I’ve 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
, I’m down a total of 6 pounds since 11/1. (sigh) I’ve got the 8+
down , and I’m loving my evening workouts
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.
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.
“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
, 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.
Sara: What have you done to reach your goals?
Me: (Sigh, I thought she’d 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 hasn’t been working?
Me: I’ve got my waters
down, but I don’t always eat well.
Sara: How so?
Me: I really like my sweets
, and I have a hard time staying on track.
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!)
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?)
Sara: Let’s look at dates for our next session.
Me: Sure. (UGH!!!! She held me accountable!)
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?