What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I normally work with my clients by phone. We spend the first session creating a wellness vision for your life. We set three month goals and weekly goals. There is power in writing down your goals, in ways that are specific, achievable and measurable. The secret is to make your goals small and simple enough so that you can begin making progress right away. I work with my clients for a series of 4, 8 or 12 sessions to help them achieve what they want.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a Certified Personal Trainer, A Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a Certified Behavior Change Specialist with The American Council on Exercise and the Wellcoaches School of Coaching. I also hold certifications as a Nutrition and Fitness Instructor, a Diabetes Prevention Instructor, a Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant, A Matter of Balance instructor. I also have been received certifications from Dr. Robert Holden, as a Happiness Coach and in the Enneagram, personality course.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My mother passed away from a heart attack at age 62. I had also lost both my grandmothers and grandfathers to heart disease. I began searching how to eat to take care of myself and my family. I studied nutrition which led to fitness and when I found out that 80-90% of diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes are preventable through living a healthy lifestyle, I made it my mission to share that message with other people. Stress is now being recognized at a top cause of chronic illness. I first became a Certified Nutrition and Fitness Instructor and a Certified Personal Trainer to help helping people become fit and healthy. But there was something missing. Client's would ask me why it is so hard to make changes. I had to find out, so I became a Health and Wellness Coach focusing on the psychology behind behavior change. I now hold two certifications in helping people make positive changes, creating healthy habits which translate to a healthy happy lifestyle.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be sure that the person you hire is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified Personal Trainer or a Certified Life Coach through a reputable organization. We are trained to understand the health and safety of the human body and not to prescribe medication or supplements. A Certified Professional will not go outside their scope of practice and will refer you to a medical professional if they are not qualified for your particular situation. A true professional will have your best interest at heart. I aim to provide the best service possible, and always be on time, reliable and honest.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I want people knew that taking care of your health and managing stress does not have to be hard. Everything we do is simply a choice. The key is in managing our thoughts, how we perceive stress, and in learning how to weed out distractions and information from the media that simply isn't true. We get to decide what we eat, how much we move, and what how we choose to react to life. I do not believe in diets to lose weight. I believe in creating a healthy lifestyle that works for each person. We will continue to do an activity or eat foods if we enjoy them. We don't need a lot of exercise equipment, or to spend hours at the gym. We don't need to diet. We do need to understand more about food and nutrition, fitness and what causes stress. We need to understand ourselves more and take time to slow down and relax. Certified Health Coaches, Certified Personal Trainers, Registered Dietitians and Life Coaches are in the field of health and fitness because they care about helping people. The more qualified the professional is, the more accurate information they will have to help you.