Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wellness Coaching

I've been tossing the idea of directing my career more in the direction of health and fitness around for quite a while (over a year!). I have personal trainer materials, which I have not been good at studying. It's been an on and off type of thing...It's mostly an issue of time and priorities. I have not made studying a priority. I go in streaks where I do well with it, but then it slips away. Not good.  I guess by the time I get home from work, workout, shower, have dinner, and do whatever else I need to do, I'd rather sit and zone out in front of the TV for that hour or so before bed. Reading just hasn't been at the top of my priority list.

That and there is no pressure... I don't HAVE to do it. I'm not in a class that requires reading be done weekly. It's totally on my own. Apparently I'm not good without structure. That's actually not a surprise given my weight history. Without structure I have no clue. That's why I track. I've been able to accomplish keeping on track with my weight loss, and have transitioned that into other areas of my life (finances, for example - I'm a self-proclaimed recovering shopaholic - it was never crazy, but too out of control for my liking). I just didn't pay attention to things. Now I've learned to be on track with that as well.

Studying is just another area that I need to figure out a way to get myself on-track. I'm just not sure how. I have no time or money invested in this. I have a Master's degree so this certification isn't vital to my career. I have a perfectly good job and getting this certification won't cause any upward moves at work... It will give me the ability to do some part-time work, which would be a little more income... And who wouldn't enjoy that?

I think part of my not moving forward quickly might be fear-based. In reading my book, there is a ton of stuff that worries me... Not because I can't learn it but because it's just a lot to take in. I don't have much background in things like Anatomy and Physiology. I've never had to learn all the bones, muscles, and other various parts of the body. I haven't had a science type class since my first or second year of college; a good 13 or 14 years ago! I know I have the ability to learn these things but I find myself getting very distracted. Science just isn't my "thing" and sitting down to read about it isn't something I'm all that excited to do. I DO want to become a trainer and I KNOW it's something I need to do.... Maybe I'm just not ready yet? Of course, I may never be ready to read about the body! I probably just need to sit down and do it!!

Another thing I've been considering doing is coaching. I'm very interested in becoming a Wellness Coach. It's something that interests me and is more closely related to what I'm doing now and what I want to do. Coaching is about helping people to make changes, like a lifestyle change. I have a Master's in Social Work and what I want to do is work with people who want to make changes. Becoming a coach would allow me to start doing so sooner rather than later. I have to get my full license (have had some issues with trying to get my own supervision because of various reasons - but finally found someone great!) in order to practice in the manner I would like to. I currently have a limited license, meaning I'm technically "in training." I cannot have that license to start a business/private practice. But in the mean time... Coaching would be perfect. It would help me move in the direction I want, getting the type of experience that I want.  That way when I am able to open a practice, I'll already have a client-base and a reputation.

To me it seems that coaching is a logical, and great, first step for me. I can start doing some of what I ultimately want to do, gaining experience and a good reputation. And this is something that I'm very passionate about and want to do. I'm excited about it and feel like it would be a great thing for me in various ways - professionally, financially, and even personally. I want to wake up and be excited about what I'm doing. I wan tot help people in a way that's different than I do now. I think that coaching would help me to start fulfilling those desires.

Wow... I feel like I just wrote an essay for a college application! Ha!

Now I have some questions for any of you who might feel like answering. I'm just trying to gather some information that might be helpful in figuring out my next step!

For those of you who are coaches...

What type of coach are you; wellness? Weight loss?
Where did you obtain your certification? I'm looking for a course that's reputable and provides a good education.
In your opinion, has it been worth it?

For those of you who are not coaches and may be able to answer a question or two (or all!)...

Are you aware of coaching (wellness, weight loss)?
How much do you know about coaching?
What is your experience with coaching?
Thinking about prior to starting your journey... Is there a time you would've considered hiring a coach if services were available?
Thinking about where you are now... Would you consider hiring a coach?
Are you struggling? Would you hire a coach to help you?
What is your opinion of a coach?

Thanks, in advance, for any opinions or information you may have shared!! I'm excited to figure out my plan of attack for this next step!

Hope you're having a great week!


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