Monday, July 18, 2011

Spotlight on Mommy -- Lisa Consiglio Ryan of Whole Health Designs, LLC

This week I would like to introduce you all to Lisa Consiglio Ryan of Whole Health Designs, LLC.  Lisa offers private and group health coaching for women who are ready to focus on themselves and become fit, strong, and healthy.  Through her comprehensive programs she will help you achieve your personal goals like weight loss, detoxing and more.  I know that it has been hard for me to lose the extra baby weight, and I would have benefited greatly from one of her programs -- that is, until we learned we were expecting again this November.  I have definitely bookmarked Lisa's website and will be taking part in one of her programs after baby #2 is born.

If you are looking to make healthy improvements in your life, but don't know where to start, you should check out Lisa's website and program offerings.  Don't let those New Year resolutions fall by the waistside again this year.  Do something positive for yourself today!  You don't know how great you will feel.

And, now on to my interview with Lisa.  Enjoy!

Name:  Lisa Consiglio Ryan
Company Name/Product/Service: Whole Health Designs, LLC/Reboot Your Body Spring Detox/Weight loss, women's health, detox
Company Location: Annapolis, MD
Company Website:
Facebook URL:
Twitter Handle: @LisaConsiglioR
Age of Company:  1 year
Favorite Inspirational Quotes: "I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship." Louisa May Alcott
Favorite Book: Half the Sky

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How many children do you have?  What are their ages? Your hobbies? Etc.

I am a holistic health and nutrition coach and mom of Kate and Jack. Kate turned 8 years old in April and Jack is 6 years old.  I love multisports. I participate in triathlons and running races. I also read everything dealing with nutrition!

Briefly explain your business.  How did it come about? 

I offer private and group health coaching for women who are ready to focus on themselves and become fit, strong, and healthy with my programs.  I was a teacher/mentor teacher for 15 years in a town outside Washington DC.  While I loved it, I always felt something was missing.  After doing some soulsearching, I enrolled at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC and got certified in holistic nutrition. I actually went to the school to learn all I could about over 100 diets or so, but I realized that I had such passion for the coaching aspect. I decided to start my business, Whole Health Designs.

What is a typical work day like? 

Crazy! Well, no, not really. Okay, yes.  With 2 children, a husband, and a house, to take care of, I usually get up at 4:30 am to work out, get on the computer to start work for the day, get the kids to school, kiss my hubby goodbye, and get back to work.  I am usually doing a lot of program development at home, and I meet clients at my office during the day. Around 3 pm I get the kids off the bus, make them a snack, help them with homework, cook dinner, get the kids showered and ready for bed. After that, I am back at work.  Whew!

What has been a struggle while starting up your company?  

The main struggle is the learning curve with technology. Since I am not a born savvy techy, it usually takes me a lot longer to complete a task than most.I am getting help now so it is getting easier!

What did you do in your past work life?  

An elementary school teacher. I just loved first grade the most!  I also became a master/mentor teacher and coached new teachers.  Even now I am an educator but just in the nutrition field.

What have been some of your major successes?  

Personal it would be giving birth to Kate and Jack. I know, moms say that, but it is true. I am learning everyday more about patience and unconditional love. They are my best teachers.  In business, I have many satisfied clients who are reaching their health goals with my guidance. I am so honored to be working with such dedicated individuals.

What have been some of your major challenges?  

Balancing being a momprenuer!  I just love my business. This is it! I am so happy even though I work a lot and sometimes have to delegate tasks to my husband to keep things going on the homefront.  BUT I do admit, I get that guilty feeling when I have to head out to meet a client at 6 pm and Kate is crying, not wanting me to go. Breaks my heart, but I try to spend as much time as I can with them.

On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?  

The burning fire in my belly. I can feel it...I get so excited when one my clients says, "I feel so good, I don't ever want to eat that Big Mac  again. Give me my green juice!"  Usually I take some time and write in my journal about all I have done so far and that I am doing it!

What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?  

Google Calendar. I put all my tasks for work and home on the calendar and share it with my husband. That way Kevin knows each day what the family needs to do and I keep focused with my business tasks. 

What is next for your business?  

I am working on new customized coaching programs as well as webinars for virtual clients.

Do you have any advice for other mom entrepreneurs that are starting out and struggling, or are on the fence about starting a business? 

Stop thinking about it and just do it. Really, the more I would mull over things, the opportunities seem to be missed. If you have a driving interest, go for it. The world needs us!

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