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Wow…What a Week…

Wow!  What a week, right?  Yea, it’s been a crazy one for me and it’s only Tuesday!  I honestly don’t think my emotions can’t handle anymore.  It all exploded after my workout tonight.

This is what I looked like.  Not pretty right?  But honestly, who cares.  I totally broke down.  I’m was done.  Exhausted – mentally,  physically and emotionally.

First, I’ve got a TON going on at my full time job.  I’m in the middle of my normal monthly project and then an even bigger project gets thrown in.  I mean, it’s one where you’d have to drop everything if you got an email.  This one…mental stress.

Then, in the wake of what happened in Las Vegas, I was literally torn apart.  No, I didn’t know anyone attending the concert, but honestly I don’t think that matters.  The fact that this event even took place is devastating for anyone.  I’ve been to Las Vegas and loved it.  I’ve stayed at Mandalay Bay before.  I’ve been to outdoor concerts.  I have never had something this awful happen in my life.  However, the fact that it CAN happen, scares the crap out of me.  Over the past few days so many questions have been running through my mind (and I’m sure yours too) but some of them I can’t answer.  All I can do is tell my loved ones how much I love them and give them all hugs next time I see them.  This one…emotional stress.

Lastly, tonight’s workout was a challenging one.  It was the last straw, if you will.  Tonight we (my husband/accountability partner/workout buddy) did a 45 minute kickboxing workout.  It’s one of my favorites because the music gets you amped, the moves are fun to do because they make you feel like a true fighter and at the end, you’re sweating buckets.  It might not be the workout for everyone, but it’s the workout for me.  There are a few tracks that literally leave you breathless.  Like crazy breathing.  Out your ears breathing.  Whenever I do this workout, it makes me think back to 5 years ago when I first started my journey.  Back then, I would have never been able to get through this workout without pausing the DVD.  This one was not only physical stress but it was emotional stress too.

So what do I do with all this stress?  Well, I could do a few things:

•  I could cry my eyes out every day.

•  I could bottle it up and just harbor all that energy.

•   I could decide not to leave my house because it’s too scary of world out.

•   I could go see someone and get things off my chest.

Granted, I do the first one maybe once a month but that’s not so fun.  Harboring energy, whether good or bad energy is never a good thing so I think I’ll pass on that one.  Leaving my house is just not an option.  But, I can get help.  And listen, it’s not a bad thing to ask for help.  It might feel like you’re failing, but trust me…you’re not.  Getting help is one of the best things you can do for yourself because it’s part of self-care.  There are many, many people out there that swear by therapy because you’re getting feedback from unbiased parties.  It can be as simple as that.

So has your week been stressful like mine?  If so, how are you handling it?  Stress management can happen in a variety of ways and I love to hear what you’re doing to get through it.  Leave me a comment and share!  You  just might be helping someone else in the process.

 

Stressed Much??

One of the things I use exercise to manage is my stress level.  And when I don’t exercise, I notice my mental health deteriorates.  Over the past month, I’ve been dealing with some crazy stuff at work and boy, has it been a stressful September!  Needless to say, I have allowed myself to slack a bit and not exercise as much as I should.

I know everyone goes through ups and downs with health and fitness but the question is, how do you start back again quickly?  I know this stressful period of time will pass and I will get my life back on track…but when?! It’s like I’m in a movie and the suspense is killing me.
That being said, I have managed to keep up with my nutrition…mostly.   With the holidays approaching, candy and yummy goodness seems to be all around! It has been a battle but I know because I am not able to exercise as much as I would like and because I am not able to control a lot of things with work, my nutrition is the one thing I can control.  I have even parties with snacks galore and been ok.
One  of the ways I’ve managed to keep up with my nutrition is by using the containers that come with the 21 Day Fix program to monitor my portion size.
21 Day Fix Containers
I am able to eat whatever I want (really) within a certain portion and goal for each day.  Because I’ve been able to control this aspect of my life, my weight hasn’t changed all that much and yes, I can deal with my stress level, even if just a little bit.
The moral of my story is that even if you are struggling with your health and fitness, it is okay because you will get back on track.  If you can’t control the time you have available to you, find pieces of your life that you control, like your nutrition intake, your spending habits or the company you keep.  Another thing that has really helped me is having people I can turn to when I need to.  Becoming a Health Coach has helped me realize that there are ups and downs with health and fitness and the Coaches I have met (and now call my tribe) are there for me if I need support.  If you’re in this position and need support, message me!  At the end of the day, remember to keep your head up and know that things can get better if you will them to.

What Really is a Health Coach?

 

I was asked this question today and wondered if other people are curious what it is too.  When I think about a health coach, I think about the people in the world that help others with the health and wellness goals.  The truth is, a health coach can be so much more than just a personal trainer or a nutritionist.

A health coach really is the guidance that helps you while you’re on your journey.  This person can be your support system, a friend, an ally, a confidant.  A health coach helps you learn the ropes and helps you transition that learning into real action.  In most cases, a health coach and their client learn together.

Health coaches are different from personal trainers, nutritionists, clinicians and educators.   In most cases, the client does not have access to a personal trainer or nutritionist between sessions.  The client of a health coach would have access in between sessions because communication is key to helping the client grow inside and out.  A physician or an educator can give the client all the information in the world and share how this information would help the client be healthy, but in some cases, the physician or educator doesn’t help the client learn how to put it into action.  A health coach would help the client really put the information given into action through cooking demonstrations or workshops.

Don’t get me wrong, a health coach does not replace a physician, personal trainer or a nutritionist.  But a health coach can supplement the care received from these individuals.  Today there are endless opportunities to start a journey toward a healthy, happy life, but where do you start?  This is where a health coach can come in and help guide a client.  A health coach can help the client choose the right meal plan or fitness plan right for the individual.  And the health coach can help the client stick to it.

I recently became a certified health and wellness coach and the information I’ve learned in the past year is amazing.  I want to share it with people and help others learn what it feels like to live a healthy, happy, balanced life.  Are you someone looking for an addition to your current healthcare routine?  Connect with me today and set up your free consultation.

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