I'm thrilled you're here - because we're a lot alike, you and me. We're both striving to feel better on the inside as well as on the outside to create a life we love.
My unstoppable, optimistic attitude paired with my unshakable, iron-willed belief that anything is possible, is what sets me apart providing a solid foundation in all that I do and the integrity I stand for.
So what do I do?
Well, my friend, I help people just like you lose weight and transform your life so that; you can begin to restore your self-confidence, rebuild your self-esteem to face the mirror again and live to your full potential.
If you ever thought there was no hope, stop thinking that right now.
I invite you to settle in and allow me to share who I am, how I got here and why YOU are my mission.
After the death of my 2nd daughter, in October 1991, I found myself in the darkest pit of my life, and I feared it would get darker, if I didn't seek out some positive direction. I joined Mary Kay Cosmetics simply to get my beauty products at wholesale and committed my weekly sales meeting to my schedule as my "girlfriend grief" support group, although they didn't know that. This was the beginning of an unbelievable 18 year journey of leadership development.
I would learn powerful goal setting skills, communication skills & self improvement skills that built my self-confidence and strengthened my damaged self-esteem, empowering me to design my life & live to my full potential.
I would go on to climb to the status of Senior Sales Director with 32 geographical areas of amazing women across the country under my leadership. I won 6 cars, including a Pink Cadillac, trips , diamonds & more, including "National Rookie-Of-The-Year" and the highly respected "National Miss Go-Give". I would teach & train thousands to do the same. Arenas full of aspiring women wanting to design their lives filled the seats to learn how to set goals and achieve them.
I taught them how your attitude determines your altitude. I taught them how to set a goal and break it down into bite-sized pieces, rewarding every little victory along the way to the big WIN!
My National Sales Director would introduce me with this description - "Michele Jamison, a leader that knows how to paint the picture".
If there's one thing someone should know about me, it's 'at the end of the day, for me, it's always about the people'....Empowering others is what drives me....
I've been in a pit of darkness more than once in my life. In 2000, I went through a nasty divorce with an abuser and lost my children in a bitter custody battle. I would spend the next 11 years fighting one legal battle after another until victory was achieved.
Being a survivor of domestic violence only to be repeatedly abused by the judicial system either creates a defeated human being or rises a champion. I've never taken the victim mindset. I simply find nothing gained by adopting that mentality.
I can't tell you why I was given the gift of 'fight', but I do know that even in the midst of darkness, I will dig deep and find gratitude. I've made it my life's work to teach others to find that warrior inside....
In October 2008, my 18 year career with Mary Kay ended, but the fighter in me was very much alive and already had another goal set....to Transform my Body & Life.
On January 1st, 2009 - overweight, depressed, lost, angry, lonely and without income, I entered a National Transformation Contest. For 6 months, I learned about proper nutrition and weight training.
I "cleaned house" of negative people in my life and surrounded myself with those that were in alignment with my goals.
I adopted the mentality of "not an ounce of negativity is allowed" and lived by my motto.
"When What You Want Is More Important Than What You Are Willing To Give Up, You Will Succeed"
For months I sold various things out of my closets on Ebay to pay for my supplements and gas to get back & forth to the gym to train. When you figure out your WHAT, you become a Warrior, and a warrior climbs out of the pit and stand ready to fight. With focus and determination, I achieved what I set out to do and in August 2009, I became a Max Muscle MaxFormation National Transformation Champion, out of 3000 contestants nation-wide.
I'm proud to say, I am the only one to achieve this status from the Quad Cities, USA.
The publicity of this accomplishment was overwhelming. I stood in amazement at the amount of women lined up at public appearances to talk to me about their own personal battles with weight and their search for answers. It thrilled me to know I had opened a door, not only to continue to educate myself, but to be able to pass it on.
I became a Certified Nutritionist & Body Transformation Specialist and built the Largest and #1 Personal Training & Transformation Center in the Quad Cities. A 6000 sq ft facility dedicated to providing that personal touch in one-on-one personal training, nutrition coaching & lifestyle coaching to Transform lives, one-by-one.
I repeated what I learned and unlocked the magic of weight loss for my community....but my passion longed to touch lives globally.
I embarked on the journey to Online Coaching in an effort to equip women with the skills to experience a win and break belief barriers giving hope beyond my community. I knew women were intimidated to step into a gym. I knew women didn't know where to begin to create real change with their food, fitness & mindset. I knew women were just like me, sick & tired of being sick & tired. Just as I had done with my Training Center in Illinois, I wanted to reach out to women across the globe and help overcome fears working at a level of new challenge without stripping you of your self-confidence-but my approach is my own...
I work from the inside out through mindset lessons & coaching calls to identify & overcome obstacles so you can experience your weight loss victory, for good!
Whether someone is starting from ground zero (no matter what your size or level of ability) needing to lose 20lbs or 200lbs, or you are experienced and just need guidance to reach that new goal, I work with you, where you're at.
In the early 90's, I had the privilege of living in Washington State and I fell in love. In love with the land. The Olympic Mountains. The Cascade Mountains. Puget Sound and Mount Rainier, for which I climb each year. I was moved from this amazing place against my wishes, but supported my spouses career move, and for twenty years, I held that dream to return deep in my heart.
In 2014, I set a Big Goal to move back to the land I love and in June 2014, my two daughters, future son-in-law and soon-to-be 1st grandchild, packed everything up and headed across the country to land 6 days later in Everett, Washington.
I developed an amazing team to work with me to run the Training Center and I began to find-tune the development of Body By Mj.
I felt such a tremendous amount of peace as well as new energy to move me to the next level.
For the 1st year, I found myself taking a ferry over to Whidbey Island frequently, as I felt drawn to the positive energy and possibilities awaiting me. The experience was so strong that I decided to make it my home. In June 2015, I claimed island life and that has been one of the best decisions of my life. The clarity away from the chaos has been priceless. To do cardio by the sea, breathe the pure PNW air while being humbled by the magnificence of the mountains pressed up against the sea, is beyond amazing and without words. I greatly respect the awesomeness of this gift that has been given to me and I express gratitude for it every single day.