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If you’ve been around here any length of time, you know that I’ve evolved this website from a personal blog to a kicked-up professional resource for women who want to lose weight without losing their mind in the process. I talk to my subscribers about building good habits and keeping a healthy perspective on food more than how many calories and macros you should eat, although I do cover that as well.
I’ve been at this new format for over a year now, but in the process of being more “professional”, I’ve lost my creative mojo. My posts have become fewer, and while I still think they’re useful (sure hope you do too), I feel as though they lack authentic connection, humor and context about where the ideas are evolving from and how they relate to real life.
Truth is, when I started writing as an “authority” I stopped writing as a person… to a person (that would be you).
In the past year, I’ve also started personal coaching as an extension of my services and my brand. This has been both rewarding and a struggle as I’ve strived to be a great coach, but also position myself in a way that doesn’t make me feel like a smarmy sales person. I will say that as I’ve immersed myself in the study of how to market yourself as a fitpro, I’ve realized more and more that I don’t see myself engaging that way. There are sales tactics that don’t sit well with me. Even more, I shutter at the idea of having my effectiveness as a coach measured by the clarity of my 6-pack or the tightness of my glutes. Let’s face it – the fitness industry is visually motivated, and the more I see of it, the less I want to be a part of it.
This doesn’t mean I’m dropping out. I’m not. It also doesn’t mean my passions have shifted. They haven’t. But it does mean that I’m going to push the pause button on taking on new clients for the time being. It also means that I want to look past reps, sets and macros and really start looking at a more holistic approach to wellness that includes more awareness around mindset and examining thoughts that bring us to the self-destructive choices we make.
Because this is truly the root of our struggle with weight loss.
When you eliminate the possibility of allergies, illness and nutrient deficiencies that can often derail well-intentioned people who are doing all the right things but still not losing weight, it comes down to behaviors, pure and simple.
I think one of the biggest reasons why I want to take a break from coaching is that there’s nothing I can tell my clients on the phone for a fee that they don’t already know themselves. I feed them with the same sound advice I give you here…..
- Sleep lots
- Find ways to manage your stress (hello, meditation)
- Walk more
- Eat more veggies, maybe less fruit
- Don’t fear fat
- Break up with sugars and grains forever.
Honestly, if you can commit to these guideposts at least 80% of the time, you will lose weight. This may not make you a bikini competitor or a fitness model, but they will get you into a bikini… and skinny jeans, and shorts, and all those other fashion benchmarks we deny ourselves because we’re not liking our bodies.
I promise I will still give sound advice here. I will continue to be an advocate for fit habits and sound nutrition, but I’m going to look a little further outside the kitchen and gym and start writing about how to thrive in life, rather than just survive (in or out of a bikini).
Because life is way too short and the world is far too big to be spending all your time measuring food and white-knuckling your way through workouts you hate.
Are you with me?