What the Heck Is a Health Coach Anyway?

If you run in the on-line or social media circles you've likely heard the term health coach.  However, I still find people looking confused when I tell them that's what I do.  Think of us a new kind of health professional, who's job is to help people make those easy-to-say, hard-to-do lifestyle shifts that promote good health—getting enough exercise, eating a balanced diet, and managing stress. Although health coaching has been around for decades, it has only become increasingly popular with the rise in obesity and chronic diseases.

The truth is, most of us know that eating processed foods, not exercising, drinking too much, and not getting enough sleep is not healthy, yet we still do it. 

To make matters worse, doctors, nutritionists and dietitians often don’t have the time or resources to coach us on what to eat, when to eat, or even get close to getting to the bottom of what our real triggers around food and lifestyle are.  That's where I come in.

As a health coach my job is to identify, with YOU, what is at the root of your problem.  We go deep to uncover what areas in your life need support and work on ways to implement small, gradual changes overtime.  Whether your goal is to lose weight, have more energy, or just feel less foggy, we take the time to listen, help you discover where and why you are struggling, and help you navigate the world of confusing nutritional advice to figure out exactly what works best for your unique body.  If you've ever wondered why Keto worked so well for your best friend, but made you want to curl up and die, it's because we are all different.  What works for one, does not mean it will work for you, or even if it is healthy for your body.  

Although health coaches become your #1 cheerleader, we WILL hold you accountable to your goals while guiding and mentoring you through the seasons of your life to ensure you achieve what you set out to do.

Health coaches, like me, are often drawn to this profession after a personal struggle.  For me, it was years of competitive fitness competitions, followed by restrictive eating, overexercising, and an insanely stressful day job.  I found myself exhausted, inflamed and dealing with digestive distress on a daily basis.  To add, my cortisol levels were flat lined, and my hormones were completely out of whack.  As I began my healing journey, centered around food, lifestyle, and mindset shifts, I realized that I could take my passion for food, fitness, and healing, to support, and hold space for others just like me.  While walking through my own healing journey I realized that I wasn't a failure or lacked will power or stamina.  I realized that I was trying to fit into a mold that did not fit my body, nor my lifestyle.  I was trying to be superwoman and as a result my health suffered.   If this is you, know that you are not alone.

If you are confused, frustrated, or sick and tired of feeling terrible, but just don't know where to start, let's chat.  I am offering free 30 minute consultations where we can discuss where you're at now and where you want to go.  Click here to sign up.


Taking Massive Action to Achieve Your Goals

It's time to talk about the elephant in the room.  Guys, I'm talking about the act of taking massive action in order to achieve your goals. Taking massive action means making your goal and accomplishing that goal your duty, obligation, and responsibility.  It means making a choice and taking full responsibility for the things that have held you back in the past and reconciling with them in order to move forward. 

To illustrate this I want to tell you a story.  Over the last few months I've noticed this man at the gym, who has literally been shrinking before my eyes.  I see him there every morning, walking away on the treadmill.  Then, I saw him again another day, but it was later in the afternoon, and there he was working with a personal trainer.  As the personal trainer stood there expressionless there he was flipping a massive tire like it was HIS mission.  He was dripping in sweat and his eyes were lazer focused.  The next time I saw him I asked, "Hey, are you doing two-a-days?"  He smiled and said YES.  He proceeded to tell me that just four months ago, after having had enough of on-going back injuries, excess weight (320 lbs of it), and sleep apnea, he decided to make a change (aka Massive Action).  He has not stopped since and to date has lost a total of 66 lbs, has tons of energy, and the sleep apnea is GONE.  He went from eating one meal a day, to eating smaller, healthier meals throughout the day.  What he said at the end was beautiful.  "You know what?  It really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be."

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Unfortunately many people don't take massive action, rather they spend their lives reacting to their existing circumstances instead of acting to create the circumstances they desire.  When they do make an effort to change their lives but don’t get the results they want, they give up too easily and tell themselves to remain content.  

"Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited of what could go right" - Tony Robbins

Why is this?  

  • We don't get clear on what we want and why we want it
  • We don't design a game plan on how to achieve the goal
  • We don't change up the structures and habits that allow us to take action
  • We don't break down our goal into smaller, more achievable steps
  • We don't recognize our own limiting beliefs
  • We don't want to step outside our comfort zone
  • We don't ASK for help, or worse, we do, and don't do anything with it

Whatever the reason, recognizing what your true, or self-proclaimed challenges are need to be identified in order to move forward.  Action does not need to feel bad, and it doesn't need to be grossly uncomfortable or impossible to sustain.  Action needs to be fully backed by our initial goal and it needs to feel inspiring.

If you need more support, ask for it.  Seriously, we are not meant to do this all alone.  Surround yourself with people and activities that inspire you and most of all, have fun! I am taking on a few select, motivated clients who know what they want, but need more support on their path.  Let's connect and see if we are a good fit.

xoxo Tarrah