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MY STORY & How I Found Peace

I’m Cindy Gibson

Like most of us I have faced many ups and downs in this life. The struggle of a poor body image, being (chunky) most of my life. At an early age I battled a lack of self-confidence that lowered my self-esteem and destroyed my self worth. I never felt worthy of anything good. Much of the way I saw myself caused me to self-sabotage my own success which trickled down even into my relationships. I was married and divorced 3 times before I found my soulmate. But that’s not Cindy, that’s just part of my story. I want you to understand as you hear my story that YOU are not alone.

When your self-esteem is impacted you often search for relief in all the wrong places. I medicated my pain with all kinds of substances food, sex, drugs, alcohol, you name it. I’m probably tried it. That was the old me. I fought my battle with addictions and I won! I was diagnosed with Lupus and that was designed to totally wipe me out but it hasn’t and won’t. For over 30 years I have been a Registered Nurse and now I am a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I have a beautiful mess of a family that includes our blended family of 9, plus 4 grand kids that I adore and an amazing husband who adores me, and this completes my team!

 

As you can see, I’ve been through a thing or two but; you know what? I may not be able to get rid of Lupus and all her friends that come along with having an autoimmune disease but I continue to win in life as I press forward. My therapy is people. I’ve always been the kind of person who goes out of their way to help people feel better. I realize in order for me to keep what I have, I need to share what I’ve learned with other women just like me. My original intent was to heal myself and to help a few people along the way. But; going to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition changed all that. I can’t keep it to myself. I’ve found a much better way to live healthy and happy without causing me to stress out! I am not perfect and I know you’re not either. What makes us try to do this so perfectly; only to fail over and over again? You are not alone and there is hope. I want to help women get out of their rut, get unstuck and move forward more healthier, happier, and EMPOWERED. Helping women balance their hormones by nourishing their bodies with foods that are delicious and nutritious, improving sleep, managing stress with mindfulness and meditation that isn’t all woo-woo and anybody can do it. It’s all about balance, and being gentle and loving of ourselves through self care. If you need something intense and radical I’m truly sorry but; you won’t find anything like that here. I’m all about equilibrium of the body, mind and spirit. This is a good analogy- if 3 legged stool is broken and if I was to sit on that broken 3 legged stool, I’d surely fall. But if that same 3 legged stool worked properly it could not only support me it could take on more weight. Therefore; we must address our entire being; since one impacts the other. When I got sick, it impacted all of me. I was depressed and anxious, I felt bad physically, mentally and, spiritually. I was angry at God about it all and that certainly didn’t help me spiritually. It’s hard to be loving and kind when you feel like crap. I’m so thankful to have found my way back into a place of harmony and balance, at peace in myself. I’m definitely not perfect but; sooo much better.

I grew up on the standard american diet (the SAD diet) which produced a chubby kid. Being chubby was unacceptable in my family. I received spoken and unspoken messages that being fat was not okay. I now realize where my poor body image started. I was never satisfied with my body and I began my first diet around age 14 and became a yo-yo dieter for most of my life. In 2010 I saw a picture of myself taken at a family reunion and that was IT! Holy crap! I really let myself go. 5’3” 170 lbs! It was time to do something. I started on my quest to get in the best shape of my life. I wanted to look HOT! I wanted my husband and family to be proud of me. Most of all I wanted to be a good role model for them. I lost 30 lbs but, kept gaining and losing that same 10 lbs which made me really pursue learning about nutrition. I began to make drastic changes to my life and how I approached wellness. I began living a super healthy lifestyle but I would have bouts of extreme exhaustion and fatigue and I often could barely move off the couch. I tried everything I knew to heal myself with no success. I finally broke down and went to see my doctor. Here comes another life changing moment came… In 2015. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease Lupus then came a list of other diagnoses such as; anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and my fav is brain fog. I could go on. I refused to allow Lupus and her friends define my life or who I am. And as fear would try to paralyze me I faced it head on; sort of, sometimes I was just a lifeless lump laying on the couch trying to find inspiration on the internet. Ask, seek and find is how the Institute for integrative Nutrition showed up in my life and redefined my purpose. I have learned how to nourish my life and my body by applying simple hacks that have taken me beyond what I believed was possible. I had no idea how this was going to forever change me and make me a much better and happier person. The weight loss was a byproduct of all the things I did to better my health and life. The education I received at IIN has catapulted my health and happiness by 1000%.

“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”  -1 John 4:4

My Calling

My calling has always been people. I believe I was called to be a nurse and now a Certified Health Coach. As I have evolved over time so did my health practices. Health coaching is being a guide for transformation and this is more in line with who I am as a person. Giving pills and information has yet to change anyone. It’s a proven fact having a coach to encourage and hold you accountable is a very effective way to produce healthy changes and bring you back into a place of balance by looking at the whole person and their story. Here’s the big secret… YOU CAN HEAL YOURSELF…having someone to support and guide you, is where the magic happens. I am your guide to self love and self care. So, whatever your goals are or your health concerns, more than likely, I can relate with you because I’ve be through a thing or two and have learned how to heal myself through good nutrition, moving my body, meditation, yoga and learning about boundaries. It is okay for me to love me and to take care of me. The same goes for you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

My Main Goal

My calling has always been people. I believe I was called to be a nurse and now a Certified Health Coach. As I have evolved over time so did my health practices. Health coaching is being a guide for transformation and this is more in line with who I am as a person. Giving pills and information has yet to change anyone. It’s a proven fact having a coach to encourage and hold you accountable is a very effective way to produce healthy changes and bring you back into a place of balance by looking at the whole person and their story. Here’s the big secret… YOU CAN HEAL YOURSELF…having someone to support and guide you, is where the magic happens. I am your guide to self love and self care. So, whatever your goals are or your health concerns, more than likely, I can relate with you because I’ve be through a thing or two and have learned how to heal myself through good nutrition, moving my body, meditation, yoga and learning about boundaries. It is okay for me to love me and to take care of me. The same goes for you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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WOW WOMEN is the name of our facebook group. We are women just like you; who what to feel healthy, happy, joyous and free. Together we will travel this road because; together we are so much stronger and better. Let’s do this!

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