Today’s post is a part of FBG’s second-annual Love Yo’Self Week. After all, what better way is there to love yo’self than by becoming your very own coach who pumps you up to be healthier?
I already understand the power of a good life and wellness coach. So a book that promises to help you actually coach yourself to be healthier (the word “thin” in the title does make my butt twitch a bit, but I’ll chalk it up to book marketing)? Well, I was pretty intrigued. Coach Yourself Thin: Five Steps to Retrain Your Mind, Reclaim Your Power, and Lose the Weight for Good is a six-part book that shows you how to find and harness your inner weight-loss and wellness coach.
Part 1 includes a quick intro and then the usual stuff you’re used to reading in weight-loss books: why we as a nation have gotten heavy and why quick fixes don’t work. Then Part 2—”Seven Undermining Obstacles to Weight Loss”—gets to the good stuff. With a very similar-to-FBG mindset, authors Greg Hottinger and Michael Scholtz (who have helped create the Biggest Loser Club and the Flat Belly Diet! Online) dive into how to stop the obsession with the scale, ditch the all-or-nothing thinking and become more in tune with your body. Part 3 then shows you how to set yourself up for success by selecting the right environment, believing in yourself and even awakening your own intuition (Oh, how the hippity-dippity in me rejoiced at this one!). Parts 4 and 5 tackle tips on healthy eating and exercise, respectively. The information on nutrition and workouts isn’t anything you’ve never heard before, but it’s solid information.
And then there’s Part 6. Titled “Discovering Your Positive Inner Coach,” this was the section that really made the book stand apart from others on the market. Yes, the other sections are good, but this is really the meat of the book, in my opinion. This part includes eight chapters that take you through the process of being your own wellness coach. From creating your wellness vision (I loved doing that!) to setting goals and preventing setbacks like emotional eating, it’s basically a step-by-step guide or workbook to use to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. There are exercises that help you to visualize your dreams, create affirmations and even help you to rebalance if you fall off track. So much of it was the process I used with my wellness coach, so it was cool to have it all written down in an easy-to-follow way for myself.
For a book that promises to turn you into your own coach, I think it pretty well gets the job done. Of course, you have to actually have the discipline and motivation to follow the plan and check in with yourself. Part of the greatness of having someone else coach you is that you have to be accountable to another human being. Also, a properly trained wellness coach can be there to help talk you through any setbacks and brainstorm ideas to work around sticky situations. I can’t tell you how many times my wellness coach suggested solutions that were pretty obvious yet I never considered. Sometimes when you’re so involved with living your own life, it’s hard to get an outside perspective. The fit bottomed line? While the book is as good as you can do without hiring a wellness coach, I still recommend getting a coach if you can afford it and are serious about change.
Want to read Coach Yourself Thin? Leave a comment with what goal you’d like to coach yourself to reach, and we’ll select one lucky U.S. reader to win in about a week. The winner will be randomly selected and will be contacted via email and in the comments. G’luck future self-coaches! —Jenn