“She is clothed in strength and dignity.” Proverbs 31:25

The Anatomy of Flourishing

So, I call myself a weight coach but I don’t prescribe diets or cruel and unusual exercise regimes. I talk about walking with a woman to Flourish Into Herself so that the weight looks after itself.  Let’s talk about what this means.

Does Flourishing happen magically? Kind of. Is it without effort? Nope.

Each woman’s journey is different.  How I coach and the path we follow depends solely on where she’s at and what she needs in her personal journey to Flourishing.  There’s only one thing I know for sure as I enter into each coaching agreement.  I give each client my all.

At the end of a coaching contract I send my client a comprehensive document outlining what we covered each week and how she Flourished from week-to-week.

With my client’s permisson, I’m sharing an abridged outline of her journey to Flourishing as she worked with me. Wanna see what all this talk of Flourishing is actually about? Read on…

Week 1: We worked on your morning ritual. We also started working on the thought, “Food is Comfort.” We unpacked how that thought isn’t true. We looked at ways to add more pleasure into your life so that all your pleasures aren’t based around food. You started realizing how much sugar you were drinking in Coke and eating in chocolate. You also decided it was time to review your portion sizes.

Week 2: We celebrated you getting up earlier to have a personal morning ritual. You started doing your own thought models and changed your thoughts to Health is Comfort vs. Food is Comfort. You decided on a goal weight of 180. We discussed weighing yourself daily and coaching yourself around the number on the scale.

Week 3: We looked at ways for you to move your body and the idea of a minimum baseline for movement; you decided yours would e 15 minutes 5x/week. We started dismantling your thoughts about sugar. We changed the thought, “Sugar has power over me.” to “I peacefully co-exist in a world with sugar.” We discussed the result of that thought would likely be that it would be easy to live without sugar…and from what I can see, I think that this has become true! Finally…we discussed the idea of Joy Eating, and you started implementing that.

Week 4: You gave up Coke easily. After we realized it was a “fiend,” saying goodbye to it became a non issue. You noted that you were, “Coming out of the fog in one piece.” You changed your goal weight to 150. You started noticing small changes in your body like, “feeling smaller, breathing easier and that your lungs feel like you can get them full.” You started paying attention to how you were feeling both while you were eating and after. We discussed gently cutting back on carbs and getting more healthy fats into your diet.

Week 5: You’ve lost 12 pounds. You started looking again for ways to include more pleasure in your life. You stated you were eating more lovely meals and that you had more energy! In fact, you were more excited about having more energy than the weight loss itself. You continued on with your minimum baseline exercise and upped it to 20 min 5x/week. We looked at how your 150 pound self would eat and act. Based on those discoveries you decided to diversify your movement by adding in a yoga DVD 1/week, evaluating your portion sizes and cutting back on carbs a little more.

Week 6: You decided it is high time to take greater risks with fashion! After all, this is part of how a woman who takes exquisite care of her self lives. You realized that, “Treating myself involves a little more time, planning, energy and thought.” You did the yoga DVD and loved it.

Week 7: You’ve lost 8.8 more pounds! You were struggling with your thoughts around time and we came up with, “There is not enough time for everything, but there is time for everything that is important to me.” You decided it was time to add more vegetables into your diet. You declared that, “There’s a greater ease to everything I’m doing and that eating well is fun!” You did fewer modifications on your yoga DVD and decided it may be time to move to a more difficult DVD. You started identifying yourself as, “I am a woman who moves her body.” You again reported that you had more energy, and were feeling lovely, lighter and healthier. You noted that you love the pace at which your body is changing.

Week 8: You lost another 2 pounds! You had a friend in town and did the longest walk of your life, which was 2.5-3 hours! You spent quality time with your friend and did not use this visit as an excuse to overeat-you made and ate lovely meals. We discussed some basic nutrition ideas for you to take forward with you. You’re now moving your body at least 20 minutes a day 6 times/week. You decided to join a yoga class! Your final sentiment about our journey together was, “I didn’t now it could be this easy.” You are set up and confident to Flourish on your own. We decided to remain in touch via emails.

Not your usual approach, is it?  But this client did lose almost 25 pounds in our work together, more importantly she Flourished into a truer version of herself.  Think you’re beyond help, that you’ve tried it all?  Maybe it’s time to  ditch your crappy diet and try Flourishing.

Click this link to apply for a Connection Call with me: https://flourishintoyou.com/connection-call-application/ It would be my honour to discuss how I can serve you!  XO.  Crystal.

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