About

Who am I and what is Code to Wellness?

HI! I’M DELFINA.

But everyone calls me Del. Yup, just like the computer (figured I’d get this overdone joke out of the way first thing), except human. An eclectic, adventurous, and resourceful one at that who likes to eat, move, and lounge like a champ. It hasn’t been easy navigating the health world on my own to recognize these parts of myself, but having come through my fair share of struggles, I’ve learned to balance a lot of the things that trip us up, and I’m here to help you do the same.

Welcome to Code to Wellness. You’ve come to the right place to harness the tools that will make you feel like a bad-ass in your own skin.

So, What is Code to Wellness (CTW), Anyway?

Well, let’s start with what it’s not. It’s not force-feeding yourself flavorless brown rice and kale as you attempt to do a set of push-ups till you pass out. That would a) suck and b) leave you extremely UN-WELL (considering that you’d be both malnourished and fatigued, and probably really sore).

To be honest, part of creating a CTW is to banish the idea that living a healthy lifestyle is simply racking up hours upon hours on the elliptical and eating 1200 calories of fat-free, tasteless, and all around less-than-stellar food every day.

 

A CTW is really more like your personal (and often ever-evolving) unwritten health and wellness credo. These are the principles that are inspired by knowing your self-worth and making a choice, every day, to live by the beliefs that guide your actions to elevate you, reveal your greatness, and allow you to thrive.


Dealing with Head Trash

Do these limit you from elevating yourself, revealing your greatness, and thriving?

 


  • I have kitchen phobia. “Knives and cutting boards and crock pots, oh my!”

  • I’m pretty sure I look like Jabba The Hutt in a track suit when I exercise, haha

  • My reflection looks more like what you’d see in a contorted “fun-house” mirror—and not in a “fun” way

  • I read voraciously about health and wellness, yet my efforts don’t seem to show it…so confused and frustrated!

  • Ow! My tummy hurts all the time! Make it stop! I think I eat clean, but maybe I don’t know what eating clean really means if my stomach is telling me otherwise

  • So do I eat three times a day or six times a day?! Before exercise or after?! Whatever the answer, I’m pretty sure my portion control is out of control…

  • I’m sure I’d rather down an entire can of spam than shop for (insert tiny summer clothing item of your choice) so I can gag at my reflection in a three-way mirror

  • I admit it…I always give in to the “call of cookie” (…aka Sugar Junkie Fever)

  • Will-power? Denial? I don’t have any left, so I’m just passively chugging along to the tune of “same sh** different day,” wishing there was another way to reach my goals

  • I’m so self-conscious that meeting new people feels like a chore

  • I sprained my (insert body-part)! How do I maintain what I’ve gained and heal at the same time if I can’t move?!

Light Bulb Moments

If that’s the kind of trash that’s been floating around in your head and cramping your style hardcore, I’m sending you a virtual hug. I’ve been there and it’s rough. What I’m here to help you discover is that it doesn’t have to be this way. You’re right where you need to be to make the kinds of positive, powerful, lasting changes that will help you overcome these kinds of stresses and mold your CTW. And when you do, it will look, feel, and sound really different than all of that,  and a lot more like this:

Finally walking into the Target dressing room with a stack of cute shorts, knowing that for the first time in years that cellulite that used to peek out just ain’t there anymore.

Fearlessly workin’ it in the kitchen to cook up a delicious, nourishing dinner from your farmer’s market fare without being worried you’ll set off the fire alarm.


Looking up at the bathroom mirror after brushing your teeth, and smiling because you’re reaching your goals and you actually like what you see.

Finding so much satiety with just a few bites of coconut-milk ice cream that you don’t even want to gobble down the rest of the pint.


Building up a hulk of a digestive system so food sensitivities are few and far between, and trips to the bathroom are always satisfying. 

Getting to the root cause of your back pain without giving up on movement and the risk of going up a pant size.


Performing squats with confidence, and high-fiving a few supportive friends between sets.

  • You will shed pounds. 

  • You will learn to control your portions. 

  • You will get over your sugar cravings. 

  • You will build confidence. 

  • You will learn to eat clean. 

  • You will learn to cook. 

  • You will learn to like exercise.

You will not only learn how to take care of yourself, but how to nourish yourself and your soul through real food, dynamic movement, meaningful relationships, and personal development. You’ll be defining and refining your CTW as you live it every day. Realizing that your health and wellness ultimately rests in your hands is a huge responsibility, but it also = FREEDOM. And nothing can top that.

Whether it’s through coaching, webinars, blogs, podcasts, videos, newsletters or other services, my job is to help you rock your Code to Wellness.

 

How it All Started

The truth? I graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and Musicology, which I had no idea what to do with; I gained a bunch of weight by eating way too much Panda Express; I needed out of the nine-to-five grind at my lame real-estate marketing job; and I wanted a flexible schedule so that I could start a rock band.

The Panda Express-induced issue (actually, Taco Bell and Wendy’s also played a part) finally came to a head as I realized that I just wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. I didn’t want to feel that way anymore, so I did something about it. In 2010 I became an ACE certified Personal Trainer and built up my business, EnForma Fit, where I had great success in helping clients shed pounds and reach their goals while also having a blast.

For a while I was living the dream. Heck, teaching the art of exercising, cooking and eating real food was my job description and I loved it!

But after a few years, I began to feel like I was falling apart. At rock bottom, I ended up with some nasty digestive issues and painful muscular dysfunction at my hips and shoulders. I felt like such a fraud. How was it possible that I, a Personal Trainer, the ultimate symbol of health and fitness in our culture, was this unhealthy? What was I doing wrong/missing?

Thankfully, a hell of a lot of research and bio-hacking later, I’ve come through. My digestion is back on track and my hips and shoulders are doing much better.

So here’s what I know now. The struggles I’ve faced sucked, but they’ve gotten me where I am today; for it was through those struggles that I discovered where my passions lie. At the time, I, with all of my health and wellness knowledge, felt lost and confused. Maybe you know what that feels like. That’s why I’m here. To help you get through the tough stuff, to be the shining example of a Code to Wellness and to help you define yours.

 


I don't pretend to have all the answers, but if I'm holding up my end of the bargain you will have the tools to feel like a bad-ass in your own skin.

A Peek Into My Quirks:

 

I’m the front lady of a 2-piece, acoustic pop & classic rock cover band.

Brightly colored toe nail polish automatically makes me wiggle my toes every time I look at them.

I can whistle Journey’s “Separate Ways” from beginning to end (including the guitar solo!).

At the age of ten I wanted to be the next Mia Hamm.

Eating anything with chopsticks makes me ridiculously happy.

I’m a sucker for any fantasy show/movie with dragons, hobbits, and magical realms.