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Ask Coach Paradise: Wellness Coaching for Weight Loss?

Coach Paradise is here to help people make the kind of changes that will allow them to live the lives they only dream of. Recently returned to her own tropical home, she is offering her services so that others can create paradise in their lives wherever they are. No concern is too big or small for her unique coaching approach which comes with compassion, creativity and a heartfelt desire to help others produce extraordinary results. If you have a question for Coach Paradise, please send it confidentially to her at anne@coachparadise.com.
Dear Coach Paradise –
I have been overweight all of my life. And I have been dieting on and off since I was a teenager. I am now in my early 60s and I have some health problems that are under control right now, but my doctor has told me they will get worse unless I lose at least 50 pounds. He also wants me to exercise. I am so used to myself the way I am even if I don't like what I see in the mirror. I never seem to be able to stick to a program or a diet and am really scared that I won't be able to get this under control and will get really sick and it will be my own darn fault. I have heard of people who call themselves wellness coaches and wonder if his is what you do or if you could tell me what they do and where to find one.
Signed,
Discouraged Dieter
Dear Discouraged –
You and thousands of other people! Especially in the USA. You could be writing on behalf of all of them and your life does depend on your making some powerful changes. Notice that I am not saying on losing weight or lowering your cholesterol or joining the gym. (How many gym memberships have turned into money down the tubes?) From a coaching perspective those changes are secondary – they will be the result of shifting the way you see yourself and of redefining your goals.
True goals, unlike the onerous items we put on lists (losing weight, exercising and doing our taxes) are meant to bring out a childlike excitement in us. They are the "red bike" (or whatever you really really wanted for your birthday as a kid) that fills you with anticipation and excitement today. Losing weight, exercising etc… are what I would call "tasks." You experience relief when you accomplish them. They are often steps on the way to a goal. They clear the way.
So back to your question about losing weight and getting fit. If you can create a goal that is really exciting to you and that will be possible when you get fit and healthy (ex: running a marathon, buying a whole new wardrobe of size-? clothes, roller blading with your kids (or grandkids) etc.) you will be much more likely to persist and accomplish the tasks that are the steps on the way. In the middle of a session on the treadmill having an answer to the question "why am I doing this?" other than that the doctor told me to, would keep you going.
A coach can help you determine what goals are truly juicy for you and what specific action steps you are willing to design to begin moving toward your goals (ex; seeing a nutritionist and making some changes in your heating habits; incorporating exercise into your life in a way that works for you etc… ).Coaches will also ask you powerful questions so that you will start to notice yourself and your behavior in a new way producing different results than you are used to. Some coaches have medical and/or alternative health backgrounds and have incorporated coaching skills with this expertise so their niche is working with exactly these kinds of issues. While wellness coaching is not my exclusive niche my background in the health care and mental health fields equips me to work well with people like you. I would encourage you to call or email me or find a coach you can work with. The fact that you wrote this letter tells me that this really matters to you and that you are ready to undergo a transformation. How exciting!
Best wishes,
Coach Paradise

Editor's note: Coach Paradise (aka Anne Nayer), Professional Life Coach, is a member of the International Coaching Federation, an MSW clinical social worker/psychotherapist, and a medical case manager with 30 years experience working with people of all shapes, sizes and challenges.
For further information about her services, call 774-4355.

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