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job was getting harder with each
"I had recently been promoted and I
thought that with each promotion things
would get easier," Cady said. "I had associ-ates
working for me, I had someone else
crunching the numbers on Excel so I was
more client-facing and I was getting to go
on business trips all the time. I was about to
turn 28 years old and realized that I couldn't
imagine the next 20 years of my life like this."
In 2014 she left finance to pursue
her true passion in nutrition and fitness.
During her free time at work, Cady said
she would pore over health and fitness
books and articles, soaking up all the in-formation
that she read. She attended the
Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2014
and became a health and wellness coach
at her own company, FitVista in 2015.
Since then, she has taken on clients
who are living the similar high-stress
lived. Her ap-proach
as a coach
involves making indi-vidualized
and lifestyle changes
that work for each person instead of
giving her clients a cookie-cutter ap-proach
that may not necessarily work
for them in the long run.
Much of what she does as a health
and wellness coach at FitVista overlaps
with what she writes about in her book
and shares that she uses "Self-Care"
as a teaching tool for clients when they
start working with her. Cady provides
100 tips for how those who live in the
city can "optimize their nutrition, fitness
Her tips cover a range of topics in-cluding
"BYO Veggies" that gives read-ers
insight about bringing their own
vegetables to snack on when they go
out, "How to Survive the Subway" and
"Solo Walk and Thinks" that teach read-ers
about the benefits related to different
styles of walking.
She said that though her book is
about surviving and thriving in a city,
many of her readers are people who
do not live in New York or similar
"While the story is set in New York
City, so many of the tools and tips are
mental shifts that can work wherever
you live. I have people in Texas read it,
in Ohio, in Europe," Cady said.
In addition to her coaching business,
Cady also does corporate talks and book
clubs. Her first book tour is also coming
up this month and kicks off on Sept. 18
at Athleta Upper West Side. For more
information on "Self-Care in the City"
and FitVista, visit www.fitvista.com or @
michellefitvista on Instagram.