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In this episode I Interview Naomi Teeter of The Inspired Transformation! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE at socialintrovertdad.com
Naomi: If I was going to lose weight, it was going to have to be a lifestyle change, and it wasn’t going to be easy. But I had already conquered what wasn’t easy and came through it just fine, so that’s what shifted in me and that’s what—I realized, “I’m just going to do this and I might lose the weight and I might not,” because I didn’t know if it was possible or not, but I knew I was going to change my ways.
This is Episode 24 of Featured Fridays. My next guest for you is Miss Naomi Teeter. She’s an entrepreneur of Spokane, Washington, and a certified nutritionist and health coach, specifically working with women, helping to empower them and give them the body that they deserve. Naomi has lost over 125lbs. and kept it off for over six years.
I hope you guys enjoy this interview. We had a good time talking about what it’s like being an entrepreneur, coming up, as well as—we talked a little bit about school and a few other things as far as health coaching and why Naomi doesn’t want to or doesn’t believe in clean eating. It was definitely a really great and a really informative episode.
Without further ado, let’s just jump into this thing and let you hear for yourself what it was all about.
Welcome to the Featured Fridays Podcast, where each episode we bring to you an inspiring person or topic to help you move one step closer to your goals. I am your host, Jusstin Williams, the Social Introvert Dad. Now without further ado, let’s get into the show.
Jusstin: Hey, everybody. This is Jusstin Williams, the Social Introvert Dad, and this is another episode of Featured Fridays. I’m sitting here today, guys, with my guest, Naomi Teeter. I hope I’m saying that right. She’s a nutritionist, health coach, entrepreneur, well-known for losing and maintaining a weight loss of over 125lbs. and she hails from Spokane, Washington. Naomi, feel free to say hello to the fans.
Naomi: Hello, everybody. I’m so honored to be here. Thank you for having me, Jusstin.
Jusstin: Oh, thank you for being on the show. I know we talked a little bit about you having a podcast before. I don’t know if you’ve ever interviewed people before, but getting guests for a podcast, sometimes, it can be kind of difficult as far as like schedules are concerned and last-minute things. I’ve definitely had quite a few dropouts last minute and just—yeah, it’s difficult. So thanks for actually making it onto the show and hanging out with me today.
Naomi: That’s not a problem. Yeah, my podcast was not interview style, but I know just the logistics behind every—making the podcast sound good and putting it out there is hard enough as it is, let alone interviewing people.
Jusstin: Yeah. For sure, for sure. I mean that’s kind of the main reason why I started a podcast versus doing like a blog or any type of like video stuff, is I’m not really a fan of the whole editing thing. Like with my podcast, it’s usually pretty raw. Very, very rarely am I editing anything out. I might cut out like weird pauses or something like that, but other than that, it’s usually whatever we say in the first take is what goes.
I’m actually dropping a podcast that I did, I want to say, a month or so ago – dropping it tomorrow. We had a lot of technical issues with the audio. I don’t know if it was the internet connection or what, but the audio would drop in and out, and for a second, I was considering redoing it, but I was like “that wouldn’t really be authentic”. So everybody’s going to get to hear what happens when things don’t go the way they’re supposed to go tomorrow. So that’ll be fun.
Naomi: Well, I’m sure it’s not the worst thing they’ve ever heard.
Jusstin: Probably not, probably not. But even then, I was like just thinking about it. I have to re-listen to it today to add like a couple of things into it, an intro and an outro on it. I’m just like, “I hope it’s not as bad as I felt like it was going throughout the interview,” because like when you’re in the moment, it’s like, “This is terrible,” but then you listen to it and you’re like, “Oh, it’s really not that bad.” So, we’ll see.
Jusstin: Anyway, let’s jump into the whole thing. I started off with some intro questions. The first thing we like to talk about is go ahead and share your background with everybody, like I guess how’d you come up—you don’t have to go like super far back, like “I started as a baby” and all this kind of stuff, but you can feel free to share your background of how you got to where you are now.
Naomi: Okay, because I was going to say, “Boy, I could be at this for hours.” As you mentioned, I am a health coach. I specialize in weight loss. And like you said, I maintained a 125lbs. weight loss for the last eight years now. That’s how I kind of fell into this. This has become my passion after looking for other careers along the way. Even after losing the weight, I didn’t jump right into becoming a health coach like a lot of people do. It was something that—it took a little while to figure out that was what I was going to do.
I don’t know, like… I don’t know what else, like where else to go from there, unless you want to hear like specifically more about why I decided to do this other than losing weight or…
Jusstin: No, we’ll get into that. That’s good. Everybody struggles to kind of figure out what they’re trying to do with life and all that. I guess that’s not really an intro question anyway. My first real question is, did you go to school? Did you go to college and did you graduate?
Naomi: Well, that’s a good question. I actually was a high school dropout. I dropped out of high school when I was 16, so I kind of followed in the footsteps of both of my parents. So, I ended up actually going back to college after about 12 years, after I lost the weight. I went back to community college, got certified as a library technician, and got an AA degree, which most people don’t do both, but I was very gung-ho. And I’m the first and only person in my family to earn a college degree, so I’m really proud of that.
I went on to get scholarships for a prestigious university, Gonzaga University, and I was there for about a year and a half before things got really—well, it wasn’t before that. The transition to Gonzaga was really difficult. It was really hard to fit in with 18-year-olds and these kids not having to have jobs while I’m working fulltime and going to school fulltime to keep my scholarships. I was kind of juggling a lot. I eventually was like, “You know what? I’m just going to take a leave of absence from school and see what health coaching provides for me,” basically.
So, yeah, I mean for me, college was one of the best decisions I ever made. I know for some people that they would say, “Well, you know, you don’t need to go to college to learn everything,” but college for me was a huge smack in my face, like a huge punch to my ego, because it changed my perception on everything in life – almost. I’m not an articulate person, but it did make me a better speaker. It did make me a better writer. I made a lot of new friends there, so I recommend it to people, but it’s not for everybody. Like I said, I didn’t graduate with my bachelors or anything yet.
Jusstin: That’s all right, that’s all right. Do you continue to go or you’re full-on, doing your health coaching and pursuing your business now?
Naomi: Right now, I’m a full-on entrepreneur. I have considered going back a couple of times, but it’s just a matter of finding the time to do it. I see the benefit in what I want to do because I wanted to study psychology because I deal with the mind mostly when it comes to weight loss. That would be a huge benefit to me. So eventually, maybe.
Jusstin: Okay. Yeah, no worries, no worries. Myself, I went to community college for years and years and years – a lot more than I care to admit. I came out with one AA. I mean I was really close to two others, so that gives you an idea of how long I spent at community college. But yeah, I dropped out and I never went back. Although my mom and dad always ask me to maybe consider going back, I’m just like—I mean I don’t think I need to. Everything I learned since getting out of college, as far as being an entrepreneur and all the different things that you can do in life that you don’t necessarily require a college degree to achieve, I’m just like…
If I was pursuing something to where it would be beneficial, like you were saying with pursuing psychology, then I would consider it. But right now, everything I can do or everything I want to do, I can learn online, on YouTube, if I really need to get more knowledge, you know.
Naomi: Yeah, absolutely. We’re all different and we’re all on different journeys. And you did go to a little bit of community college, so that counts for something.
