Debbie Potts… Life is a Journey
I have been in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, instructor, and triathlon/run coach for over twenty-five years but I have also struggled with my body weight and health even though I was a competitive endurance athlete completing many marathons, 50k trail run races, cycling events and long distance triathlons until I was hit with “adrenal exhaustion” in 2013. My life changed since that one day riding my bike when I felt so weak, heavy and tired. Life is Not a Race… It is a Journey. Read more about my personal story in my book available on Amazon.
Now I am on a mission to help others as yourself avoid going through the weight gain, fatigue, depression and domino effect on my internal body systems from my own addiction to living life as a race.
After being in the fitness industry since I was in college, I started to see a pattern with not only myself but many clients struggling to lose weight and get healthier even though they exercised consistently. I was not able to help clients by just training them one to three times a week. I started to think outside of the box and get curious why we are told certain guidelines and rules to lose weight, reduce the risk for heart disease and diabetes. What we were being told didn’t make sense to me as a trainer, coach or athlete. How do I burn fat when I exercise and train when I am supposed to eat every few hours? Why do I feel hungry after I ate a banana, orange juice, and oatmeal? We are all unique bio-individuals with our own unique thumbprint. Learn more about The WHOLESTIC Method Coaching program if you want to burn fat, optimize health and improve your performance in LIFE and SPORTS by contacting Debbie Potts today!
The WHOLESTIC Method Approach
In 2012, I started pursuing my journey to become a “WHOLESTIC Athlete” coach and educator first with the “Superhuman Coach” certification program with Ben Greenfield and then continued my education in metabolic efficiency and low-carb eating. As my journey began on the nutrition and health side of a coach, I was becoming a competitive age group triathlete (Ironman distance) since 2001, marathoner and long distance cycling events. I loved training and racing endurance events. I also opened up my own boutique fitness studio in 2010. As I was learning about adrenal exhaustion, heart rate variability and leaky gut… I soon found myself feeling and experiencing many of the red flags for stage three adrenal fatigue in 2012.After competing and setting my best times at Ironman Canada then 70.3 world championships then Ironman Hawaii for my fifth time followed by another marathon then, a 50k trail race while running my own fitness business with crazy hours…my body from the inside out was exhausted. Hormones were plummeting, my weight skyrocketed and my body could not take any sugar including fruit without getting a headache in five seconds. My journey from metabolic efficiency, low carb eating and how to coach clients to become fat burning machines shifted to how to recover from Adrenal Exhaustion. I was living and operating daily for a few years with adrenal fatigue. At the same time of co-hosting a podcast “FIT FAT FAST”, I started sharing my story and challenges I was dealing with to our listeners as well as writing about my research findings on “Adrenal Fatigue” or HPA dysfunction. I was not the only one struggling alone. Now I am the host of my own podcast called “The Low Carb Athlete” to help athletes of all levels improve their performance in life and sports by working from the inside out.
The WHOLESTIC Method Coaching
Many listeners and clients could relate to my story…being tired but wired all day, wide awake at 2 am muscle fatigue during workouts, depressed, rapid weight gain, bloated belly, and skin rash. I searched for a practitioner to help me but I went to six doctors before I found help with the Kalish Method and another local naturopath. In 2014, I became a certified CHEK Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach level one and plan to continue to level three. In 2014, I also started my own podcast called “The WHOLE Athlete” to expand the topics of metabolic efficiency and low-carb living to the elements of being a “WHOLE Athlete”. We cover tip and tricks to improve fueling, training, and performance that we don’t hear in the mainstream media. What I have experienced in my journey as an endurance athlete and business owner is common among so many clients and friends…endurance athletes from burning the candle at both ends as well as busy parents trying to do too much in the day. Adrenal fatigue or exhaustion is a common battle but undetected. Most doctors do not do the lab testing and treatment plans necessary to help individuals with symptoms of adrenal fatigue. My recovery has taken almost three years to heal my adrenals and hormonal system. What I have learned for myself is what I help clients with now for fat loss, health and performance with my “The WHOLESTIC Method” Transformational Program. To transform the WHOLE individual, we need to start from healing from the inside out to heal our body, optimize our health and to improve performance in daily life as well as in our favorite sports. In order to create new long lasting habits, we need to commit to The WHOLESTIC Method 30-Day Transformation Program to create the desired change and reach our goals. To make a shift in our lifestyle, we need to reset our mindset to our daily routine if we want to reset, rebuild and heal the body (and mind) from chronic anything that shows up in different ways. In Nutritional Therapy, we find the root cause to our symptoms which may be a result of gut inflammation, congested liver, over worked adrenals, and blood sugar dysregulation.
Coach Debbie’s specialties
Debbie is focused on following her purpose and passion – as she offers “health detective” coaching services using functional lab tests and Nutritional Therapy assessments to help repair, rebuild and restore the WHOLE individual back to their optimal self so they thrive everyday.
Debbie’s background started in health and fitness with personal, small group and group personal training, mobility training, functional strength training, TRX suspension training, STOTT Pilates Mat, Yoga, Rehab training, Metabolic Testing, The WHOLESTIC Method coaching, Nutritional Therapy, FDN Practitioner coaching, and USAT Triathlon coaching. Debbie started racing endurance events in 1995 with the Danskin Triathlon then into running races before she started competing in marathons in 2000 and Ironman events in 2001 then 50k trail running later on in her career in her “off season”.
Debbie focuses on coaching her clients to transform the WHOLE individual from the inside out to burn fat, optimize health and performance for the challenges of daily life while improving the aging process. Debbie educates her client to learn how to tune in and focus from the inside out -so we stop avoiding the red flags and danger signals from our body when we are doing too much or too little of anything!