The Journey

Weight Loss Coaching for Women

You want results yesterday and you know what to do … or do you? 😉 

Anyone can go online and buy a weight loss program, a book with meal plans and recipes, download a PDF of grocery lists and workout plans… but it’s not the tools that are the problem. 


A knowledgeable coach, who you can actually talk to, can provide not just the tools but the support and encouragement you need so this time can be the last time. THIS is the time you complete “The Journey” and create the very best version of you.

You’ll reach your goals and have the REAL tools and the knowledge you need to maintain what you’ve accomplished…for the rest of your life !

special event coming up . . .

Who hasn’t had something coming up they wanted to look their best for? A wedding, reunion, vacation… or something else? We’ve been there! 

And it’s true what “they” say… you can’t out exercise a bad diet.  Whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle, or simply look fantastic in that stunning dress or bathing suit, it all starts with nutrition. 

Your Coach on The Journey will work with you to develop a realistic plan, keeping in mind that you have an upcoming event motivating you to start NOW. 

No, they can’t promise that you’ll fit into a bridesmaid dress that’s a size too small by next weekend, but your Coach will set reasonable goals with you, and design specific habits and strategies along the way, to have you crushing those goals in NO TIME !

getting your body back . . .

For the Mom who’s “only got one more weight loss attempt in her”…

It’s hard to find time to commit to a healthy lifestyle while raising a family… but it’s not impossible. All of our coaches on The Journey are parents of young children so they understand the struggle. And the struggle truly is real! 

Your Coach will help you develop a realistic plan that fits your busy lifestyle, starting with your needs and goals. Then they’ll gradually build in the strategies to help you eat, move and live better – in a way that works for you… and your family.

fresh start . . .

How many times have you tried really hard to lose weight and seen slow or little progress, gotten discouraged, and just given up? 

How many times have you lost the weight you wanted to lose only to gain it back over the next few months or years?  

How many times have you had one little slip up and thrown in the towel because it was just too hard… and maybe not even worth it?

It wasn’t because you weren’t trying hard enough. It’s because you didn’t have the right plan. 

While you’re on The Journey, your Coach will meet you “where you’re at” and provide you with the strategies you need to help you create habits that will lead you all the way to and through your goals.

Make the one decision that’ll make all your other decisions easier… work with a Coach that will guide you, hold you accountable, and SUPPORT you through The Journey.


  • “Working with Coach Maggie kept me motivated. With just a text message she would make me feel like I was important and getting closer to my goals.”
    Now Sara tells us she’s more aware of what she’s putting in her body and how it impacts her. She says her favorite compliment is when people say that she doesn’t even look like the same person!

  • “I worked hard with Maggie, my amazing Coach, and I lost 40 pounds and went from size 12 to size 2. I’m still enjoying working with Maggie! I’m not gonna lie, a few pounds do come back on (over the holidays, vacations etc.) but whenever that happens, I’m able to get right back on track because of all I learned.”
    With hard work, and motivation from her Coach, Rosemary has lost 35 pounds and 11% body fat… and she’s gone from a size 12 to a SIZE 2 !! She credits Maggie with giving her the tools she needed to succeed.

  • “I ate healthier, worked with my Coach (Cary) and started being more active. People have stopped me at work and commented on how good I look – people I don’t even know well, but I’ve seen in passing. It surprised me that they even noticed!” In just 5 months Barbara has lost 30 pounds and 3 dress sizes!

    Barbara (mother of 4)
  • “I wanted to get back in shape and feel like I was healthy again. I also wanted to lose weight, but I didn’t have a number in mind.  I felt like I wasn’t healthy and didn’t feel like myself. 
    My own desire to feel better got me to sign up, but it’s working with Cary that’s been a major motivator to keep going.”

  • "I knew this was working because I could see it in the mirror and in how my clothes were fitting.  I also have more energy and just feel much better about myself.
    If I’m feeling frustrated or stumped on what to eat, Marissa is always available to talk and share ideas. This is a Journey and it can take time.  Just trust the process and put in the work. There are no shortcuts to losing weight and keeping it off."


meet the coaches


“YOU deserve to be healthy and to push your own mental and physical barriers. Allow those that love you to cheer you on and support you the same way you do for them . . . “


“You cannot pour from an empty glass, so taking care of your physical and mental health should take priority. It may feel selfish at first, but once you discover what you’re truly capable of, you’ll feel empowered . . . “

Can’t make it to the gym? Whether you’re not quite ready, or life just seems to keep holding you back …THAT’S OK! We’ll be there with you every step of the way. Whichever way you need us: virtually, via e-mail, phone calls and/or texts, in person, or carrier pigeon (if we must! ;).

