KAREN MARSHALL helps develop healthy lifestyles By Renee Garrison
- Published on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 19:29
Karen Marshall is a woman with a mission: To help people achieve good health through weight loss, and develop the healthy habits necessary for lifelong success. The C.O.P.E (Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University) Certified Health & Weight Loss Coach works with clients throughout the United States to help them lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
“This is a new approach to weight management that isn’t about dieting,” Karen says. “I help people create a lifestyle that results from reduced weight and good health habits. They feel great, lose weight rapidly – but safely – and are provided with many support tools along the way. No fads, gimmicks or hormone shots. The program is easy, goof-proof and involves a structured eating plan while working with a personal health coach – me.”
Karen and her husband Gary, a retired clergyman, moved to Lake County from Orlando in 2010. Both are native Floridians: She was born in DeLand and Gary was born in Pine Castle. Soon after relocating here, Karen joined the Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a wonderful way to meet people and share my story,” she explains.
Her story began in 2009 when Karen worked long hours in corporate America. She was stressed out, suffering from daily headaches, eating unhealthy foods and gaining weight. Her doctor delivered the bad news that she was pre-diabetic and advised losing weight. After trying several diets where weight loss was slow and programs too difficult to follow, she spoke with a close friend who was a health and weight loss coach.
“I thought ‘Ok, What have I got to lose?’” Karen says.
“What I lost was 60 lbs., and I was amazed how easy the program was to follow and how much better I felt. The best news is that, due to my weight loss, my health has improved. I am no longer at risk for diabetes have maintained my goal weight for over five years.” She was so excited by her success that Karen became a coach, herself, in 2010.