We had the good fortune of connecting with Felicia Phillips and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Felicia, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
One of my favorite scriptures as it relates to being a Christian Healthy Lifestyle Coach and the work I do through the Fab2Fit Academy is found in John 3:2. Here’s what it says in the amplified version of the Bible: “Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].”
Often times, Christians will focus on the portion of scripture that speaks of success or prosperity and pay little attention to the rest of the verse that talks about being in good health. But the truth is that God wants us to prosper AND be in good health, even as our soul prospers.
Knowing that good health is part of God’s will for His people motivates me to take better care of myself and continue to help as many people as I can to learn how to make healthier food choices and stay active so they too can be in good health.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the founder and CEO of the Fab2Fit Academy – a faith-based virtual fitness academy that helps men and women lose weight and keep it off for good! I help you create heathier habits and transform your life through personal training, group exercise, group coaching, and my service-guaranteed, customized, 1:1 nutritional coaching program.
I am most proud of the sustainable success I’ve witnessed with my very first client – my mother. In May of 2019, my mother was dealing with uncontrolled diabetes and a host of other chronic conditions. She was wearing a size 22 and weighed 239 lbs. She was injecting herself with insulin in her arm or stomach twice a day in an effort to manage her disease. I started working on my mother’s nutrition in July of 2019. By September, she was down nearly 20 lbs, her blood was normal and she was able to discontinue her twice daily insulin injections to manage her diabetes. We continued to work on her nutrition, and the following spring, we started walking daily. In the summer of 2020, she also started doing Low Intensity Interval Training twice a week through the Fab2Fit Academy. Now, two years later, she is still losing weight and improving her health. She’s lost a total of 66 lbs, from 239 to 173, and dropped from a size 22 to a size 12. Her A1c is within a normal range and her diabetes remains controlled through nutrition and exercise only.
I’ve been able to experience success with the Fab2Fit Academy because I am good at what I do and I am constantly learning and pouring my knowledge into my clients to help deliver the weight loss results they desire. Moreover, I’ve been blessed to connect with other amazing coaches who’ve poured into me and helped me win. It’s not always easy at all. Often times, especially during this pandemic, I’ve seen people who need my services, but aren’t yet willing to invest in services to improve their health and quality of life. And when I say invest, I am absolutely talking about money, but it’s so much more. Leading a healthy lifestyle also requires an investment of time – time to meal plan, meal prep, exercise, sleep, etc. Unfortunately, many people want the results, but are not initially willing to invest in the work.
I continue to educate people about the importance of healthy eating and staying active and try to be an example to my clients. Although I’ve successfully lost 35 lbs and kept it off for nearly 4 years, dropping from a size 14 down to a size 8, and more recently a size 6-ish (I am in between sizes), I still work with a coach and trainer and am constantly setting new goals for myself. I believe that working with a coach helps me to be a better coach to my clients. I understand the days that you just don’t feel like it, but you have to keep pressing toward your goals. I understand the life punches that lead to eating that bag of cookies or that container of ice cream. I have those days myself, but I’ve been able to navigate those times and still yield results. And now, I am committed to helping my clients do the same. We all fall at times. It’s not falling that’s the problem, it’s staying down, when the best thing you can do is get back up and press toward your goals.
I am passionate about helping my clients win. I celebrate when they hit milestones and I feel the pain when they are hurting or when they are disappointed with their choices and/or the results of their choices. I am also grieved when they are ready to throw in the towel and give up. My prayer is that God will continue to send the clients that he has assigned to me and that I will continue to be a blessing to those who are willing to do what it takes to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I attended college in Atlanta a long time ago and have only been back in the area for a few years. We returned shortly before the pandemic started, so I haven’t had a lot of time to get out and about. Clearly, much has changed since my college days. However, if I had to plan a visit with my friends – we’d definitely have breakfast at Flavor Rich in Gwinnett County and dinner at Naan Fine Thai Dining in Buckhead. We’d hit the Beltline (haven’t been yet) to burn off calories and people watch. We’d also likely take a trip to Stone Mountain (never been) for some hiking.
No trip to Atlanta is complete without visiting Centennial Olympic Park and viewing the brick my husband and I purchased there. The park is special because I worked their during the 1996 Olympics and my husband and I were at the park on the day of the bombing. We planned to attend the concert where the bombing occurred, but got separated in the crowd and both ended up leaving. But I digress. We might consider a tour of the Coca Cola Factory, CNN and the Atlanta Aquarium. I’d also take my visitors to visit Atlanta Botanical Gardens and of course, my amazing church, The Faith Center in Tucker, GA. And I can’t forget high tea at the Chateau Elan.
I am not really into night life, but it’s possible that if one of my girls was in town, we’d head to Edee’s Place on the 3rd Saturday for a comedy show and check out the newly opened Linnethea’s Lounge in Gwinnett County.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out my amazing Fab2Fit Academy members and my F2F Nutrition clients. I am humbled by the faith and trust that you put into my ability to help you transform your health and your life. It is a pleasure coaching you be it in my group programs or my one-on-one nutritional coaching.
I also want to shout out several incredible coaches who’ve pushed me to invest in myself and my business and accelerate my success. Thanks Pastor Monica Haskell, Coach Beverly Walthour, Shalena the DIVA, Walter Copeland II, Mohammed Malik, and Yasin Arshad.