“I am so grateful to Coach Peggy for teaching me
how to honor and prioritize my wellness while
living my full and beautiful life.”
For years I strived for change and continuously failed. I couldn’t understand why I wanted a change so badly but just couldn’t make it happen. Coach Peggy has helped me realize how and why all of my attempts to change haven’t worked.
IT’S ALL ABOUT BABY STEPS, She has shown me which baby steps to take to reach success and has been there through each baby step 110%. Having her by my side through this process of change has been so incredible, she has pushed me to levels of success I didn’t even know I could reach. It is amazing to have someone there that’ll push you but genuinely care about you at the same time. I didn’t join Coach Peggy’s series to lose weight, I joined her series to understand my body, mind, and soul better, and that’s exactly what happened. After just one series with Peggy I have learned not only so much about nutrition but so much about myself. My first series has taught me how to push through difficult situations, how to make the best decisions for myself, and how to make actual lasting changes. Words can’t describe how excited I am to continue doing her series, and I recommend Coach Peggy to anyone who is willing to become a better version of themselves!
It’s time to hear from Carleen. We all love Carleen. She is Family…She is my “Stealth Client” – she has lost significant weight over the last year in a “non-weight loss program.” Why? Because she has stayed committed to Baby Stepping Healthy Habits into her Real World. She has realized that she is in control – no one will move for her, and knowledge isn’t everything. It is action, accountability, and tweaking over and over and over again.
“I have either been on or off a diet my whole life. In 2017, I was on a Facebook group where I came across Coach Peggy. I reached out to her and joined my first online series in hopes of losing weight yet again, even though she told me it’s not a weight loss program. Having a coach and being part of the group was something I had not tried before. My only comparison had been going to Weight Watcher meetings. Fast forward, I have completed several series with Coach Peggy and met some of the most supportive groups of women traveling on this wellness journey with me. I now realize I knew a lot about dieting, but that’s it. There is so much more to wellness, and that is what Coach Peggy will teach you. I am excited to keep learning and am happy to say I will not be on or off a diet again. This really is living in wellness.” -Carleen Carter
Amy came to me confused, lonely, frustrated, and had no idea how to be healthier or happier. She didn’t know how to cook for just one. She had no history of movement or exercise, and she struggled with loneliness and seasonal affective disorder. One of the first things that stuck was where she was spending her time. When she completed my 168 Wellness Hours worksheet, we determined that Amy watched about 80 hours of TV a week. She was unemployed and married to her TV boyfriend. We started with shape-shifting her schedule. She was put in a screen time timeout. I took away her TV for one week to see what would fall out from the challenge. How would she use her time now, what feelings would stir up? She was highly successful in her journey on the Coach Peggy Real Time docuseries. Hint: she is not only less lonely, but she also began taking cooking on Facetime with a buddy – and oh, and bought a bike.
“Coach Peggy gave us a lot of tools to use to get us on the right track. One of the tools I loved the most was the All Things Wellness Wheel. It gave me a starting point of where I really needed help. Coach explained how all the different areas of life affect the ATW wheel. The first time I completed the ATW Wheel tool, I finally understood why I was bumping along. I had a lot of punctures to fix. With Coach’s help, I started working on myself, and I improved 22 out of 24 spokes in less than two months. My biggest area of improvement was shifting my time. I broke up with my TV boyfriend and started planning food and time on my new bike. Thank you, Coach, for this tool.” Yes, she broke up with her TV boyfriend, and we got her down to two hours a week. Good job, Amy.
Now I will move to the Mind quadrant, where we uncover all those historical thoughts, behaviors, and habits we have drug around. I will learn how to eliminate, rewire or create new healthy habits. -Amy Bodstedt
Walt reached out in dire straits. He had a shitty 2021. Many did, but his was a real challenge. He lost his wife and two businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. He had no direction and was severely depressed. He was using unhealthy coping skills that were getting him nowhere fast. In one of the shows, he revealed he consumed over 250,000 calories of alcohol in just four months. I am so proud of him. And he is a new man, literally.
