Friday, October 11, 2013
Through my benefits at work, I have the opprotunity to work with a "Wellness Coach". At first I was pretty skeptical, but recognized my need to get my stress level under control. Once I got that better managed, we moved to focusing on my healthy lifestyle from the standpoint of maintaining healthy eating and exercise. My coach calls every 4ish weeks to check in. I just had my call and wanted to share the finer points.
#1: FAT vs MUSCLE - My coach was kind enough to expound on this. He said to think of it like the old riddle that asks, "Which weighs more, a ton a bricks or a ton of feathers?" Neither, a ton is a ton! Sames goes for fat and muscle, but what we're after is bulk. Fat tissue is bulkier. He also mentioned that as we strength train, we're adding more lean mass not only in our muscles but in bone density as well! Because of this there might be a period of gaining before we see our body composition changing.
#2: The scale is the WORST tool we use to measure success! - I think we all know this in our heads....but it goes out the damn window the minute our toes hit the scale. The scale forgets to remind us how many fitness minutes we have accomplished, the fact that we even got up off the couch or outta bed early in the morning to go DO something, or that we are just awesome-sauce for being committed to being more healthy. Keep using other measures and try not to let one number get to you. It's all about perspective. (He said that if I looked at my weight in metric it would totally throw me off!)
#3: I deserve a break - and so do you! - Wait... what?! This one I couldn't believe. My coach said, it's completely okay (AND GOOD) to take a week off from of my regular routine of working out 6 days a week. He recommended to take a week off every 6-8 weeks. Now, this isn't license to go off the deep end, but he recommended planning a special activity that I consider fun, be it a bike ride, Zumba event, swim, hike, whatever. Or I could use that extra time in my day to make a healthy recipe that requires a little more effort. The key is to make this week for healthy rewards and give my body some time to recoup. How cool is that!?!
I haven't tried the Spark Coaching program since my coach is available to me at no cost, but I encourage you to take advantage of some solid coaching. These people are actually SUPER awesome and remind you to celebrate your success!! After the experiences I've had with coaches and gym teachers in school, it's really encouraging.