I finally got it together and joined Weight Watchers and reached my goal weight. I even achieved the status of a Lifetime member. But as it turns out, maintaining is hard!
I have come a long way from boxed foods and soda addiction. (I even finally gave up soda completely and am 123 days soda free!) I learned about portion sizes from Weight Watchers. I learned about how bad boxed food is after watching the Biggest Loser and buying a Jillian Michaels book. I learned I could survive eating strict Paleo for 30 days and I learned a lot about myself after 2 rounds of Whole 30.
But I haven’t stuck with anything for more than a couple months since Weight Watchers.
I’ve basically yo-yo’ed 20 pounds over the last 10 years. And it’s not because I don’t know how to get or keep the weight off. It’s because I have a new goal and am overwhelmed with information and need a little extra help parsing it out, reaching my goal and then creating habits I can follow for the rest of my life.
I have friends that have coaches to help them train for events like triathlons, marathons, weight lifting competitions. While I’m not training for a specific event (or at least not an event that I’m willing to share out loud yet), I have a specific goal and I’m going to hire a nutrition coach to help me get there!
Here are 4 reasons why I decided to get a nutrition coach:
- Help me reach my goal of 20-23% body fat. While I still have about 15-20 pounds to lose, this isn’t about the number on the scale for me anymore. I want to maintain my muscle mass and drop body fat.
- With having my goal be to maintain muscle and get down to 20-23% body fat, I have been doing a lot of reading on how to do that. It seems to me that everyone has a different idea of what works and what doesn’t. I am overwhelmed with information, and keep switching from one idea to another in hopes that something is going to work. I get frustrated and then want to give up.
- With a coach, I will have someone who understands what my goal is and they will have a plan/program that they’ve used. They will understand me personally and they will be able to provide me not only with a program that matches my goals and life, but with the extra support of someone who knows what I’m trying to achieve.
- With the help of a coach, I will stop moving from different approaches on how to lose body fat. I will stick with one coach and (s)he will help me to create new habits that I will be able to use for the rest of my life.
The fitness portion of my journey hasn’t been half as frustrating and hard as the food portion. I found running and boot camp (which transformed into a love of Crossfit and lifting weights) and those make me so happy.
Now it’s time for me to get the extra help I need to reach my goal!
Have you ever had a coach? Did they help you reach your goals?