Don’t you just love Rachel Hollis? It’s hard not to. From her approachability, amazing hair, and catchy humor, I so appreciate her writing and unmatched ability to inspire people to take care of themselves. If you haven’t read her book, “Girl, Wash Your Face” I definitely recommend it.
I also love that she’s brought such attention to the ability to achieve your dreams and the importance of taking care of yourself. When I read her book, I felt like someone had put my thoughts about being healthy on paper (how did she see inside my head?). Specifically:
“You need to be healthy. You don’t need to be thin. You don’t need to be a certain size or shape or look good in a bikini. You need to be able to run without feeling like you’re going to puke. You need to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded. You need to drink half your body weight in ounces of water every single day. You need to stretch and get good sleep and stop medicating every ache and pain. You need to stop filling your body with garbage like Diet Coke and fast food and lattes that are a million and a half calories. You need to take in fuel for you body that hasn’t been processed and fuel for you mind that is positive and encouraging. You need to get up off the sofa or out of the bed and move around.”
I Wish Healthy Lifestyle Change was THAT Easy
However, I do feel like she simplifies lifestyle change and healthy habits a bit too much. She’s right about needing to be healthy and making the decision to do it. That is a large part of it. But – she has a strength in being able to research something in a google search bar and implement it in her own life. And, not all of us have that!
So, a huge thank you to her for motivating us, inspiring us, and helping bring attention to the need to take care of ourselves as women. But, if you’re left feeling frustrated that you weren’t able to implement her suggestions as easily as she could, you’re not alone.
Here are three ways you can implement her suggestions for a happier, healthier life in the real world:
1. Create eating habits that are positively focused (think “What do I want to be eating or drinking vs. what do I want to stop eating or drinking?”).
When I read “Stop filling your body with garbage like Diet Coke and fast food and lattes that are a million and a half calories and take in fuel for your body that hasn’t been processed,” I get a twinge of anxiety; do you?
Having been an avid Diet Coke drinker myself, I did not find it easy to give it up. I would stop drinking it for 30 days only to start drinking it again later because I hadn’t found a good enough reason to stop or a worthy substitute.
Here’s the thing: when it comes to changing your diet, it’s a very personal thing. For years, I held onto drinking Diet Coke because it still fit within my values. In fact, when I first started out as a health coach, my tagline was “health and wellness coach who still eats bacon and drinks Diet Coke.” I know we’re all not perfect, and I wanted to highlight that.
However, I did finally kick the Diet Coke habit this last year. First, I decided it was no longer in line with my values. This was big. I had rid our house of harmful chemicals and even started making my own coffee creamer to be more natural. And, then I would pop open a Diet Coke mid afternoon. It just didn’t jive anymore.
Then, I considered what I wanted to be consuming instead. I actually enjoy Kombucha, and I wanted to start drinking it on a regular basis. Boom – this seemed like a good switch up (it also helped that Kombucha is fizzy). So, when the last Diet Coke can was finished, I bought Kombucha instead. I did miss Diet Coke for a few days (mostly the caffeine in the afternoon), but the Kombucha helped fill the gap. Bottom line: when you are trying to change your diet: consider what you’d like to be eating or drinking instead to make the switch easier.
2. Find a workout that you enjoy.
Rachel says “you should be able to run without feeling like you’re going to puke and be able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded.” Luckily, she (and I) enjoys running, but not everybody does (or even can given physical limitations). So, when it comes to moving your body more, it is important to do something that speaks to you.
This might not happen overnight. In fact, I’ve had many clients come to me because they wanted to start exercising. It’s been trial and error, but they have been able to find a workout routine that works for them.
We start with identifying how they want to feel after their workout, and then consider different routines that can get them there. Maybe running without feeling like you’re going to puke doesn’t speak to you, but feeling and looking strong does. Either way, are you moving your body and getting off the couch? Yep!
3. Get a water bottle that you love.
“Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every single day” seems pretty straight forward. However, I can also attest to the struggle with water that many of my clients (and even myself) have felt. You know what has worked almost every single time? Finding a water bottle that they love.
This seems funny to write, but it needs to fit into your lifestyle. For me – it has to have a straw or small opening as I drink a lot of water in the car (those big, open bottles just make my shirt soaked…not the look I’m going for). For some clients, it needed to be big so that it didn’t need filling as much. And for others, they appreciated a smaller, insulated bottle so that their water stayed cold. One of my clients even had a big cup with her name on it that became her go-to. Once you have your bottle: set a daily goal and keep track!
The Value of Coaching
At the end of her movie “Made for More”, Rachel also promoted her newly added business and life coaching – which I think is super cool. It brings to life the value that coaching can have on someone’s success. Since hers is monthly and will be broadcast to a larger audience, I have to think it will be largely mindset related (which is all some people need). She is so good at motivating and inspiring a large audience!
What her program will lack is individualized attention (you just can’t get that with a huge audience), goal setting to address specific barriers or situations that are unique to individuals, and friendly check-ins for added accountability.
That’s where a personal coach or smaller group coaching program can come in!
So, of course, it’s the time for me to pitch what I have to offer. 🙂 If you’re looking to have more targeted support for your individual goals, a plan to help you address your unique struggles, a personalized touch to help you be successful in real life, consider my upcoming group coaching program, Make it Happen in 2019, or even 1:1 coaching.
I offer a free 30, minute call. During the call, we’ll develop an action plan to address your goals and discuss options to support you (no obligation). I aim to provide value during these calls regardless of your decision to begin coaching or not.