Showing Up for Yourself.

show-up-for-yourself-healthyhapachickI am going through a coaching training program that’s been truly amazing.  It is helping me build skills that will directly impact my everyday job, which involves consulting and coaching attorneys, but I am also seeing how this impacts my everyday life.  How I communicate with people and how I can take the skills I’m learning to impact potentially everything that I do.

Today, I had to do an exercise with some of my other coaching participants.  It involved being a coach, a participant or an observer.  The participant had to set up a problem he or she had and the coach and observer put together a metaphor that would then guide the participant to a potential “Aha!” moment, relating the metaphor to the problem that they had.  The goal was to have participants utilize real-life problems, so that the exercise was authentic and genuine.

Having struggled this past week with a few things, I had my problem ready to go.

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To Compare or Not to Compare

If you’re on Instagram and following a variety of health/weight loss accounts, then you’re probably already aware of a lot of weekly posting rituals.  You’ve got the #mondaymotivation, #transformationtuesday, #wcw, #throwbackthursday, #flashbackfriday, #selfiesaturday.  A lot of it appears to be around the idea of posting a photo of yourself and many of them comparison photos.

In the past few months, I have had multiple people criticize the concept of the side-by-side comparison.  One person told me it was a reason they quit Weight Watchers®, others have announced they would unfollow your account if you posted any before/after (or then/now) photos, and many have moved towards an effort to try and get people to stop looking back, appreciate where you are right now and in the present moment.

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ONEderland.

ONE·der·land
ˈwəndərˌland/
noun
  1. Not to be confused with WONderland, which means a land or place full of wonderful things.
    “London was a wonderland of historical sites, museums, theaters, shops, and entertainment”
  2. weighing below 200lbs and having a weight starting in the ONE hundreds.

I can remember hitting 95lbs of weight loss in October 2016.  It was right after I learned about Blue Dots with the Weight Watchers® app to help monitor a healthy range of points to be eaten daily.  I had gone to Washington, D.C. for a week for work, too.  Yet, I had still lost and hit this milestone weight loss of 95lbs.  I could feel being down 100lbs on my fingertips, which would have been 202lbs.  The much-coveted “ONEderland”—being below 200lbs and officially in the 100’s—awaited me right after.

Wishful thinking.

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Motivation vs. Focus

I recently received this question through my website: Have you ever lost motivation and, if so, how did you get it back?

I had to really think about how to answer that question.  And then it just hit me.  I don’t think that I have ever lost my motivation; however, I have most certainly lost my FOCUS.  Does that make sense?

I feel like my motivation and desire to continue to lose weight is there.  It’s never gone away.  But my FOCUS on how to get me to where I want to be has most certainly waned here and there throughout my journey.  And, in fact, every since March, my focus has NOT been on point at all.

I am happy to say that I’ve recently been able to get it together and get myself refocused.  When I thought about what happened to get me to refocus and get back on track, I realized it was a compound effect of all of the following things…

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Non-Scale Victory: I Haven’t Been Sick!

As I was driving into work and received a text from a coworker that she wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be in today, I realized that I could not remember the last time that I was sick.  I’ve had some minor stomachaches (usually from something that I ate) and I’ve even had some headaches (that seemed hormone-induced).  But, outside of those minor aches and pains, I haven’t been sick.

I usually always got the cold at least once each year.  Sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and congestion.  Sometimes led up to brochitis each winter.  I have been lucky (*knock on wood*) to have never had the flu before.  But, colds were always a thing.

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