Jusstin: Yeah, a little bit of community college for a long, long time.
Naomi: Yeah, a long time.
Jusstin: All right, cool. I mean next question, I already know the answer to this, but for everyone else, do you identify more as an introvert or an extrovert? And how do you feel it has helped or hindered your career thus far?
Naomi: Well, I’m definitely an introvert. I have always been an introvert even as a kid, well obviously as a kid, teenager. I was getting picked on because of my size and because we grew up poor. Just all the adversities that I had as a kid definitely made me shy and self-conscious introvert part.
But as far as like the energy that an introvert has to give up to be around people, I definitely have that hindering me. Even in my business, I’ve had to learn how to manage my energy. So I have to know what’s going to deplete me and what’s not, and then what times of the day to do things. It’s crazy, but if you want to be productive and get shit done, if you’re an introvert, you have to be on top of that. Otherwise, you’re going to be constantly drained or you’re just going to give up.
So, I think for me, it’s hindered me in that way, but it’s also helped me, I would say for the most part, be a better listener to problems that people are presenting. I’m more in my head, so I’m always thinking about things and thinking of new ways to help people.
But I think if you want a successful business, not just being an entrepreneur, if you want to have a successful business, you probably need partners who are both introverted and extroverted.
Jusstin: For sure.
Naomi: With me being a small, small, tiny little business—haven’t gotten that far yet.
Jusstin: Okay, okay. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s one thing that a lot of people don’t realize when they’re introverts, or even extroverts: you have to use your personality in play to your strengths. If for instance you’re an introvert and active listening and all that and thinking or things that you do on a regular basis, like figure out how to use that for your benefit, for your business to grow and all that other stuff, I think that’s—
I want to say that’s why I chose to podcast, like do the interviews and stuff like that, because I can have a conversation with someone and kind of listen to what they’re saying and then address that versus trying to talk over them or prove my point or anything like that. So it makes for… I would say it makes for a pretty good cadence as far as interviews go.
Naomi: Oh, yeah.
Jusstin: All right. So, you have your business. What were you doing before you decided to start up your business and get certified as a nutritionist and all that stuff?
Naomi: Well, it was an interesting story. Actually, I work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before I became a health coach. And I was hired by them as a library technician because I was in school. So, because I was working on my bachelor’s, towards my bachelor’s, and because I was already certified as a library technician and they needed one at the location here in Spokane, I… honestly, it was like I got hired over the phone for that. It was something that my guidance counselor at school recommended me for during like summer break.
My first, initial thought was “I am not working over summer break” because this is the first time in my life that I’ve had a summer break where I just get to be a lazy ass, but then my second thing was “Well, why would they even consider ME of all people? I’m just this girl that’s in community college, and I’ve never worked for the government.”
So it was interesting hiring process. I got interviewed twice over the phone. I went through security clearance, got the fingerprints done, and it wasn’t that long before I was hired, and they granted me—what do they call that? Secret clearance of some sort. It was really weird for me, really weird, but I ended up working there about three and a half years, shelving books, because that’s what I thought I loved to do at the time, and because it also allowed for me to continue with school and make sure I get my studies done there.
My boss worked at Atlanta, and I only met her twice during three and a half years.
Naomi: Yeah, I know. So we communicated over the phone but mostly the internet. It was a perfect introvert job, let me tell you. I didn’t deal with people that much. And if I did, it was through email – mostly.
And then even prior to that, I worked at a department store part time about like, I want to say maybe 35 hours a week. I did that for a few years. Before that, it was just retail and customer service jobs, which I’m not exactly suited for because I’m an introvert and I don’t like really interacting with a whole bunch of people. I can do it one-on-one but not in large groups. But the weird thing is, is that I always get bumped up to climbing the social—not the social ladder but the ladder of command.
Jusstin: Like the corporate ladder.
Naomi: Yeah. I’m always like—oh let me be—they’re going to make me a midlevel boss of some sort where I have to be in charge of other people also. So it was never, never a good fit for me. So, yeah.
I miss working for the CDC where I had the introvert job, but this is so much better being a health coach where I actually get to help people with what I’m passionate about.
Jusstin: For sure, for sure. So what made you want to make the switch to being a health coach?
Naomi: Well, honestly, all of my friends and family told me for a really long time I needed to write a book. Like, “You’ve done this. You know what you’re talking about. You need to inspire other people. Write a book.” And so I started writing this book. I think it was called Inspire the Book. I know it was cheesy. I had a Facebook page set up, and I just have these random quotes, just these memes that were supposed to brighten people’s days and all that bullshit. I got all my friends and family to like that page.
Eventually, like a lot of things, I kind of gave up on it after a while, because I was like, “You know, this is not—this isn’t good.” It was just, “This isn’t good.”
So, as I was working at the CDC, I was kind of starting to do health coaching on the side as—this is a weird way of getting about it, but I had to end up seeing a psychiatrist when I went from community college to Gonzaga because the transition was so difficult that I was having some health problems of my own – the stress and how to manage that, and you know, while going to school and working. I actually ended up doing my health coaching framework from the way that she was using her framework as a psychiatrist. So it’s really good that I went there because I could borrow from that, and she taught me other things too.
So I based it off of that, and I did about, I would say, six to seven months of health coaching before I left my job. I was actually let go from the CDC because I stopped going to Gonzaga because I wanted to get hired. It’s a long story. I wanted to get hired fulltime at the CDC, and because I stopped being a student, they had the opportunity to either grant me fulltime employment because I already have my AA and that was what was under contract, “earn your AA and you’ll get hired on fulltime or we’ll let you go”. Well after three and a half years, they let me go with less than 24 hours’ notice.
Naomi: So, we were a little freaked out to say the least, and my husband and I made the decision that I was going to go fulltime into health coaching. I invested in a couple of business type of programs, really tried to get my shit together more, figure out what I wanted to do, and just went from there. It was a decision that had to be made. It was either that or go find another librarian job and continue to do this on the side.
Jusstin: That’s crazy. You’ve been let go with less than 24 hours’ notice. It would definitely throw a wrench into anybody’s life.
Naomi: Well I have to tell you, it’s the only job that’s ever happened at. I’ve never been fired from a job before in my life. I’ve never been let go. That was just unheard of for me.
Jusstin: Yeah. I remember the first time I was ever let go. And then I remember the second time, and then I remember the third time. So, before that, before that first time, no, I had never been let go. I’ve always been the person that was a good, hard worker and all this other stuff. And if I felt like the job wasn’t for me, I would just quit like anyone else.
Jusstin: But right around the first time that I really discovered this whole entrepreneurial journey I guess I can say, the job I was working at, I just wasn’t really fired up about it anymore. So I was coming late and leaving early and all this other stuff, and eventually, I basically put management in the position to—they necessarily—they had to fire me. So, I wasn’t really bummed out about it. I kind of knew it was coming, so when it happened, I was just like you know. I even told my managers, “Wow, it took you guys long enough,” because I just didn’t want to be there anymore.
