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Hidden Gems: Meet Lia Pinelli

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lia Pinelli.

Hi Lia, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a former high school educator with a fierce passion to empower teen girls to find their confidence and strengths. I founded a program called Strong Girls Soar designed to help girls do just that, but then quickly learned that I didn’t have the skills to actually help them navigate their lives meaningfully so I signed up for life coach training. I fell in love with coaching and slowly built a private coaching practice.

What I found from working with girls for all those years was that the more confident their mamas were, the more confident they were.

I now work full-time in that private practice helping hard-working mamas radically transform their relationship with food to stop overeating and lose unwanted weight from a place of love.

I’m on a mission to change the trajectory for the next generation girls by helping their mamas free up the mental real estate they’re currently using counting calories and carbs so we can focus on what really matters– our careers, communities, and raising confident and healthy girls.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I struggled with overeating my whole life and had tried every diet in the book since the age of nine. By the time I started my girl’s groups I had completely given up on dieting and struggling with my body. I embraced the body diversity movement (and still do) and I taught that to my girls as well…but I felt like an imposter because, though I was preaching self-love and body diversity, I secretly was still really struggling to find peace with food. While I had learned to accept my body at any size and deeply admired women like Ashley Graham, Jessamyn, and Lizzo (I’m Lizzo’s biggest fan, btw) I wasn’t struggling with my body so much anymore as I was with my behaviors with food. I almost always ate to the point of discomfort and would think about food constantly. It was exhausting. I yearned to make peace with food, to not have it dominate my precious mental space, but I didn’t know how to change it. After I became a life coach, I had heard about “weight loss coaching” and for two years, I paid it no attention because I literally thought “That sounds like a scam because if that works, I’d have tried it by now.” I ended up stumbling upon a weight loss mindset tool and lost seven pounds without even trying. I was floored. I had to learn more so I dove deeper and that was several years ago now. I lost 30 pounds and never, ever looked back.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I’m Lia Pinelli and I’m a life coach who specializes in helping hard-working mamas radically transform their relationship with food to stop overeating and lose unwanted weight from a place of love.

I’m on a mission to change the trajectory for the next generation girls by helping their mamas free up the mental real estate they’re currently using counting calories and carbs so we can focus on what really matters– our careers, communities, and raising confident and healthy girls.

Girls take their cues from their mamas. Even when we think they’re not watching us, they are. If we want to raise girls who are confident and comfortable in their own skin then we women need to authentically model that. That is where I come in. My coaching focuses on helping mothers find peace with food, lose unwanted weight without the use of diets, shakes, or crazy workouts, and pass THAT on to their daughters.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I see the life coaching continuing to blossom as people want to grow and evolve themselves more and more.

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