Hi, I’m Kate,
Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
For most of my life…
I’ve lived in New England. Life as a kid was always centered around maintaining a full-time schedule with school, as many sports teams as possible, music lessons, and part-time jobs.
“I’m going to physically leave without you if you’re not in the car in exactly “x” minutes…”
was probably the most common statement I heard from my parents growing up as a teen. Life was full of hustle and bustle, and on a strict time schedule. Unfortunately, the pace of my life didn’t slow down when I grew older and left the house.
My life took me in many directions with my education. Every 3-4 years I was bouncing around the country; transitioning from Undergraduate to Graduate schooling before settling down in CT after a Physician Assistant Surgical Residency Program.
My life was finally stabilizing.
I met my amazing fiance, was working in surgery full time as a PA, was a 45-minute train ride from Grand Central, and had a group of fantastic friends and family close by. After almost 30 years of “go-go-go,” I had a moment to drop down to a walking pace and actually catch my breath. And to be honest, I wasn’t impressed.
Despite my academic triumphs, job security, loving friends/ family, and stability in where I was living, I found myself getting worn down from the stress of living on the East Coast in the close outskirts of Manhattan.
Stress, unhealthy lifestyle and a negative outlook on life were what I saw when I thought about who I was becoming and how I approached my life.
This was not okay.
- I wanted my happiness back.
- I wanted my positive outlook back.
- I wanted my life to lead with a predominance of patience, listening, calmness and a healthier work-life balance.
Unfortunately, it was hard to find support in others who weren’t struggling with the same things I was. I therefore made the decision to take control of my life by making a public service announcement:
I was going to make a blog!
And so, The Healthy Habiteer was born!
THH was my accountability outlet as I worked on 3 of the most important things I wanted to see change in my life:
- My health and wellness
- And an opportunity to travel the world to re-establish my work-life balance
What a blessing this blog has been!
It is so encouraging to connect with like-minded women (and men :)) and watch as the community of Healthy Habiteers continually grows. Most importantly, it is beyond refreshing to know that WE ARE NOT ALONE in our own personal journeys!
Join us on Facebook (here)!
As the Facebook community has grown, it has become evident that greater success in one’s health, motivation, and habit formation goals are reachable (and maintainable!) when shared within a greater supportive community. If you are striving for self-improvement, a better work-life balance, or to live a healthier life, I would love to get to know you and learn more about your journey. Jump into the Facebook Group and immediately become part of a supportive healthy group of new friends!
- Physician Assistant Certified (PA-C) through NCCPA
- Wake Forest School of Medicine, NC
- Post Graduate Surgical Residency Certification
- Norwalk / Yale New Haven Health, CT
- 5+ years of surgical experience with specialized training in Bariatric surgery (“weight loss surgery”)
- American Society in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Member (ASMBS)
- Leader in Obesity Medicine
- American Academy of Physician Assistants
- Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM) – pending upcoming exam completion
- Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
I am also currently in the process of constructing a Weight Management Program for surgical patients with plans to extend the reach of the program to the public. If you, or anyone you know, has interest in learning about this future Weight Management Program, I encourage you to join the Facebook Group to stay current with its launch!