“How’s that working for you?”

 
That question may sound familiar. Back in my days of watching lots of daytime television, I remember talk show host Dr. Phil asking that of his guests, often before he helped re-direct their behavior or actions towards something more positive.
 

This is a question I’ve been asking myself recently. In the last two years, I’ve gained 10 pounds. Some people tell me, “It’s muscle.” No, oh how I wish that were true. How do I know? I know by the way my clothes fit, the need to go up a couple of sizes, not just in my pants but in my bras, too.

 

It’s so hard for me to share this. It was much easier to share my successes, as the extra weight was coming off. But the reality is I need to get a handle on this NOW before I’m back where I started in 2011. I’ve learned one of the hardest parts of weight loss is maintaining it once you reach your goal. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who may be struggling with this, and I wanted to share it here with the hope it will encourage you or another person struggling with this, too.

So, what’s changed in the last two years? Why the weight gain? Where do I go from here? What worked in the past, and can it help me succeed again?

 

Two years ago, I was looking for a home workout program. Our homeschool schedule was becoming more demanding and it was difficult for me to get to the gym to workout. That’s when I started working out at home to Beachbody programs, and also when I became an online wellness coach.

I threw myself into helping others with their goals, and in the process, my life became much more sedentary. I was still working out and eating healthy, for the most part. But in taking on that new role as a coach, I lost accountability in my own journey. I haven’t had a trainer or a group exercise instructor “coaching” me or holding me accountable. It’s been a gradual process, but those healthy habits I developed to help me reach my goals have slowly started to slip away, and I need to get back on track ASAP!!

As I’ve been watching the Olympics, I have been reflecting on how even the most elite athletes STILL have coaches! A coach keeps you accountable on your journey, helps you move past plateaus in your journey, motivates you to stay the course, and be the BEST God made you to be! This has been missing in my journey and I recognize now how desperately I need this – not just in my physical fitness, but in my spiritual fitness too.

I do want to say right here, one of the BEST parts of the last two years has been seeing some of the women I’ve coached experience amazing results in their own weight loss journeys, and to know I’ve been a part of that success!! I know God has called me to this journey, and love seeing the impact I’ve had on others and the new friends I’ve met along the way. I just need to find the right balance for my own journey, and face this struggle, too, so I can better encourage others.

So, where do I go from here? I’m not sure. I’ve taken a step back from actively coaching right now to focus on my own journey. I will be sharing more of my day-to-day journey in my Strong in ’16 group on Facebook, and would love to have you join me there. I almost paid $2,000 for a year-long, online coaching program but felt like it was a) too expensive and b) shouldn’t I be able to figure this out without spending buckets of money? And if I’m going to tackle this obstacle and encourage others facing the same struggles, I want to be able to do it in a way that doesn’t bankrupt me or anyone else!

 

Where are you in your journey? Do you have any words of wisdom for me? What is working well for you right now?

Adobe Spark (12)

 

2 Comments

  1. I’ve been meaning to share the link with you of the website/group/company…whatever…that I used to use a few years ago. At one point they were free, but now they’ve grown so much they do require as $10 monthly membership. But the only “equipment” that may or may not be required is resistance bands, which “conveniently” you can purchase from them if needed. Been meaning to share it since you posted about dailyburn.

    https://liveexercise.com/

    • I’ll check it out. I’m loving the workouts on the Daily Burn lately, and have been alternating between that and some of my favorite 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts. 🙂

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