Blog post written by: Glenn Cheatham

Is this another fad diet?

Wellness Coaching can seem confusing, and oftentimes it’s defined with a multitude of buzz words that might make your eyes roll or gloss over. I get it. I hear you. I am you. The constant use of buzz words like “grass-fed”, “free-range”, “fad diets”, and “supplements” led me in a direction of needing to reevaluate what I believe it really means to invest in your health and well-being. This meant no longer giving the buzz words as much weight as I used to and coming to passionate terms that true wellness is SO much more than what you eat and how you move your body. I hope this post helps to bring some clarity to what wellness coaching is, and also encourages you to reevaluate what you think of when you think of your own wellness.

A different approach

When I coach, I form a partnership with my client. It is a true allyship where both parties continue to meet at the same table, realistically or metaphorically, to reestablish what holistic wellness looks like in the client’s life. Coaching is recognizing and acknowledging that the client is the expert on their life, and that they are worthy of investing in it. This looks like utilizing techniques such as present moment reflection, strategic planning, identifying values, capability and confidence testing, brainstorming, and motivational interviewing. We focus on the present moment while also allowing ourselves to wander into the future- giving ourselves space and time to curate what we want the future to look like for us in terms of our wellness, and acknowledging the strength we already have internally to get there. Sometimes all we need is another perspective to remind us of our own power. 

As your wellness coach, I will be your teammate day in and day out. Change is hard. Behavior change is SO hard. Let’s show grace for that truth. It is also hard to stick with the change that was made. However, it is worth it. Change is where we blossom- where we see all the fruits of our labor expand. Coaching forms that partnership, so that sticking to the changes made feels not only doable but also sustainable. 

I know what it feels like to be stuck and feel like there is no direction to go. It was in my lowest low where I realized that I deserve so much more than a life settling on not taking care of the longest relationship I will ever have- the one I have with myself. Say it with me: I am, and always have been, enough. I am worthy of investing in my own life, mind, body, and soul. 

Working with a wellness coach will not only help you to discover your own motivations for change, but also realize that you are capable of making and sustaining these changes. This life is yours. Let’s bloom. - Glenn

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