She has been working in the clinical practice of medicine for 22 years.

After discovering life coaching, she applied what she learned to her own life and experienced an upleveling transformation. She then became a certified Life and Weight Loss Coach through The Life Coach School to be able to help other people experience similar life transformations.

She lives and works in Maine with her son Theo and their 14-year-old puppy Finn.

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