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Who Are You In Competition With?

Do you feel like you need to measure up to someone else's standard? Do you feel like you aren't smart enough, successful enough, thin enough, young enough, or you're just plain not enough? Do you think you won't be taken seriously because others don't see your value? I used to be that way and if I am not paying attention, I can easily fall back into that mentality.

But here's the thing...there has never been, nor will there ever be, another you...or me, for that matter. I spent many years questioning my value professionally and personally. And there are still people who, if I allow them to get into my head, can still make me question myself.

There are a lot of people who are health coaches. But none of them do it the way I do. I bring unique experiences to my coaching that allow me to relate to my clients in a way that no one who is NOT me can do. What I have been through in my life in every area gives me the unique perspective that is mine alone and it adds to what I bring to every relationship, including the one I have with myself.

I've been updating you from time to time on my weight loss journey that began at the end of June. It's been slow going and a little frustrating because I'm not losing weight as quickly as I would like to. I've been  persistently following my intermittent fasting plan which keeps my eating to within eight hours of the day and allows me to go several hours before bed without eating so that my stomach is empty when I sleep. This practice is good for keeping blood sugar at a healthy level and allows my body to repair itself during the night. I am also limiting portion sizes and making only healthy food choices. Since the end of June I've lost 13.2 pounds. I was hoping for more by this time but there are several factors at play. I have Hashimoto's, which is and autoimmune disorder that keeps my thyroid from functioning normally, and I am on a beta blocker that slows my metabolism.

You may recall at the beginning of August, I pledged to myself that I would go to the gym 90 days in a row to develop the habit of exercising. Since that day I have gone to the gym and exercised no less than 30 minutes every day and most days closer to an hour. I just did day 27. I have made exercise non-negotiable soI don't go to bed until I have done so. Some nights it's 10:00pm when I get to the gym, but I'm honoring my commitment to me.

I'm learning a few things about myself. Even though my weight loss is slow, I'm making progress and I'm learning to accept non-scale victories like feeling stronger and more energetic. My clothes fit more loosely, and the nagging foot pain that I have had for almost a year is almost completely gone. The only person I want to compete with is who I was before. I want to be better, stronger, healthier, more positive, and more focused than the person I was yesterday. I don't need to compare myself to anyone else and neither do you. There is no one on this planet that can be you better than you.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” - Dr. Seuss

As a health coach, I work with women who are facing serious health challenges like heart disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes or who have been diagnosed as having a precursor to a serious health issue such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high blood sugar. I help them make food and lifestyle changes so they can get healthy, live longer and enjoy a fuller, happier, more energetic life. If you would like to have a free consultation about the health challenges you have and the improvements you would like to see in your health, click here to schedule a no strings attached call.

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