My name is Ellen, and I am a sobriety and wellbeing coach, helping other women reach their sobriety, fitness and nutrition goals by working on their mindset. I work with my clients to help them examine their relationship with alcohol and work together to help build a happier, healthier life without alcohol. I am a qualified personal trainer, nutritionist and behaviour change coach with over 20 years experience in the wellness industry.
A single mum of 3, originally from the UK but living in France since 2007, I quietly gave up alcohol in December 2018 after toying with sobriety for several years.
Although I always knew on some level that alcohol wasn’t doing me any favours, I just couldn’t make sobriety stick long term.
I was what most people would consider a normal drinker. A few glasses of wine most nights, with the odd wild night where my alter ego ‘party girl’ would make an appearance….followed by sickness and a 4 day hangover.
With 3 young children, mummy culture had me feeling like I deserved to ‘treat’ myself to a few glasses of wine most nights. What I eventually came to realise as I approached 40 was that if I was really to ‘treat’ myself (and my kids) then it would be to stop drinking altogether.
With high blood pressure, high resting heart rate, living my entire adult life yo-yo dieting, the red, bloated face, the hangovers, the disturbed sleep; alcohol was not enhancing my life one bit.
Since giving up, sobriety has given me mental clarity that I have never experienced. I realised I was drinking nearly every night to numb the boredom I felt; but in turn, the cycle of drinking most nights meant that I had turned into somebody boring; somebody that didn’t chase their dreams, or follow through with any plans, and that wasn't the person I wanted to be or the parent I wanted to be to my kids.
I realised that the key to sobriety wasn’t willpower, it was to create a version of me I didn’t want to escape from. and that’s just what I am doing; and what I want to help you do.