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Tell us about your journey to a healthy lifestyle:

 

I grew up with a mom who was always on a diet – Monday through Friday afternoon – and then all bets were off.  Weight was not an issue for me because I was so active but in my senior year of high school, my boyfriend bought me a huge box of chocolates and I ate it in 2-3 days - and that was the start of the issue for me.

 

When it really escalated was my freshman year in college.  I did not gain the Freshman 15 (I’ve always been an over-achiever), I achieved 45 lbs. in that time!  I felt absolutely miserable.  When I came home for the summer, my mom had finally lost the weight she had always wanted to and I asked her to help me.  She put me in touch with the Diet Center here in Grand Island and the rest is history.  I honestly don’t know where I would be without Diet Center in my life.

 

What is most rewarding to you?

 

The confidence our clients gain in themselves is absolutely #1.  Most of the people who come in for a consultation are very skeptical and unsure of their ability to lose weight.  By the time they come to Diet Center, they’ve tried hundreds of ways to take control of their weight.  They are not even sure where to begin.  We go on this journey with them and it’s such a joy to witness the transformation!

 

What would your life motto be?

 

I had to pick two….

 

When you know better, you do better.

 

Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right.

Owner & Health Counselor

Karen Johnson

Nicole Durning

Health Counselor & Yoga Teacher

Tell us about your journey to a healthy lifestyle:

 

I never put much thought to my weight in high school. I could eat anything I wanted, for instance I could down a double quarter pounder faster than my dad, but that all changed 2 babies and 10 years later. My reason in the beginning was pure vanity... I wanted to look good! I wanted a six-pack, fit into a size 2 and sit down without feeling anything "fold over." But as you know, that's never enough and back I went to my old unhealthy ways. It wasn't until I was able to be completely honest with myself that I started making lasting changes.

 

I've battled just about everything you can imagine. Divorce, depression, self image issues, low self-esteem, alcoholism. I'm so grateful today for my struggles because they've led me to get down and dirty and really discover myself and what truly makes me happy and allows me to be the best version of myself for my two teenage boys. Now, I want to help others find their true selves and what makes them happy. My experiences have led me to Beachbody coaching, instructing group fitness, become a certified personal trainer and health coach and a registered yoga teacher. I personally know how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally and am extremely passionate about walking hand in hand with others along their journey.

 

What is most rewarding to you?

 

Setting a good example to my kids and the moment that someone realizes they are worth it. It's OK to take some time to yourself. Actually, it's necessary. You cannot pour from an empty cup and you need others to help fill your cup back up. 

 

We completely underestimate what we're capable of accomplishing, especially us women and my biggest goal when working with someone is getting them to know that THEY CAN DO IT!

 

What would your life motto be?

 

Ladies let's start fixing each other's crowns instead of knocking them off.