“The ATW Wheel has become another invaluable tool from Coach Peggy for managing life in these crazy times. Sometimes you feel like something is wrong, but you don’t know what. Sometimes you feel off but don’t know where. Ultimately, you don’t know what you don’t know. The wellness wheel can change that for you, though. It is an amazing way to help you spot the places or “spoke” of your life where you are not balanced and to help bring everything back into better balance. One of the best things I discovered after the first use was how often those “spokes” change, and this helped to catch things starting as little bumps in the road before they turn into big punctures in your wheel later! No matter how strong a tool might be, it doesn’t reach its zenith without being coddled and grown by its creator. Coach Peggy has given us incredible tools to make changes in our lives, but the key part of that statement is that Coach Peggy gave us the tools. [so nice] What makes the tools so powerful is that Coach knows them like second nature and can guide you safely and flawlessly through their use, mapping them to your life. Thank you.” -Walt Smith
Christine came to me wanting to focus on accountability. She had no personal boundaries anymore. Everyone else was first. She was also afraid she would continue keeping her desire to write on the back burner and not be published. She wanted to make it a reality by starting a blog. She had wasted years thinking about it. After she completed the All Things Wellness Wheel, we found areas in her life requiring immediate focus. All 24 spokes are intertwined and necessary to come into balance to reach any goal – including writing. Her biggest punctures were actually coping skills and emotions. She has an at-home daycare. She was struggling with time management and wasn’t finding space in her life to keep her promises to herself. So guess who is now writing a blog? You can find several of her first blogs on my website under the MEDIA/Blog tab. Christine, you rock!
“This form has changed my life. When I first filled it out, there was no way the wheel would turn. It had lots of punctures. After ten weeks of working with Coach Peggy, my spokes have evened out, my wellness is on track, and my wheel is rolling along. The areas covered in the wheel encompass your whole life. If you do not have all your spokes taken care of, the wheel won’t turn. It really opened my eyes to areas of my life that I was ignoring…hence the punctures in my wheel. I focused on managing my stress by creating boundaries in my time, allowing me to write. I have published two blogs in less than five months of learning this tool, and my confidence is on fire.” I am so proud of Christine. She wasted years trying to get this into play, and now it is a reality.
“I began working with Peggy three years and 50 pounds ago. Her wisdom, experience and boundless energy was key in helping me take the weight off and keep it off. She understands the human experience and how difficult it is to change unhealthy habits. I have worked with her one-on-one and in groups. All of us loved and valued her. She is supportive, yet, will be a strong friend to help you face reality. Peggy is phenomenal, and I could not have done it without her. Love her and mean it.” -RS
“I started this “Wellness Journey” rather reluctantly. But 5 months in, I lost nearly 30 pounds, and through the holidays!
But more importantly, I have changed the way I think in so many ways. I am eating healthier, moving more, and feeling so much more positive in many ways. Working with Peggy has brought me to some real moments of clarity, where I find what I really need to work on. Even more importantly than that, I am slowly but surely moving from overthinking to ACTION. I have met some really fantastic people in the virtual series and in the couples Retreat, which was way more than I expected or imagined. We all enjoyed the couples retreat so much that we are committed to a reunion next year! I can’t wait!” -Elaine Nacey Clark
“I have known Peggy for several years now and continue to learn from her and rely on lessons learned from her each and every day. My journey with Peggy started out, in my view, as focusing mostly on weight loss. However, I quickly came to understand that her teachings are far more reaching than just weight loss. Weight loss was a byproduct of learning how to have a balanced life – healthy physically, healthy nutritionally, and most importantly, healthy mindset. I consider Peggy, and describe her to others, as my life coach. My life since meeting her and working with her has been enriched in so many areas, but mostly I have learned to engage in my own journey and to work on a healthy mindset, and watch everything else fall into place with ease. I urge anyone to reach out to her, join a series, attend a retreat – it will literally change your life.” –Laurie Daniels
“Coach Peggy and I have been on a long journey together. I met her in Boot Camp at the University of Colorado the beginning of an entire year together – a week with a large group along with weekly online group meetings – finding the way to make me healthier, lighter, happier. After another year or so, we reconnected as Coach Peggy started offering wellness series. I was intrigued and began series after series, delving deeper into the 3 pillars of wellness. I have been part of the series for and even joined her for a woman’s and a couple’s retreat where health and wellness didn’t get real for my husband and I until we both moved in the same direction. Coach Peggy helped us to get real, real fast. We learned our own love languages and came to know how to support one another and use each other’s strengths. There was renewed flame even after 30 years of marriage. I also have worked with her one-on-one for a power hour, during a mini retreat just for me, and currently in a Trio series with two other ladies. The diversity of her programs keeps you coming back for more.
