Molly's Story

A note from Molly, Beacon’s founder.

At seven, I went to my first nutrition program knowing my issue had more to do with just food, portion sizes and the “right” foods to eat. By the age of twenty-three, I had been to nutritionists, weight loss camps, medical professionals, therapists, health coaches and every diet program typical and atypical - you name it, I was there. My weight kept rising as my self-esteem and faith hit all-time lows. Life did not feel worth living. Like so many of you, I would walk into each diet undertaking with every intention of it working, and time and again, I ended up failing, more miserable and heavier than when I had begun.

All those diets sounded easy and doable on Monday morning, but failed me by Thursday. They failed to take me step-by-step, through each day and each obstacle, to actualize my end goal. They told me what and how much to eat, but failed to address the thinking patterns and behaviors that interfered with my ability to “stick to the diet” for more than a week or two.

They failed to appreciate the specific food issues with which I struggled and were holding me captive. They packaged their programs in bright, shiny colors, but failed to provide the on-call support I needed during those hard moments when the honeymoon of a new beginning lost its luster.

What I’ve learned is that I didn’t fail at those diets,
those diets failed me.

I am known for saying that I make programs for my sickest self. My passion for helping you find your solution comes from the deepest and most personal place: as someone who understands the plight of emotional eating, compulsive overeating and food addiction, and as someone who couldn’t get help because the right kind of help didn’t exist.

My professional path was as full of learning experiences as my personal recovery. There wasn’t any place that helped in a way I knew would work, so I sought out places that would help in shaping my vision. I worked at weight loss camps and drug treatment centers; I started a boarding school and camps for adolescent obesity and created outpatient programs with doctors I respected. I read the research on obesity, diabetes, eating disorders, food addiction, and the ways people successfully find lasting change. I studied addiction, Buddhism, behavioral therapy, Dialectical Therapy - things outside the traditional framework of nutrition and weight loss that might help you in your recovery.

I started this program by taking on clients who were just like me - hopeless, ready to give up, convinced they could not get bette , that failure whas their end game. I listened to my clients and I continue to listen to you today - you shape the way we work and the way we help at Beacon.I am known for saying that I make programs for my sickest self — and nothing could be more true.

My passion for helping you to find your solution comes from the deepest and most personal place:
as someone who understands the plight of emotional eating, compulsive overeating and food addiction, and as someone who couldn’t get help because the right kind of help didn’t exist.

My professional path was as crooked as my personal recovery. There wasn’t any place that helped in a way I knew would work, so I sought out places I thought would be helpful in creating my vision. I worked at weight loss camps and drug treatment centers; I started a boarding school and camps for adolescent obesity and created outpatient programs with doctors that I respected. I read the research on obesity, diabetes, eating disorders, food addiction, and on the ways that people most successfully change. I studied addiction, Buddhism, behavioral therapy, Dialectical Therapy – things outside of the traditional framework of nutrition and weight loss that might help clients recover.

I took on clients who were just like me – hopeless, ready to give up, convinced they could not get better. And above all, I listened to my clients, and I continue to listen to them today – you shape the way we work and help at Beacon.

With all my personal and professional training and experiences, I knew I had discovered a way to help people to successfully win their own Diet Wars. And finally, that little voice that said, “You should help people, You should make a program that works” was satisfied.

I assembled a group of clinicians that feel as passionately as I do about helping you to make a real difference in your life. Like me, they have dreamed of doing this work with you.

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