So I got fired, and then I did unemployment for a while and then tried to build a business that didn’t work, got another job, ended up getting fired from that probably like a year later. So it just—
Some people, when it comes to being an entrepreneur, it just—like working a job is almost like—it’s almost like suffocating for you – especially if you’ve ever earned any money outside of your job. You know what the potential is for the amount of hours that you’re putting in. It’s just like “why am I working here for $10 an hour, $12 an hour, $14 an hour, when there are things that I could be doing outside of working that will earn me so much more for the amount of hours that I’m putting in?” So jobs for me just really weren’t that great.
Even the job I’m at now, because I’m still not there to where I can be a fulltime entrepreneur, I’m not really thrilled about it. But the good thing is, the way my hours work out and the pay allow me to do everything else that I’m trying to do outside and eventually transition away from working in a job. So, it is what it is.
Naomi: That’s great.
Jusstin: How about the first few months of health coaching go for you? Did you advertise? Were you just talking to some of your co-workers? How did you get your first couple of clients and stuff?
Naomi: That’s another interesting question. Well, you know, a lot of people jump into entrepreneurship thinking that people are just going to fall in their lap. Like sales, people are just going to come to you. That’s probably why I failed so much in the past when I tried to sell things.
What I did differently this time was I had written an article for a very popular online health magazine, and they were excited about it. They published it and more people came to my website than I knew what to do with, because I wasn’t set up with a whole bunch of opt-ins for them or anything like that. I mean I had health coaching available, and I sold it for cheap, and I got a lot of people in, but then I started to get overwhelmed because I had all of these clients and I didn’t know exactly what to say and I didn’t have my formula down yet. So it was frustrating but I got a lot of them, and so ever since then, I had just been doing a lot of media outreach to kind of market myself.
I did do some one-on-one coaching with one friend and even my brother, but they don’t take it seriously when it’s free.
Jusstin: Yeah. A lot of people don’t understand that when it comes to pricing, especially friends and family. Like, “Well, can you give me a discount? Can you give me a hook up?” and this and that and the other, and it’s just like, “If I do that for you, yes, I love you, I want to do that for you, but if I do that for you, you’re not going to take it as seriously if you really put like some skin in the game.” And on top of that, you’re thinking, “This is my business. This is what I want to be my livelihood. I can’t just be giving out all these things I’ve been working on for free.” So I definitely understand.
Naomi: Yeah. It kind of tells you how they feel about your business. They see it as a hobby, when they’re doing that. That definitely happened to me a lot – a lot.
Jusstin: Yeah. I believe it, I believe it. All right. So, before you started any of this journey, do you feel like, in maybe your earlier years, you felt like—did you have any entrepreneurial experience? Were you selling anything as a child or anything like that, that kind of was like the precursor to where you are now?
Naomi: You bet I was, or at least tried to. I mean I am an introvert, but I’m also very independent. I like to think of myself as creative, but I’ve always been told I’m bossy. I’m one of those people that’s kind of really works great alone selling stuff.
I had a newspaper route for about two to three years. I want to say it was like when I was maybe 13 to 15 or maybe a little bit younger. I used to love delivering newspapers in the dark, just not dealing with people, not fussing with them. My biggest overwhelm was when I had to get them to pay the bill, if I had to knock on their door and say, “Hey, you didn’t pay your bill.” But I did really well at that for a long time. I would consider myself a little entrepreneur then.
One thing I was thinking back the other day about was I used to—this is so silly, but I was money-hungry because I was poor. I used to give Christmas cards to my people, only because I knew that they were going to give me a Christmas card back with like $5 in it. That was like a special holiday bonus for me on my newspaper route.
I didn’t do well with the face-to-face stuff obviously, like I said, getting them to pay their bills.
I want to say before eBay, I want to say, because I was probably too young for eBay at the time, but there was this website called Gothic Auctions that I used to sell stuff on because I used to be this goth kid. I made some friends through them. We’re actually still friends, believe it or not, two or three women. But I was about 16-years old when I did that, while I was working also at a supermarket. So yeah, I’ve been kind of an entrepreneur.
Jusstin: That’s good. I mean a lot of times, that’s just the way it starts out. Some people don’t even think about it until they’ve actually been really in it for a while, like, “Oh wow, all these years, these were the hints that this is what I should have been doing versus doing what everybody else has been telling me that I should be doing.” So that’s pretty cool.
So let’s talk about the weight loss. I guess, what spurred you on to want to lose weight and how did you go about it?
Naomi: Another question that I could talk about for hours. Well, I was always overweight. Since about second grade, the neighbor boy called me Miss Piggy, and I was like, “Okay, I’m a pig. I’m Miss Piggy.” And I thought he was hitting on me because I liked Miss Piggy. I thought she was cute, but then I realized it wasn’t a compliment.
So yeah, I’ve always been overweight. My entire family is morbidly obese. My little brother—I shouldn’t call him little. I should say younger. He got up to about 800lbs. So that’s kind of the level of obesity we have in our family.
I always tried fad diets. My mom was always on some sort of fad diet, so I would kind of look at what she was doing and copy it. Obviously, it never worked. When you’re fad dieting, you always end up giving up, which I did. I think it would last like maybe two weeks, and then—maybe not even two weeks, you know. And then it’s like back to normal behavior.
Honestly, it was a series of events that led me to finally getting to where I am at right now, not only keeping the weight off but that rock-bottom moment. I didn’t have a necessary like rock-bottom moment where I had a health crisis or a family member had a health crisis at the time. It was never that scary even though I had a lot of health issues.
Like I had gas—GERD. Let’s just say GERD. I had GERD. I’m not going to spell it out. I had eczema. I had really bad skin problems. I had water retention on both of my knee caps that hurt like hell anytime I would bend down. I mean it really felt like my knees were just exploding every time that I would bend down. But that was because I had taken one too many drunken falls in the bar bathroom, and so I had this water that wouldn’t go away. And because of my body size and just the shame that I had about my body, I never went to a doctor.
It ended up that step one was I watched Oprah one day, and I’ve always been inspired by Oprah, and she had the cast of The Secret on one day. And just, there was this lightbulb moment, because they were talking about their stories of overcoming adversities, and I’ve had many adversities in my life, not just being overweight, being fat. I listened to these people talk about overcoming them and becoming successful. That was the first time I realized in my life that “I could overcome this”, that it wasn’t something—like I wasn’t just big-boned. That was a total lightbulb moment for me.
So then I realized, “Okay. I need to get out of the environment that I’m in,” because I’m surrounded by people who just don’t believe in me and they hold negative values, and they’re really just keeping me where I’m at, keeping me stuck. So I ended up saving up a bunch of money, getting a second job to save up a bunch of money, selling almost all of my belongings and moving across the country from Oklahoma to Spokane, didn’t have a job lined up, barely had a place to live.
I rented a studio apartment when I got here, and I kind of started my life over again. I had this dream that I was going to write a book when I got out here, and that didn’t happen – right away anyways. And then I met some friends, and I met a boy, and we ended up actually pregnant. He was schizophrenic and didn’t have a job and I was working part time, and so it’s like, “Hmm, what do we do?” and we ended up having an abortion. The first time seeing a doctor as an adult was at an abortion clinic.
It really hit me, like not only was I ashamed of myself for needing to have an abortion because I was so careless, but I was ashamed of my size, and I was ashamed of the fact that I had never taken my health seriously enough up until that point to go see a doctor at the age of 26 or 25. I think I was 25 and a half.