Why have I spent so much time with Coach Peggy, it might be that she has so much experience that she can anticipate a hiccup in my journey and offers ways to experiment to solve them, experimenting on myself and not by myself. She keeps things simple – 3 pillars to wellness – building strength in each pillar allows me to create a healthy vessel to live, thrive, and enjoy life. Coach Peggy should be called the 4th pillar!
I have developed so many healthy habits and discovered so much about me that I am no longer stressed about my health or tempted by quick fix diets and gadgets. Developing healthier habits takes time – it is much better spending that time with others in her series and retreats than struggling on your own.” – Jo Speilvogel
“My wife Heidi and I have recently started working with Peggy. I met Peggy while attending Destination Boot Camp in Denver a few years ago. I came away from that program determined to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. For a year, I did my required 70 minutes of exercise 6 days per week, mostly riding a mountain bike. I followed the program pretty well and successfully lost weight. But as with many of these programs, they are good at initial weight loss, but I’ve never been part of a program that asked, “How did I get here?” Peggy asks that question first. She attacks the Why.
Up until recently, my wife hasn’t really struggled with her weight. Now in her 50’s, things have changed. We decided it was time to get serious about our health, especially now that we are on medication for diabetes. I really enjoyed my time with Peggy at DBC and knew she would be a great resource. Through online sessions and completing worksheets and personal histories, she is learning about our history and helping us understand more about ourselves and our health. Peggy addresses all aspects of health – nutrition, fitness, and sleep. She deals with the whole person rather than just looking at food or exercise. She understands that stress reveals itself in many ways and solutions to that stress vary depending upon the individual. It’s no longer the “all or nothing” approach to diet and exercise. It’s not about the 70 minutes a day exercise and watching every single morsel that goes into your mouth. Peggy’s work is about maintaining a healthier lifestyle that can be managed, not conquered.
We are steadily working on creating a more active lifestyle by adding activities for better self-care, like scheduling massages more frequently. We acknowledge that we have a long way to go, but we also know that lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight. We are so happy with the program that we recently signed up our 17-year-old son to work with Peggy, and he is thrilled. Our oldest son, who is 21, also is talking about signing up. We look forward to becoming a healthier family of fit mind and body.” –Steve & Heidi Levin
“I’ve had this gnawing feeling that each new time I’d try a lifestyle change, or cleanse, or diet, that this might be the one. Yet time after time, I’d get 85-90% there, and then it would get hard, and life would get in the way, and old habits would start to creep back in. I’d feel discouraged, and alone, like I lacked something that perhaps other people had (discipline, integrity, grit, desire). There would always be the hope and excitement that came with a new exercise class or pair of running shoes, yet the older I get and the more complex my life has become, it seems like these little boosts to my lifestyle in the name of health just weren’t quite enough and really ignored the bigger picture of true wellness.
I found Peggy on a FB group page and what caught my attention was her message about having someone in your corner. That couldn’t be more true! After having completed several group series, I’m now working with Coach Peggy one-on-one. The groups were fun and stretched my thinking, and were simply chock full of self-discovery. As she says, “you are your own best experiment.” Through the series, I got familiar with a lot of Coach P’s strategies and really began to feel like I was working on my goals in an authentic way, that takes into account all of me. That was last year. This year I’m working one-on-one, and it is so much more personal. What’s interesting is I feel like it’s an indulgence, like I’ve discovered a secret that no one else has. It is so different from saying I’m doing a special diet or training for this future event. I have this incredible coach in my corner, as a guide to self-discovery to fully become the woman (wife and parent too!) I think I can be, living the a full life of wellness and self-care.” ~Nikki DeCrette
“I met Peggy years ago when I was at my top weight and was in the worst shape of my life. I went to Peggy as our company’s wellness coach as part of a wellness program. She helped me see that my weight loss and health goals were a journey rather than a destination. To this day I still use the 4 corner approach to my health journey, and because of Peggy, I work to maintain a balance between; sleep, food, hydration, and activity. I began a health journey shortly after my meeting with Peggy, but it didn’t really kick start until the fall of 2013. Peggy introduced me to another tool (State of Slim) that I continue to follow today. I lost 30 pounds and have kept it off over the past 7 years with the exception of 5-10 pounds from time to time.
