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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I’ve been mostly diligent with tracking, etc. on SparkPeople since 11/1/11, and I love my Spark Community. emoticon And after my 3# gain last week emoticon, I’m down a total of 6 pounds since 11/1. (sigh) I’ve got the 8+ emoticon down , and I’m loving my evening workouts emoticon that keep me from raiding the fridge when I get home after work, but eating healthy, eh, I don’t want to all the time. emoticon

A few weeks ago I got a call from my new health insurance partner telling me that I qualify for some free sessions with a wellness coach. “Sure.” The person asks a few questions and tells me I qualify for the Heart-Healthy program. emoticon “Ok.” The coach will help me set goals to reduce cholesterol (I actually only have a low good cholesterol) and lower my BP (mine’s not really out of hand, but I do take ½ a water pill daily for it), and lose weight (magic words!). The sessions will be 10-15 minutes long, and I qualify for 3-4 sessions. (Ok!)

My first session with Sara, the coach, was yesterday. After our initial hellos, and telling her a bit about myself, she tells me she’s going to ask some questions, and help me set some goals for our next session.(Sounds good to me.)

Here’s a synopsis of the call:

Sara: Why do you want to work with a wellness coach?

Me: I’d like to get off my cholesterol & BP meds emoticon, but really I’d just like to get healthy.

Sara: Why now?

Me: Because I’ve been sleeping with a breathing machine since July, and I don’t want to. I want to get rid of it. emoticon

Sara: What have you done to reach your goals?

Me: (Sigh, I thought she’d be coaching me) I started tracking on SparkPeople emoticon on November 1, and I lost 10 pounds in November. I was sick in December, threw away January, and got back on track in mid-February.

Sara: What hasn’t been working?

Me: I’ve got my waters emoticon & exercise emoticon down, but I don’t always eat well.

Sara: How so?

Me: I really like my sweets emoticon, and I have a hard time staying on track. emoticon

Sara: What’s the difference between November and now?

Me: You are really holding me accountable. I suppose I was busy at work last year, and I haven’t been since January 1.

Sara: So you struggle most when you don’t have the routine?

Me: Yes, weekends are hard, too.

Sara: It sounds like you need some strategies for when you are bored. Is that right?

Me: Yes. (Yes! Bring on the coaching!) emoticon

Sara: Ok, so before our next session, I want you to identify some strategies and distractions to use when you don’t have your normal routine.

Me: Ok. (Huh? What just happened?) emoticon

Sara: Let’s look at dates for our next session.

Me: Sure. (UGH!!!! She held me accountable!) emoticon

So, I’m researching strategies on SparkPeople, Fitness, Shape, etc. (about anywhere I can find).

I'd love it if you all will share your strategies, too. What keeps you focused? What other resources shall I research?

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    Free is good. emoticon
    2157 days ago
    It's cool that you are getting a wellness coach. I've never heard of it.
    2159 days ago
  • HEATHER9360
    I don't know sometimes why I am in "the zone" and why other times I am not. I mean, there are the obvious reasons: stress, anxiety,depression: all that emotional eating; when I find that I feel I am going nowhere I tend to give up easier. Looking at skinny people can sometimes motivate me. I like SP's idea of a vision collage. I know some of my muscular role models would be in mine: Gin Miller for one. Anyway, I think it is fabulous that you are seeing a wellness coach. Give it a good try and let us know each time you have an appt how it goes! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2160 days ago
    I think the Mr. and I have the same health care plan as you. That conversation sounded very familiar.

    Your blog post sounds familiar and is a constant struggle for me. I will say eating low carb, Atkins, has really helped curb the cravings. Truly amazing for me.

    Variety keeps me on track. When I get in a rut eating the same healthy foods, my mind tends to wander towards treats which are usually unhealthy foods. In fact, I just spent some time this morning looking at some new recipes for this week. Variety is the spice of life!

    I think you know I've mentioned s/f cherry gelatin and Reddi-Wip. It still is working for me as a good treat. I also allow myself one square of Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate or Ghirardelli 86% Midnight Reverie with a double shot espresso w/1T. heavy whipping cream and a pkt. Splenda. Those are my go-to treats and they keep me on track for the most part. I'm still a work in progress and can have an occasional slip, like Sunday.

    Good for you on all the good changes you've made for your healthy.
    2160 days ago
    What a great story! Hee. You are being really positive about a conversation it would have been so, so easy to be snarky about.

    I got a BUNCH of good distraction strategies from Judith Beck's book Beck Diet for Life. She has 50 or so of them. The ones I remember (and use) are:

    Go on a diet website and read success stories/chat with supportive friends (my favorite!)

    Give yourself a pedicure/manicure/facial

    e a bath

    Call a friend

    Take a walk

    Beck's books are actually really great for changing how you think, which changes how you behave.

    I also recently found that by simply planning all my meals a week ahead (using the SP planner), I'm happy, never hungry, and I'm not very tempted to eat things not on my plan. The decisions are all already made about what I'm going to eat, so I don't have to struggle with "should I? shouldn't I?" every time something sugary comes my way. Much easier!

    2160 days ago
    Yes, she certainly did hold me accountable, which I know is what I need.
    2160 days ago
    sounds like you have the same wellness coaches we do. didn't find it too helpful...

    but, I have certain things I do to get out of the house, to not feel boared. I make sure I schedule a walk, or (more recently) yoga, I have some 12 step meetings I go to. Do you have a hobbie, do you read books, What relaxes you. I take a hot bath when I'm stressed. Less anxious eating that way.

    Maybe the key is to make a routine on days when you don't have one.
    2160 days ago
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