So it was about seven, eight, nine months, somewhere in there after that that I finally had something click in me, whether I think it was maybe because I was in a new environment and I was around more positive people, and I knew that I had faced a lot of scary things and overcame it. I was brave enough to overcome things. I knew if I was going to lose weight, it was going to have to be a lifestyle change, and it wasn’t going to be easy. But I had already conquered what wasn’t easy and came through it just fine. So that’s what shifted in me and that’s what—I realized, “I’m just going to do this, and I might lose the weight and I might not,” because I didn’t know if it was possible or not, but I knew I was going to change my ways.
Naomi: So, that’s what happened.
Jusstin: All right, all right. So how did you start the process of the weight loss? Was it the eating change or working out more or…?
Naomi: Definitely both. When I lived with my ex-boyfriend and when I started this process of weight loss, I had sold my car and was taking the bus a lot, and I ended up walking to and from work every day, not as a means to lose weight, just because I was poor and I was trying to save money. It was like, “I don’t want to spend $60 on the bus every month when I could save that,” so I walked. It was only a mile to work and a mile back.
So that’s kind of where it started. I was already walking at work. It was a very physically demanding job, being on my feet all day. And I just added to that. I started walking around my neighborhood with my dogs. And then I was watching what I was eating. I started becoming more mindful of what I was actually eating, because we all lie to ourselves. We snack a lot. I used to snack a lot throughout the day.
I recently just looked back at my first food journal, my first food blog that I had at that time. I had pie for breakfast – you know, not the healthiest stuff, and cookies for lunch and potatoes for dinner, which is pretty—I mean potatoes for dinner is pretty typical for a lot of people, but nowadays it’s not for me. But back then, it was like, “Wow.” Now I look at it and I’m like, “Wow, what was I thinking?”
But we all start somewhere, and that’s where I started. I started tracking my food just to be like, “Naomi, get real with yourself. This is what you’re eating on a daily basis.” And then I started changing that, swapping out foods, looking at the calories on stuff, looking at the nutrients.
And then I think the biggest—I always tell people the biggest kind of shift for me that made this time really different from any other time was that I got a gym membership. I never went into a gym before. I was terrified, terrified. We all use those excuses like “well, gym membership cost a lot of money” or “I don’t have the time to work out” or “there’s just not a gym nearby me”. Those were excuses I used forever.
And finally, I made it like, “No.” I put down 20% to 30% of my gross annual income on a gym membership. I did that math at one point. And I invested in that. Yeah, I invested in myself because I knew this was the one thing I had not added to the mix before. So I did that, and I was going in there every day. I wanted to get my money’s worth at first. You know, “Got to get your money’s worth, especially if you’re poor. Got to get your money’s worth.”
And then it became a habit. I went in the morning before work, because it was right across the street also from where I work, which made it amazing. And I went after work too because I would leave my gym clothes in my locker, and you’re not supposed to leave stuff in lockers, so I have to go and pick it up.
And me being this awkward, introvert person, I don’t want the people at the front desk to say, “Why were you only in here for like two minutes?” So I have this weird like dialogue in my head where I come in and say, “No, Naomi. You can’t just grab your clothes and leave. You have to put those nasty clothes back on and work out for 20 minutes, and then we’ll leave.” I have this mind game going on.
But it worked. It worked, I tell you. I’m here today because I did that. It had to be changed overtime obviously. Eight years, circumstances change, job change, environments change, partners change, but I still do the same things – for the most part that I used to do. It’s just changed a little bit.
Jusstin: Okay, okay. Awesome. That’s interesting. Yes, as introverts, sometimes, we have these weird dialogues that we feel like are going to go on between us and other people. A lot of times, they’re not even true. What I’ve learned so far as an introvert is a lot of times, the things that I think people are thinking or that they might say, a lot of times, that’s like the first thing from their mind, because most of the time, people aren’t really paying attention to you that closely, you know.
I used to—when I was younger, I used to—and it’s probably because I’m one of those people that does pay attention to things like these. I used to not even want to wear like the same pair of jeans two days in a row because I think someone’s going to notice and they’re going to be like, “Hey, didn’t you wear those jeans yesterday?” and this and that and the other. Most of the times, people, they don’t pay attention to that. Nobody cares. So definitely, sometimes, you got to take what you’re thinking and realize that most people are so concerned about what you’re thinking of them that they don’t have time to really think about you.
Naomi: That’s true, that’s true. But you know, it can help us as introverts also, because we’re always thinking like three steps ahead, just in case.
Jusstin: Yeah, for sure. I wish I can apply this to chess, because then maybe I’d be better at that game. I’ve never been one of those people that can think that many steps ahead, so I just make a random chess move. It has nothing to do with this interview, but I just had to throw that out there.
All right, cool. Your website is called Inspire Transformation. You started this after the weight loss, after you started doing the health coaching or was it right around the same time that you started doing the health coaching?
Naomi: I set up TheInspiredBook.com or something like that, and then I let that go and it transitioned into TheInspiredTransformation.com because InspiredTransformation was already taken, and I was like, “Well, I’m not changing my business name after that.” So I just settled for TheInspiredTransformation. I know that still confuse people, so I was like, “Okay. Go to NaomiTeeter.com,” you know, make it easier. If you could spell my name, you’re there.
So yeah, I set that up as I became a health coach – actually, probably, I would say six months beforehand. And I started blogging and started trying to find my voice, because when you’re new to this, you always second-guess yourself and you start comparing yourself to other people. So there was a lot of that going on for a little while.
Jusstin: Definitely, definitely. Okay. Awesome. So, what are the kind of things that you do? Do you actively blog like on a regular basis? Or is it like more so for people to get in contact with you and kind of see what you have going on in your life?
Naomi: I tried a few different methods, and I still don’t know if I found the one that works yet. I used to blog about what I thought people wanted to hear, which was honestly very generic stuff that you could copy from anybody on the internet and just paste into your blog. You know, when it comes to health and nutrition, it’s the same shit everywhere, right? So I started doing that kind of stuff.
But then I started growing more into my own voice and having opinions for once and actually using my experience in my blog posts. My blog posts always have been more of authority versus like “This is my day”, “This is how things are going”. And then I was kind of like, “Well, that’s just really not—it’s nice to be able to do that, but it’s not going anywhere either,” because it was always random, like “This is a random topic that I’m going to discuss”. There was no rhyme or reason for it. I mean it was related to weight loss, but it wasn’t consistent. It wasn’t in alignment with… a launch for instance.
So the last, I would say, three or four months, I’ve shifted again. So now, everything that I write about is about a specific topic that’s kind of getting people excited about a launch, that is the—hopefully anyways—the framework that I’m trying to move more into versus just being random.
I do have guest bloggers that come on a lot. So sometimes, you’ll see weird, random stuff about alcoholism or parenthood, motherhood. I’m actually going to have one going out on Monday about runners who use marijuana. I’m like “That’s great and all because I’ve used it for running too, but it has nothing to do with my launch”. Those kind of blog posts are kind of random sometimes in between launches. But yeah, that’s my style so far. I don’t know if it’s working yet.
