Pam McGovern

Pam McGovern Health Coach ConnectTo me, healthy living isn’t about depriving ourselves or spending endless hours on the treadmill. It’s
about understanding our individual needs, being mindful in our daily lives, and eating and enjoying
food.

Like many of you, I’ve had a 50+ hour a week job with a long commute and have struggled to find time
to exercise and to eat well. My career in Information Technology has served me well, but it certainly has
come with a price at times. Coming home exhausted and stressed, I’d numb out in front of the television
with a glass (or bottle) of wine and a pile of cheese and crackers. More than 5 years ago, I developed a
heart condition that left me unable to run, something I had done for more than 10 years not only as a
form of exercise, but also as a stress release. My very first thought when I realized I couldn’t run
anymore was not that I needed to take care of myself but-I’m going to gain weight! I was full of anxiety
that I would not be able to control my weight without running. I even kept trying to run, desperate to
keep the weight off. I was hurting myself out of the fear of gaining weight. I started obsessively counting
my calories, punishing myself when I went off track. And I did gain weight. Finally, I realized I had to
stop.

I was very fortunate to be able to attend a mindful eating weekend retreat which gave me new tools to
examine my relationship with food and more importantly, my emotions. I learned to be more mindful
and focus on my health not my weight. I began to understand that food and eating wasn’t the problem.
I already knew what I “should” eat and how much. What I learned was why I was eating-not for hunger,
but because of boredom, stress and anxiety. Through the practice of mindful eating, I broke my weight
obsession, developed a healthy relationship with food and, as a result, my body has settled at a healthy,
comfortable weight. I can accept myself as I am which, in turn, allows me to naturally take better care of
myself. Restriction and dieting doesn’t work and can lead to food obsession, guilt, shame and possibly
even bingeing. The principles of mindfulness: focus and awareness, without judgement, are the key to
empowerment and freedom from restriction and struggle.
This is what I want to share with my clients, and I hope my journey will help them become healthier and
happier!

I love to cook, hike, garden, weave, do yoga, and meditate. I am an avid birdwatcher and live in central
New Hampshire with my husband, our rescue kitties (Chloe and Min), and puppy (Sadie).
I hold certifications as a Health Coach and Personal Trainer from the American Council on Exercise (ACE),
which are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). I am also a
Professional member of The Center for Mindful Eating, an Affiliate member of the American College of
Lifestyle Medicine and a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association.



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