Even a Health Coach Struggles

Keepin’ it real y’all! A few months ago, I got sick; a chest cold that lingered for two weeks! During this time I didn’t exercise, and I have found that when I exercise, I want to exercise, but when I don’t exercise, I don’t want to exercise! #truth. So, what’s a health coach to do?

Like many people, the first thing I did was nothing; the second thing I did was whine. I whined that I felt tired. I complained that I ached, I murmured that I was getting “fluffy”…you get the picture. I whined a lot.

The truth is, I like to exercise! I feel better physically as well as emotionally when I exercise regularly, and I’ve learned that often that means a nice long walk, a fun bike ride, or a short hike. It doesn’t have to mean a half hour to hour of scheduled abuse and loathing. – Which is what many people think. As a health coach, one of my goals is to help people reframe the word “exercise” and adopt the habits of natural movement combined with things that get our heartbeat up, but things you might enjoy.

What did I do? I phoned a friend; called in a lifeline! I got an accountability partner friends; yep I did it. We have friends and the wife is like my husband, both of whom say things like “I love you just the way you are”. Yeah, I know…sweet, but sometimes you need a kick in the pants. The husband is more like me – truth people. I asked him! Then I gave him permission to follow me and see my data on Myfitnesspal and Garmin. Yikes!! Then, I didn’t follow through. That is until I got a simple text, “soooooo…How are you doing with the calories, weight, workout thing?”. Sigh! Even health coaches struggle.

I have now hauled my, slightly fluffier rear onto the elliptical every day for the past three days and ended each day with yoga. I also added in strength training one day and will do it again tomorrow. You know what?? I feel great! I have felt proud of myself that I did what I didn’t want to do, and I’ve been in a better frame of mind as well as had more energy. It’s just three days, but it’s a start.

What about you? Do you have struggles? I recommend asking for an accountability partner, try a Brief Action Plan, set a goal, and then do it. This year I read the 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins, and it was great! She uses a countdown 5,4,3,2,1 and then does it; whatever “it” is. Surprisingly it helps. This morning I had to talk myself into it a bit, then I said 5, 4,3,2,1 and did it. I’m so glad I did.

Did you know?

  • That just 10 minutes of exercise a day can improve your mood, improve your heart strength, and your overall health?
  • Exercise can vastly improve your mood, and for many, that means no meds!
  • Releases Nitric Oxide which can lower your highs and raise your lows
  • It can relieve pain by increasing flexibility and strength while also releasing endorphins and lubricating the joints.
  • Reduces stress and helps you sleep better – yep, endorphins again.
  • It can give you energy. Instead of a nap, try a little walk.

It’s true; health coaches struggle just like anyone else. Be encouraged; you’ve got this! You can do it. One day at a time, one walk at a time and one “phone a friend” at a time. Let’s get moving!

Not sure who to call? Schedule a coaching session online or in person.

Things I use to help me out:

Performance Recover

Ultra-pure tart cherry extract is clinically proven to reduce post-workout muscle soreness and optimize recovery.* Also includes our patented pain relief blend.

Advanced Joint Health Complex

Contains concentrated glucosamine and a patented, fast-acting form of boswellia extract shown in a clinical study to significantly improve joint comfort in as few as five days.*† Improves joint mobility and flexibility while  supporting long-term joint health.*

Performance Build +

Helps build firm lean musclesHelps restore muscle energy and support muscle repairContains 14g of protein

Performance Physique + Bio-Build Recovery Shake is a pure high-octane fuel for rapid muscle recovery. Made with our powerful Bio-Build† blend, a mix of intelligent-release protein and carbohydrates, clinically proven to naturally activate the body’s recovery process. Delivers more energy to the muscle than either carbohydrates or protein alone.

Myfitnesspal.com is a great tool for tracking exercise, water intake, and food. AND your friends can follow your progress.

A fitness tracker. I use Garmin and BellaBeat. It just helps me stay focused and on task.

Flamingo VS Billie: Who Makes the Cut?

It’s about time!! Razors designed for women with no “Pink Tax“. It is ridiculous to pay so much for a good razor and now we don’t have to!

