If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed that I post a lot of exercise videos, healthy school lunch options, or other wellness related topics. A friend recently told me that my posts were annoying. She thought I was vain and was just trying to bring attention to myself.
At first, I was taken back by this comment. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized she is absolutely correct. I am trying to bring attention to myself, but not exactly in the way she was thinking. The misunderstanding came about because I’ve never voiced why I do it. So I can’t blame her for feeling this way.
Long story short… I am trying to grow a business. I am an independent distributor for a company that sells exercise DVDs and supplements. When someone purchases directly from me, I earn commission. But I also do something else. I also mentor and guide my customers to complete the programs. I offer daily motivation to keep them going and achieve results. Through my daily Facebook posts, I’m not just trying to sell product. I’m also trying to lead by example. I want others to recognize that they can do this too. I want to inspire others to adopt healthy habits to last a lifetime.
I recently received my Health Coach Certification through ACE (American Council on Exercise). This is an accredited program designed to help coaches guide their clients to make weight-related behavioral changes through goal setting, education, motivation, programming, support, and referrals when necessary. My overall goal is to work for myself one day. I want to have financial freedom and the flexibility to be more “present” in every day life. I want to be a better Mother and a better Wife. I want to be able to pick my daughter up from school and attend all of her functions, without having to worry about my “job” getting in the way. I currently have a successful career selling medical devices, but it’s not my overall dream. I want to do something that truly makes a difference in the world. When I die, I want the tombstone to read.. “Mother, Wife, Mentor, Leader, Motivator”, not “Sold a lot of catheters”. Do you see my point?
I recently read that more than 9 Million adolescents are considered overweight…. and I don’t doubt that number. Everywhere I look, I see fat kids. I’m not going to be politically correct here and say “chunky”… These kids are FAT… and so are their parents. The parents are making poor food choices and passing their wisdom down to their children. Diseases like diabetes and heart disease are on the uprise, and a lot of it has to do with obesity. You think our health insurance premiums are high now? They will just continue to rise…. Unless we do something about it.
What if we can start to make an impact with kids who are middle school age? What if we can teach them about proper nutrition early on? What if we can help the entire family unit get healthy? What if we can turn this obesity epidemic around? What if…
My vision is to help bring change to the community through education. The research has been done and the resources are there. The word just needs to be spread.