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MEET THE COACHES

A photo of Yesha Brighton, founder of Evolve

YESHA BRIGHTON

  • Nutrition Coach

  • Personal Trainer

  • Group Exercise Instructor

  • Senior/Modified Fitness

  • Pre and Post Bariatric Surgery Fitness

  • Post Bariatric Athlete Trainer

I once weighed in at 260lbs and "struggling with my weight" became an overused term.  As a mother of three and working full time for most of my life I started to believe that being over weight was out of my control. Losing weight, battling illness, and dealing with chronic pain are things most people are taught to endure while lacking both compassion from society and physical relief. I decided to become the change I wanted to see in the world and bring the empathy to others that I had desired. 

Through my own struggles of weight management, auto immune disease and genetic disorders, I had turned my struggles into empowerment. I have gained the compassion and drive to help others throughout their personal challenges. I use my education, personal experience and mindfulness techniques to help others overcome their challenges and achieve their goals.  

Philosophy: It all starts with you and loving who you are. My desire is to assist others in visualizing and achieving their personal goals. Whether it be for weight loss or to enhance performance, it’s about gaining control of our minds to empower our bodies.  Re-discover a new you and create your new life today!

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A photo of Felice Knox, coach at Evolve

FELICE KNOX

  • Positive Lifestyle Coach

  • Bariatric Lifestyle Coach

  • Pre Bariatric Surgery Lifestyle Coach

  • Post Bariatric Surgery Lifestyle Coach

The old saying ‘a lot of unlearning goes a long way’ is the best way to describe myself. I have struggled along the weight-loss road for the majority of my life. I truly think I tried every diet ever invented and they didn’t work, I would drop weight and gain twice as much back. I finally hit rock bottom when the scale read 298 pounds and the max weight it could read was 300, this scared me so much that I decided on weight loss surgery and got myself a lap-band. I was able to drop 128 pounds and although this is a great weight-loss success story it has a ton of side chapters that are not so pretty. In 2019 I had the lap-band removed due to complications and opted for gastric bypass surgery. My first hand life experiences of the two surgeries offers me the perfect opportunity to pass along my knowledge and understanding of weight-loss and lifestyle change. 

I was doing it wrong, I had to un-educate myself about my relationship with food, so that I could be open to the possibility of keeping the weight off for good. I believe my major turning point can be accredited to my education. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with my B.A. in Psychology and minor in Honors College in 2016. I worked in crisis management and suicide prevention for a number of years, but my passion is in positive psychology. Positive psychology is the scientific study of the “good life”, or the positive aspects of the human experience that make life worth living. Finding your bliss. My goal is to focus on a more holistic view of the self and societal wellness. Together we can become the changes we want to see in our world.

Felic Knox
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