hi, i’m kelsey hojara
I failed so you don’t have to
When I was 17 years old, I said enough was enough. I had played sports my whole life but had been three years removed. I worked at restaurants as a host and you bet I took advantage of the 50% off meals. In addition, I was drinking heavily on the weekends with my friends. I looked in the mirror and couldn’t recognize the person I was anymore.
The ‘old’ Kelsey Hojara
On Facebook, I saw a friend that had an amazing transformation and I was willing to do anything. Before I knew it, I was spending hundreds of dollars on supplements a month, drinking two meal replacement shakes a day and two fat burner teas. I was only eating chicken and veggies for dinner. Did I lose weight? You bet. Did I keep it off? No. I ended up giving up on this plan after going on a 1-week binge.
The next few years were rough. I tried countless different plans to lose weight. The only aspect that stayed consistent was that I lifted weights, but I learned later that I wasn’t even doing that right. I tried keto, detoxes, apple cider vinegar, skipping meals, e-books, more fat burners, you name it … I tried it. Looking back, I likely spent thousands of dollars on these programs & plans. I would lose some weight, feel good, then gain it all back within weeks to feel defeated all over again. It was a vicious cycle.
The ‘New’ Kelsey Hojara
All of this struggle did lead me to a love of nutrition and fitness. I grew up in Granger, Indiana (go Notre Dame!), and went to college at Indiana University. I studied dietetics with a minor in psychology. During my time in college, I still didn’t have the answers, but I never gave up. I kept learning more in class and through my failed attempts at dieting. I was just like you in the past – I believed all the schemes and lies on the internet. It’s not our fault though. We didn’t know any better at the time. Through my education and my failed experiences in the nutrition/fitness space, I eventually learned what really does work.
I’ve now made it my life’s work to help women so they no longer have to deal with the struggle and confusion the way I did for 6 years. I failed so you don’t have to.
I do have a life outside of being a coach though! If I’m not at the gym, I’m either snuggled up on the couch watching Netflix or at a local brewery drinking a craft beer. I love food, hence the dietitian thing! I like getting creative in the kitchen and coming up with fun, quick meal ideas to share with my FB tribe and coaching clients. Plus, I have a golden retriever, Stella, and cat, Mojito. If you follow me on Instagram, you likely love them as much as I do! I’m a huge goofball and enjoy making others laugh. As I finish writing this, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude to be where I am today! I get to help women feel their best and be their healthiest selves ever. Now that you know who I am, I would love to learn more about you!
Are you ready to become your best self through women's health coaching?
My story of gut & hormonal Healing
July 2019, I made the decision to get off of birth control after learning that the depo shot I had been on for 7 years was causing permanent, irreversible bone damage. Something my doctor neglected to tell me… Also I had no libido for the past 3-4 years and despite working out on a regular basis, I had a hard time putting on muscle. Little did I know that getting off birth control and getting my cycle back to normal wasn’t as easy as it sounded.
It took me 8 months to get my first period. During those 8 months, I was having intermittent periods of diarrhea that I chalked up to gluten intolerance. Prior to all of my cycles, I was an emotional wreck. I was anxious, rude to Sam (my boyfriend of 5 years), crying hysterically, and would constantly think “this can’t be normal”, but also thought “maybe I’m overthinking it.”
Come a year and a half later, January 2021, things got a lot worse. I got covid 2019 then shortly after was in a skiing accident that caused a moderate traumatic brain injury. Que brain fog, fatigue, HARD CORE depression (crying every day for a week), anxiety through the roof, trouble focusing, constant bloating, stomach pains with eating, and loss of appetite. To my benefit, I was already familiar with functional medicine testing. I went ahead and got the GI map and DUTCH complete done. We found candida overgrowth, H pylori, parasites, estrogen dominance, extremely low progesterone, and nutrient deficiencies.
The functional medicine testing gave me the root causes
WHEW… I’m NOT crazy. There was a reason. I went through some intense GI and hormonal protocols and it was the best decision I could have made. My depression and anxiety quickly diminished. I wasn’t an emotional wreck before every period. I stopped being bloated with every meal. I could concentrate on my business and on having meaningful conversations with loved ones. I could EAT GLUTEN AGAIN!!!! HALLELUIAH.
That’s why I’m so passionate about functional medicine and getting to the root cause of why you don’t feel like yourself. I was lucky enough to have the knowledge of these tests before doctors told me I was crazy and there was nothing wrong with me. If you’ve been told that “your labs are fine” “it’s all psychiatric, here are some big pharma meds to help with the anxiety” “you’re a hypochondriac” just know that your symptoms are real. There is a root cause to why you have no energy, are anxious and depressed, have lots of food intolerances, are bloating constantly, have diarrhea and constipation, can’t concentrate, and just don’t feel like yourself.
Let’s get to the root and help you to become your best self!