Being a Fitness Coach

Wow, I’m not sure if I can really call myself that. But it’s a title I now have. Nearly seven months ago, I let y’all know I was starting a fitness challenge with my friends where I ended up winning a nice sum of $16.31. Yeah, it was really great. And that’s a half-joke because wow, my health was on point throughout September. I won’t lie, I eased up in October going from a 97% healthy diet to a 85%. I refuse to cry about eating a cookie. I don’t find that healthy either. Of course, it depends on what you’re trying to do. If you want to be in a bikini competition, your diet has to be specialised. If you fall into the population that cares about losing weight and thinks ,”while it’d be nice to scuplt and tone, the bottom-line is that number on the scale”, that’s okay too. And yes, you can argue “don’t let weight be a summary statistic of your health. It’s just a number”. That’s right too. I agree with that sentiment a lot. On one hand, it’s hard to accept yourself like that, but on the other, my original sentence was to generalise a large segment of the population without falling into the trap of a logical fallacy.

So I’m technically a coach through Team Beachbody, the people who made P90 and the program I did: 21 Day Fix. I didn’t realise how big of a community they have built through those fitness programs and also through Shakeology which I rely on heavily these days. But what that means for me being a coach is kind of a joke. I don’t have to know about fitness or eating right. But I still care about providing my “challengers” with a good service. I wouldn’t take on the role if I honestly couldn’t say I wasn’t helping someone in some way.

And what’s crazy, just having this title – coach – makes me want to do better than what I am. I want to learn more about fitness, the body and how it works, what foods are going to do what you need them to, and all that good stuff. I’d like to one day share this information since there seems to be an enormous amount of misinformation throughout the fitness community but I want to gather more first. Like, before September, what I knew about fitness was already pretty limited but I didn’t realise just how much. I thought running a few miles every day, aiming for a “good” amount of water (nevermind I never determined a precise amount of “good”), and eating “relatively healthy” would help me achieve my goals. And I won’t lie. They did. But it was slow, arduous, and sometimes defeating when I didn’t reach my goals in a timely manner. Doing things Autumn Calabrese’s way has taught me so much in just short of 2 months. Surrounding myself with a group of women dedicated to fitness keeps me in check and on pace for my goals. It’s helped motivate me in all other areas of my life which is crazy awesome.

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