Regardless of what plan or tool I have chosen over time, Peggy has been with me through it all, and her coaching and tough love is what keeps me going.” –Carol Calacino
“How many of us have a “job” or a “passion” and your family really never knows what you do or you never really have shared it? That would be me. Who I am and What I Do is simply just one and the same. I live it so there is no sit-down, PowerPoint presentation of ‘Yo, What’s Up – A Day in the Life…’ Therefore, my family probably rolled their eyes behind closed doors for decades as they graciously earned Emmy’s listening to me preach health, wellness, and life principles, my newest concept, or how stoked I was about the newest study or article I read. Lord, bless their little souls. Angi is 6.5 years younger than me, and frankly, we didn’t become super close until the last three years. I mean I have always been there for her and always ‘helped,’ yet I see now, II tried too hard. She just needed to find her way when she was damn good and ready and wanted to find the best version of herself. After attending eleven, eight-week virtual women’s series and a women’s wellness retreat she went from this insecure, a little down on herself, doubting cutie to a badass chic who knows a carb from a protein, how to build exercise into her lifestyle, how to nurse herself through surgeries and not fall off the wellness wagon, how to modify her diet from trying food experiments like no bread and no meat and decide what she wants to eat NOT what the world tells her is the best way to eat, and she has maintained her weight for over two years. Not common. Actually super fantastical. Unicorn rider. She is now considered what I call a ‘Vet’ in my groups. I mean just look at how she blows it out of the park with her story below. You go, YOU! I am so blessed to have watched you become the smart, strong, and brave woman I always knew you would be.” -Coach Peggy Willms
“I have struggled with my weight for all my adult life. A few years ago, when Peggy was starting her series of wellness, she asked me to join the group of women and see if what she teaches could help me. She wanted to give me a different approach with the support of other women going through the same yo-yo weight loss and gain as myself. I enrolled in her first series having no idea what to expect. Three years later, after being a part of every series she has taught, I have learned that it isn’t about weight loss at all. It is about the 3WellnessPillars; mindset, nutrition, and exercise. I learned that digging deep into the soul as to why or what I ate is partly because of our emotions at the time. She taught me that if I could dig deep into my emotions and deal with the yucky, I will then be able to move on and then attack the nutritional and exercise aspects of my wellness as well. She pushes me with the tough love approach, and she can see things in me that I can’t see, but she has a way of bringing it out so I can see it. She has taught me that you can still succeed with baby steps, how to form habits and a little movement is better than no movement. Before you know it I am establishing a healthy lifestyle and becoming the best “me” that I can be. She teaches me that it is ok to not be perfect and that we all have setbacks, but it is recognizing that we can get right back on the wagon. She taught me that I don’t have to give up the foods that I love but rather how to eat them in moderation and incorporate healthy foods into my daily meals. Her approach is not cookie-cutter, and she knows what she is doing. She never gives up on anyone that she is working with. I am blessed to not only call her my coach and my friend but to call her my sister.” -Angi Currier
“I was referred to Peggy by a friend. When I asked her about Peggy’s series, I asked this question, “Do you eat Paleo, Keto, or Whole 30? Does she give you a workout schedule? What’s it like?” She replied, “You can do any diet and any exercise program you want. I signed up and have attended many series – all regarding different themes. The sessions are working. It’s like taking a class on ‘YOU.’ It was exactly what I was looking for. I know how I should be eating and how often I should exercise and what makes me feel good, but I seemed to lack motivation, consistency, discipline, and accountability. I am a busy working mother of two; derailments and excuses abound. I was looking for a Coach to help me understand why I wasn’t prioritizing my wellness and how to overcome that. I was looking for a plan of action that works in real life and that I could use for the rest of my life. That is exactly what I found with Coach Peggy.
I took series after series with Coach Peggy in 2018 and learned tools and techniques, had many “AHA” moments, learned to give myself grace and go for the B-C+ grade rather than the A, and loved the support and encouragement from group members. Prior to working with Coach Peggy, I experienced extreme daily fatigue. I had blood work done which revealed nothing, so the doctor chalked it up to my getting older. I call B.S. Through working with Peggy, learning about my chronotype and honoring that, recognizing and breaking my sugar addiction, and being consistent in the 3 pillars of wellness, I no longer experience fatigue the way I had for the 2.5 previous years. When that level of fatigue does set in, it’s because I am not taking care of myself. I now recognize what pillar(s) is falling short and how to strengthen that in order to be my best self.
