How to Overcome Common Healthy Living Struggles: Tips From a Health Coach
People assume wellness practitioners – personal trainers, health coaches, nutritionists, chiropractors, doctors, etc. – have figured it all out. That they don’t need tips or hacks on living a healthy life. After all, they know what to eat, which exercises to do, hacks to get enough sleep, and everything in between.
But, knowing and doing are two entirely different things.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something we each have a different approach to, and something we actively work on each day. This isn’t a one-and-done choice we make or action we do. We deal with the same issues of balancing the many aspects of what healthy balance looks like in our own lives.
Here are my struggles and the practical actions I use to overcome them.
My love of a good run, and a tough workout, is what kickstarted my interest in helping others find ways to incorporate enjoyable fitness into their life. But I struggle with balancing my workouts against my other priorities. I can quickly fall into the trap of too much.
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I remember feeling anxious on Sundays, staring at my blank Exercise Goal Log. I spent too much time finding the ideal time for each workout through the week, and if we had a long weekend out of town, my first priority was figuring out how to wedge in my workouts. This is exactly what I preach against. Letting exercise become a stress on your life and not an enhancement.
Of course, in trying to get pregnant, and after becoming a mom, these priorities quickly switched. Still, I’m happy I find it easy to make exercise a priority in my life, but if I allow it to be my ONLY priority, things are out of balance. I took my own advice, of keeping the essentials to achieve my goals, with a volume that I could easily make time for. I also started viewing them as a goal, not a rule.
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Just because you know a wide variety of healthy eating strategies, doesn’t mean it’s always easy to implement them. When I had an office job, I routinely ate a snack at 4pm. Just ask my friend Heather, who when I put in my two-weeks asked, “But, how will I know when it’s 4 o’clock?!”.
Cut to my personal trainer days. Working between home, coffee shops and training clients at the gym, I didn’t have a consistent timeline and ended up with a grumbling tummy by 5:30. I was able to recognize the problem and started throwing a snack in my purse and making sure I ate it between 4:30 and 5:30.
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My point is, these tactics – no matter how engrained in our routines – take effort to continue when things in our lives shift. Going back to what worked is a great approach when presented with a change, but it’s not always an instinct, even for me.
Another area I struggle is a battle for many of you, as well.
When attending parties with snacks or appetizers, I employ many of the tactics my clients and I discuss. Snacking is so easy to over-do. While I’ve found a few things that work for me, it’s an area I continue to develop.
For example, I make sure to eat something healthy and substantial beforehand, so I don’t arrive famished. And, I try not to stand near the food all night. The toughest thing for me, is not grabbing more of something just because the person I’m talking to does. Also, recognizing that I’m full and that my snacking has switched from, “I’m hungry” to “I’m occupying my hands”. This blog is me simply working on it, and sharing tips along the way.
Work-Time and Me-Time
As a solopreneur, it’s completely up to me what my day looks like. While this is something that works very well for me as a self-starter, it’s also a slippery slope. It’s easy to feel I’m always “on”. There is no quitting time. Having my son helped put some priorities in place, but it’s still up to me to create boundaries.
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I have to routinely check in with my needs, and not ignore signs of burnout. Throughout the day, I listen to business and wellness podcasts, constantly check and respond to emails, keep my Pinterest page fresh, and blog. While I enjoy all of these things – honestly, I have listened to some great marketing podcasts while working out! – if I’m not careful, my work-mode will wedge its way into all of my me-time.
For what it’s worth, none of us have it all figured out.
I study what creates a healthy lifestyle, and strategies to make change stick. Still, I too slip, and have to figure out the best way to implement healthy habits into my own life. Each time I help a client create change, I learn something. Each time I stop and realize something isn’t working for me, I learn something about myself.
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This is a process that will never end, but that shouldn’t be daunting. It’s an opportunity to discover new ways to be your best self. If you’re struggling with making a change in your life, know you aren’t alone.
Staying on track towards your health and fitness goals is hard. Add young kids to the mix and it can feel impossible. If you would like some help, I would love to work with you! Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org today for a FREE 20 minute Discovery Call to see if health coaching is right for you.