Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Angela and I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Certified Health Coach. My passion is healthy living and teaching others the essentials of doing the same. I have also found great passion in helping others achieve weight loss success.
Living a "healthy lifestyle" is more than what we eat, our activity level, or how we look. It is a state of mind. Such an important part of how we live takes place between our ears. If we can conquer old habits, negative mental anchors, and behavioral barriers, we can accomplish the life we want and need!
I am often asked, "have you ever had a weight problem?"...
The answer? Yes, I struggled to lose my pregnancy weight with my oldest child. But, most importantly, I had a serious addiction to sugar the majority of my life. This may not seem like an issue if it did not cause me to gain tons of weight, but it did significantly impact my life and my health.
I was notorious for skipping wholesome meals altogether but binging on junk! Laffy Taffy's, Tootsie Rolls, Pixie Sticks, and even eating brown sugar straight from the bag!
As it usually goes, it took my child making a very direct and blunt observation to wake me up! Ha
While power shopping with my daughter, I begin to develop what I referred to as my "3 o'clock headache". Every day around mid-afternoon, I pooped out! It usually required a nap or lying down for an hour or so (when my life allowed) and I usually developed a migraine.
I know it must seem like an obvious response to only eating sugar all day and I do have years of education that should have made it a "no-brainer" for me...but it was not. It took my child pointing out that I ruined everything we did around mid-afternoon of every day.
What was going on? My blood sugar was crashing like a plane with a burning engine. I was literally coming down from my sugar high and the result was fatigue, headache, and generally feeling like crap!!
I decided that day that I would give up the sugar. Did it happen over night? NO...it was a year-long process. I work in a busy family practice clinic with generous, sharing co-workers who had candy, donuts, cupcakes, and goodies to share all day, every day. Pharmaceutical reps brought us food weekly that usually consisted of a dessert or donuts fresh and warm from the local bakery.
At night, when I settled onto my sofa to binge watch TV, I would start thinking about that bag of brown sugar or other sweet goodies I had in my fridge and pantry. It was a struggle.
But, I overcame my sugar addiction! I truly can pass a bowl of Skittles without thinking twice. I do not cave to the temptation of the donuts in the break-room any longer. I have not had a spoonful of brown sugar in years!!! I actually do not even crave sweets and will pass on dessert without a second thought.
My point of this confession? It can be done. I know you think this is futile and a worthless effort. I know you are thinking it is just temporary because you always fall back into your old habits. I know you are thinking about how hard it will be to give up your "addiction" or food love.
And, I am going to be COMPLETELY HONEST with you: IT WILL BE HARD!!!
In the beginning...then, it will be easier with each passing day, week, and month. Then, one day you will wake-up and it will be a year or more since you last ate or drank that one thing that scares you to give up the most!
Bad foods we have given up are like an OLD FLAME...we often think of them fondly and miss them. But, if given the opportunity to "reunite", we usually find they were not as great as we remembered them to be....
As part of my Doctoral preparation, I conducted a pilot study to examine the benefits of using the principals of Health Coaching in a clinical setting for Weight Loss:
Purpose: To examine the efficacy of Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) in adult, obese patients at a 3-month interval conceptually consistent with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) measures of 6.6 pounds in six months as determinant of weight loss success.
Method: A convenience sample of 42 patients in the NEA Baptist Weight Management Program with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or greater and active participation in the program for a minimum of 12 weeks. Patients pregnant, currently treated for cancer, or other body surface restricting conditions were excluded. Active participation entailed face-to-face visits with APRN, nurse weigh-ins, weekly group educational meetings, email communication, and free gym membership.
Results: The mean age was 48.6 years and 83.3% of participants were female. Ninety percent of the participants were Caucasian, ten percent African American. The average weight lost at 12 weeks was 18.8 pounds with a standard deviation (SD) of 14. A significant positive correlation was found between face-to-face visits, nurse weigh-ins, and group sessions with weight lost (< .05, < .05, < .001).
Conclusion: The mean weight lost at 12 weeks exceeded the minimum weight loss requirement established by CMS as a condition of continual treatment. Therefore, it is feasible to evaluate the impact of the intervention at the 3-month mark
and compare results to preexisting approaches to obesity management.
Keywords: obesity, intensive behavioral therapy, weight loss, primary care setting, body mass index, obesity guidelines, CMS
I developed a pilot study to examine the benefits of Intensive Behavioral Therapy administered by me, a Certified Health Coach and Advanced Practice Nurse, in a clinical setting.
Participants chose various diet plans based on their lifestyle, their needs, and their co-existing medical conditions. Regardless of the diet plan, all were required to see me once weekly for 30 days, then every other week for the duration of the 12-week study. They were also advised to attend group classes weekly, weigh-in with my nurse weekly, and keep a food journal.
Over half of the participants desired to lose 50-80 pounds in the program. The most common reason for wanting to lose weight was Improved Health. Other common reasons were also improved self-image, increased physical activity, increased energy, less fatigue, pain reduction, and a desire to modify current lifestyle.
- The average patient lost 8% of their total body weight in 12 weeks on my program
- In that 12 weeks, the average number of pounds lost was 18
- Some participants lost as much as 50 pounds in the 12 week time frame
What I learned:
- Those who faithfully attended their visits with me, the Certified Health Coach and Nurse Practitioner, lost more weight
- Those who faithfully weighed in with my nursing staff, lost more weight
- Those who faithfully attended the group meetings, lost more weight
- Dedication to Change
- Readiness to Change
- Continued motivation and support
- Habitual habits
I base my online weight loss program on the same principles. By using evidence-based tools along with my education, expertise, and experience, I have developed a Weight Loss Program that works.
So, what does all this research mumbo-jumbo mean? It means I have actually tested my weight loss program in a real life setting…and IT WORKS.
By using the tools I have been trained with, the education I have gained through the years, and the evidence-based guidelines that are proven to work, I have constructed a system that not only helps others LOSE WEIGHT but ensures they keep it off.
Dieting is the easy part. Keeping it off is the hardest. By teaching you behavioral changes, skills to modify your eating habits, and knowledge to ensure you make good choices, I give you LIFE SKILLS for continued success.
How do you register for my Weigh Beyond the Diet Online Weight Loss Program?
- Click HERE
- Fill out the registration form: this does not require obligation!
- I will get in touch with you to discuss the program and help you make an informative decision
No strings attached…no instant commitment to pay…no pressure or sales pitch…because this is a professional Weight Loss Program!
Dr. Angela Ford Jones is a Doctorate of Nursing (DNP), a practicing Advanced Practice Nurse, and a Certified Health Coach. She is a member of the National Society of Health Coaches, The Obesity Society, The Obesity Action Coalition, Doctors of Nursing, ANPA, AANP, Wellness Universe, the International Nurse Coach Association, and other professional organizations. She has been a featured guest blogger on several professional websites and publications. She has completed clinical research examining the effectiveness of Intensive Behavioral Therapy for weight loss and is skilled in Motivational Interviewing. With over 10 years of formal education, 15 years of clinical experience, and over 5 years of intensive study and research on obesity, weight gain, and its effect on our lives, she has the qualifications to be the expert you need to assist you in your weight loss journey.