New life coach helps people achieve long term change

Debra Mellor is a life coach and ‘food coach’ with a compassionate and holistic approach to weight loss.

LIFE COACH: Mount Isa mental health worker Debra Mellor has lost 33 kilograms, and is now helping people achieve their own personal goals with a new approach called '80/20'. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

LIFE COACH: Mount Isa mental health worker Debra Mellor has lost 33 kilograms, and is now helping people achieve their own personal goals with a new approach called '80/20'. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

Since studying life coaching through Australian Health Academy, Debra has launched her own business in Mount Isa helping people achieve their goals.

A personal health scare motivated Ms Mellor to change her eating and exercise habits, helping her to lose more than 30 kilograms over an 18 month period.

“These things don’t seem that important when we’re younger, we don’t realise the consequences of carrying extra weight and the health declines that can come about,” Ms Mellor said.

Big changes can seem daunting to beginners, but her 80/20 system aims for small, gradual changes.

The 80/20 weight loss consultancy allows clients to indulge 20 per cent of the time, to make stronger, longer lasting habits.

“It comes down to what the individual can commit to, and that comes back to the life coaching – so what’s the goal? This first month it might be to take a 10 minute walk, or just to be more aware,” Ms Mellor said.

In her full time job, Ms Mellor works as a well being mentor for Anglicare, a non clinical mental health service.

“I have a background in social science and many years in the aged care system. So this has always been a part of my role, and life coaching comes into play all the time,” she said.

Her new private venture aims to help individuals with their goals, whether they be weight related, financial, career focused, or any other life struggle.

“Sometimes it’s the mental change that people need help with. It’s about setting goals with an individual, whatever that end goal may be,” she said.

On the food coaching side of business, Ms Mellor is passionate about educating people to educate themselves around food choices. 

“I don’t particularly write meal plans. It’s as simple as educating people to read food labels at the supermarket, so they can make healthier choices,” she said.

As far as exercise is concerned, Ms Mellor’s experience in mental health has taught her a lot about the positive effects physical activity can have on the brain.

“Any exercise helps with mental health, but it’s an individual thing. Some people like gyms, but there’s no wrong in exercise. It’s wonderful for health benefits, and endorphins,” she said.

At Anglicare Debra helps the families of clients struggling with mental health, working with them before it reaches a clinical stage.

She sees life coaching as a tool that leads people towards healthy life changes, education, jobs, and ultimately self-empowerment.