People come to me for different reasons. Whether it’s to lose weight, have more energy and less stress, make better food choices, or manage chronic medical conditions, like diabetes, there are certain things that they need to focus on to reach their health and wellness goals.
My coaching programs aren’t cookie-cutter, but we are more alike than we may think. Most of my clients share many of the same issues – issues like motivation, time and negative self-talk – that get in their way when it comes to changing behaviors.
Here are the five things I share with ALL of my coaching clients, no matter what their circumstances:
1. Make you goals S.M.A.R.T.
Lots of people want to lose weight. But when you set a S.M.A.R.T. goal, the better chance you have of success. So if your goal is to lose weight, you would start with choosing one way to reach that goal. For many of my clients that means making healthier food choices. Now change that into a S.M.A.R.T. goal: Specific, Actionable, Manageable and Realistic. For example: I will bring my own healthy lunch to work Monday through Friday. You now need to get into details, so you would want to decide what your healthy lunch will be daily. The more specific your goal, the easier it is to measure success.
2. Don’t use the scale as a measure of success.
If you are trying to lose weight, seeing the number fluctuate daily can cause your mood to fluctuate as well! A saner approach and a better indicator is to pay attention to how your clothes fit. Do they seem looser? Do you have more energy? Focus on the things that will help you stay on track.
3. Eat real food.
If you want true health – and weight loss – you need to nourish your body with real food that will keep your energy up, your blood sugar balanced and your stomach full. Foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lean protein. Processed foods have no nutritional value and leave you craving more. That’s why it’s so much easier to eat an entire bag of chips than a head of broccoli.
4. Take a holistic approach.
A holistic approach takes a wider view. You are more than just your body. Many clients come to me because they want to eat better; however, it’s more than just the food you eat that causes weight gain and health problems. There are all of the other things that come into play…Are you stressed? Are you an emotional eater? Do you make time for self-care?
“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” Plato.
5. You are unique.
What works for others might not work for you. If I were to sit down to a bowl of oatmeal first thing in the morning, I’d need to go back to bed! That’s why I don’t take what works for me and my body and try to make it work for my clients. And that’s why I don’t put people on a diet; I use The Diet AlteRNative TM in my work instead. This holistic approach is uniquely based on you…your lifestyle, your needs and your body.