My client Julie Whittaker is documenting her 6 month coaching program with me in a series of monthly blog posts. Julie and I met when she attended my first workshop for ClubSoda all about Falling in Love With a More Sober Life.
At the beginning of the year I turned 50! As I think is usual at this stage in one’s life you start to reassess where you are and what you want to do with yourself in every part of your life.
Thinking about health is definitely much more of an issue now I have passed the half century mark. Unfortunately I have lost a couple of friends in the not too distant past who were my age. I want to make sure that this is not going to happen to me and to do everything I can to ensure that I lead a more healthy life.
Ok – big decision made what does this mean?
Getting fitter and to continue losing weight were my resolutions in 2014 and I have continued to follow these but it requires more than that to be as healthy as I can be.
Two issues spring to mind that need to be addressed immediately – drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week (it’s no use kidding myself that one large glass of wine is just over a unit its THREE units) and not sleeping through the night. The two I am sure are not unrelated!
Addressing the first point I joined Club Soda (joinclubsoda.co.uk) to support me in changing my drinking habits. I want to work towards the goal of only consuming alcohol a few nights in any month. Club Soda is an online club helping you give up or cut down on the amount your drink through their website, peer support and advice from experts. So that done I was encouraged to join their Monday Mindfulness group and to attend Harriet Waley – Cohen’s workshop on how to create a more sober and fulfilling life. I can successfully report that both have been complete inspirations in changing my thinking and wanting to change bad habits created over the last 30 years or so.
As a follow up to the workshop I am now working with Harriet on a one to one basis through her coaching business to help achieve my health and wellbeing goals over the next six months. Working together through two weekly sessions and interacting to provide inspiration in between sessions – I know Harriet’s help will achieve the weekly goals we have set. The weekly goals will ensure I reach my long term goals in six months time.
Starting the process couldn’t be easier with my initial consultation last week. Before our conversation (via skype) I completed a questionnaire about lifestyle and health background to use as the basis for our first session. This proved really useful in helping me focus on my attitudes towards food and exercise and my family history with regards to health. Unfortunately my father like me struggled to keep his weight under control and had is first serious heart attack when he was 49! My grandma on my mother’s side suffered from type 2 diabetes from my age – so I am very conscious that I need to ensure that I make an effort to change some of my bad habits. I have also been suffering from stress in my work life struggling to find a new role and all the complications that come with that. A few things to think about…
We struck up a really good rapport following Harriet’s opening remark about “How do you feel about being 50?” To which I said “fabulous – that is one thing I can’t change”. We followed this with a discussion about changing our lives to live how we want to – Do we want to be ultra health conscious (think Gillian McKeith) or healthy but a little bit naughty (think Nigella)? I know which one I want to be and it’s definitely one that allows me to eat cake!
Not that I will be eating Red Velvet cake very day but being open with someone about your bad habits and committing to changing them is the first step to making a difference. Behaviour doesn’t change overnight? Starting with one thing and building from there is the way forward. Making lots of small sustainable changes I am hoping will change my life and my body and help build myself esteem.
So looking forward to updating you on a regular basis about my journey to a healthier life and what Harriet describes as “fabulousness”!