Where I’m At With Health Coaching

I haven’t talked much about my health and wellness coaching lately because, well, I haven’t been doing it much. While I did absolutely love it and hope to really pick it back up in the future, I just don’t have time right now. School, work, interning, and my family is taking up all of my time. I haven’t been seeking out clients and haven’t really made myself too noticeable on social media lately.

I do have a handful of clients though and I love working with them! Like, really love working with them. I have definitely connected very well with one of my clients and I get so excited seeing her progress! I check in with her almost daily (although, our challenge group was going on so a lot of my check ins were in the challenge group, rather than via text or FB message).

I follow a lot of other fitness coaches too on Instagram and Facebook and I’ve realized what type of coach I don’t want to be.

Do you ever read the captions that go something like, “I really didn’t feel like working out today, but I still pushed play! 30 minutes later and I’m done! Push yourself! This is what changes are made of.” Great message, right? But come on. Rest days are GREAT for you. And it’s about balance. I wake up and don’t want to work out and you know what? I don’t. I take the day off until I feel ready.

My client texted me that she hadn’t worked out all weekend but was sticking to her meal plan, but she was in a funk and just felt off. Can you imagine if she had been looking at my Instagram every day and saw me posting statuses about how you have to push yourself and that’s how you make progress and blah blah blah? When you’re already feeling like you’re failing, does it ever help to see how accomplished other people are?

Instead, I told her that she has done great so far and I was proud of what an awesome job she has done. Everybody hits a wall sometimes and there is absolutely no need to get down on yourself about it. I am coaching because I want people to be healthy for the rest of their lives. Not for a 21 day challenge. Not for a few months.

I want their mindset to change. I want them to see that a few rest days or weeks or gaining a few pounds here and there or eating an entire cake is really nothing to stress. I want them to know that if they fall of the wagon, they can just get back on it. It’s not about pushing play every day. It’s not about choosing the broccoli over the cake every day. It’s about knowing your worth, making an effort to eat a wide variety of healthy foods, and to move your body most of the time.

I went through an entire year after having Jackson where I barely worked out and I ate terribly. I still classified myself as a healthy person overall. I knew it was temporary. I understand that my clients have jobs, babies, husbands, LIVES. My most recent client told me that she does great for a little while with working out but gets depressed when she misses a day. Why?! I miss days all of the time! The difference between me and them is that I have spent years working on this mindset. I’ve never had an (emotionally) unhealthy relationship with the gym, food, or my weight, but I also haven’t valued health in the same way that I do now. I accept off days and they don’t affect me (except for injuries- those are just frustrating). I just keep on keeping on and I am 100% confident that barring any major medical issues, I will be active and eat well until the day that I die.

My client who texted me about her funk was very appreciative that I was realistic with her. She told me she needed to hear my response and that made me feel good. Because I can help somebody. I remember telling Jon how little I make from one client who only buys workout videos, but they are my client for a year. I wondered if I’d get in over my head by only selling the videos. But I reminded myself that to me, this isn’t about the money. I did this because I want to connect with people and that is what I’m doing. I absolutely love the connections I’ve made and becoming a coach has been completely worth it to me.

So, I don’t ever want to be the coach that tries to sell a false sense of motivation. I’m not motivated all the time. I do still work out when I don’t want to. Trust me, I do it a ton. I also genuinely love working out most days though. But I’m not going to act like I push play all the time or make excuses about why I needed to rest. I may tell a reason why I skipped a gym session, but I won’t have an ounce of remorse for it. I don’t live my life to work out. I work out so that I can live my life to the fullest.

 

2 thoughts on “Where I’m At With Health Coaching

  1. It’s really hard for some people to have consistancy of working out unless their coaches are pushing them and that’s why they do it for the extra push to motivate them. Doesn’t work for everyone but some people do need it. Either way, people shouldn’t be upset because they missed a day, tomorrow is a new day with plenty of opportunities.

    I don’t like trainers that post super inspirational qoutes every day about positivity and healthy, it makes me want to gag. I have a friend from college who’s a trainer now and everyday it’s some giant motivational speech about being a go getter. And every month it’s some giant speech about her unhealthy mindset in college and how thin she was and how she’s a much better person.

    I feel like you’d benefit more doing it on your own than without beachbody which just wants you to make sales. Like you have a good thing going one and love it, which there was a platform so you can establish your own online fitness coacb and not have to pay a third party for doing what you love.

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    1. Yep, I think that’s what I mean. Not the daily posts about “I didn’t feel like working out and I still did it,” but the CONSTANT posts that are super inspirational. I don’t mind the stories and I know people frequently post the same things over and over again to gain a following. It’s just not my style. I text my clients almost daily to check in and motivate them IF that’s what they want (I always ask what they want ME to do to motivate THEM), but I don’t post or message about how -I- worked out and overcame my laziness every day (because I don’t overcome my laziness daily).

      Ultimately, if I end up not getting into management right away, I probably will end up pursing personal training and try to figure something out on my own. I don’t really mind having a 3rd party right now because it makes it easier on me. I know the videos but don’t have to invest in the plans. I just motivate people and help them out. So, it works for right now! Besides, there CAN be a lot of money in MLM companies, it just isn’t what I’m after right now. I have way too many things going on to invest (time) in this fully.

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