Why Having a Coach Matters

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-11-05 12:21:32 -0600
Started 2013-11-01 19:08:57 -0500

Do you ever leave the doctor's office with the lecture ringing in your ears? Does it leave you frustrated to know you are trying, but still not getting to the goals you want to meet? I know I have, and it gets discouraging.

The other day in another discussion, I playfully asked Nick if he wanted to be my life coach. He cautioned me to be careful what I wished for…and so it began.

For the last few weeks, Nick has been guiding me in how he has successfully used the Paleo diet, structured exercise, a lot of positive self talk and determination to turn his goals into success. He has been sharing with me slowly and with great patience not just how, but why. He has endured my questions, given me great links to research and tools for my success.

I consider myself a pretty goal oriented person, but even I get distracted and having him be a light really has made a HUGE difference. Since he has been coaching me (and we have not even gotten into the "meat" of the diet so to speak) I have found great strides being made. My weight gain from insulin is becoming weight loss again. My average glucose numbers have fallen about 50 points. I have finally made that step into the gluten free world I desired to be in. I am learning how to feed my body, not just my face and getting more active in my journal and my exercise than ever before. And it feels great!

He sees from a clear point of view and as all good coaches do, inspires me to try harder and get out of my comfort zone. He tells me when I'm doing a good job and when I need to do more.
Having a coach does matter. It keeps me more accountable and knowing he's rooting for me, makes even the not so good days seem okay.

The reason I wanted to share this is because there are many coaches out there in our community. All you have to do is ask, and you might just be very pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

So thank you Nick, for the journey is more pleasant when traveled with a friend.

10 replies

Nick1962 2013-11-05 10:53:27 -0600 Report

You are way too generous here Gabby! I’m just passing on the info that was given to me, and hopefully you will have the same success and pass it on too.

Leaving your comfort zone has been a big step, so take a good deal of credit for that. Your willingness to do that makes this a lot easier – I never heard “I can’t” or “it’s too hard”. Hopefully it will lead to an even more comfortable comfort zone.

It’s helped me as well – I’ve gotten too comfortable myself and picked up a few pounds, so I better start heeding my own advice!

jigsaw 2013-11-02 15:22:21 -0500 Report

That's very encouraging! A bit of ingenuity, effort, and action seems to work, and obviously you are accomplishing all three.

GabbyPA 2013-11-03 21:48:54 -0600 Report

Nick has been very gracious in his time and effort and because of that, I hate to let him down or myself down. I have manged to loose about 8 pounds, almost half of what I have gained since being put on insulin and it is great. Plus, it's a lifestyle change I am really after and he is giving me the tools and confidence to do that.

jigsaw 2013-11-05 12:21:32 -0600 Report

To see a winning combination, and see the openness and sharing of two members in this way is really great! This is the epitome of what a website like DC is all about. For me, this is both an inspirational, thought provoking subject and post. There is an in depth lesson to be seen here.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-11-02 13:43:07 -0500 Report


What an inspiring post! I think working with the right coach can be helpful in many aspects of life. But certainly in dealing with a chronic condition like diabetes. Help in articulating goals, brainstorming on alternatives, and accountability! You said it so well -- as you always do!


GabbyPA 2013-11-03 21:50:28 -0600 Report

I am just feeling great. Not just me, but the whole process. There is so much to be said for that extra cheering section. And like you said, doing some brain storming is always fun, and in this case it has been very useful part of my better understanding in depth what I am doing. When I understand the why, it makes the how easier.

kimfing 2013-11-01 20:08:34 -0500 Report

That is so great! Congrats.

GabbyPA 2013-11-03 21:51:59 -0600 Report

I just wanted to share because I wanted other members to know that there is really help here if you just ask. Finding a member who inspires you is the first step, then just asking for the help. And then learning to actually DO instead of KNOW. That was a light bulb moment for me.

Glucerna 2013-11-04 14:59:58 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing your story and for encouraging everyone to reach out for support. You're so right that moving from knowledge to action can be an easier process when working with someone to coach and guide you along the way. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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