Jusstin: Okay. No, no, that’s cool. Everybody’s going to find their own voice. As far as when I blog, I try to stick to my own thing, but I maintain awareness of what is said to work. I try not to be too random. I try to focus in, but you know, at the same time, I feel like it’s my blog – I should be able to talk about whatever I want to whenever I want to do it. That was the whole point of having my own blog, my own website in the first place. I wanted to be able to just be unfiltered. And whatever strikes me as inspiration to write for for the day, that’s what I’m writing. So, I mean it works for me.
Jusstin: All right. So, I was going through your website a couple of days ago. I jotted down a few things that I wanted to ask you about. The first thing that comes to mind is—I don’t remember the actual phrase, but you had said something about you don’t eat clean. What’s the deal with—you’re not a fan of clean eating? Is that what it is? Can you explain a little bit?
Naomi: Oh, I was like—I had this like look on my face like, “What does he mean? Where is that out on my website?” You know, sometimes, you have all these random pages, like “where did he go on my website to read this? What do I need to update?”
No, I don’t eat clean. I think that one thing that—one thing that I struggled with after I lost weight was orthorexia. I never had an eating disorder in my life other than just being fat and being mindless with my eating, you know, that sort of thing. I never was anorexic or bulimic or anything until I lost a bunch of weight. And I started following other people’s methods. I started giving into the paleo movement. And I realized there are a lot of self-righteous, elitist people in that movement talking about eating clean, eating pure, and that really wrecked me for a few years.
That actually made me orthorexic or a binge-eater, because there’s so much shame about eating cookies once in a while. There’s just so much guilt and shame. That’s why I say I don’t recommend eating clean anymore to people, because it has the potential to really set you up for failure and set you up for just a huge struggle. Like, you may as well stay fat than actually get into orthorexia because it controls you night and day. Every thought that you have is about eating the healthiest way possible.
So I guess that’s what I mean about eating clean or not eating clean on my website. But now I’m a little concerned and I need to go back and look.
Jusstin: No worries, no worries. Yeah, sometimes, there are some things out from when we first started blogging we can completely forget about. Okay, just for everyone’s reference, mine included, what is orthorexia?
Naomi: Orthorexia is when you are extremely preoccupied with eating as clean and as healthfully as you believe possible. So this is the scientific “what is the healthiest, most organic, gluten-free, USDA…” Well, I don’t know all of the terms, but just like, it is the highest quality stuff that you’re going to find at whole foods basically. You’re eating that for all of your meals. And if you’re not eating that, then you should be ashamed of yourself. That’s basically what orthorexia is.
Naomi: It’s judgement of what you’re eating, but it’s also judgement of what other people are eating too.
Jusstin: All right, all right. See, I learned something new today.
Naomi: I think of it as like—someone asked me once, “Is it like bulimia or anorexia?” and it is, but I don’t feel like it’s dangerous because you’re eating healthfully. So it’s not dangerous to your health, but it is dangerous to your happiness and your livelihood. It’s like being a gambler or an alcoholic. It can take its toll on your relationships with people.
Jusstin: Oh, yeah. I believe it, I believe it. Any type of obsessiveness with anything really could damage relationships and really mess you up long term if you don’t get a handle over all of that stuff. All right.
All right. So, you have the Eight Great Ways to Lose Weight. Again, I jotted down some things that I saw on the website that I definitely want to ask you about. What’s the—I guess can you explain it? I know it’s like a subscription or a—is it a course? You can elaborate.
Naomi: Well, I started Eight Great Ways to Lose Weight, I want to say, two and a half years ago, maybe a little bit more than that. Actually, probably three years ago now. It came from a webinar series that I did. I thought at the time it was a really clever title, now for the last couple of years, I’m like, “This is cheesy, ‘Eight Great Ways to Lose Weight’.”
Jusstin: It called my attention. I was like, “Hey, wait a minute. Eight Great Ways to Lose Weight.” I mean I probably—okay, not even probably. I definitely could lose a few pounds, so you definitely caught my attention. Don’t think it’s cheesy.
Naomi: Well, what ended up happening is this is a program that launches live two or three times a year, depending on what my schedule looks like. It involved releasing modules, video modules, to my course members every week, once a week, along with workbooks and all of that jazz. They got like everything. And we also had live group webinars every week, and I did one-on-one coaching with the members.
Well, after about two and a half years of doing that, it was exhausting me, and I wasn’t getting anything else done. So I wasn’t building my business, I wasn’t taking on any extra stuff, and if I did, it was just very stressful. So I ended up transitioning the Eight Great Ways to Lose Weight into Inspire Transformation Academy.
Jusstin: Got you.
Naomi: Better name. It’s not something that launches live. The academy is something that’s a members-only portal where everybody has instant access to everything. We have a Facebook group. These women always come to my live webinars, so it’s like I don’t have to say, “I have a live webinar coming up. You got to come.” No, they’re already there. So I have this little, small tribe of women that show up for those regardless if they’re in the program or not. They just love it.
So yeah. The Eight Great Ways to Lose Weight is out of commission right now.
Jusstin: Got you.
Naomi: And I don’t know if I’m bringing it back or not.
Jusstin: Okay. I mean Inspired Transformation Academy still is a catchy name, and that was something I was going to ask about anyway. Now, do you only work with women right now? Do you have any plans for men in the future or you’re strictly working with women?
Naomi: At the moment, I’m only working with women. I worked with two men in the past and one woman that wanted me to work with her husband, but he didn’t look like he wanted health coaching help.
What I find is that I’ve never had a man approach me for weight loss. I had one approach me to say, “Do you know of a male coach, a male health coach that’s lost a lot of weight that could help me?” I was like, “Honestly, I don’t.” But he didn’t want to work with me, for whatever reason. I didn’t ask.
But I find that mostly, women come to me. Women that are in their mid-30s to mid-50s looking to lose weight, some mothers, some not, some single, some not. So I don’t know if I plan on having men come into my program or not. I think it’s entirely up to them. I don’t know if they’ll get benefit from it or not. It depends on how open that man is to receiving information from a woman.
Jusstin: Yeah, yeah. For sure. No, no, I understand.
Naomi: Not to sound sexist or anything.
Jusstin: No, no, no. I totally understand. I totally understand.
Naomi: Because you know, if I went into a program with a man, I might not feel as comfortable. That’s just, you know.
Jusstin: Yeah. And I mean, I would say maybe on a subconscious level, it’s just like a man doesn’t understand how it is or what the experience is as a woman and vice versa. So sometimes, you might feel like you don’t really understand what the struggle is for me or they might not understand what the struggle is for you.
Naomi: No, unless they’ve done some special work and gender studies and really went into the psychology of each sex, then I would consider that.
Jusstin: Yeah, for sure.
Naomi: But I haven’t studied that myself either, so I don’t feel comfortable with that.
Jusstin: Okay. No, no. No worries, no worries. I just thought I’d ask.
All right. So, I had Eve Parker on the podcast a couple—I want to say a couple of shows ago. I don’t know. I record these and then I release them at random how I feel like they would work out. So I don’t know if I recorded last time or the time before that. It doesn’t really matter. But we talked about something called The Discovery Diet, and she said that was something—a joint venture that you two had developed. Can you talk more about that? Because she said YOU are the go-to person for that.
