Iíve been mostly diligent with tracking, etc. on SparkPeople since 11/1/11, and I love my Spark Community.
And after my 3# gain last week
, Iím down a total of 6 pounds since 11/1. (sigh) Iíve got the 8+
down , and Iím loving my evening workouts
that keep me from raiding the fridge when I get home after work, but eating healthy, eh, I donít want to all the time.
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. ďSure.Ē The person asks a few questions and tells me I qualify for the Heart-Healthy program.
ďOk.Ē The coach will help me set goals to reduce cholesterol (I actually only have a low good cholesterol) and lower my BP (mineís not really out of hand, but I do take Ĺ 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 sheís going to ask some questions, and help me set some goals for our next session.(Sounds good to me.)
Hereís a synopsis of the call:
Sara: Why do you want to work with a wellness coach?
Me: Iíd like to get off my cholesterol & BP meds
, but really Iíd just like to get healthy.
Sara: Why now?
Me: Because Iíve been sleeping with a breathing machine since July, and I donít want to. I want to get rid of it.
Sara: What have you done to reach your goals?
Me: (Sigh, I thought sheíd be coaching me) I started tracking on SparkPeople
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 hasnít been working?
Me: Iíve got my waters
down, but I donít always eat well.
Sara: How so?
Me: I really like my sweets
, and I have a hard time staying on track.
Sara: Whatís the difference between November and now?
Me: You are really holding me accountable. I suppose I was busy at work last year, and I havenít been since January 1.
Sara: So you struggle most when you donít 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!)
Sara: Ok, so before our next session, I want you to identify some strategies and distractions to use when you donít have your normal routine.
Me: Ok. (Huh? What just happened?)
Sara: Letís look at dates for our next session.
Me: Sure. (UGH!!!! She held me accountable!)
So, Iím 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?