Written by: Georgette LePage, Senior Level Executive Contributor
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Cheers to a new year and hopefully a new you! It’s the time of year when everyone seems to reflect on the current year and then sets goals for the new year. You’ll typically start to see TV and social media ads for exercise equipment, diet programs, diet foods, and all of the things “diet” the day after Christmas. Don’t be surprised, though, if you see some during the week of Christmas, as advertisers ramp up their sales earlier and earlier each year. In fact, according to an article by INC., only 9% of Americans keep their New Year’s resolutions although 40-50% of the population declare new goals for the upcoming year. The success rate drops dramatically around January 19th, also known as “Quitters Day”.
That being said, I’m all about setting goals for the new year, although I always encourage healthier habits that start TODAY, regardless of the date on the calendar. My clients understand that starting to make healthy changes to shed extra pounds can start right now, which is a huge mindset shift from waiting until after the holidays. You’re ahead of the game when you decide to make changes and you start them ASAP. So, are you ready to be among the 9% of Americans who set goals for the new year and keep them long-term?
Here are my top 5 reasons why you get weight loss results faster by working with a health and life coach!
#1: Discover the real reason why you are carrying extra weight
A good coach starts by asking very thought-provoking questions about where you are right now with your weight and your health and then by listening to what you say. I explain this beginning step to my clients as if they are spitting out puzzle pieces on the floor for us to look at, ask about, and wonder about together. You see, there’s always more than meets the eye when someone wants to make a health change. What you think is the underlying issue can often uncover much more. I do believe that everyone does know their WHY once they talk it out and think about it with a coach. You have all of the “puzzle pieces” in your brain and are empowered to take action right away!
#2: The right coach for you walks the talk
The ideal coach for you practices what they preach, and this is more important than you think! You wouldn’t get marital advice from a single person, would you? So why would you get guidance from someone who has not walked a mile in your shoes? For weight loss coaching, aren’t you looking for someone who has an experience losing weight and who can share the story about their journey, including the ups and downs? Be selective when it comes to the coach’s philosophy, approach, and methods. Do your homework and look at their website, social media, and testimonials. Also, be very in tune with the vibe you get while first talking with a coach and ask good questions. Again, seek out someone who you think understands your struggles and who offers solutions to your specific problem. Being a good fit is key to finding and staying with a skilled coach! Trusting your coach is vital!
#3: Partnership & Accountability
This reason is a key component in your coaching choice. All humans want to be loved and to belong, which is very hard to do on your own. Most people see better weight loss results when they team up with someone, such as a coach. Why? Having support is one thing, and having someone available to hold you accountable is another. When you hire a coach, you should be getting one-on-one attention. Having to show up to a weekly session (in person or virtually) is a critical piece of how successful you will be. Treat each session/appointment/meeting as if your life depended on it and show up. Honor your time and theirs by being consistent with your meetings. Look for someone who checks on you, hears you, and shows up for you. In turn, show the same respect and show up for yourself.
#4 One size does not fit all
Molly Carmel, the author of Breaking Up with Sugar, says “If someone tells you there’s only one way, run away!” I couldn’t agree more! No two humans on the planet have had the exact same life experience and never will. Back in the day, I remember seeing the tag in shirts that read, “One size fits all.” They never really could have, but that was the message. Oddly enough, clothing tags now read, “One size fits many.” How true! A coach should be able to meet you where you are in your health journey and lead you down a path that works for you. On the other hand, coaches have their niches or specialties, so find one who matches your needs. Since I specialize in weight loss, someone searching for a divorce coach would simply not be a good fit for me to work with to move through issues only related to divorce. Be choosy, do your homework, and look for someone who fits helping you to solve your problem: weight loss.
#5 Get a community of support
The guidance and expertise you get from a coach is critical to your success, as is building your community of support. Do your homework and go where your people are. Seek resources that work for you: join a FaceBook group, follow a qualified expert on Instagram, find a book club, listen to a new podcast, or join an exercise group or class. Start with ONE place to find people who are like-minded and who are working on the same goal. Ask your new coach to give you some resources for such communities! I know that I can rattle off resources (podcasts, books, websites, social media experts, etc.) on the spot when my clients ask (or when I feel the need to give them to my clients as we are working together). You will learn and grow as you expand your circle of support! We all do better with fellowship!
So, as we begin 2023, what are you choosing to do for your health and why? Why not choose a health and life coach to walk alongside you on this journey! Check out what I offer atgeorgettelepage.com to see if we might be a good fit and email me to set up a free 30-minute discovery session to see if we are a good fit! Why wouldn’t you want support, expertise, and accountability to be successful? Cheers to 2023!
Georgette LePage, Senior Level Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Georgette LePage is a certified Health and Life Coach who empowers women all around the world to lose their mental weight first in order to then lose their physical weight. Her approach is honest, real, clear, and genuine with transformational habit change and mindset reset methods. Georgette's energy and enthusiasm are contagious. Her focus on a healthy lifestyle inspires her clients to leave behind old diet culture thoughts and patterns in order to embrace fresh and simple ways to live their best lives without diet drama. Empowerment, self-confidence, and self-care are cornerstones of the programs that she offers. She helps her clients to get the results that they want with realistic, real-life strategies. She lives her own life the way she coaches others. She listens to what her clients want and guides them with compassion and accountability as they achieve their goals. She works with people of all ages (teens to seniors and every age in between) who are ready to live a healthier, more joyful life. Georgette also hosts the talk radio show WHY WEIGHT? with Dr. Pat Baccili on Transformational Talk Radio. In addition to speaking English, she also is fluent in French and Spanish. Georgette has 32 years of experience as a World Language Teacher, as well. Her coaching motto is: Feel better. Look better. Be your best self!