Two of the newest entries into the women’s care world are Flamingo and Billie. Flamingo is by Harry’s and is a razor designed specifically for women and their curves. It was created in response to the requests of women who have been using Harry’s razors but needed more. Me, that would be me.

Billie is an independent newcomer whose goal is to provide a razor specifically designed for women and at a lower cost.

One day my girls and I were sitting around talking about shaving and razors, as girls do, and my millennial-aged girls told me about Billie, and I had just discovered Flamingo and the battle was on! I purchased both and for the past month have shaved one leg with Billie and one leg with Flamingo and here’s how it went.

Flamingo

Price: $9.00 – Comes with the handle and one blade

Blades: $9.00 for four

Subscription: No

Review: A while back I had switched to Harry’s razors to save money. I mean really!!! It is ridiculous how much razors cost at the store!!! eh-hem, sorry…The razor made a close shave, but I found it to feel rough and not glide well, so I was very excited to learn that they had created one for women based on feedback from women! The Flamingo has a bit an aloe strip at the top of the blades to help it glide and hydrate. I shave my legs every day and I love the feel of the handle and the head pivot’s better to more easily glide over any curve, and let’s be real ladies – we have them. But…it is still a rougher feel than I’d like to experience and I didn’t feel like the aloe strip did much.

Overall it is a nice razor and at only $9.00 for a box of 4 replacements blades, it is a great deal. Flamingo makes a very smooth shave and still feels pretty good if I skip a day and it did very nicely on my armpits which I have always hated shaving; you know…razor burn, bumps, nicks, uneven shave…armpits are tricky.

Billie

Price: $9.00 – Comes with the handle, two blades and a sweet little magnetic holder

Blades: $9.00 for four

Subscriptions: Yes

Review: The Billie razor comes with an aloe block that fully surrounds the blades and I love it!! I don’t usually use shaving cream, but use a microfiber cloth to exfoliate first and then shave and there is no need to add anything else with the Billie. It has a very smooth shave and close shave too leaving an overall lovely experience in the shower (or wherever you shave). The handle fits well in my hand and isn’t very slippery and the head pivots well for the curvy places.

The Billie is also $9.00 for 4 replacement blades making it also a great deal!

The Champion:

The Billie – not just for millennials! But my girl’s were right.

Had I never used the Billie I would have been totally in love with the Flamingo. It does everything it says it will; It’s expertly designed and is designed for all the curves and places I may want to shave and honestly I like the idea of no subscription. But, every day for a month I’ve shaved one leg with each razor and even had my husband test how my legs felt 😀 and the Flamingo was, sometimes, the tiniest bit smoother. Not always and it was pretty close to call.

Billie started things out nicely by providing a holder and two blades to get you started for the same cost which was pretty nice when you open your first box! I really love how smoothly it glides across my legs, especially the very bony part on my shin.

Part of my test was to use the same blade for a month, Ummm I usually use them waaay longer than that! Then I learned that most companies suggest changing it every 5-10 uses and Billie says every 7 uses! Ummm…ok I’ll be upping my game it seems. I wanted to see how the Billie compared to the Flamingo as the aloe block wore down and in 1 month it still glides just as smoothly and still has plenty of aloe left. The Flamingo feels about the same as it did on day one too.

Subscription?? Well, for me personally I’m going to do it. I love the razor that much and you can schedule your shipment out as far every 3 months. Yeah :/ I’ll probably still use them that too long. If you say you shave every day you will receive 4 blades every month, which is about a blade a week and fits most guidelines. There is also an option for every 2 months. I feel like the subscription will help me do a better job of changing the blades and shoot…I just like it. I feel pampered every morning and I’m worth pampering and I’m easily worth $9.00 every 3 months, heck…I’m worth $9.00 every month even!

I purchased the razors myself and have had no contact with the razor companies, this is completely an independent review.

About the Blogger:

My name is Lisa Burbach and one of my passions is helping people care for, love, and accept themselves for who they were created to be. I enjoy helping people learn that wellness is holistic; includes mind, body, and soul, and how to be mindful of our whole being.  I help people in these areas as a Shaklee Distributor and as a Health Coach, walking with people as they learn to care for themselves inside and out.

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