Welcome to the Healthy Lifestyle Institute!
The Healthy Lifestyle Institute is all about teaching you how to eat healthy, be active, and shape your purpose.
We understand that when you are healthy, you are more confident and clear-thinking. You have a springboard from which to examine and be more clear about what your true life purpose is and how to achieve it. The journey to a healthy lifestyle is a personal one. You can learn a lot about yourself on the road to your ideal body. It takes commitment. It takes on-going lifestyle changes.
One of the most important factors in achieving long-term fitness goals is having a reason, a why, that is important enough for you to make changes and stick to them. It is the secret ingredient that will make or break your endeavors to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s the motivation to do the right thing when no one else is watching.
The Healthy Lifestyle Institute is committed to helping you with the mental side of fitness while connecting you with the right exercise and nutrition information based on your current fitness level and goals. Our members understand the importance of eating right and exercising but don’t have time to sift through the mountains of often conflicting information to discern the right plan of attack. We minimize overwhelm by sorting through all the data and channels so you don’t have to. We only deliver resources with scientific facts, not the latest fads, and we do it in a manner that is quick, concise, and easy to understand at a glance.
At the Healthy Lifestyle Institute, we help you implement that knowledge in a way that is tailored to your lifestyle. We offer specific tips and how-to’s to help you fit in proper nutrition and exercise into your busy schedule. You learn the right way to eat so you can get results quickly, safely, and long-term. You also learn how to maximize your training time by spending as little time training as possible while gaining maximum results.
About Our Founder
Stacie Dickerson is a fitness enthusiast. As a former gym owner, personal trainer and nutritional counselor she has worked with numerous clients on their gym training programs and meal plans. She left the gym business to enter into the corporate world which led to poor eating and exercise habits. After struggling with weight gain and self image issues she decided to share her story and help others with making the changes necessary to live a healthy lifestyle.
Stacie talks of her a-ha moment. “I had been a tall, thin teenager. Most of my young adult life was the same. My weight went up and down a little bit but was mostly stable. Then, one day I noticed I had put on a lot of weight. I suddenly realized I was no longer a size 8. I had crept up to 165 pounds and was a size 14. I felt depressed and overwhelmed.”
After being out of the fitness arena for almost twelve years and battling her own lifestyle habits and mindsets, she found her way back into the gym after a friend asked for help. As soon as she stepped back into the gym her adrenaline started rushing. She realized how much she had missed it. She immediately went home, cleaned out a spare bedroom, made it into a gym and started working out again. Just like that she started on her journey to regain her physical fitness. She wanted to get back to 130 pounds and a size 8 but it seemed so far away. She made one small change at a time. “Five pounds at a time” she told herself. “Lose 5 and hold. Lose 5 more and hold.”
It was in 2007 when she helped her friend with a resistance training program. Since then, she’s lost 44 pounds and says she’s in the best shape of her life! Her secret? “I know I can’t make my body lose 5 pounds. But I know I can choose to eat clean and exercise. That is totally within my control.” She knew that, eventually, her body wouldn’t have a choice. It didn’t matter to her how long it would take to lose whatever 5 pounds she was working on. It was important that she did the right things and that it would happen.
During that 3-year journey she learned a lot about herself. She realized that as she learned more and more about nutrition and exercise, her habits got better and better as did her results. However, she had gotten results from the very beginning, even with subpar nutrition, as long as she ate the right amount of calories. It was the mental battle that was the hardest: getting back on track immediately after a failure, getting up early to exercise before work, saying “no” to office doughnuts, and friends and family not understanding why she didn’t want to eat some of their “treats.” She had been kind to herself with practices like “lose 5 and then just hold and give yourself a break.” It was the overall commitment that had made her successful. She looked at health and fitness as something she gave herself, instead of something she was taking away from herself.
Around her 40th birthday she began to examine her why. She was in the best shape of her life. She realized that she had become more confident and energetic. She felt strong. She was confident regarding her body and had become more confident spiritually and in her thoughts. She was more compassionate and understanding of others. Fitness had been her springboard to a better life all the way around. It was with this knowledge and a sincere desire to help others that she founded the Healthy Lifestyle Institute for Women so others could enjoy the energy, excitement and confidence that comes with a fit body and mind.
Who is the Healthy Lifestyle Institute for?
The Healthy Lifestyle Institute is for you if:
- You have made the decision or are considering making a decision to lose weight and lead a healthier, more active lifestyle.
- You are busy and need help knowing WHAT to do.
- You want help knowing how to respond to invalidators – people who (maybe) mean well but sabotage your efforts.
- You are ready to examine WHY you’re doing what you’re doing.
- You believe you have what it takes to conquer your goal.
- You are willing to expand your vision of yourself.
- You are open and honest with yourself.