Naomi: A-ha. Well, we developed Discovery Diet based on a framework that I came up with which is something that I’ve used with my health coaching since almost day one, and that’s personality. I noticed that even on my weight loss journey, there were certain things that I did that other people simply could not make themselves do. And I was like, “Why? Why can’t you do this? Why?” Well, it’s because they have a different personality, they have different perspective on the world, different comfort zones. And so I started implementing that into my health coaching, seeing that it was actually working, put it into my other programs, seeing that it was working, so I got up—
I found Eve Online quite a while back, followed her for a while, realized she was this bubbly, happy, outgoing woman. She was honestly the typical person that couldn’t lose weight and keep it off. Yet, there she was doing it, proving it. And I was like, “Hmm, there’s something about this,” because every other weight loss person that I know that’s maintained it for more than five years has the same freaking personality as me – or almost. She’s different.
So I got a hold of her. After a little bit of back and forth emailing, we started brain storming. We set up a free event, and she’s like, “Well, Naomi, before we go any further, what’s the outcome of this? Why are we doing this?” I was like, “I don’t know.” That was what was going on in my mind. I was like, “I don’t know. I just thought it’d be fun, you know.”
Jusstin: All right.
Naomi: It provides entertainment for people. It provides entertainment and education. But then, okay, she was thinking a little bit more business-minded at that time. “Okay, what’s the outcome?” Oh, we’re going to create Discovery Diet, which was not on my agenda forever. It was just not something that I thought that we were going to do, so it added a little bit of stress to my plate because I was juggling my other program at the same time.
We ended up making it a four-week program where we invite any personality to come in. It’s designed for women. It appeals to them. The branding does. And we use the DISC personality framework, which uses the driver, expressive, analytical, and amiable personalities, and you find out what personality you are to start off. I know she talked about this a little bit in your podcast.
And then how you use that to lose weight, how you use that with food, exercise, relationships, and stress, because we all handle all of those things differently. But based on your personality and your secondary personality, you can hit a homerun using your strengths to attain and do the things to lose weight, versus constantly trying to log your food in a food journal or constantly going to the gym and hitting the weights. If that’s not your thing, if that’s not part of your personality, you will probably not follow through.
So that’s why we made this. We’re pretty excited about it. We think it’s the next best—you know, the biggest thing to come for weight loss because it teaches you how to love where you’re at and love yourself, and it’s not beat yourself up while you’re losing weight like so many diets do.
Jusstin: Yeah, for sure.
Jusstin: I like it. That’s pretty good.
Naomi: It’s definitely not traditional.
Jusstin: No, not at all. But if it works, that’s what matters.
Naomi: We have a lot of reviews on our page saying it’s helped women with their eating disorders. It’s helped them actually lose weight. It’s helped them learn other things about themselves, like how they handle co-workers that they don’t get along with. It goes far beyond weight loss.
Jusstin: I think I need that help right there – how to handle co-workers I don’t want to work with.
Naomi: Yeah. Well, the relationship component—the relationship component is huge. I mean learning about my personality helped me and my husband. My husband is very much like Eve. He is an expressive extrovert, and I am an analytical type of introvert. Had I not known these things about him now, we would have continued butting heads. I would have constantly been like, “Why the hell are you the way that you are?” But it’s just his personality. He’s not going out of his way to piss me off.
Jusstin: Okay. Does your husband help you at all with the business? Is he involved in the business or is this something that you do and he has his own thing that he does?
Naomi: I wish I could say that he helps me, but he really doesn’t. I’ve always had this dream that he would be able to do something for my business – something, anything, like do some sort of web development. He has helped with photography in the past, especially when Eve and I finally met up to do Discovery Diet, to do more marketing for it because we developed the course we’ve not even seen each other in person. We did all recording it over the internet.
So, when she finally came down, he was like our photographer, and he did really, really great on the photos. We were so lucky to have him around for that. But other than that, he doesn’t help out a whole lot with my business.
Jusstin: Okay. No, no worries. Awesome. So, another thing I saw on there, on your website, I guess was the Bare Buns Fun Run. I’m guessing this is a naked run or…? I’m not sure. It just sounded interesting. I think you’re still muted. No, did I lose you?
Naomi: Oh, I’m sorry. I’m here now.
Jusstin: No worries. No worries.
Naomi: I heard you say something and then I forgot to take myself off of mute.
Jusstin: No, no worries.
Naomi: Okay. Trying to prevent that feedback problem. Okay.
Bare Buns Fun Run, I did that last years, and it was part of my journey to self-growth and loving my body more and releasing the ego and facing the fear basically, because we all have those dreams where we’re like naked somewhere or partially naked, and you’re like nobody seems to care – at least in the dreams, to me anyways. The dreams I have, nobody seems to notice that I’m even naked, but there I am without my pants on or without my shirt on or something. And so I was like, “Well, you know what? I’m going to face that fear.”
We had a friend, not a very, very—more like an associate we knew that said he was going stripping and doing this naked 5K. That was several years back and we kind of laughed it off. But then I was like, “Okay. It’s time to do this. It’s time to face this fear.” If I’m going to be an example to my health coaching people what confidence is, I have to fucking do this. So I did it, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had.
Eventually, you stop seeing naked people. They’re just a bunch of people hanging out. You’re not talking about what you do for a living or where you went to school or what kind of car you drive because there’s no ego.
So, I’m going to do that again this year. Last year I placed first place for my age, which was amazing. I never thought that was going to be possible. I’ve never placed first place in anything for any run, so let alone a naked run. So it’s like, “I got to go back and get that again.” So, you know—
I wrote about it for like—I wrote about it for Dr. Oz, Huffington Post, well not Mind Body Green, but Daily Mail, a few different places, kind of just telling women and men, this is a way that you could potentially start to love your body more without losing weight or with losing weight like I did but still not being satisfied with what your body looks like, having loose skin and everything.
So, we’ll see if I see some extra people there this year.
Jusstin: Okay. Hey, you never know. You never know. That’s pretty cool. I don’t think I—I mean I’ve never done a 5K. I don’t run very often. Actually, probably not at all, so I should probably start with like the running part.
Naomi: You have to think about it.
Jusstin: Yeah, yeah, for sure. I mean, a couple of years back, I actually took up cycling as a form of exercise instead of running just because, I don’t know, I’m flat footed so running usually doesn’t end well for me. I usually end up really sore and wondering why I even did it in the first place. So cycling was a lot better for me because it’s low impact and I can—
What I like about cycling versus like going into a gym and riding on a bike is I can see the scenery and it’s a form of transportation as well. I can get out and—this is my getting into nature because I don’t go camping or anything like that, so it works for me. I like cycling. But running, not so much.
Naomi: Yes. Running is hard on the body, but it’s—just like you, it’s like getting out there and seeing things and just experiencing life.
Jusstin: Yeah, for sure, because when you’re in a car driving by, you don’t even notice most of what is out there. But when you can actually be out there and see it up close and personal, it’s definitely different.
Jusstin: All right, so, we’re getting to the end here. A couple more questions. This is more so now we’re transitioning out and getting into the close. So what do you like about being a health coach and if there’s anything, what do you dislike about being a health coach and being an entrepreneur and all that?
Naomi: What I like about being a health coach is that I get to use my experience, I get to use my knowledge of what I went through on my weight loss journey, what I learned in nutrition, because I am a nutritionist although I don’t focus on that.
