Last week we talked about what a health coach is.
It’s a popular question that I get asked basically every time someone wants to know “what I do”.
What isn’t a popular question, however, is this – “Why should I work with a health coach?”
But I wish it *was*.
I have seen the same scenario play out time and time again over the past 6 years – people ask me plenty of questions and express interest in what I do.
Oh, healthy! Oh, anti-diet! Oh, debunking the bullshit!
Everyone can get behind THAT, right?
But then when they are looking to take action to feel better, eat healthier, change their lifestyle and inevitably lose weight…
They join a program that, let’s be honest, is everything they don’t want to do. But they feel they have to suck it up and do it because adulting.
They’ll join an extreme program like Hot’n’Sexy 30-Min Bod which, surprise, will also come with an extreme diet that cuts out foods and has you doing crazy things like eating out of colored containers or standing on one leg and spinning around three times before each bite.
Alright maybe, I made that last one up. But what’s the difference anyway?
Okay, so clearly that one sucks. Let’s look at the other options… oh yeah, more BULLSHIT.
You can hire a personal trainer who will put you on an extreme workout plan and, all too often, an extreme diet as well.
Which P. FREAKING S. is totally outside of their jurisdiction. Unless they also happen to be an RD or have a bachelor’s in nutrition they don’t know what the fuck they are talking about.
Or you can pay for an app membership or start a diet that everrrryyyyyone is talk about – paleo, Whole 30, keto and now macro (don’t even get me freaking started on that one or do… it’s your earholes).
Can I repeat it again? (yes because it’s my blog)
If they aren’t a dietitian or nutritionist they
They can’t promise you a diet that will lead to weight loss or get rid of your diabetes (UGH) or cure your leaky gut (UGH UGH UGH).
And that’s not to say there aren’t health coaches out there pulling the same B.S. because, oh darling, are there ever.
But when you work with a health coach (who knows their lane and stays the flip in it) you get:
Apps, trackers, and programs are DIY. They don’t offer time or attention to you as an individual. They can’t guide you when you feel stuck or frustrated. And they don’t cheer you on when your freaking kicking ass. Which brings me to my next two points…
Someone who is trained to help you work with your body and not against it
Health coaching isn’t about forcing you into a box. It’s about defining the “container” that best fits your unique needs and lifestyle. If a particular way of eating or moving isn’t working for you it isn’t because you are broken or a failure. It’s because it doesn’t work for your particular needs and there is a whole slew of other options to try.
A safe space created with encouragement and empathy from an ally
Because let’s face it not everyone has an encouraging support system. Maybe your friends and family all do the same trendy diets together or you’ve just got some real negative nelly’s hanging around. Or they don’t give a flying eff either way. Having a community to support and cheer you on increases your likelihood of sticking to your goals and feeling damn good doing it.
There are going to be days you just don’t wanna. Where you’d rather turn over and pull the blankets over your head. There will be days when you do this and then feel kinda sucky about it. Listen, it’s only natural. And you don’t need a drill sergeant to get you to change your ways. A coach can help you understand why you would rather not “do the thing” and what changes need to happen. They can also help you when your inner bully comes out because you actually aren’t a robot who can hit the mark 100% of the time. Darn, I know.
Get past hurdles
By the way, speaking of not doing the thing. I’d put actual dollars down and bet that it’s the same thing holding you back every single time. And it’s not because you’re lazy, lack integrity or have zero self-control. It’s because something is standing in your way, usually a mindset block. A coach can help you figure out what it is and how to clear that hurdle like the beautiful show pony that you are. Giddyap.
Here’s the deal – a holistic approach means looking at the whole picture.
Programs and apps DON’T do this. They use algorithms and profiles. They make you stuff yourself into a box that clearly doesn’t fit.
Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and hustle all you want, the size of that box isn’t going to change. And maybe you can manage to cram yourself in if you contort yourself just right… but how comfortable is that? My guess is not since you’re, you know, contorted.
What if I told you that it is entirely possible for you to reach your goals without being a total hardass on yourself OR hiring someone to do it for you.
Because think for a minute. Have you ever heard of a diet or workout regime that works for life?
Don’t worry, I can wait.
Did you think of any?
Yeah, there’s a reason for that.
As a health coach, I give you the tools to create and live a healthier life FOR LIFE.
You know the whole “teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for the rest of his life” bit?
It might be cliche but it’s so damn true.
I provide a framework you’ll be able to return to again and again if and when (because your human and you will) you find one of the legs to your healthy lifestyle foundations slipping.
You’ll not only know exactly what to do to get back up but also how to take preventative measures ahead of time.
Let’s be honest, you know exactly what you need to do to start feeling better. You’ve known since you were 5 years old and arguably even younger. You were there that day when they taught you about vegetables and fruits and drinking more water. The posters were plastered on every wall possible. Maybe you even get those emails from your health insurance or workplace.
The problem isn’t that you lack information or don’t know what to do. It’s that change is hard and staying the same is verrrry comfortable.
It’s that when you’re feeling like crap it’s for several reasons that are inextricably connected. And trying to figure out where to start can feel like attempting to solve a Rubix cube without the formula or put a puzzle together without doing the edges first.
I get it. I have totally been there.
We all have.
But I can promise you the solution isn’t anything quick or magic. It doesn’t come in cute, sexy or burly man packaging. And it definitely doesn’t come from someone exploiting your shame and embarrassment.
Do you want a real solution?
I can give you the tools and guidance to find a perfect balance for your life. To feel healthier and happier. To start taking action and consistently.
If you want to start taking action to feel happier and healthier, let’s chat!
Apply for a Knockout Session.
This complimentary, 60-minute intensive is designed to help you find your unique key to knockout goals.
You’ll unlock the ability to set goals that stick, find the motivation you never knew you had and finally stop spinning your wheels when it comes to creating a life you love. 💕
Because as much as it’s about the food? It’s never just about the food.
(P.S. This isn’t something you’ll get from any program, trainer or app.)
If I were to draw up a roadmap for you with a happy, healthy life as the destination a Knockout Session would be the first critical step. Think of it as filling up your tank to fuel you for the entire journey.
Let’s get you moving