Over 8,000 people across New England have already
put their trust into our tried-and-true Coaching Program
at big sky – the (5) gyms voted #1 in Hartford
County for the last 20+ years in a row. The LIFE
CHANGING results our clients have seen while being led
by our legendary Coaches has been INSPIRING (to say
the least).

We’ve now expanded our services beyond our 4 walls to
be available to women who aren’t quite ready or can’t
physically step into one of our gyms. Our Coaches are
helping 1,000+ people per month, so space is VERY
limited. DON’T WAIT. Let us help you get and KEEP the
results you’ve been dreaming of.  Our experts aren’t
just good at what they do, they’re GREAT people. You’ll
love working with them while TOGETHER, we build your
perfect program – to create the best version of YOU.

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We can’t wait to ROCK this journey with you!

TEAM Journey App


Exclusive to Coaching Clients, our App is like nothing you’ve ever seen or used before.
Seamlessly track your fitness & nutrition while having the ability to directly message your own Coach with the click of a button. You’ll set realistic goals, habits & strategies and track your progress weekly… monthly… or however often you want.

You’ll have everything you need to be stay motivated and inspired to continue your journey.


to learn more and to see if “the journey” is right for you, tell us a little about yourself.

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As a mom, wife, coach, athlete, sister and daughter, I’ve worked unbelievably hard over the years to understand the meaning of “balance” – (if that’s even a thing), and trying to achieve it everyday.

How can we fill our multiple roles as women, while still meeting our personal goals as individuals? It can feel like an endless battle, but it doesn’t have to. My BIGGEST purpose as a coach is to enhance the parts of your life that you love, while helping to make your life worth living even more so than it already is by making you PROUD of who you are for yourself, your family, and your loved ones.

When I’m not chasing around my 2 year old son, I enjoy a nice glass of wine or a seasonal pumpkin beer with my husband. I’ll mention that balance word again, because life is full of it. Restrictions and rule based diets had a place in my past, but I’m a firm believer in a healthy, wholesome, long term way of eating and living. Don’t tell me I can’t have peanut butter or a donut, or we definitely can’t be friends :).

I’m a Precision Nutrition Certified Coach, as well as a NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist. As much as food is entwined in our culture and social lives, I strongly believe it needs to be something we embrace, not something we fear.

While swimming was my main sport throughout high school and college, I turned to running and strength training along the way as well. Believe it or not, our bodies love to move, and I want to help you find the movement you love to make it fun long term. I’ve competed in dozens of half marathons, 2 full marathons, and recently completed a half Ironman as well. These are a testament to physical demands, of course, but more so the ability to show up for yourself and do something to prove that YOU matter, and YOU deserve to be healthy and push your own mental and physical barriers. Allow those that love you to cheer you on and support you the same way you do for them.

In my professional career as a trainer and coach, I’ve always been a quiet leader. In my 10+ years at Big Sky, you’ll rarely hear me yelling from the floor. We’ve all known and had coaches that motivate that way, but I’m your hype girl that will inspire you in a more subtle way. Loud when I need to be – and compassionate, understanding, and approachable in my coaching demeanor.

Like any journey in life, this is a commitment, and my testament to you is supporting you in every struggle (and yes, there could be many) that we meet. I am your cheerleader, your mentor, your teacher and your support system along the way.

Now, let’s get going!


I’ve been helping people become the best versions of themselves since 2010. I’m a Girls Gone Strong Level 1 Coach, NASM CPT and CFSC LEVEL 1 (Certified Functional Strength Coach ) specializing in helping women

I’m a no-nonsense coach who calls it how I see it. I am straightforward and give tough love – when needed. Losing weight is an extremely unique mix of psychology and science. It’s not your job to know that… it is your job to trust me and the guidance you’re given. That is what will get you results. There will be ups & downs…I guarantee that. I can also promise to hold you accountable for your choices and praise you for your wins. 

Despite my toughness, I have three young children, so I understand the battles with prioritizing oneself. 

A parent or not, putting yourself first can be challenging, but if you’re ready, I will meet you where you’re at. I’ve learned that overcoming one challenge gives you the confidence to tackle another. You cannot pour from an empty glass, so taking care of your physical and mental health should take priority. It may feel selfish at first, but once you discover what you’re truly capable of… you’ll feel empowered

 There’s never a right time to do something uncomfortable, but the longer you wait, the further you are from feeling confident, firm, and secure. It would be my privilege to help you on this journey. Let’s get serious, and let’s get to work. 

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