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Daily Inspiration: Meet Rachel Duxler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Duxler.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?

I was 21, in the most difficult classes of my college career, and knew nothing about nutrition whatsoever. When I gained almost 20 lbs in one semester, I knew it was time to make a change or face the possibility of obesity. I started doing research on healthier recipes for eating my favorite unhealthy dishes at home after I watched one of my friends lose over 80 lbs.

One night, she invited me over to her apartment and cooked me a homemade hamburger helper. It’s like the stuff you get straight out of the box except it was made from scratch. I started cooking other recipes at home such as Orange Chicken, Burgers, and Enchiladas which are some of my favorite dishes to order out at restaurants. As I cooked more at home, I stopped eating out as much. Not only did I save more money, but I was able to lose 8 lbs the following year by making those small tweaks.

When I graduated college, I knew how much sitting was affecting my body from working a corporate 9 to 5. I began feeling the effects right away such as a stiff neck and rounded shoulders. I invested in an exercise ball and a standing desk through my work’s ergonomics program. The desk was completely paid for and the ball you can easily get from Five Below. When other coworkers saw the standing desk, it inspired them to want to get one for themselves. A few of them did and it improved their posture long-term. Seeing how I inspired people, I wanted to help even more people. I would share recipes with my coworkers when they would smell the food I ate at my desk. It was an opportunity to break bread and make new connections.

Over a decade later, I have been able to keep over 20 lbs off my waistline. I spent a lot of free time educating myself on movement and nutrition. I became a Certified Holistic Health Coach and a Certified Personal Trainer. While I’m not working as a software engineer, I find every opportunity to experiment in the kitchen creating copycat takeout recipes.

In 2017, I started my own business, Redefining All Diets. During my wellness journey, I found pole dancing, which has given me the confidence to express myself and get in the best shape of my life at the same time. Now, I teach others to embrace their inner beauty through movement and provide meal plans to help them have more energy than ever before.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?

The biggest struggle has been building rapport and getting my name out there.

I started my business at the same time my company went through a merger. I happened to get laid off during that period and decided to go head first in getting my business off the ground.

Starting my business from that mindset has hindered my progress. However, I am in a better place now and I am healing the mistakes I have made in the past 5 years in order to keep moving forward.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?

I went to college to become a web developer and a lot of those people became my target market in my wellness business of people who I want to help. What sets me apart from the rest is that  “I am not the traditional cookie cutter coach. I don’t use a traditional formula you would find in any book or course on movement, nutrition, and lifestyle. Everybody is different and I work with each person’s needs to find what works for them. I chose the name Redefining All Diets because there is no diet.
My intention is to show people that there are ways to eat healthy that don’t solely consist of chicken and broccoli for days on end. The way I enjoy eating now is with my copycat takeout recipes. I post my favorite ones on my website. Recently, I started a Youtube channel where I share video cooking tutorials to go along with some of my recipes. I also share movement videos for those who would rather exercise at home instead of the gym.”

It’s easy to let family and life get in the way of achieving your dreams. I’ve had to set a lot of boundaries and have a lot of tough conversations with family, especially in order to be able to get to where I am.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, I was living at home with my family. It was difficult to find personal space to be able to cook or exercise. Without having those conversations, I would have never been able to stay consistent while the world was shut down. It forced me to have to find other ways to be creative with exercising the gyms were closed. Luckily, my parents had some equipment in the basement, which I was able to use. It showed me that with a bit of creativity, exercising can be done without a lot of space.

Cooking and movement help me stay in the present moment and come up with the most creative ideas to share with my community. I am most proud of the fact that I decided to move away from my hometown to create a better life for myself. Everything has started falling into place and I have been getting more opportunities like this.

What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?

If you don’t express how you’re truly feeling to your family/loved ones, you will have a difficult time communicating effectively with anyone else when you are trying to market yourself as a professional.

Make sure you have a steady source of income when you are investing in your business. The leap of faith might not work out right away.

Be able to accept failure. You will keep failing until you finally figure it out and succeed. If you quit before you ever succeed, you lose.

Pricing:

  • $50 for a 60-minute coaching call with a grocery/recipe list.
  • $275 for a package of 6 coaching calls PIF only.

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