Sitting here today I have a ton of thoughts running through my head. I’m following my father-in-law’s lead and capturing them in words. This may become a monthly review of what transpired and what is upcoming.
August is a big ‘anniversary’ month for me. Later this month it will be three years since I left my corporate position. There hasn’t been a day of regret. Are things differently financially? Yes.
But there are other changes that are way more important to me than that. I’m working in a field that I do believe can make a difference. Our crazy-busy world leads us into habits that aren’t the best for us. That can be changed with a little support from others and action on our part.
It doesn’t have to be complex. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. There is no magic pill. It is a combination of learning what you are doing today and adding some new habits that can get you living, moving, thinking, and eating just a bit better. And you don’t ever have to be perfect.
Just be a little bit better every day. For yourself.
I read an article this morning that may have prompted this thought process. While the idea of health and wellness is not new, there are a lot of people making money off of products and services that may or may not help in the end.
That is not what I do. I believe there is a need for health coaches who help clients improve their day-to-day behaviors. I don’t (and won’t) prescribe, treat or diagnose anyone. That’s what your medical support team is for.
As I worked on my certifications and studied for the board exam, the common theme was: eat better and move more. Those were the two recommendations to help with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, etc…just to name a few.
So if we focus on ways to incorporate more movement and activity and on ways to eat better MOST of the time…you will see changes. It takes action on your part, but it will work…without investing a small fortune.
That said if you are one who has some health and medical issues to work around…then that’s where there is a bigger partnership with the medical team included. We work together to implement the changes they are recommending to help you with those issues.
When I left three years ago. I was not feeling my best. The first several months off of work I spent trying to figure out what was going on. I hobbled into the gym with my chronic lower back troubles. I wasn’t consistently exercising and I didn’t know how to eat.
Reflecting back on the last three years, I made the changes needed to virtually eliminate the back trouble. Does it still happen…yes. But much less frequently and I recover much faster. My core is strong and as long as I don’t vacuum…my back is great!
I don’t eat perfectly and never will. I do eat whole foods the majority of the time so that when I do indulge it’s my choice and it’s without regret. I get back to my normal habits the following day.
I drink a lot of water every day without fail. I feel better and look better when I do that so why stop? I plan my water throughout the day no matter what I’m doing. If you see me without my red water bottle…it’s a rarity!
I’ve learned to make movement and exercise a part of my life. I enjoy working toward a goal and finally see it come to fruition. Being sidelined with a hip injury right now is frustrating, but is allowing me to focus elsewhere (more on this in a second).
I get my sleep in most nights and really feel it when I don’t. I’ve learned this and really try to avoid it if at all possible. I’m cranky, less-focused and just get less done.
I do believe in recovery and taking the time that you know your body needs. And your mind for that matter. I make sure to schedule the things I/we enjoy when I’m not working. I try to keep balance as much as possible.
This all brings me back around to my work. I’ve been fortunate to work out of the gym for the last 18 months as I practice coaching and get through my training. I love what I am doing.
On July 11th I registered my LLC…LEAN Changes For You so that I can go out on my own and help as many people as I can. I feel very fortunate to have signed my first paying client that same week!
Now I’m working very hard to get the infrastructure in place to start running the business online and reaching out to those people in my target market. That’s been a bit of a challenge defining that market, but it’s getting there.
In the end…I am looking for people approaching middle-aged who have gained some weight, have seen some changes in their blood profile or have lost the energy and confidence to the things that enjoy doing. Together we can build a plan to help get you on track with fewer aches and pains and feeling motivated to live your life.
Luckily I get to bring much of my corporate skills into this one. Working in IT and installing software allows me to do the research needed to figure out what’s going to work best for me and the lost possible cost. It’s been fun to learn what’s out there and how it all fits together to promote one of my programs.
Much of what I will do will be online, but there are still ways of getting to know people using technology. This also allows a client to work on their own schedule. Great stuff!
I love the life we’ve created and what I have chosen to do. I am very appreciative of the support along the way and the people who continue to follow my journey.
Now I can help others get to this point. There is a lot of fun left out there for all of us to enjoy.
Please reach out if you’d like to chat and see if we might be a good fit to get your plan in place. If you don’t take action on your own life…no one will do it for you.
Thanks for reading!