As a health coach, one of the toughest things I ask of my clients is honesty. Not just with me, but with themselves. As we begin the work of setting goals—whether it’s weight loss, fueling a long-distance race, improving diet per a doctors’ orders or a combination of the above—honestly assessing the obstacles to those goals is a key step.
Assessing your daily behaviors with brutal honesty can reveal uncomfortable truths: Some of the best parts of your week and some of the most important relationships in your life revolve around habits that counter your health and fitness goals.
Your beloved daily sugary coffee drink break with coworkers, your twice-weekly happy hour complete with beer and wings, your weekly date night with your partner, or regular dinners from your favorite takeout spot could all be preventing you from achieving your goals.
What do these habits have in common? A. They’re fun. B. They’re full of empty calories.
I’ve worked with clients who are in denial about these obstacles. They consciously or unconsciously decide that they’re not willing to budge on these habits, so they tell me they’ll be 100% on point every other time except during these events. Or frequently they minimize these habits and don’t tell me the full story. And sometimes (would you believe it?!) my clients don’t disclose these habits at all, thinking they’ll be able to make progress without changing these details. Then weeks or months in, the details come out, and the reason lack of progress becomes very evident to me.
If you’re stymied on making progress toward your health or fitness goal, and ready to begin the tough, honest work of assessing your obstacles and making real change, I invite you to join “Eating for Wellness,” a four-week group health coaching program I’m offering beginning in March at Charm City Run Timonium and Columbia locations (yes, it’s at Charm City Run, but no, the program is not designed for runners).