Nory Pouncil is the visionary behind iAmHealthyFit.com.
She has dedicated the past nine years to helping people become the healthiest version of themselves.
Nory is a Personal Fulfillment Coach, Spiritual Guide and Wellness Advocate for Women.
Through her coaching practice, she has helped women wake up with a smile on their face, become more loving and compassionate parents, find meaning in their lives and become personally fulfilled.
Nory Pouncil's Story
Hi, I’m Nory and I’d love you tell you a little bit about my story.
I was born in Honduras to a large Garifuna family. Mother was a dancer and Garifuna historian. Her commitment to the Garifuna culture is at the core of who I am.
From the early age of 6, I remember spending countless hours in the kitchen, cooking with my aunts and learning all about herbs and spices.
In fact, those are the same teachings I turned to when I began my health journey in 2010.
Wait, did I gain 20 pounds?
I’ve always had a small body frame. That was until I moved to the United States.
Within months of living in the Bronx, NY, I put on weight like never before. Most of my family was happy to “finally see meat on my bones.”
And I was oblivious to what was going on.
Since I was a little girl, I’ve been in love with dancing. Pair that with the daily speed of being a teenager, I managed to keep the weight in check for most of my younger years.
2010 was supposed to be My Year!
I was graduating with two bachelors from the Rochester Institute of Technology and was looking forward to taking over the world.
At least that’s what I knew would happen once I walked the stage.
There was one tiny problem, after spending six months looking for work, I had nothing. Here I was ready to take my twenties by storm after doing what “I was supposed to do” and felt like a failure.
So I frantically looked for some comfort, and a sense of control: both I found in food.
Before I knew it by the time I walked the stage I felt depressed, frustrated, lost, stuck and it turns out I was 20 pounds heavier.
First wake up call
After graduation, I went home to see my family. Originally this trip was supposed to be a celebration, although I felt that there wasn’t much to celebrate.
Since I was unemployed, I decided to stay in Honduras for one year.
It turns out I had no idea how much weight I put on. Full transparency, I knew I didn’t fit my favorite jeans, but I figured it was just bloating.
You know who noticed?
They didn’t hold back on letting me know I had “let myself go.”
Two of my cousins, a nutritionist, and professional volleyball player offered to help me.
So I went to work,
I focused on walking every day for 30 minutes, eating more fruits and vegetables, cutting fast foods and fried foods from my diet, and I became obsessed with meal prep.
Before I knew it, I saw results.
I felt energetic, lighter, and began to love the woman I saw in the mirror.
After taking control of my physical health and a few other transitions, I decided to return to the US.
I knew the quality of the food was different but felt equipped because I knew what to do.
It got cold.
If you’ve never been to Honduras, it is deliciously warm all year round, which was a significant change once I moved back.
I struggled to keep my active lifestyle because it was cold outside and I couldn’t afford a gym membership yet.
This was before Instagram was popular and before I knew you could find everything on youtube.
Pair that with happy hours, and overprized dinners in NYC, and you end up 20 pounds heavier, again.
If at first you don't succeed
When I looked at the photo of my relapse I was shocked. I remember uploading a bunch of pictures to Facebook, and this was one of them.
I couldn’t believe my eyes.
How did this happen? When? How could I allow my health to get to that point?
Once I was done with my pity party, I remembered I had the keys, and all I had to do was work.
So I went to work, again!
This time I adjusted to my new lifestyle. I got over the cold and signed up for a gym membership. I became addicted to running and ended up running, too many 5Ks to count, 10+ half marathons, and two marathons, including the NYC Marathon.
I was able to not only lose those 20 pounds; I kept them off for five years.
My second wake up call
Until this point, my healing was focused on my physical health. I knew there was more to being healthy but controlling my weight was my number one priority.
All of that would soon change.
In 2016, my favorite uncle, Califa, was murdered in Honduras. I remember my mothers call, sharing news that would change my life forever.
Within hours I booked the first flight from DC to San Pedro Sula.
When I landed, the reality of the situation hit me like a ton of bricks. Califa would always pick me up from the airport when I came home. He was the first person to welcome me to the country the last and me to say goodbye.
After a week of funeral activities, I was back in the office.
This began my eight month battle with depression.
Ever felt like the world was crumbling on top of you?
Like no matter how hard you try, the act of waking up in the morning feels like a fish out water trying to breathe?
That’s how felt every single day for eight months.
One day my husband sat down with me and told me: “This is not what you’re uncle would have wanted for you.”
For the first time after his death, I asked myself “What would Califa want for me?”
What brings you joy? What fills your spirit? What makes you happy?
Every time I spoke to my uncle he would always tell me:
I want you to do what brings you joy, what fills your spirit, what makes you happy.
After my husband sat with me, I thought about the words of my uncle and realized I had no idea how to answer those questions.
I had become so fixated with looking a certain way, and surviving that life was passing me by.
So I decided to go on a journey to figure it out.
I didn’t know what made me happy or what filled my spirit, so I began by identifying all the things that did not make me happy and did not bring me joy.
I knew I wanted a new job, I was over the cold and wanted to be close to the beach. I knew I wanted to control my time and be able to spend time with the people I love whenever I wanted to.
I knew I wanted to get to know myself and develop a loving relationship with me, all of me.
So I put out all my desires to the Universe, and the Universe blew my mind.
After being in DC for three years, living in a gorgeous highrise apartment, making the most money both husband and I had ever made,
We packed our one bedroom apartment and moved to St. Petersburg, FL.
Because, we redefined our happiness, our joy and what filled our spirit.
Coaching and Consulting
After my relapse in 2012, I committed to taking care of my physical health.
Before I knew it, friends and family were asking for advice on how to get their health on track.
I began sharing the lessons I had learned and met them a few times a week at parks to workout.
That’s how iAmHealthyFit.com came to life.
Over the years more and more people wanted my help, and I gave them all the tools I had at my disposal.
For almost ten years, I’ve helped hundreds of people become healthier by focusing on what they eat. They’ve not only felt better, they lost weight, they learned how to meal prep and learned how to use food as a form of self-care.
But the trust is,
The death of Califa taught me that when you only focus on physical health, you’re vulnerable to the effects of emotional and mental instability.
No amount of exercise and clean eating can prepare you to surrender to the pain of grief to begin healing.
Through my coaching practice, I’ve been able to help women uncover their path to personal fulfillment. I’ve helped them find meaning in their lives and learn to love themselves unconditionally.
Because we can only give to others what we already have within ourselves.
If you want to give unconditionally love, you have to learn to give it to yourself first.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing women take control of their lives, address and release years of trauma and hidden pain.
Your life is genuinely transformed when you understand that Universe is always on your side.
Even when you feel that there’s no way out, I’m here to tell you that there is light,
You don’t have to wait to reach the end of the tunnel; you can access it right now.