As what I love the most about it, it’s helping people. I love hearing that I’m inspiration and that my transformation was an inspiration, but I want other people to hear that about themselves as well. We all have that ability, we just haven’t pulled it out of us yet. So I love facilitating that with people.
And I love working for myself. I love being my own boss. I like calling the shots. When something gets effed up, it’s my own fault. I don’t—because when I’m working with someone else, it’s really easy to blame. I’m one of those people that can go to blame. So that’s another reason I really like working for myself and being a health coach.
I get to explore new things that I wouldn’t get to if I was stuck at a desk all the time and being told what to do.
What I don’t like about it, not a steady income. You have to hustle, hustle, hustle. You have to market yourself like crazy to the point that you feel like a narcissist, and your friends and family just roll their eyes at you, like, “Oh, there goes Naomi again, talking about how she’s this shit.” I didn’t know. I did not know that was going to be that much. Had I known that it was going to be this much self-promotion, I probably wouldn’t have went into it because being an introvert, that’s hard. It is really hard.
So that’s the worst part for me, is the marketing, the self-promotion. I think in the future, I’ll probably hire that out, get somebody to PR to say, “Naomi’s great,” and just leave it at that instead of me saying how great I am or asking people for reviews, “Please, please, please, tell people how great I am or what I’ve done for you.” So that’s the worst part, is that, the self-promotion. But, yeah.
Jusstin: All right. So, if you can go back five years in time or as far back as you feel like you need to, what do you think you would tell yourself, if you can go back and talk to yourself back then?
Naomi: Are you talking about with my weight loss journey or my entrepreneurial journey or just in general?
Jusstin: Anything that you feel like you—some information that you feel like you could have used five years ago, ten years ago. What would go back in time and talk to yourself and maybe give yourself some encouragement about?
Naomi: Well you know, I would say embrace your personality strengths instead of getting hung up on your weak areas or trying to be like other people. That was something that I was constantly second-guessing myself and reinventing myself, and it led to so much unnecessary frustration and stress. So whether that’s with health coaching, being an entrepreneur, or even on a weight loss journey, just do your own thing, embrace your own strengths.
Jusstin: For sure. I like that, I like that. Is there anybody in the world—do you have like a dream collaboration? Anybody that you would like to work with on a project or maybe even just get to be mentored by, anything like that?
Naomi: Yeah. I think on a realistic level, I’d love to work with this woman who actually inspired me to share my weight loss story for the very first time on the internet. I saw an article by Kelly Coffey. She runs her business, Strong Coffey. She’s another long-term weight loss maintainer. She had gastric bypass or some sort of weight loss surgery and lost a lot of weight, and she’s kept it off all of these years. We have a very similar personality. I admire her business model. I admire her message. I don’t know yet what we would collaborate on, but I would love to work with her because just I know my people love her too. So that’s like on a realistic level.
I guess like on a midlevel, I definitely want to be on the cover of People Magazine for their Half Size Me Edition. Like every January, they have—people get on there saying they’re half their size. I definitely want to be on there. I’ve honestly pitched them 26 times this year, and I haven’t heard back yet. They say, “Don’t give up. Just keep asking. Keep asking. Keep asking.” I keep on asking and I will not give up until they say yes, even if it’s like 20 years from now and I will be on the cover. So I think that’s like a midlevel realistic or midlevel dream collaboration of sorts.
Not so realistic, I want to be with Oprah. I want to work with Oprah in some way. I’ve always admired her. I’ve always admired the guests that she has on. My friend, Jennifer, and I, when I lived in Oklahoma, we had this day dreams that we were going to sit with Oprah’s couch with her and talk about our weight loss. This is long before I even lost weight. We were both trying to lose weight and all these years later, Oprah’s cancelled her show or let it go, and my friend didn’t lose the weight but I did, so there’s no way that’s going to happen.
But I feel like there’s something that we can do together, but getting in the Dr. Oz, the Good Life Magazine Online might be as close as I’m going to get, but I still have hope. I still have a little bit of hope.
Jusstin: Yeah. You never know, you never know. Some people come out of retirement and they start their shows over or they pivot and they start doing something a little bit different. So you literally never know what can happen until, you know, it does.
Naomi: I’m hoping that maybe she’ll stop being the spokesperson of Weight Watchers and then come over to my site, sleep in the dark side and come over Inspired Transformation.
Jusstin: That would be pretty cool, pretty cool. All right. So, what do you have going on as far as in the future? Do you have any projects in the horizon? Anything that you’re working on that you’d like to talk about? Feel free to share.
Naomi: Awesome. I do have a webinar coming up July 11th. I haven’t set a name for it yet, but it’s definitely going to be about motivation and willpower when it comes to weight loss. So if anybody’s interested in that, if that’s a trouble for them, being motivated and finding that willpower to like give up the cookie or push yourself through a workout when you don’t want to, that would be something to look for.
It’s going to be all over my website, all over social media in upcoming weeks. So I’ll go over the long-term motivation, the short-term motivation, stuff like that. I do these webinars probably—these types of webinars, maybe four times a year. So there’s always something, there’s always something—
One of the reasons I transitioned from Eight Great Ways to Lose Weight to Inspired Transformation Academy was to kind of free up some time for myself. So, I have a book project that I’m starting to look into. I already have two books that I self-published on Amazon back in 2014.
Jusstin: Nice, nice.
Naomi: I believe it was. Yeah. And you know, just like anything, you think, “Oh this is great!” and then you put it out, and years later, you’re like, “Ah! It looks like shit. It’s not good anymore.” Things have changed over the years. And so I’m hoping that the next book project that I work on is more of a memoir of what I went through to lose the weight, where I came from, the struggles that I had to go through, kind of like the Hero’s Journey framework. But I want it to be really entertaining and engaging, insightful. I don’t want it just filled with practical tips and that’s it. It definitely needs more personality that my other books did not have.
Naomi: So, that’s huge. That’s huge for me. Other than that, I don’t think too far into the future. I don’t have a five-year plan, because five-year plans, nothing for me ever turns out that way, so.
Jusstin: Yeah, no worries, no worries. What was your experience as far as working with the Amazon self-publishing, now that you bring that up? I’ve always—I’ve seen it. I’ve never actually used it. I’ve told other people about it because I do have some friends that write books. Is it a viable way to get your book out there versus actually going through a traditional publisher and all that other stuff?
Naomi: Well, you know, I’ve never went through a traditional publisher, so I can’t compare the two. But I can tell you that it’s not that hard when you take the time to mess around with it. You definitely have to write the book and then format it right, because there’s a different type of format that you have to do for Amazon. You have to make sure that you have a nice cover and you have to have that cover format formatted right.
Once you got that down, then the upload process and the marketing process of it is piece of cake, you know, listing it and everything. If you are marketing yourself in your bio for wherever you’re marketing yourself at, like let’s say you’ve written an article for Huffington Post, and in your bio, it has a link to your book, then great. People are going to check out your book. Otherwise, they probably won’t. It definitely needs some marketing behind it to get it seen, but yeah. The payout’s nice. Every month or every quarter, I get something. Even if I haven’t marketed myself, somebody will buy it. It’s like, “Oh, thanks.” So that was the eBook.
