Online Fitness Coaching: Helping My Sister Lose Weight

This is my sister Nancy.  When we were on vacation in July, her daughter Mackenzie and fiance, Dan, set their wedding date for October first.  At that time Nancy weighed 142 pounds and she wasn’t happy with that.  Some pounds had crept on over the years and she wanted to lose them so she could look nice for her daughter’s wedding.  She asked me to be her fitness coach.  She had about three months to get it done.  Some of the weight loss ideas she had tried had not worked and she was frustrated.  She didn’t feel she had the willpower to do what she needed to lose the weight.

I got really motivated and started to fire ideas at her.  I told her about all the cool tools on the internet she could use to count calories.  She felt she wouldn’t stick with that.  I talked to her about low fat recipes, but she didn’t think her family with two very hungry, growing sons would go for that.  I told her about all the great workout DVD’s I had from Beachbody, but she said she didn’t like to work out to DVD’s.  It had to be something quick and something she could do that wouldn’t take up time from her family and space from her living room.  I was out of  ideas.  Then she made a suggestion.

“What if I e-mailed you what I eat every day and you can tell me how I am doing?”  It seemed almost too simple, but I agreed to give it a try.  She agreed to start a weightlifting program and continue to run at least 3 days a week.

We started when we got home (July 7).  Every day Nancy either e-mailed or texted me everything she was eating that day.  I replied with encouragement (that’s great, looks good) or redirection (you’ve had a lot of carbs already today.  You will want to go light on carbs for supper) She also included what exercise she was doing that day.

I wasn’t sure it would work, but right away she began losing weight.  Just the fact that she had to tell me what she was eating was enough to change her habits.  She knew I would frown on nightly ice cream snacks at 9 p.m. so she curbed that habit.  She asked for advice on what to order at fast food restaruants when she had crazy days.  She even dreamed that she ate her way through a day and then was mortified when she knew she had to report it to me!

Every week their was some more pounds gone. That really increased her self-confidence.  On the morning of the wedding, she texted me.  “Wedding day weigh-in 128.8 lbs.  Thanks so much coach! Love ya!”  Her goal was to lose 10 lbs. and she had lost 13! Why did it work? Because it was something that fit into her lifestyle, because she felt comfortable with it and because she had someone to be accountable to.

If you think this approach would work for you, grab yourself an accountability buddy, a computer or cell phone and get started.  Or you can contact me.  I wouldn’t mind having another success story!

Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at suek11@embarqmail.com

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