Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Last week, I started working with a wellness coach. It's a long distance thing - she's in Saskatoon, Canada - but I couldn't be more excited. There's a loooong backstory behind our 1st chance meeting, but that's a story for a separate blog.
This week I'm focused on giving up soda - again. I still want to kick the habit in my logical brain, I just sometimes (or always) struggle with follow through. I gave it up awhile back but then slowly let it creep back into my habits and next thing you know my addiction was in full swing again. Lately I've even been having Mountain Dew for breakfast instead of coffee. Not a good plan!!
More than my focus on a healthy habits, my coach has given me a huge gift. One that I so desperately needed, but likely will never be able to repay. The gift of hope. For a long time now I've truly felt like a lost cause, destined to be obese and just get fatter and fatter as the years passed. My coach overcame obesity almost by accident. She was making healthy lifestyle changes over a number of years and they just snowballed into some excellent results.
Besides the obvious goal of weight loss (and a visible collar bone!), I am working with her as partners to figure out the best diet for me. I've detailed that I want a 3 prong approach. Level 1 is when life is content, I am not travelling and things are our version of normal (i.e. not tax season). Level 2 is for more stressful times or when I am travelling. I will make some compromises from my 'best' choices at this level. Level 3 is for high stress and when I'm barely hanging on by a thread. Here I might make many compromises to my 'best' choices but I will know which are smarter and will harm my progress less.
Any of my friends here knows that I tend to be an all or nothing type and I usually chuck it all and head to McDonalds when things are out of control or planning hasn't happened. This is my attempt to teach myself that I can make good choices, even in a tough situation or time. My coach has great positive thoughts towards our process and her excitement in working with me is so contagious and genuine. I like a plan and framework, so I feel like I might have finally tapped into a process that I can really get engaged and excited about.
Taking baby steps towards my long term goals feels great, but it's a very different approach for me! So, here's to a new sense of hope!