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From the Health Coach: What Do You Want?

by Helen Hamlin

We all have something that we want to change about our lives. Typically, we decide to make a change due to some sort of conflict. Perhaps your doctor warned you about some of the health issues you may have to contend with if you continue on the path that you are currently on. The doctor is talking about your poor eating habits, your lack of adequate sleep, your inability to break away for a well-deserved vacation. You know the doctor is right, but the doctor offers little direction to help you make the changes necessary to get there.

Armed with this doom-and-gloom news, you feel ready to set the wheels in motion. Surely you want to avoid what might happen if you don’t make the changes necessary to avoid this unhealthy future. With this emotional conflict staring you in the face, you start to take action. Perhaps you go on a diet, or start an exercise program. You are motivated!

You go at this full swing. Within a couple of weeks, you start to see some weight loss and begin to feel a little better. Yet, as the weeks go on, the urgency and emotional conflict seems to take a back seat. Work, family and life begin to trample over your resolve. Before you know it, you are back to square one and have joined the yo-yo train.

Consider turning your thinking to what you want to create in your life rather than what you want to fix or eliminate. When you know what you want for your life, you will begin to create ways to change the behaviors that have sabotaged your success in the past.

Rather than being AGAINST poor health and a sedentary lifestyle, try being FOR creating wellness and health for a lifetime. What is it that you want to create?

The month of June just might be a good time to start creating the life you want. Take some time off, relax, breathe, enjoy your family and friends. You deserve the best that life has in store for you.  Begin to imagine your life as it will be once you have created a healthy lifestyle.

Helen Hamlin, health coach

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