General

Diet Self-Coaching

February 2, 2012

self-portraiture — may 21 (day 21) © by theogeo

 

In the weight loss coaching group that I’m in, our coach, Sandra Ahten, has a goal for us to learn to be our own diet coach.

As I’ve thought about it, it’s become clear what a huge objective that really is.  There are two main components inherent in being your own diet coach – one is that you have accepted you NEED an ongoing diet coach, and two is that you have the skill set to coach yourself.

Why have a diet coach?

Having a diet coach at all – whether it be someone else, or yourself, means that you have recognized that you need a certain amount of attention on diet to meet your weight goals.  Whether that be losing or maintaining, the diet coach role is to keep you connected to the part of yourself that has weight goals.
I’ve spent time in my life in Weight Watchers and other groups where the “leader” is the coach.  I’ve had one on one sessions with medical people who I guess one could call the diet coach.  I’ve spent a lot of time dieting on my own, where I suppose you could say I was doing some of the role of a diet coach, although I never called it that, and I probably left some important stuff out of the “coach” role.  I’m currently working with Sandra Ahten of the Reasonable Diet, and she calls herself a “diet coach” (and I’ve worked with her before).

Accept an ongoing need to check in on your weight

The big insight to being your own diet coach is recognizing a need to check in regularly on your weight.  And to know that you’ll need the skills of a diet coach to get you through the ups and downs of the dieting (or maintenance) process.
Right now I’m in a 12 week group coaching program.  I like the format (weekly calls, plus materials to read and listen to) and I like the 3 month chunk of time – enough to get some momentum with weight loss, but a manageable period that doesn’t feel overwhelming.

 

What a diet coach does

  • Provides advice and perspective
  • Provides encouragement
  • Provides accountability
  • Gives some structure via periodic check-ins

Some tools a diet coach uses

  • Reframing : other ways to look at the situation
  • Intuition : you know the right answer for right now
  • Reasons behind what you are doing (what Sandra calls “Top Down”)
  • Concrete actions you can take for your diet (what Sandra calls “Bottom Up”)
  • Find your path of least resistance (what you are actually willing to do)
  • “Parenting” (gentle but firm) voice

When will I be ready to be my own coach?

I’m pretty confident on some of the elements of what a diet coach should do, and my ability to do some of this for myself.  But there are some key aspects that worry me.  I’ve fallen off the weight-control path before, adding 20, 30 or more pounds very quickly.  If I’m to be the ongoing coach, how do I break that cycle of yo-yoing?  How do I bring the right tool to bear to get me off the regain cycle really early, instead of really late? And when I’m in the doldrums about how I’m doing, how do I get my coach voice to bring the peace I need?
The truth is that I feel I’m a long way from being able to be my own coach for this.  I actually do believe I can get there, but that it will take time.  I think I could be a good coach to others sooner than I could be a coach to myself, and I wonder if an in-between step might be a small peer coaching group of like-minded dieters coaching one and other to build our coaching muscles before moving on to coaching ourselves.

 

If the idea of being part of a small peer-coaching group appeals to you, let me know via email.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

New Starts, Renewed Hope

January 3, 2012 General

I love new starts, because they come with renewed hope. A new year, a new month, week, day. We can create our own new starts at any time, but there is something particularly hopeful about the momentum of January, the new month in a new year, and the antidote to the weeks of holiday excesses […]

1 comment Read more →

Forty-Eight

March 2, 2011 General

photo credit: chrisinplymouthIn forty eight days I go to wait for my baby to be born. Well, I guess I’m already waiting, but I travel to the city that will forever be on baby’s paperwork as the place of birth. Several weeks later (we hope) we’ll get to meet our little one (and I’ll ge […]

8 comments Read more →

Getting That “Settled In” Feeling Again

February 22, 2011 General

I’ve been back on track for the last month or so – no major “whoosh” weight losses, but steady movement in the right direction, and despite a few weekends where I just went with the flow to not be a major PITA houseguest, the scale is solidly down about 5 pounds (more on days when […]

3 comments Read more →

Weight Loss While Distracted : Taking It Day By Day

December 13, 2010 General

photo credit: JoeBenjamin I’m Quite Distracted These Days I’ve been worried about my job, I spend a lot of time thinking about the upcoming baby, I try to keep my emotions on an even keel and not let my natural worry-wart tendencies burst to the front, but also keep a grounded approach to all going […]

2 comments Read more →

The World’s Best Chocolate Shop for Dieters

November 12, 2010 General

Marketing advice for chocolate boutiques in Paris : If a large portion of your target market is female trying to pay attention to not over-indulging in your treat suffering from moments of low self-esteem then perhaps this is a Bad Marketing strategy “Les truffes fraiches”   –> “Fresh truffles ” (refers to chocolate truffles) “Ça n’est […]

3 comments Read more →

5 Weight Control Lessons from “Born Round”

August 25, 2010 General

As I mentioned recently, I listened to the audiobook version of Frank Bruni’s memoir “Born Round” during our summer vacation. I liked the book, but even better I saw several lessons on weight control (and weight loss) that struck me as particularly interesting. I’ve set up each of the lessons as a compare-and-contrast between book […]

8 comments Read more →

Book review : Born Round

August 23, 2010 General

When we travel on vacation, we often have long drives, and this year was no exception.  I regularly listen to podcasts and sometimes listen to audiobooks, and I find the long car rides are a great opportunity to do both, but especially the audiobooks that I don’t think will stand up well to my usual […]

9 comments Read more →

My Approach to Eat Pray Love

August 16, 2010 General

A while ago I read the bestseller Eat Pray Love photo credit: ohdearbarb I didn’t love the book – I often find these “gadget” books of somebody doing something for a year difficult to accept as a real story, they always smell like a successful book pitch that we’re playing along with, and so I […]

10 comments Read more →

The End of Spring Focus : Group Results

July 8, 2010 General

Spring Focus has now ended! The results are in… Group total weight loss is 129.2 pounds!!! That’s right, we lost a whole skinny girl!!! 13 people reported in to the final week, so yes, you read that right, the average weight loss is almost 10 pounds per participant! Here’s the breakdown : Losing 5 pounds […]

8 comments Read more →

Blog Award : I love your blog

July 3, 2010 General

I love catching up on blogs & finding I received an award!  I’m actually really behind in accepting a few, so I’m jumping in on the present one & hoping I’ll catch the others up soon.  Many thanks to Sunny Daze at I Want This Weight Off! for this blog award! The rules for this […]

1 comment Read more →

Spring Focus Survey now up!

July 1, 2010 General

I’ve made a survey to capture your feedback on Spring Focus What worked What didn’t What we should change If we should do FOCUS like activities in the future (and which ones) I’d really appreciate it if you would stop by to give your feedback, it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/324291/3d9a56b1644e Thanks! PS […]

8 comments Read more →

Spring Focus group check in week 7 of 8

June 30, 2010 General

Well, I am sorry to say that Week Seven of Spring Focus wasn’t much better for others than it was for myself. For starters, a very weak showing in the check-ins (only 8 of us). The group lost 11 pounds but with my walloping 3 pound gain, that becomes only 8 It’s still an average […]

7 comments Read more →

I’ve Moved!

June 28, 2010 General

I’ve been blogging about my weight at 3 Fat Chicks community blogs as “Round” for about 3 years now, and have finally taken the plunge & set up my own blog. I’ve written a lot about “Low Stress” weight loss over the years, and when I saw that the name was available a few months […]

14 comments Read more →

Under Construction

June 26, 2010 General

I’m working on moving this blog (as I mentioned here) so no new posts & hopefully you’ll find only one location is open for comments.

2 comments Read more →