Do you ever feel like your body is stuck?
You’re getting up before work every day and spending a rigorous hour at the gym. You’re eating smaller portions at mealtimes. You’ve even given up most snacks and all sugar (wait—does vitaminwater have sugar in it?). In fact, most of the time you walk around feeling hungry, which isn’t fun. Yet you look absolutely the same in the mirror. Nothing has shifted or budged. If anything, the waistband of your favorite pants feels tighter.
How can you be doing everything right and it isn’t making any difference?
It’s depressing to put so much effort into your body and not see the expected results. Unfortunately, it’s also common. And there could be a simple reason why: What you think is “doing everything right” is actually not.
Just because something worked for you in the past doesn’t mean it still will. Just because it works for your same-age friend or coworker doesn’t mean it will for you. There are so many variables, so many things that make you unique, and you know what that means, right?
Transforming your body is complex and crazy-making.
So what can you do?
You can hire a personal trainer
This is often the first step people make. When you feel like you can’t do it on your own, you admit you need help and hire a professional. Since I’ve worked with hundreds of women since I started as a personal trainer in 2005, I can tell you this can be a very wise move.
3 benefits of working with a personal trainer
This is HUGE. Improving your body and your health takes time. Just knowing that someone is expecting you to show up—and perhaps you’ll get charged if you don’t—can be a powerful motivator for those times that you’d rather skip it.
You may have read a ton of articles on fitness, but that doesn’t mean you know how to apply it to you and your life. A personal trainer does. She knows from learning and experience why squats and push-ups are two of the most effective moves you can do—and she can explain it to you if you’re curious.
As mentioned above, what works for your best friend may not work for you—and it can, actually, move things in the wrong direction. A personal trainer knows how to tailor workouts to your individual needs and desires.
But you might need something different…
If you return to the scenario I described in the beginning where you’re exercising daily and cutting way back on your food, you might realize a problem with booking personal training sessions. While you definitely get the benefits of accountability, knowledge, and personalization, you’re essentially still focusing on one thing—exercise.
You’re buying into the belief that if your health isn’t improving—or your waistline isn’t shrinking—it’s because you need to exercise more. And this is one of the biggest hindrances to actually making a change to your body and your health.
Exercise is just one piece of the puzzle. Addressing the 5 Facets—Nourish, Move, Rest, Play, Connect—is a much more effective way to make change happen.
Recognizing when you need a health coach
So you know those three benefits a personal trainer offers? So does a health coach. And those benefits—accountability, knowledge, and personalization—have even more powerful effects when they’re applied to all of the 5 Facets, instead of just the Move one.
A health coach understands that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to personal transformation. She uses her knowledge to customize a holistic plan for you that addresses your individual challenges and helps you reach your goals. Ideally, she offers a supportive and nonjudgmental environment for you in the process and loves questions (please--don't be afraid to ask questions!).
But wait—there’s more: A health coach can help you when you just feel like "something's off" with your energy and condition. She can also help you learn how to manage cravings and hanger, tweak your diet so your body composition shifts towards a more healthy profile, and maybe even uncover tricky food sensitivities. She'll definitely be able to clear up confusion you have about all of the conflicting advice you hear. She can suggest a variety of ways to improve your fitness. She can support you when you feel like your friends and family don't understand the changes you want to make.
When you work with me, I’ll even encourage you to experience more pleasure, fun, and glamour in your life (because that’s wonderfulness).
So promise me you’ll think about it… You don’t have to do this alone—and it’s much more effective with help, too. Reach out when you’re ready!