What are Your Goals?

Originally posted on June 12, 2015

Part of my job as a Health Coach is to keep my clients accountable to themselves so they can achieve their goals.  I make my clients actually sign a commitment to theirself along with their contract with me.  Whether their goal is to lose 20 pounds to fit into a fancy dress or suit for someone's wedding, or to get more active, or learn how to be more healthy overall.  I can help them learn how they can reach those goals, and how to sustain them long term.

A lot of weight loss programs are "lose weight quick so you can..." insert life milestone... but they don't teach you how to be Truly Healthy or how to sustain it for a lifetime.  I can do that. 

What are your goals?  What is your why?  Have you just found yourself at a certain age and realised that if you continue down the SAD (standard American diet) path that you will just keep getting sicker and taking more pills?  Are you getting married in a few months?  Are you going on a beach vacation?  Do you want to go zip-lining, but you can't because you're too heavy for the harness?  Do you want to be able to take the dog for a walk around the block without huffing and puffing?  Do you want to be able to keep up with your kids/grandkids?  

For me it was I wanted to be truly healthy.  I never had been healthy my whole life.  After I got my celiac diagnosis, I knew what it was that had been making me sick for 42 years, so I decided that (almost ;) ) every bite of food that would go in my mouth from now on would nourish me, not hinder my health further.  I do still endulge in not exactly healthy foods occasionally, Paleo "junk foods" like avocado pudding, or coconut flour cake, or a bar of nice dark organic chocolate; never anything gluteny! I quickly realised though that "cheating" on a diet is only cheating myself out of my health goals.  If I eat gluten for instance, it will set me back as much as 5 weeks or more, while my body tries to heal from the immune system assault.  So I have not voluntarily eaten or drank gluten since my gluten challenge in late 2009.  I have accidentally been "glutened" a few times since, but I have always avoided it as best I can.  Sometimes it's not always possible and some will sneak in.  And I pay the price for weeks afterward.  Since upgrading my diet to Paleo/AIP, my recovery time has also been shortened to about a week, rather than a month!  But I do still suffer with pain directly after ingesting gluten.  Not many people *want* to have pain (or constipation, or diarrhea, or bleeding or or or...)

I also wanted to get strong, and not be all flabby all over.  Not just for aesthetics, but because I know that a strong body will last longer and serve me better in my later years.  If I have no muscle tone, and my bones are deteriorating, as I age it will only get worse.  I will be susceptible to broken bones and constant pain.  I had been in pain already for most of my life, and I was tired of taking pills all the time.  I need to be able to pick up and carry my dog (he weighs 60lbs/27kg) to the bathtub, or if gods forbid, he is ever sick or injured and can't walk into the vet clinic.  I can do that now.  He's not too keen on it.  ;)

I wanted to be able to sleep better.  When you're in constant pain, you just can't sleep.  Since switching to Paleo, I have slept better than I ever have my entire life.  I had insomnia and night terrors constantly as a small child and well into adulthood.  Now I hit the pillow and I'm pretty much out for 7 to 8 hours every night.  Without sleeping pills, and without pain pills.  Only 3 or 4 years ago I was popping as many as 6 to 8 Robax Platinum pills every day, and at nighttime also had to take Gravol with the Robax to be able to get *any* sleep.  

Since my celiac diagnosis, and going completely gluten free, I have also eliminated migraines and the debilitating panic attacks and anxiety that I used to have.  Again, no pills anymore!

Now my goal is to continue to get stronger, I still want to be able to do at least one pull-up.  I have injuries and repetitive strain in my right shoulder however that severely limits my range of motion.  I continue to work with my physical therapist and it's getting better every week.  She is my accountability coach.  She knows when I haven't kept up with my exercises at home, because my range of motion will be limited when I go back to see her again.  I want to be able to throw a javelin at our annual Warrior Games in August, and I won't be able to do that very well (honestly, anybody can throw a javelin, but not everybody can throw it *well*!) if I don't improve my range of motion with proper and consistent exercise and stretching.  

It has taken me years to learn all of this, and I am delighted to be able to pass on this information to my clients so they don't have to wait 7 or 8 years to research and recover their health!  They can do it in a much shorter time span with my support in my 12 week, or 6 month program.  Even if Paleo is not right for you, I have learned over 100 different dietary theories, we'll find you one that works!  What are your health goals?  What do you need support with?  Check out my Work With Me menu and contact me for a FREE initial consult.  The sooner you get started, the sooner you'll reach your goals!

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