Hello, I'm Stacy...
I'm the founder and CEO of LivingUpp. As a Registered Dietitian, author, and lifestyle coach with 20+ years of experience in the healthcare industry, I know how challenging the change process can be.
What we do here...
All of our programs are based on a unique 8-dimensional self-care framework and lifestyle design planning system, which provide the structure you need to move through the change process.
If you're ready to stop saving all the good stuff for later, you're in the right place.
Here's why I do this work...
Self-care changed my life.
There's just no other way to say it.
My self-care story began in 2014, when I discovered my marriage was failing in a big way. I was emotionally shattered and broken in ways that I never imagined possible.
I was barely functional, mustering just enough strength to drag myself into work every day, only to break down in tears the moment I reached my car in the parking lot. Eventually, I resigned from my job because I simply didn’t have the strength to fake it anymore.
I found a good therapist.
I read a lot of books.
I attended workshops.
And I invested in self-care.
But I wanted my story to end differently. For three years, I held onto the hope that we'd somehow be able to recover our marriage. I wanted to believe my therapist when she said "marriages that make it through times like these are the strongest ones."
But that’s not how my story ended.
When everything finally unraveled in 2018, I was faced with the very scary question: What now?
I was terrified. I had no stable income, no relatives within 2,000 miles, and in a matter of weeks I’d have no place to live, a health insurance plan with an end date, and a whole helluva lot of grieving still ahead of me.
But somewhere in the middle of all the chaos, I heard myself say this out loud: “No matter what happens, everything’s going to be okay.”
And I believed it.
I believed it so completely that a sense of peace fell over me like a warm blanket.
The next few weeks were a blur. I filed for divorce. Our home sold five days after it went on the market. And I agonized over where I would go from there. Then my dog, who was supposed to join me for my next chapter, joined rainbow bridge suddenly instead.
The losses just kept coming.
I did what any logical, soon-to-be twice divorced, forty-something woman who was reclaiming her independence would do: I bought a Sprinter van, loaded it up with only the possessions I loved, and set out on an opened-ended adventure across the country.
And that's when I began to redesign my life.
Over the next 43 days, I visited friends and family, crossed off bucket list items, and drove wherever my heart led me. That road trip from Washington State to Florida had its challenging moments, but it all feels like such a gift now.
That trip gave me space to grieve. It gave me time to reflect on what I really want to experience in the next season of my life, and it gave me the confidence to know that I really can do whatever the hell I want to.
The truth is, none of us knows how much time we have here; tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.
And that trip taught me something really important: Life's too short to live a sh*tty one.
I’m still processing many of the lessons that came out of that experience, but what I mostly feel now is gratitude. I feel grateful that I found the strength to keep moving forward. I feel grateful that I was given the opportunity to do life differently, so I can contribute something meaningful to the world.
Whatever you’re facing right now, please know that you have more options than you think.
You are limitless.
And when the time comes that you’re feeling ready to explore some new options, this is a safe place to begin putting all your pieces back together.
I want you to know that I'm here if you need help finding your way. I help women just like you build easier, healthier, happier lives.
If you need some help finding a new path, let's chat.
- I’m a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with 20+ years of experience in the healthcare industry.
- I’m an INFJ (if you’re into the Myers Briggs thing), which means I prefer curling up on the couch with a book over going to an all-night rager.
- I appreciate colorful language. I’ve been known to drop an occasional f-bomb. For me, it's refreshing to hear people speak their truth without letting inhibitions get in the way. As long as the intent is to be humorous and not to be an a-hole, I'm cool with it. If you have a warm heart and a sailor’s mouth, then you’re probably my people.
- I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. I understand that this life is a gift and I intend to use my time wisely.
- I’m in a deeply romantic relationship with nature. There’s just no other way to say it. Growing up on a small farm in Ohio, I learned a lot from observing the natural world. Perhaps that’s also where I fell in love with nutrition. The garden has always been a magical place for me…an art studio, my sanctuary.
- I'm ever so slightly obsessed with chickens. Sadly, a black bear incident left me brokenhearted and chicken-less, but I'll have chickens again someday. For now, I've been volunteering at a bird sanctuary, where I get to spend time with owls and falcons.
- I won’t pretend that I have life all figured out but I'm doing my best, and I believe that if we’re all doing our best, that’s enough.
Stacy's Training & Education
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential: 1) Completed a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2) Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length, 3) Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), and 4) Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCESs) under the the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE) must be a) A clinical psychologist, registered nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician (M.D. or D.O.), or podiatrist holding a current, active, unrestricted license from the United States or its territories; OR b) A dietitian or dietitian nutritionist holding active registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, physician assistant holding active registration with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, clinical exercise professional holding active certification with American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CEP), previously known as ASCM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, clinical exercise professional holding active certification with the ACSM as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM RCEP), health educator holding active certification as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing; OR c) A health professional with a master’s degree or higher in social work from a United States college or university accredited by a nationally recognized regional accrediting body. It also requires a minimum of 2 years of professional practice experience within a health-related field (as noted above) and a minimum of 1000 hours of diabetes self-management education (DSME) experience, along with a certification examination.
In 2016, Stacy completed the Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach training program, and she has also completed the ACE health coach certification.
Level 1 & 2 Certificates of Training in Adult Weight Management
The Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Certificates of Training in Adult Weight Management are intensive programs that provide in-depth training related to the treatment of adult weight management, and include topics such as pathophysiology, dietary modifications, physical activity, pharmacotherapy, appetite regulation, intensive behavioral treatment, bariatric surgery implications and complications, relapse prevention, weight maintenance and counseling strategies. Stacy completed the Level 1 certificate of training in 2003, and Level 2 in 2014.
Stacy obtained the Heartsaver® CPR AED certification through CPR Seattle, an American Heart Association partner.
STACY FISHER, RDN, LD, CDCES is the founder of LivingUpp™, a lifestyle design company that helps women live with more ease and better health, using a self-care framework and planning system. Stacy is a registered dietitian nutritionist and lifestyle coach with 20+ years of experience in the healthcare industry, where she’s worked with large companies such as Dell, Boeing and Nike.
STACY FISHER, RDN, LD, CDCES is the founder of LivingUpp™, a lifestyle design company that helps women live with more ease and better health. Stacy is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist, lifestyle coach, and author with 20+ years of experience in the healthcare industry, where she’s worked in private practice, in medical facilities, and with large companies such as Dell, Boeing, and Nike. Stacy is the author of The Lifestyle Design Planner, which supports women in designing a life they love.
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