Each time I meet with a client, we come up with some mutually agreed-upon commitments for the client to practice till our next appointment. Some broad examples of those commitments are tracking food in a journal, choosing from a specific list of snacks, getting to bed at X time, exercising X number of times, eating X number of vegetables per day/week, cutting back on alcohol to X number of times per week, and--one of my favorites--asking "Am I Hungry?" before eating.
Below are actual reasons my clients have reported for not doing their health coaching homework:
The election is stressing me out.
I didn't track because I didn't want you to see what I was eating.
I lost my tracking notebook mid-week.
I don't want my husband to drink alone.
I needed a break.
The dog was sick this week.
I went into Dunkin Donuts to get coffee, but I left with doughnuts.
My client brought me X as a gift, so I had to eat it.
The results of the election are stressing me out.
Work was crazy.
My wife was out of town.
I'm throwing in the towel--everyone in my family is fat, and so will I be.
I stopped at Royal Farms to get gas...and I went in and bought crap.
I just didn't do it.
You may be surprised to learn that even my most successful clients sometimes show up for our appointment with one of these reasons.
But there are so many more amazing reasons why these same men and women DO follow through on their commitments! They have short-term goals, like a race PR, or a big event is coming up, and they want to look and feel their best. Or they have serious health concerns after a recent doctor's visit. Or they're tired of feeling like shit. Or they realize they need to act now for the long game: They want to grow old with their health and mobility in tact.
So how we, with all those reasons on both sides of the fence, achieve their goals? My most successful clients...
- Are crystal clear on the WHY behind their goals
- Apply LASER FOCUS to making many small changes
- Recruit support and accountability from friends + family
- And they accept professional help--from me, from their doctors, from therapists and other pros--to understand root causes for their health issues, to learn skills, and to double up on accountability.
I invite you to join my most successful clients in overcoming the reasons why not, and focusing on the reasons why: Join me beginning May 3 at Eating for Wellness, my group health coach program at Charm City Run McHenry Row, or message me for information on one-on-one health coaching.