Am I ready to work with a health coach?

As mom’s there never seems like a good time to do anything.  Shopping, showering, meal prepping, putting on makeup. Hell, it all seems hard!  I’m only three and a half years in and the word on the street is that our lives only get busier. Life is a series of stages, and I happen to help women who are in the thick of it. If any of the following scenarios sound familiar, give me a holler.  I can help to make your life easier.  

Pre contemplation

You stumbled upon this blog by complete accident while trying to order your kids’ school supplies on Amazon.  And quite honestly, you aren’t sure why you’re even reading it because your chronic fatigue and constant snacking is never going away, so why even try? 

How I can help:  Let’s just talk about your life for a second.  I want to hear about what you love to do, what you wish that you could do more of, what your kids are into these days, and what you like to do as a family.  Really! That’s it. After learning about how you and your family operate, I can help you realize that you are capable of change and how that change will positively impact you and your family.  

 

Contemplation

You’ve seen a few of my posts before, but this is the first one that you’ve taken the time and energy to read (good for you!) You recognized that you’ve used your busy schedule as an excuse to push your health to the side, and lately you’ve been feeling the repercussions. You’re short tempered with the kids, you’re too tired to be present with your partner, and you’re hungry all the time.  To think that this is how you’ll feel for the rest of your life is downright depressing, but you’re not sure how to make a change. 

How I can help:  Pull up a chair, friend.  Let’s talk about your lifestyle and how you’re feeling.  I want to hear about the good, the bad, what you’ve tried in the past, what you’re curious about, and most importantly, what your goals are.  But no pressure. You’re in the drivers seat, so there will be no cajoling, convincing, or bribing. I provide the tools, and together, we choose which ones are best for the job.

 

Preparation

You’re ready to take action but you’ve spent way too much time picking out aspirational recipes on Pinterest. You even book marked a few insta workouts to pound out during nap time. But you haven’t quite figured out one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.  Consistency and relevancy. How do I put these ideas consistently into action? Also, how do I know what’s actually healthy?  All of these Instagram and Facebook headlines are confusing!

How I can help: Oh girl, I am so excited that you’re here!  We’re going to cover all the things. First we’re going to talk.  A lot. I want to learn about your past, present, and future nutrition goals. Next we’ll talk about why these goals are important to you. From there I have meal guides, shopping lists, and a bunch of hacks in the kitchen to help you on your way. The time is now!

 

Action

You’re getting shit done, mama. You’re going to the gym, making meals at home, and making time for yourself. But something inside you tells you that this isn’t sustainable. That your plate is too full and you know that eventually one of the balls is going to drop. You’ve been here before and you don’t want to repeat the crash and burn out that’s inevitably going to happen. Plus, you’re not even sure if the meals and workouts that you’ve chosen align with your goals.

How I can help:  Congratulations on deciding to make your health and the health of your family a priority!  Now let’s make it fit your lifestyle in a way that’s sustainable. We’ll make sure that the food that you’re cooking serves you, your soul, and your family. We will acknowledge and thoughtfully trouble shoot any issues with the lifestyle changes that you’re making so that there’s no “falling off the wagon”.

Maintenance

Oh hey, you!  If you’re at this stage, that means that you’ve made the changes that you need and you’re feeling good! You’ve accomplished every small goal that you’ve set for yourself and the pennies are starting to add up.  Your reasons for becoming healthier are deeper than surface level. Sure, your clothes might be fitting better, but the best part is that you have energy!  You feel in control in the kitchen! You have a better relationship with food! And your kids and partner are starting to notice and feel the benefits.  

 How I can help:  After a few months of any behavior change is usually when the excitement and energy start to wane. If you’re on your own it’s easy to say, “okay, good enough”.  But my job is to keep things fresh to help you stay focused on that end goal. I’ll suggest new foods, recipes, and meals guides. We’ll talk about energy levels, sleep, and water intake.  Motivation, attitude and focus will also be talked about in order to make sure your whole self is in it to win it. Accountability is everything.

Lapse

Well shit.  This isn’t fun any more.  You miss your old ways. You’re tired of thinking so much about all this health stuff and you just want to be done.  Besides, last week you ate your way through a bag of ruffles followed off by way too many Dove chocolates. You blame it on the cute little sayings on the inside of the package, but your real reason for indulging is because you’re so over potty training your almost three year old. So what’s the point of trying to start again.

 How I can help: If you haven’t already, you’re going to hit a roadblock.  You’re going to loose motivation and need someone to help remind you why making these changes are important.  I’ll be here to pick you back up, remind you of why you contacted me in the first place, and reassess your goals to make sure burn out doesn’t happen again.  I’ll be a consistent and friendly reminder to drink the extra glass of water, go to bed at a decent time, grab some carrots instead of chips, and ultimately, be a fully present mom to those little ones.

Girl, I get it. Life is hard right now. I’d love to help make your journey towards health a reality.