We all do it. There are many reasons for it – the way our brains are wired, our over-booked schedules and hectic lifestyles, lack of understanding, etc. And we believe that some things happen to other people, but they will never happen to us.
What am I talking about? Our health. And the fact that as humans, we tend to neglect it until a crisis or impending threat of some sort forces us to focus our attention and resources on it. We tend to think that if we feel ok, that everything is ok. Or if we have some minor discomforts, it is just an inevitable sign of aging and we ignore it. Cancer, heart disease, inflammatory diseases – these are all things that happen to other people, not me. So we put off the recommended annual screenings or physicals, eat however we want, don’t plan for any regular exercise, and then are shocked when a health crisis suddenly appears.
Chances are the crisis didn’t just ‘suddenly’ appear; it’s been brewing for quite some time, maybe even a lifetime. Your body has just finally reached the point where it can’t compensate any more, and disease erupts full force.
As a health coach, my goal is to help people feel great now and set themselves up for great health for the long haul. It breaks my heart when people suffer needlessly with diseases that could be prevented, or lose a loved one way too soon because of bad habits. These things don’t have to be! Did you know that most chronic diseases are preventable?! By simply treating our bodies the way they were meant to be treated, they will function the way they were meant to function. That means nourishing our bodies with proper foods, keeping toxins out, and being active.
What health enriching behaviors have you been putting off until ‘some day?’ Losing excess weight, getting a bit of exercise each day, cooking and eating healthier foods? What destructive habits have you put off changing? Smoking, excessive drinking, eating too much sugar, buying processed foods? What are you waiting for? I beg you – please don’t let a health crisis be the thing that you wait for; by then it may be too late!
My husband and business partner, Tim, was a skinny, energetic guy when we met in college. After a couple of years of dating, and eating at the college cafeteria for 3-meals a day plus cheap junk snacks, Tim began to slowly gain weight. By the time we got married after college graduation, he was about 20 pounds overweight. In the years that followed, his story sounds like so many others. He tried to eat better, but cravings would get the better of him. He has been on many ‘diets’ over the years and has lost weight, only to have the weight find him again later and bring more reserves. He gets motivated for a few weeks at a time where he will log his food intake, stay within a certain calorie range, walk 3 miles a day, and lose a few pounds each week. But then he loses focus and goes back to his old habits for several months until inspiration hits him again and he starts the cycle over again. If you can identify with his story, comment “Me too!” below!
Tim was part of my motivation for studying to be a health coach in 2009. I saw his pain and struggle and wanted to find a way to help him be successful at reaching his health goals. I also didn’t want to lose him at an early age and have my children be without their father, or at the least have huge monthly medical bills when he inevitably became ill. My other motivation for becoming a health coach was the common struggles and needless pain I saw among the patients I worked with as a nurse for over 20 years. So many people didn’t believe they had it in them to lose weight or keep healthy habits, and when they presented into my care, they were having health problems that had massive negative affects on their quality of life, and even threatened their life. There were many times I cried and prayed for my patients on my way home because my heart ached for them and their families who were worried about losing them.
In our current age of Internet and television and social media, we are constantly bombarded with health information, the latest research, and new treatments. We have an abundance of health resources, but making sense of all the information and putting it into action in our own lives can be a daunting task! Not to mention trying to change our habits, fit new habits into our busy lifestyles, and keeping it up for a lifetime.
If this has been your struggle also, then I invite you to join us in a journey to better health.
Tim isn’t waiting for the inevitable big crisis to hit and is ready to make changes now. He is about 100 pounds overweight, has a fatty liver (which can lead to liver cancer and a host of other problems), and a recent check of his Hemoglobin A1C level confirms his body is having difficulty with sugar metabolism and he is in a pre-diabetic stage. Both of his parents are diabetic, so we know that’s the next stop for him without changes. I struggle with symptoms such as fatigue, poor sleep, stress, brain fog, and about 10 hard-to-lose extra pounds around my middle, despite eating a healthy diet, staying active and being ‘healthy’ by general medical standards. In the coming weeks and months at Abundant Life Centre, we will not only be offering our usual training and coaching on health and wellness, but we will be making it personal by sharing our own struggles and successes. This isn’t an easy thing to do – we’d all rather show our best attributes to others than our weaknesses – but we care about you and know that by sharing openly and honestly, some of you will be encouraged and find your own successes. We also want to get to know you and hear about your struggles and successes along the way, so together we can be on a path to abundant health and living!
Are you ready to lose weight, gain energy, and finally be in the great shape you’ve been dreaming of?
Would you like to join forces with others so you don’t have to struggle alone?
If your answer is “YES!” then please comment below or hop on over to our Facebook Page to let us know you are joining us. Then keep watching! We’ve got updates, support, instruction, challenges, tools, and resources and a lot of FUN coming your way!