Who is Jennifer Clare?

(I think I’d been holding these 5 kg weights for about twenty minutes for this photo. My arms were on FIRE!)

So who am I? I’m a trainer, a presenter, a nutritionist, and a therapeutic coach. Oh – and I wrote a book: Stub Out The Habit – Quit Smoking Without Cravings Or Regrets

What qualifications do you have?

Tons! I have a thick file of certifications and awards.

(I was one of the founding members of the Australian Board of NLP,  and am a lifetime member of the International Association of Coaches. I’m a Master Practitioner of NLP,  Master Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, a Hypnotherapist, a certified Life Coach, and a Precision Nutrition Level Two Nutritionist.)

More importantly than that, though, I have thousands of hours of client experience.
I’ve worked with people in the US, UK, Australia, and India, in-person and by Skype.

Here’s what some of them have had to say about me:

What’s your story?

I was born in Cambridge, UK, and grew up in upstate New York. I spent ten years in Australia and recently moved back to the UK so my Yorkshireman husband could further his career.
And it explains why sometimes my language and spelling is a little garbled – I speak English in three different accents!

My own career history is long and varied  – I’ve worked as a hairdresser, a journalist, a fund-raiser, a cook, a recruitment agent,  a bartender,  and a goat farmer, among others.

What do you mean when you say you’re a ‘spoonie’?

‘Spoonie’ is a term used by many people living with invisible illnesses – it refers to a measure of daily energy counted in spoons. You can read the origins here.
I have fibromyalgia – a neurological disorder characterised with widespread pain, disrupted sleep patterns, IBS, low energy, and other fun characteristics.

What are you like?

I’m compassionate, dedicated, creative, a little bit tough, funny, and intuitive. I have a knack for explaining things in a way that makes sense, and for seeing problems in many dimensions so I can reframe them and make them disappear.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to potter around in the garden, cook, find ways to make my favourite foods healthier and more delicious, read, write short stories and plays, act, travel. I’ve been to over 25 countries and counting.

I also genuinely like to exercise. I have late-onset athleticism. I was in a powerlifting competition and came in third on my first attempt. And now I weight lift in my back garden and do some obstacle training. I’m also partial to dancing around the house.

Dogs or cats?

Generally dogs. I had a Humphrey and a Sherman.

Tea or coffee?

Yes, please. Depends on the time of day. The occasional glass of red or a gin and tonic is also appreciated.

Books or movies?

Books, generally.

Favourite forms of exercise?

Weightlifting, kettlebells, walking, Pilates. And dancing around the kitchen.
I have a home gym in the dining room and the garden and can be found deadlifting, bench pressing, and squatting 3-4 days a week when my health permits. I have a knack for making exercise fun.

Five foods you’d have to have with you on a desert island?

Lamb, feta, blueberries, asparagus, chocolate. I could figure out how to make wine from the blueberries.

Wine? Chocolate? What kind of dieting advice is that?!

Sensible! If you include the foods you love, in moderation, you’re much more likely to stick to your habits than if you cut out foods or food groups.

What are your super-powers?

I’d like to be able to fly. But since I haven’t figured that out yet, my super-powers are that I can reframe any situation to put a positive spin on it, laser in to the heart of matters, and always look on the bright side of life.

Any vices?

Of course! I’m human. I love cheese, and popcorn, pick my cuticles, and sometimes I snort when I laugh 🙂