MEET Audrey Pratt                       

     Audrey is a body restoration coach helping women of all ages lose weight, kick their sugar addiction, move out of pain and make self-care a priority. After overcoming an eating disorder, Audrey discovered that the secret to health wasn’t deprivation, overtraining or even weight loss but instead healing our bodies, eating real food and living in the moment. By using her tried and true process, Audrey has been able to help dozens of women overcome self-doubt, life threatening diseases, chronic pain and the belief that they’re not good enough.

     Audrey lives in Sonoma County on her eight acre farm with her boyfriend and animals. When she’s not coaching, she’s working on the farm, growing her business, reading and training to become the best athlete she can be.
Audrey is an Essentrics Level 2 instructor and a NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She’s currently studying for her Essentrics L3 and Precision Nutrition L1 Certification.

     

Tell us about a GRITTY MOMENT in your life that has forced you to learn what you are truly made of…
     In high school I struggled with an eating disorder. It completely controlled my life and kept me from enjoying my senior year, enjoying multiple 1st place dance competitions and being confident in my own skin. After high school I continued to suffer with an image problem and although I was able to function in college, I wasn’t really living. I was never present, I was never happy with what I saw in the mirror and I hated everything about myself. I had lost my sparkle.
GUTS: How did you “grow guts” and be brave enough to get through your “gritty moment”? Were you afraid? Where did you find your courage? How did facing that moment affect your confidence? Did you feel more confident afterward?
    Through personal development, spirituality work and discovering the truth about food (it is nourishment, not calories), I was able to come out of my eating disorder with confidence, knowledge and a new respect for my health and body. I can tell you I was terrified to give up control over counting calories and being a certain size. I was afraid of what others would think if I gained weight and wasn’t “skinny” anymore. But when I began focusing on my health, how I felt when I ate nourishing food and actually having energy to sparkle again, I was able to overcome those negative thoughts, fears and doubts. And guess what?! On the other side of fear was confidence, beauty and an effortless life I had no idea existed!
RESILIENCE: What did you learn from pushing through your “gritty moment”? What helped you “not give up” and persevere?
   I learned that remaining in the same place because we “know it” and we’ve “gotten results” before doesn’t mean it’s going to keep us safe or make us happy. In fact, staying in the same place can often have the opposite affect. When I finally gave up counting calories for nourishment, my life did a total 180. My body found its sweet spot from a weight standpoint, but that’s surprisingly not what kept me going. What really kept me on track was making the connection that these foods were giving me energy, lowering my stress and anxiety, improving my athletic performance, clearing up my skin, helping me sleep at night (first time ever!). It was these feel good moments that kept me on the path of nourishment instead of going back to my old ways of obsessing over food and calories and how “skinny” I felt from day to day.
IMPERFECTION: How do you deal with failure and making mistakes? Did your “gritty moment” force you to learn and grow?
    Oh man….perfection is something that I have always fixated on, hence the eating disorder. I wanted to look like and be like everyone because I thought I was broken, that I was never good enough and that I could always be better. I remember during my eating disorder, on days that I over indulged in fat (I’m talking over 10 grams), I would punish myself the next day by eating no fat whatsoever, making my day inevitably miserable. But when I came out of my eating disorder and I would indulge in pizza or something that wasn’t nourishing, I saw it as a gift. I would think, “I’m so grateful that I have a group of friends to share this meal with,” or “How nice that someone made pizza!” I stopped living in regret and just savored the moment. I focused on gratitude instead of regret
TEAM: What role did your support system play in helping you through this challenging time? What role has this “team” had in your life?
     My mother was probably the most concerned and supportive of me. She came from a place of love instead of fear, at least that’s how she came across to me. She never came at me with, “this is wrong, you need to be fixed!” She just supported me and loved me, which didn’t push me away and make me want to revolt. This approach came from my Christian Science upbringing. I was raised to believe that I was a perfect child and therefore had nothing I needed to “fix” and could not be harmed by anything. Her reminder of this helped me overcome this challenge from a mental standpoint, and I believe gave me my grit and ability to overcome most adversities in my life still to this day.
And just for fun… What advice would you give to your younger “GRITTY GIRL” self?
Don’t take life so seriously!!

Thank you Audrey for sharing your GRIT! 

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