We had the good fortune of connecting with Suz Carpenter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Suz, what matters most to you?
“Decide what it is that you need most in the world and go do that.” – John Maxwell
I have spent a lifetime being hungry and afraid to eat. Worse still, I was pretending to be happy and confident when I really felt scared and lacked confidence.
I am 6’2″ and must have wanted to shrink my body to fit into a mold that I thought was more appropriate. I chose losing weight as my path. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand food and spent the better part of my life restricting, bingeing, and purging (exercise to outrun my fork).
Food was in complete control during those years. I was so ashamed of how I was mistreating my body….so ashamed that I could not ask for help. I even kept this secret from my husband.
Until I was asked a question, “You say you would die for your kids, but would you change for them.” That changed everything. I could not stand the idea of my two girls growing up to battle the same internal struggle that I was. I finally found enough brave to get the help that I could not find on my own.
I know that most women are not as extreme as me, however, they are suffering because they do not look and feel their very best. It isn’t about jean size or vanity, it’s about quieting that inner mean girl voice and amplifying the self-love voice.
When I learned the principles that I came to base CarpenterOne80 upon, I found food peace and peace within myself.
I am paying forward what we should have been taught in high school about nutrition. I believe if we can fill in the educational gaps and address emotional eating, the women I serve will be able to impact not only their health, but their families’ health in a positive way and pass this education to the next generation.
Food, weight loss, and weight management are a lot like understanding numbers and money. We are able to understand money because we were first taught numbers. When you understand food, you understand how to budget food for weight loss.
I needed this understanding and I couldn’t find it. That is why this principle matters most. Decide what you needed most in this world and go do that.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
In a nutshell, I help moms in their 40’s, who have tried it all, lose weight and keep it off so they stop suffering and start loving their life.
Food is neither good nor bad and all foods fit! We JUST DO NOT KNOW HOW! I teach the how and tackle the tricky things like nutrition, environment, & emotions! It is important to get success and clear away the initial obstacles and confusion….but the transformation happens after a little success and dealing with why we USE food.
I work hard to position myself around excellence, I would outsource my weaknesses so that I can maximize my strengths (teaching and creating content for customers). Hiring others who are excellent in their field and trusting their input has helped me overcome many challenges.
I want you to know the result of your last diet is where you are now. If you are eating in a way that you do not see yourself doing when you are 80, we are not there yet. This isn’t a sprint, it is a marathon. You need to give yourself grace and permission to fail forward, do it bad perfect, and know that you will not run out of steam. Having me help you through the difficulties that are going to come with weight loss is what will get you to your goal, and keep you there.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Lunch at Bellina Alimentari in Ponce City Market, then stroll the shops, and then a mid-afternoon tour of the High Museum of Art.
Another great day would include, taking a barre class at Pure Barre, then Brunch/Lunch at True Food, and then stroll Piedmont Park.
Dinner at Fia in Buckhead. This is one of my new favorites in The Burgess Hotel.
Atlanta has so much to offer, however, jumping into the Highlands or Roswell for shopping and strolling is also a favorite.
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?
John Maxwell and the book FAILING FORWARD
This book taught me that a failure is an event, not who I am. I went through an intense study of this book and found that I could have a personal growth study.
Why is that important? I thought I reached my peak and that my past experiences disqualified me. I came to learn that my past experiences are exactly what qualified me.
Part of this personal growth plan is learning about fear and how EVERYONE experiences it (I didn’t know that to be a truth) and those who have what I want, have persevered through more than I have, SO FAR….
I had a dream inside me that I couldn’t stop thinking about. His teachings and books helped me to stay on the path to make it happen.