And then I have another place that I go through, which I can’t remember the name off the top of my head, but they’re linked to Amazon, where they print the book for you, and that definitely gives you a higher payout when people buy the print book. That’s even better when you get that payout.
Jusstin: Yeah, for sure. Okay. Cool. I’ve always been curious. Awesome, awesome. That’s cool. I’ve always been curious about the whole Amazon thing, because Amazon—actually, I don’t think I’ve told you, but I work for Amazon in one of their warehouses, so it’s always interesting just to see how people use all of different things that Amazon has to offer and all the things that Amazon brings on board. It’s all really interesting how Amazon’s business model is working.
Naomi: They’re taking over the world. I mean you don’t realize that something’s owned by Amazon sometimes.
Jusstin: Yeah, for sure, for sure. That’s always the joke at work, like what is Amazon going to take over next, because my view—I’ve only been working for Amazon for, I want to say, almost a year and a half or something like that—but my view from working on the inside and just seeing everything and all that is that what Amazon does is like they start with one thing and then they expand. They bring somebody in to do portions of their business and to help them with portions of their business. And then once they kind of learned the ins and outs of that portion of the business, they either buy that person out or they just create their own, I guess, portion of their company to handle that and they like cut that person out of business.
Naomi: That’s smart.
Jusstin: You’re starting to see that with—I believe, in the future, you’ll see that with UPS. As soon as Amazon figures out how they can create a shipping and packaging, I guess, entity that could do the kind of volume that UPS can do, I don’t think they’ll work with UPS forever. I think they’re just trying to figure it out and buying their time, because I know they got—they’re doing airplanes and stuff like that – I’ve seen in the news. I mean—yeah, it’ll be pretty interesting to see how that goes.
Naomi: I want to say, I definitely need to get some Amazon stock.
Jusstin: Yeah, for real. When I started in Amazon, I believe the stock prices were a little over $200, and the last time I checked, the stock prices were like $900 or something like that per share.
Jusstin: Yeah, yeah.
Naomi: Oh my god.
Jusstin: It’s grown so much over the time. It’s like—I don’t know if you know about Bitcoin or anything like that. It’s like that. In the beginning, it was growing slowly, and then over the course of just the last couple of years, it’s just been blowing up. It’s like, man, I wish I would’ve gotten a lot more stock when it was cheaper, but what can you do?
Jusstin: So, do you have any tips or anything for anyone that’s trying to lose weight, or maybe anyone that wants to become an entrepreneur and start this journey on their own?
Naomi: Either/or again, huh?
Jusstin: Yeah, whatever you feel most comfortable with.
Naomi: Well, you know, I think what I’ve learned about business, it’s a lot like weight loss. They’re very much the same. What you apply to your body, you apply to your business. And so, it’s really—I could probably give you a general tip maybe for both of them, is that one thing I would say is don’t cut corners to do things fast. And don’t give up, don’t give up. Keep going. It’s always going to be uncomfortable no matter what you’re going through. It’s always going to feel a little bit of a resistance towards it because you haven’t done it before. You have to stretch yourself.
So if you fall into that going faster mode or wanting to cut corners, you’re probably going to find yourself in some trouble. You’re probably going to have to pay a hefty price whether that’s having to rebuild your health because you got injured or you effed up your metabolism, or you cut corners in business because you copied somebody’s stuff and now you’re being sued, stuff like that, yeah. I mean there are smarter and more strategic ways to be successful at both of those things, but if it feels like it’s cheating or if it feels unethical or it feels too forced, then don’t do it.
Or you need to hire some help sooner or something, which is something that I struggle with, is hiring help. But you got to outsource some of that stuff, even if it’s for weight loss, get yourself a health coach or a personal trainer or somebody to help you along the way. So that’ll be my advice.
Jusstin: All right. Cool. I like it, I like it. That’s pretty much it. I don’t have any more questions for you, but where can people connect with you more on the web, your website, your social media? Feel free to drop all those. I’ll make sure I’ll link everything up in the show notes for everyone else.
Naomi: I appreciate that. Okay. Most people just go into Google and type in Naomi Teeter.
Naomi: I pop up on the first like four or five pages just because I’ve written so much. I’m definitely a writer. People can find me at TheInspiredTransformation.com or NaomiTeeter.com or DiscoveryDiet.com or InspiredTransformationAcademy.com. I buy a lot of dot-coms.
Jusstin: That’s smart, that’s smart.
Naomi: Yeah. On Facebook, I have three pages: one for Inspired Transformation, one for Naomi Teeter, one for Discovery Diet. I spend probably the most amount of time on social media on Instagram though. That’s Inspire_Transformation or just look up NaomiTeeter once again, because I’m like the only Naomi Teeter like alive in the world probably so—for the most part. And then I have like over 100, probably 110 or so, videos on YouTube for my One Minute with Naomi videos where I offer little tips and tricks and mindset stuff. So I’m all over the place.
Jusstin: Okay, cool. I like it. Like I said, I will make sure to link all that up in the show notes, so nobody that’s listening has to try to write all that down. It will be at the show notes which—when I figure out what the actual link to the show notes will be, I’ll insert that in the podcast recording somewhere in the middle and somewhere at the end. But yeah, that’s pretty much it.
Thank you, thank you so much for spending your time with me. I know I said it would be about an hour. We’re at about an hour and fifteen, so we went over a little bit but not too bad.
Naomi: I’ve got all day, so it’s okay. It’s not bad.
Jusstin: For sure, for sure.
Naomi: But maybe to listen to it…
Jusstin: I mean, the thing I like about podcast is if they’ve come a long way, you can now listen to them on your phone, stuff like that, so I imagine most people that listen to the podcast are listening to them while their either commuting or working out or doing something else. It’s not like they’re—it’s not like a video where you have to sit there and watch the whole thing or anything like that. You can still be like handling your life. So that’s why I think hour-long podcasts aren’t really that bad. So that works.
Jusstin: Did you have anything else before we go?
Naomi: No, I think that’s it.
Jusstin: Awesome, okay. And again, thank you for spending your time with me. I hope you have a very successful business. If there’s anything that you feel like I can help you out with as far as promotion or anything like that, feel free to reach out. I’m always willing to help other entrepreneurs. Because when you help other people, you learn and it helps all of us when we elevate the entrepreneurial landscape. It helps everyone involved.
Naomi: I appreciate that, Jusstin. Thank you so much and likewise.
Jusstin: All righty. Well, I’ll talk to you soon.
All right. That was Episode 24 of Featured Fridays. So what did you think? It’s pretty interesting to get an introvert’s perspective on business and weight loss and all that good stuff. It’s not like I’ve never had an introvert on the show before, but I think Naomi was probably my most introverted person that I’ve interviewed so far. It was just kind of cool talking to her in the interview and a little bit before the interview just about what the different things are that you experience as an entrepreneur. So I’m glad that you guys took the chance or took the time to sit and listen to this episode or listening to this episode while you’re driving or working out or whatever it is that you’re doing.
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That’s it. I mean I’m done with this episode. Next episode is coming out in about two weeks. There will be a transcript for this episode, I want to say, within the next few days after I’ve posted this. Still working out some things out with my virtual assistant. But other than that guys, have an amazing day, and I will catch you all later.
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