Sohailla Digsby, RDN, LD
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Sohailla Digsby, 40, is a registered dietitian, nutritionist, fitness pro, national speaker and author of Countdown to Your Best Body Success Journal and Best Body Cookbook & Menu Plan (with Kim Beavers of Eating Well With Kim). She and her husband, Tom, staff sergeant of the Coumbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investivation Division, live in Appling with their three children and three adopted kittens. Find information about her program at www.bestbodyin52.com.
As a health and fitness expert, do you have any tips for setting yourself up for success achieving your health and fitness goals? Yes! First, set reasonable goals that “major on the majors.” Don’t get caught up on fads and promising tips that aren’t proven to make a big impact, especially if you have not yet mastered the basics. Second, enlist accountability—once you know what your goal is, share your strategies with others who will keep you accountable. Third, if you are going to splurge, be strategic. Predetermine about three strategic splurges per week to mindfully savor and ideally consume in the presence of your accountability partner.
One word to describe yourself: Devoted.
What quality do you admire the most? In adults: when someone is genuine. In kids: gratefulness.
If you could do any job, what would you choose? My current one! 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. fitness instructor and nutritionist inspiring others to be their best. Early morning and from 2:30 p.m. until late—mom, wife and friend...again inspiring others to be their best.
If you had a super power, what would it be? To not require sleep if I had more purposeful things I’d rather do.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Dancer/singer.
Favorite place to take the kids: Club Med in Port Staint Lucie, Fla.
Favorite food? Sesame-encrusted tuna steak.
Life lesson: Relationship is everything. As a driven person who loves people just as much as I love creating a sense of accomplishment, I coach myself with this phrase daily: “No heartbeat—not my priority.” There are only so many things one can give attention to. Invest in people.
What would surprise people about you? Initially that I lived in multiple countries overseas until I was 7 as a missionary kid...until people spend a little time with me and then they wouldn’t be surprised by that at all.
Best thing about being a mom? Two things: Kissing sweet rosy cheeks and humility that I may have not have learned apart from parenthood.
Hardest part about being a mom? Being all ears and all places for three movers-and-shakers at once.
Planner, dreamer or doer? I have to be all of the above as a business owner who trains and manages facilitators of my Best Body Countdown program around the country. But what comes most naturally is dreaming up programs, books, songs and projects.
Favorite indulgence: Heath Bars.