Who Am I?
My name is Fran Patoskie. I was born and raised in Hawaii, land of beauty, clean air, perfect weather, and Ohana. I am a woman of Faith, so my perspective on life is from the point of view that we are all saved by the grace of God. We were put on the planet to be good stewards of the gifts He gave us, including our health. Without good health, we can't live and serve with the fullness that we were meant to.
I was late to fitness, starting in my late 30's. I became an obsessive exerciser and calorie counter, and my whole world revolved around my workouts. I did my first Honolulu Marathon at the age of 41. I went on to do 5 marathons and became a marathon training coach. After doing much damage to my body, my marathon days ended, and I began going to the gym, or doing home dvd workouts. I was chosen to be in an infomercial in 2005 for an upcoming workout dvd program when I was 46. What's funny is that I didn't even watch television, so never saw the infomercial! But that experience started me down a path that eventually led to a home based business in fitness as an online fitness Coach.
I was very fit, doing extreme home workouts like P90X and Insanity, and then when I turned 49, I started to have a lot of physical problems. Over a period of 3 years, I suffered from everything from candida, that led to a horrible case of eczema that covered over 85% of my body, to chronic pain in my back and hips and nearly daily visits to the chiropractor. I ended up in the hospital after nearly bleeding to death. I had no idea what was going on, and I was so angry at how unfair God was to me. I took care of myself! How could this happen to me!
I was led to a naturepathic doctor who helped me get rid of my eczema and my pain. It took a really long time, and I lost all of my strength and tone. At 52, I was flabby and in my mind, old.
And then my brother died of pancreatic cancer after only 9 days after being diagnosed. I was devastated. But God spoke to me and showed me that our bodies were not meant to last forever, and the only thing He wants me to do is to be grateful for every day I wake up and have breath. That freed me from the endless quest of agelessness and the finding my worth in my looks.
That's when I discovered Eating Psychology. I knew there was more to being healthy than diet and exercise (although those are good for you). Dynamic Eating Psychology fascinated me. The connection between the mind and the body, specifically the body's digestive and metabolic response to stress, intrigued me so much that I got certified by the reknown Institute of the Psychology of Eating, founded by Dr. Marc David and Emily Rosen. And because I am a Christian, I also got certified by a ministry called Revelation Wellness®, a non-profit that equips their students to share their faith while also helping the body get healthy. Both programs call for FREEDOM. Freedom from society's definition of the perfect body, freedom from one size fits all thinking in regards to diet and exercise, freedom from the fear of growing older. I love, love, love helping others find freedom and finally love themselves fully! It is truly a gift and a blessing to be able to do this.
I am now am empty nester in my late 50's. I stay fit by moving my body with joy most days, and by eating a balanced diet based on intuitive eating, not legalistic rules. My purpose in life is to help others see their beauty and value, and find freedom and wholeness, and get healthy in response to that wholeness and freedom, and NOT out of fear. I am happily married and the mom of 2 grown sons and one angel son. I love reading, singing, cooking and baking, gelato, travel, gelato, hanging out with friends, and gelato. Oh, don't ask me to share my gelato with you, cause I won't. I'd happily buy you your own, but forget about taking a bite of mine. Sorry.
If my story speaks to you in any way, please contact me, and let's chat about you. I really do care and want to help you get free.
Certified Mind Body Eating Coach
Certified Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
Certified Revelation Wellness® Instructor
Certified Fascianator® Practitioner
ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
ACE Certified Health Coach