I put my Health Coaching business on hold for the last few months because it was just too hard. I didn't feel that I could serve my clients while I was struggling with my own health issues. In a nutshell, I started a new job, then immediately got sick which lasted several months and created a mountain of debt (which is it's own topic for another post), from which I am just digging out. My mother's decline due to Alzheimer's Disease became more and more apparent and her disease reached a critical stage in May, when she was finally released from the hell she lived in. It's been all I can do to maintain a semblance of a healthy lifestyle - because it's what I believe in and I know what it feels like. But if I couldn't maintain this for myself, then I didn't think I could help my clients.
But that was then and this is today. We all face hardships and stumbling blocks. No one is perfect, but we live in a culture that makes us think everyone else is that way. Not one of us know...
Want to (or can't seem to) lose weight? Feeling sluggish or just not so great? Confused about what to eat (organic vs. local vs. chain grocers), red wine or white, wheat or gluten free, taking multiple meds and wondering if they're really working? I would love to help you look, feel and be your best, so I'm taking a cue from online dating. Here's my profile...
Passionate, fit, knowledgable, patient, open-minded, Master's Degreed and Certified Health Coach looking for clients who are ready to make dietary and lifestyle changes in the pursuit of a healthier body and sounder mind for themselves and their family. Together we will work to match your desires to your outcomes.
Feel free to reach out @ 301-793-6995 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With New Years' resolutions gone by the wayside and Spring in the air (at least here in DC), this is the PERFECT time to focus on YOU! I would like to give you a free consultation, in person or by phone (so you don't have to be local), to get you started on the road to reaching your goals. This is not just a marketing pitch (ok, a little....), but I really believe that we all have the ability to take charge of our health and that of our families. Really, WHATEVER your issue, let's face it and do something about it, together. No judgement, just practical, do-able, delicious support.
Send me a message here on Facebook or an e-mail to email@example.com.
Offer good through February (although we'll schedule at a mutually convenient time).
The outcome of our recent election has all of us reeling in one way or another. I will not use my business blog to discuss politics, but there are some very real and substantial health issues related to the outcome of this election, and I feel passionately, now more than ever, that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US can make some deliberate and effective changes in our diet and lifestyle that will improve our health, our relationships, our use of the medical care system, and even the economy of this country. Maybe that sounds like a big leap to you, but imagine our society without obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, just for a start? Imagine the possibility that our demand for healthy food crowds out the crappy stuff. Imagine the resurgence of clean farming which supports our farmers and our consumers.
This is not rocket science, however, IT IS HARD. Our food manufacturers make it hard when there are chemicals in their products that trigger us to keep eating. Our marke...
If you're of a certain age you've probably experienced those "senior moments." You know what I'm talking about -- you can't remember where you left your keys AGAIN, you're at the grocery store and can't remember what you went there to buy, you repeat yourself and don't even realize it, driving your family crazy. You might joke about it but the fear is real -- what if I (or my grandparent, parent, spouse or friend) have Alzheimer's Disease?
Let me tell you a little about my experience with this ugly monster. My mother has it, yet everyone around her is a victim of it. For her, it rears its ugly head in a mean and angry way, with undertones of profound sadness and a wish to end it all. I actually don't blame her; I wouldn't want to live with this disease either. It started out quietly, as if tiptoeing into her brain. Our daily phone calls starting getting short; she seemed to always be angry about something and then would hang up on me. I just chalked that up to a depression that I s...
Melissa Toler is a health coach colleague and when I read her latest blog post, I wished I had written the same thing. So rather than re-invent the wheel, she gave me permission to feature her piece on my blog. This is really important and echoes my philosophy of health and my health coaching practice as well. I hope it resonates with you, too.
Why I Stopped Selling Weight Loss
Even though my bank account could use some of the $60 billion that Americans pump into the diet and weight loss industry every year, I'm opting out.
I've decided to stop selling weight loss. There was no lightbulb moment, no big breakthrough. This didn't happen overnight. It's been a gradual shift that's been in the works for a while.
My decision came almost a year ago, but I've been hesitant to write about it until now.
You might be asking "What does it mean to not sell weight loss?". It means that I won't tell you what you should eat, how much you should exercise or how much you should weigh.
This is my eleventh time getting a kid packed and moved into college, and I remember the first time as clearly as today. Of all the many topics that I could write about -- and all of them are equally relevant to the health and well-being of our kids, today's post is focused on the issues around food: new routines and choices, quality (and quantity) of dining hall meals, off-campus options, "liquid calories", exercise, body image, stress and pressure, and the infamous "Freshman 15."
Let's just start right out with the Freshman 15 (or 10 or 20 or more). It's so easy for this to happen. Just walk into any college dining hall and the options and quantities are limitless. This might be perfect for an athlete who is working out daily, but not so much for the rest of our kids. While I know all college dining halls are not created equal, they certainly have a few things in common, such as endless cereal, self-serve ice cream, soda machines, and delicious-looking desserts. They...
Our best-laid plans can go awry in a flash. So it is that my intention to write a new blog post each week was already sidetracked by a family health issue, but it has meaning and lessons for all of us on our journey toward better health, fitness, education, relationships, or whatever path you want to be on. Because nothing in life follows a straight line, it serves us well to expect those diversions, recognize them as such, make a plan to get back on track, and not let them count as a failure.
Bringing it back specifically to health, fitness and nutrition, we are notorious for starting a "diet," "cheating" on that diet, and then bagging the whole thing because we "failed." Sound familiar to anyone? If I can make any impact as a health coach, I would love it to be the eradication of this way of thinking. First and foremost, let's bust the idea of going on a "diet." Just using that word conjures up "restriction," right? Do you or anyone you know wish you could live a life of restrictions...
Let's face it - most of us have some judgement about ourselves based on the number on the scale. For many of us, it's a daily reminder that we're either a winner or a loser. And as much as I, and your family, friends, and magazine articles might tell you that your weight does not define you as a person, you may still hold that judgement near and dear to your heart.
What is likely to be true is that you could be healthier and feel better (and consequently zip up those old jeans again!) by making some mindful changes to your shopping, cooking, eating and exercise routines. FOR SURE, you can make a positive impact on medical conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and many more by choosing to treat yourself better with more deliberate choices.
Now, I am not a doctor, but I can work in conjunction with your doctor to get you to a healthier place. In fact, most doctors receive little to no nutrition training in medical school, so to have a team...