I am so excited to share this journey with you from one of my clients, Arielle! Over the past year, she's had a truly inspirational transformation. Originally posted as an Instagram story interview, I wanted to share some of the ways that we worked together in a coaching experience to contribute to her transformation & maybe some of the benefits that you could have, too!
Arielle has been with me for several months now, working 1:1 through wellness & nutrition coaching. I asked her to come on Be Well With Steph, The Podcast to tell you about it because as much as I love to tell you about the benefits of coaching, it's always wonderful to hear a true story from someone who's experienced it themselves.
During this interview, we chat about:
What her life was like before coming to me
How she was feeling when she came to me
Some of the things we did together along the way
How she's feeling now
Read the interview:
S: Did it feel like a lot of work over the last few months?
A: No, but looking back on it, we did a LOT and it didn't feel like a lot of work. But, we took it in such small increments that it was manageable and attainable, and it made me want to keep going. I wasn't back-peddling or missing days because it wasn't overwhelming.
S: What led you to seek out a coach?
A: I was experiencing a lot of gut health issues, and I knew my nutrition was around it. Also I was having issues around routines and a lot of aspects of my life, but the main thing was gut issues. I saw a GI and we did testing, and they said it was a few things and prescribed some medication, and that was it.
I just felt like I didn't want to cover up the problem with medication. I know medication is sometimes needed, but I knew there was something else. I was still having bloating & pain, and I just wasn't enjoying life. It was hard. And that's when I found you, and you made it so NOT overwhelming.
I had told you that I was nervous, I had tried a lot of diet fads and that was very triggering for me, so you were working with me on that as well. So overall, it was a very safe environment where I knew I was going to do well!
S: Something that you mentioned to me when we first started, was that you were very happy that we weren't just talking about food. Can you share a little bit about what your life was like at that time?
A: I was working full time and going back to school full time, and I started my own meal prep company. So I had a lot going on and between all that, everything else kind of fell to the way-side. Like, routines, or eating healthy (or at all!)...
S: Can you talk about some of the first steps of the process that we started with?
A: I had no morning routine, whatsoever, which caused me anxiety & I didn't want to get out of bed. That caused a vicious cycle because I wasn't getting out of bed, which was causing more anxiety. So we broke it down & did the smallest things.
I loved that you told me that "If you miss a day, it's OKAY".
We found something that I already did, every night. Which was either picking out my clothes for the next day, or at least thinking about that. And your suggestion was to right after doing that, just throw any food in a lunch bag for the next day. And it wasn't about counting calories or eating specific foods, so I was like okay, I can do this!
Once I got more comfortable with that, it was like okay let's start thinking about the type of food that I'm packing in that bag.
S: Yes! And I remember after a while of working together, you started coming to me & saying "Well I was already doing THIS, so I decided to do THAT anyway" and you started learning how to habit-stack on your own!
A: You told me: Keep. It. Simple.
S: Other things we did involved mindfulness, like paying attention to the foods you were eating and noticing how they made you feel and how they contributed to your gut-health / issues, and using check-in timers!
A: Yes! I actually set a timer for every day at around 8pm for me to check in with how I was feeling at that moment and to reflect on the foods I ate (or didn't eat) throughout the day. And it made me notice when there were days that I worked through lunch and I didn't eat, but after I was extremely anxious & very miserable and couldn't focus. Whereas before I would have just brushed that off and just said "Oh, it's just my anxiety" but now I began noticing that when I eat, I'm not having that anxiety crash, which then made me want to just keep making progress.
It's also helped me to look back and just create moments of gratitude throughout the day, which everybody needs, it's just so helpful for everybody. Especially people with anxiety.