"Hope After Coaching"
- I speak from positive experiences when I tell you that coaching/advising does work. It led me to being able to live my life to the fullest even with Fibromyalgia. Tami Stackelhouse was my coach, mentor, and inspiration to become a Fibromyalgia Advisor when the opportunity presented itself to me. I want you to know how working with a coach changed my life and can change yours too.
- I have learned to say "no" without feeling guilty. Before coaching I was determined to make many people I know happy whatever it took. These people never knew I was sick and even sometimes in a flare. I didn't want to disappoint anyone, so what I did was put my own health at risk. That has now changed. Things happen in baby steps. When I began to say "no," I felt the need to explain my reasons and justify my reason's for saying "no." Now I don't! People who know me, know why and understand, and those that don't have to deal with the "no." If they want to know and they ask, I will tell them. I am not hiding any more.
- I am more in tune with my body than I was before coaching. I have been more deliberate about paying attention to my "triggers." I have been keeping a food journal and my symptom/paintracker consistently. As you know fibromyalgia throws us off and I will have a flare and cannot figure out why, but now I know what I have to do to take care of myself. I am not perfect and sometimes I throw caution to the wind and eat something that I know will cause pain, but the difference now is that I know what will happen, how to deal with it, and move on.
- My husband has always been understanding and sympathetic to my needs, but now he also knows what to look for and suggests things that I can do based on what he has seen me do. It is amazing how that works. I asked him the other day if he could tell when I was in a flare. He quickly answered, " When you withdraw and get quiet, I know when something is going on." He too is more in tune to what I am feeling mentally and physically.
- My nutritional habits have changed: No gluten, grains, dairy, and nuts...most of the time. It has made a difference in my pain levels, in a positive way. This has been a difficult challenge, but I am working on consistency so that impact will be greater.
- The most important change that I have made since coaching is that I have taken control of my medical care. I still ask my doctors and other practitioners for help and guidance, but I am in control of what I do and why. Now I am not intimidated by their suggestions, medications, supplements, and other such things. I ask clarification questions and then I make the decisions. My doctor told me that she was proud that I have become my own best advocate. I also educate my doctor and I am not afraid to ask her to do a certain test with an explanation and why. I am the boss of me and that is quite empowering. Before coaching, I accepted what my doctor said just because she was the doctor, now I research the medication or treatment before I decide whether I will do it or not. Now, I reach out to doctors in alternative therapies which I had never done before coaching. Now I have a team of practitioners that work with me to keep the best me healthy and happy both physically and emotionally, including my PCP, naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractic Doctor, pain psychologist, and of course Tami, my coach. Once a coach always a coach, but more importantly my friend. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A 1-1 FREE 30 minute consult with me.