May 2015 In Review: The Life of A Health Coach

Hey guys! In an effort to be as transparent and real as possible with my readers & clients, I decided this year to start a monthly blog update on:

“The Life of a Health Coach”

because I’m no different than you. I have great things that I accomplish each month on my journey to improving my health coach business and my life… but I also suffer setbacks and challenges to overcome. If this sounds like something you’re interested in reading more about… keep on…. But if you’re strictly here for the health/weight loss information, I’ll still provide lots of that (just not in this post). So, here are some great results that came from May 2015 for me:

 

I Wrote Articles:

I’ve contributed articles to many websites in the month of May, but only Mind Body Green has published them this month, so I expect that some will such up in June instead. Once again, I’m honored to be of service to these fine websites and their audiences. I try my best to contribute helpful articles and information to other websites on a regular basis… this month was a little slow on contributions due to working my butt off on setting up my live webinar, program development, being sick and having setbacks, and doing health coaching with more clients 1-on-1.

 

 I Ran A Race:

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As many of you know, I’m a “runner”. I’ve officially ran 16 races since my weight-loss journey 6 years ago. I’ve run the Bloomsday race here in Spokane 6 times now. For the last couple of years, I haven’t even wanted to do it because it’s become very predictable and boring. This was the first race I ever ran back in May 2010 and I remember being so nervous! It was completely out of my comfort zone. Now, it no longer provokes any feelings of anxiety… it’s more like a bummer… “Do I have to do this again?” I’m not certain if I’ll run this particular race again next year, but I’m already looking for new ones for the summer and fall seasons.

 

I Updated My Website Logo:

It’s not too drastically different… just a little more sparkle and fun. 🙂 I’m shifting to a different color scheme… I’m not sure why on Earth I picked hot pink, black, and white. But it was still better than the red and orange tones I started out with (much too aggressive colors). Now, I’m shooting for gold, eggplant, and kelly green. What do you think?

 

Jackpot Weight Loss Program:

I got the idea for this program from the fact that I think we all like to feel like winner… Like we just hit the biggest jackpot ever. Sometimes, being part of that lucky 5% of Americans that can lose weight and keep it off for more than 5 years makes me feel like I hit the jackpot for sure! So, I set up a program where I spend 2 HOURS walking through jackpot weight loss success. The program includes a 2 hour video, an audio version of the video, an action plan fun sheet workbook, and a digital copy of my book, Transformative Tactics. I probably should have charged more for this program, but want to keep my stuff priced at a value.

 

Mini Mantra Magic cards:

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I originally wanted to just have these for clients that took part in my up-coming program (see below). But I didn’t think it was very fair to only have them as a freebie to program purchasers. Turns out, even my friends wanted them. So, I’m so happy to have made these public to everyone. I promise they’re not blurry like this the above photo (my camera sucks sometimes). Click here to check them out for yourself.

 

 Another Awesome Program In The Works:

There’s so much I could say about this. But what it boils down to is this: my hourly 1-on-1 health coaching will be coming to an end by January 2016 at the latest. I want to help as many women (and men) as possible on their sustained weight loss journeys… but that’s impossible to do with just 1-on-1 coaching … trading hours for dollars.

So, I am working on 2 programs that will serve 2 different groups of people. The basic program will be designed to be a 4 week program that will give you everything you need to get your butt started…. lots of video tutorials (not available anywhere else), mp3 versions of the videos, transcripts, action plan sheets, weekly group webinars, private Facebook community, 2 private coaching sessions with me, plus a LOT of bonuses. You can read more about this program by clicking here. The second (more advanced and serious) coaching program includes everything from the first program plus a 6 month dedication to coaching with me (broken up into 40 hours of private coaching). You have full access to me with the 6-month program with Skype sessions, phone calls and email support. However, as you can imagine, this premium program is costly to the average individual. I don’t have a page set up with that information or cost yet. If you’re interested in this premium program, email me and we can talk.

I’m looking to launch my 4-week program on August 3rd and it will re-launch 5-6 times a year. I’m trying to make this program top-notch, so do not expect to hear as much from me the next month. But if you notice I’m not as active on social media or my blog posts and articles aren’t as frequent, this is one of the reasons why.


