Prior to working with a health coach myself, I was under the impression that a health coach was someone who told their clients what to eat and how much to exercise. That they prescribed meal plans, did weigh ins, created workout routines, etc. While most health coaches do have a plethora of knowledge relating to both of those topics, our role goes way beyond that.
My personal experience shined a light on all of the other elements of wellness that I never stopped to consider. I was eating very healthy for the most part, I exercised often, I had a family that loved me, and whom I loved, but my life felt like it was spinning out of control. I was beyond stressed and I could not see its origin. No amount of kale or cycling classes can undo the challenges that come with the negative self talk, extrinsic motivations for success, and always trying to be perfect.
I realized that no matter how much I tried to convince myself that the company I was running was what I wanted to being doing, it ultimately was not. After a deep dive, it was clear to me that the path I was on was not serving me. It was a dead end! It was time to make a shift, a change, and create a new path that would make me happy and ultimately those around me. It took a health coach for me to see the light.
The greatest athletes do not win medals on their own. They have a coach, someone that is by their side, guiding them, and seeing the whole picture of the game. When we get inside our owns heads, or stuck on a challenge, it can be tough to see the forest for the trees. And that's where the coach comes in. To unlock the big picture, and to guide their client in achieving their long term goals and visions for health and wellness.