Confession Time

Hi,

This post today isn’t about true confession, like the Catholic type, but my confession to you.

As you know, I’m graduating with my health coaching certification in a couple of weeks.  I will actually be finished with my last test on April 1st but I won’t officially graduate until April 16th.

I went into the program with the full intention of becoming a health coach and I thought by now I’d have at least 2 clients if not more each month and that I would be doing live workshops, webinars and teleclasses every month, and that I would have made a name for myself in the community.

Sadly, none of that has happened.

You may ask, what have I been doing with my time if I’m not working on my career goal, well, I have been working on my career goal, just not in the way I thought I would be a year ago.

The more I learn about nutrition, the less I feel I know and although I could give really great advise and help others with their problems, I feel like I have a very long way to go.

I have been working on this blog weekly, my newsletters monthly, and my ever-changing website.

imageThis past month I actually published my first e-book called “Six Weeks to a Healthier You” which you can access on-line for free at http://lisakippur.pressbooks.com/.  This is something I am very proud of.

Without the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I would not know how to create a website, how to write meaningful blogs, where to start on a monthly newsletter, and how to give workshops on subjects such as “Sugar Blues” and “Eating for Energy”.

I guess my biggest confession to my readers is I value friends, joy and fun over creating my own business and working 24/7.

Of course anyone who would like to speak with me about nutrition and needs some health coaching, I am available, I’m just not marketing or pushing myself very hard, I think I would be a terrible car salesman.

I learned that life is worth living, not worth working away.  I have a wonderful full-time job which helps me provide a roof over my head, food on the table, clothing for my body, and the opportunity to pursue interests outside of my 8hr/day job.  I never quite appreciated my job, and the great people I’ve been working with until I was in the middle of my education this year.   I’ve always felt like a type A, trying to do as much as I can by being in school, volunteering, exercising like crazy (and waking up at 4:30am to do that), going out of my way to help others but never really helping myself.  Well, recently I’ve decided to change all of that and put myself first.

I’ve disconnected my work e-mail from my cell phone and my Ipad, so I’m not checking it all the time, which I was before I disconnected the e-mail.  I even checked my work e-mail at the spa, on my birthday, where I was to be relaxing and not working.  I’ve started yoga, and I fit it in as I can daily.  No more waking up at 4:30 a.m. to run a 5 k or lift weights.  I’ve given myself permission to “veg out” on the couch with my boyfriend and watch Cash Cab, Celebrity Apprentice and the Carrie Diaries.  I still clean my house like a maniac, which is my first priority when I get home from work this evening.  But having a clean house is more about feeling good in my surroundings, and I definitely don’t do a crazy cleaning, tonight might take me an hour at the most.

Okay, so I’m not a full-time health coach, I don’t have body fat below 20%, I eat cheese and crackers and I love laying on the couch and doing nothing.

Am I a bad person, no I’m just normal.

Have a great week everyone!

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