Health and mindset coach Laura Micetich wants you to know: it’s time to drop the secrecy, fear and shame around food.
At 22 years old, an unhealthy relationship with food had left her weighing over 300 pounds, clinically obese, and teetering on the edge of pre-diabetes. Knowing that she was staring down a road of medications, diseases, and disorders for the rest of her life, Laura committed to making a change – and change she did!
Since 2014, Laura has lost over 130 pounds, and gained a new perspective on life, nutrition, and fitness. She has become a fitness and nutrition expert, passionate about health and wellness, and now works with others to strengthen their mind, body, and soul.
We sat down with Laura to hear more about what lead her down the path of fitness and nutrition, got her to share some of her top tips for those interested in starting their own health journey, and why That’s it. snacks fit into her carefully-curated nutrition plan.
At 22 years old, I was 320 pounds with hypothyroidism, and many other health issues. The idea of becoming a “fitness professional” never crossed my mind – I was just desperate to save my own life. At first, I had a silly Instagram account with faceless picture to keep track of my progress and stay motivated… my little secret. I hoped that nobody would ever see that account, but over time, my “anonymous” account grew into a safe space for me and many others. I recognized that so much of the confusion around health and fitness came from all the BS “secrets” that the fitness industry was selling.
As a teacher, I recognized the need for quick, easily digestible and honest information about both the process and the struggle of finding your health. I never intended for it to become a career, but in the process of diving deeper and learning more about health and fitness, I fell completely in love with it.
From obesity to becoming a certified transformation specialist and bodybuilding trainer, these past few years have been a total 180. In the process, fitness and nutrition have become my passion, and I love the work that I get to do. Propelling people towards their own self-growth is now my career, my motivation… and I love every minute of it.
I always have two pieces of advice for those that are struggling, or just getting started:
- First: Don’t over complicate it. As with anything in life: Be humble, start simple, and grow from there.
- Second: Start over every single day. Whether yesterday was a great day or your worst day, start over today. Wake up with new drive, determination, and conviction to accomplish your goals. Leave everything else like a pile of dirty laundry – it doesn’t serve you right now. Get through the day, go to sleep, and then, start over.
If you were a That’s it. snack, which one would you be, and why?
I hope that I would be a fig truffle! A little health, and a little love. I think that life is all about loving yourself enough to take care of yourself, and I can’t think of a better way to say I love you than with a truffle. That’s no secret!
Follow along with Laura’s continuing journey at Live Giant.