We all have habits that we use on a daily basis to get through the day.  Some of our habits are good ones—they promote our well-being; and on the other hand some of our habits are not so great.  

A habit is simply a short cut to make your life more livable.  Our brains have these pathways that learn from every experience throughout our lives.  After many experiences we start to rely on habits without even realizing it.  We see problem X and react to get to Z without realizing we used Y to get there.  

X=problem

Y=habit

Z=solution

We run on autopilot, and this is great.  Because life is busy.  We need shortcuts sometimes.  These neuro-pathways get very deeply worn. This is why trying to alter these habits can be tricky.  Our brains want to take the path of least resistance.  Imagine a trail carved out in the woods—it’s easiest to take the path that’s been taken many times before.  Carving through the trees and brush to make a new path takes more effort and time, but it can lead to a new destination.  And a new destination is what we’re looking for. 

When a person tries to change a habit—say stop drinking coffee for example, the brain knows that chemical rush that wakes it up, quickens it responses, speeds up digestion—all the benefits of the caffeine.  But your conscious mind knows that the coffee is hurting your stomach, giving you afternoon fatigue, and causing mood swings.  But re-training your brain is hard.  Your mind will come up with SO many reasons to fall back to the easy path—even though you know in your conscious mind that you want this change.  The inner conflict is what makes change feel so painful. 

A health coach is MASTER of habit change. 

A health coach can see the whole picture of what is happening with you in a different light than you can.  A health coach keeps you accountable when you have to report back in week’s time—Did you follow through on what you wanted?   Or did you make some small steps of progress?  Cut back to one cup?  Change to half-caff?  

I coach in between gentle understanding and tough love—sometimes we need both. 

Habituated resistance to changes that you know you want, requires some digging; it requires some un-learning; it requires a little support.  A health and wellness coach can do all of that for you.  

If you’ve tried to lose weight only to gain it back or ran a marathon and returned to being a couch potato or tried yoga, loved it, then never went back—these things are just evidence that you are capable of change, but your brain defaulted back to old ways—because the path was easier.  And that’s ok.  Life is hard.  Sometimes we need easier, but if you’re ready for change-whether you’re brand new or getting back on the horse—enlist a health coach and see lasting change.