My kids are watching, and now they see me taking care of myself rather than running myself to the point of depletion. My husband has noticed the changes, especially in the category of self-love – happy wife, happy life is true, after all. I will absolutely be calling on Coach Peggy to help when I falter or hit a wall. I am so grateful to Coach Peggy for teaching me how to honor and prioritize my wellness while living my full and beautiful life. I am a faithful client and huge fan of Coach Peggy.” -Dianne Bertini
“My name is Monika Tuell, I am 50 years old, married, mother of four, and grandmother. I have known and been friends with Peggy for over 20 years now. I met Peggy when we worked for the same company, and she was the wellness coordinator at that time. I joined her program and quickly learned how passionate she was for health and wellness and helping others. I always liked her “whole person” approach, sleep, water, exercise, food, and mental health. We clicked right away, she looks at you in the eyes when she talks to you, and she earns your trust through confidentiality and genuine compassion.
Through our 20 years of friendship, Peggy has helped me understand myself better by asking the difficult questions that you should really know about yourself, and she holds me accountable. We talk about all things, nothing is off limits with us, she shares herself openly, as do I. This is definitely a process, constantly understanding yourself as you change through life due to life experiences. Peggy’s knowledge has changed with that as well, she keeps on trends and debunks the junk, and it always seems to come down to what she has always known, sleep, water, exercise, food, and mental health. Her tenacity for life is unwavering, you feel better just being around her because of the energy she puts off and that surrounds her. I knew when I met her, we would be lifelong friends, she has been a blessing.
Like everyone else, I suppose, the journey hasn’t always been easy, hormone changes, weight gain, weight loss, dieting, exercise, no exercise, etc. I believe I’m finally at a place where I am making life choices for myself and my health. Just recently, I met with Peggy when she was in town, and I told her about what I am working on and doing, she reviewed my lab work with me and listened intently, offered advice so that I could be successful in my journey and was proud of me for the work and commitment to myself. Peggy has this sort of sixth sense, she will text me out of the blue and make sure I am doing okay because she had a feeling I may not be and sometimes it’s just to check in and say hi. We are lifers, in it together til the end, nothing I wouldn’t do for her!” -Monika Tuell
“I met Peggy while working at a local hospital. Immediately Peggy and I connected. She has such a presence about her. She makes you want to be the best you can be. Peggy was always helping me and others trying to balance work and home, health and wellness. I have taken nutrition classes in college, and yet I was never really applying it to my everyday life. You know what you need to do but sometimes getting there is the hard part. Peggy was always working with me to figure out what would work with my work schedule and my “picky, picky” eating. Peggy never made me feel bad for not doing the things I needed to do but wanted to learn why I wasn’t. Peggy never stuck me on a cookie-cutter diet but always gave me different ones that work for me and helped me take baby steps. I would always lose 10-20 pounds, and then it would come back with vengeance. Peggy has always been such a “cheerleader” in my life, along with health and wellness and just believing in me that I can do anything. She always called me out when needed and didn’t let me give excuses. She held me accountable for the choices I was making. She seems to know things are going to happen before they do. One instance I remember…we were working out in the gym, and she was trying to bring to my attention my old thinking. (When I wanted to drop weight, I would dress in lots of clothes on and work out as well as skip meals).) Deep into the workout, she kept asking how I was feeling, and I was “fine,” I would say. My form was starting to be compromised, my face was red, and I had no energy. Within in a few minutes, I vomited. Peggy knew what would happen, she was just trying to bring home that my old ways weren’t working for me.
Through work and friendship, I learned to trust her and learned a different spin on health and wellness. I always had a mindset that in order to lose weight, I had to sweat like a pig, eat things I hated or didn’t like, and take hours and hours running, or I wouldn’t keep it off, and for these reasons why I kept giving up and would yo-yo. Peggy designed my wellness around my schedule and the foods I liked, including eating my cultural foods. I learned more about carbs and portion sizes. The biggest changes came with work-life balance. I never said no to anyone, so I was constantly running 90 miles an hour at work and home. I would grab whatever I could, and sometimes though I had the food I would forget to eat it. I learned the what, when, and why of eating. She was the first one I ever had to explain the WHY. She learns about you as a person, what your lifestyle is, your likes and dislikes, and current and older issues, whether with food or life. And relationships, and to this day, I keep learning, and she never criticizes. I still reach out via text or a call for support to share I messed up or I gained X amount of weight, she asks what is going on in my life, and we celebrate the choices I did make and what do-overs I would have made and where we can modify moving forward. After you work with her, you start to recognize emotional eating and self-sabotage. She guides and helps YOU DECIDE. I would recommend Peggy to anyone. She is not only a great coach, but she is a great friend who cares about all people. She doesn’t just help and vanish. She is there to see you through life with enthusiasm and passion.” –Mercedes Wright