Quite a bit of cool stuff went on in May for me. But, life is not complete without the shadow side. Here’s quite a few unexpected things that went down this month and how I reframed what happened:

 

My Husband Was In A Big Car Accident:

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As my husband was driving home from a long day at work, he was struck by a man driving 35-40 mph (ran a red light). As you can see from the photo, his car was totaled, but he walked away from the accident with only minor aches and pains. The man who hit him was rushed to the hospital and we have no idea if he ended up being okay or not because he was unconscious. While my husband and I were at urgent care getting him checked out, I also managed to get someone’s cold from the waiting room. I was sick for several days and unable to do much of anything. We could have allowed ourselves to feel pitiful and full of anxiety about all of the unknowns, but we chose to focus on the bright side. At least the accident happened in late spring instead of winter. At least we have another vehicle. At least it happened on a holiday weekend so that he had time to heal his aches and pains. He had been talking a lot lately about buying a new car after owning this one for 10 years, so it looks like it’s going to happen now. As for me and my illness, it’s given me time to rest and watch a lot of guilt-free sitcoms on Netflix (my new fav is Comedy Bang Bang). I feel like I lost 2 pounds worth of snot, but I feel better than ever now. Sometimes, you have to go through bad times to appreciate the good times more.

 

I Was Supposed to Go Back To School For The Summer:

I took a leave of absence from my schooling this year to focus on growing my business and taking care of myself. It was a difficult decision, but my health and business are more important than earning my degree at any cost. However, I decided that going back for 6 weeks during the summer would be a quick way to work in one of my classes instead of taking an entire semester of school work. I was all set to attend class when I received notification that I did not have loan money available to me for summer unless I took more than 1 course. UGH. Well… can’t do that. The downside is that I’ll still not be making progress towards my degree during the summer and my loans go into repayment. Bummer. On the bright side, I’m freed-up for those 6 weeks to now focus more on my business. So, even though I purchased the textbook for the course and had started reading it, it was still beneficial for me to learn and I can apply it to my life and my health coaching practice. Not all is lost.

 

8 Great Ways To Lose Weight Webinar:

I hosted a second free live webinar this month. I had double the amount of people sign up for it. The information was actually more thorough the second time around and I was pleased with myself about that. Here’s the problem: Only 1 person actually seemed to view the webinar live. The first webinar easily had 20 live viewers. I was at a loss. I immediately felt defeated. I had worked so hard to get my information together, practice, promote, and host the webinar… all for one person. That was my initial feeling. It’s easy to fall into despair over something falling far from your expectations. However, I reframed this problem by continuing to give it my best. I felt like shutting it down and just re-scheduling it. But I didn’t. I did my best and the content was better this second time around. I had many people watch the replay. I even had one of the very best reviews ever on it. I haven’t decided when my next live webinar will be yet. But if you want to be on the wait list for that webinar, you can sign up by clicking here. Chances are good I may start charging $2-3 to ensure that the people who register actually show up.

 

 I Had to Pass Up More Offers:

Sometimes, I pass up what seem like really good offers. And I often wonder, should I have passed up on that? I must remember there’s a time and a place for everything. Right now, I’m focused on building my business and helping my clients, not building someone’s business. Sometimes, you have to be a little selfish with your time if you want anything to really get done. By setting these boundaries, I have more time for myself and my business. This is one thing I try to instill in my clients– say NO. People will understand!

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7 thoughts on “May 2015 In Review: The Life of A Health Coach

  1. Hi Naomi,
    Thank you for sharing your article today about feeling like your life is a “wreck’. I recently injured myself two weeks ago and am currently out of a work for 4 weeks. Initially, when it occurred, I went through for a few days of feeling helpless and depressed about being unable to perform my daily activities but now, two weeks later, I am so focused on recovering and I changed my mindset to focus on healing instead of the current circumstance. Miraculously, I am now walking without my crutches and feeling almost completely pain free just by changing my mindset. I shifted my worrying to becoming a warrior. “He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior” -Confucius.

    • Hi Ally,

      So sorry to hear about your injury! I understand how frustrating that can be!! That’s SO AMAZING that just changing your mindset and attitude about this situation has helped you begin to walk without your crutches! It sounds like you’re no longer taking on the role of a victim! So awesome!! Thank you for sharing this with me! It really is incredible the power that our mind has over our well being!

  2. Hi Naomi,

    Really am glad I found you. Wondering what you are studying in school? I suppose it’s somewhere on your web site, but ddn’t see. Just wondering how it connects to your Health Coaching business? Thanks for being an inspiration.
    Pam

    • Hi Pam, yes that info can be found on my “about me” page. 🙂 I’m a certified nutritionist and certified group fitness instructor. I am also studying psychology at school. From my experience, the psychology aspect is far more important than just the nutrition and fitness.

      • Thank you Naomi. Now I see what you are studying. I was hoping to work with you, but I see you are not taking new clients right now. I hope this opens up in the future.

        Best,

        Pam

        • Pam,
          yes, it may open back up in the near future. I am re-directing anyone interested in working with me towards my 4-week program instead because it’s a greater value overall. In January 2016, I will be going away from 1-on-1 hourly coaching completely though.

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