7 Things I've Learned From Health Coaching

Posted July 15, 2015 in Institute for Integrative Nutrition, IIN, health coaching, health coach, business, graduation, celebration

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Last night, I celebrated the end of my studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition by watching my virtual graduation!

Since the classes are all online, and IIN is based in NYC, all the graduates from my class (who live around the world) could watch the graduation online and connect in our Facebook group. It was so exciting to see so many people launching careers as health coaches.

My love of IIN was solidified when we did a meditation during our graduation ; )

I've loved every second of my classes at IIN. I have learned so much. What I wasn't expecting was how much I would learn about myself. Before I started taking classes, I thought of myself as being pretty healthy. But IIN taught me to how to truly listen to my body and the importance of practicing self-care.


In addition to learning about hundreds of dietary theories, learning about self-care, meditation and other forms of self-healing, we also learned how to health coach and how to run a business. About halfway through our program, we were encouraged to start taking clients. The idea is that you get practice running your business while you're still in school....experiential learning.

I started taking clients in February, and I've learned so much!

  • I am my own first client. I'm not perfect! I'm constantly working on myself, and trying to be the healthiest and happiest version of myself. Right now, I'm working on being more present and reducing anxiety about getting my to do lists done. Working full-time in PR, running a health coaching business, teaching fitness classes and blogging makes me feel a bit overwhelmed at times. But I know that I need to be present for my clients, for the BF, for my family and for my work.
  • I don't need to fit in. One of the concepts that I love at IIN, is called "Fitting Out." We spend way to much time trying to be the person others want us to be so that we can fit in. I've had a few people question my decision to become a health coach or question the validity of health coaching, and I realized that their opinion doesn't matter because I'm doing something I'm passionate about and I believe in it. I'm helping people reach their goals, discover their self-confidence and find balance. One of my clients has lost over 30 pounds! That is proof that health coaching works, and that I'm where I need to be! I've also taken this concept of fitting out to my personal life. I realize that others may find it odd to dig through the trash for recycling (I did this yesterday at a work training), and that people think DIYing things like charcoal toothpaste and lip balm is a bit hippie dippy, but I'm OK with that. It's who I am.
  • Manifesting your dreams is empowering. Reaching a goal is such an amazing feeling that it makes you want to set another goal and work toward that one. When a client accomplishes one of their goals, they want to keep going because they feel freaking amazing.
  • I am enough. This is one of my favorite mantras and I use it when I'm feeling a lack of self-confidence. Launching a business is pretty scary. I have no business background, and didn't know the first thing about starting a business. But I take it one step at a time, keep learning and remind myself that I'm doing what I can in this moment.
  • People need to be listened to. After I began taking clients, I realized that so many people don't have many people in their lives that truly listen to them. We often start thinking of our response when people are talking, which means we aren't truly listening. I feel incredibly fortunate that my clients feel safe sharing their personal stories with me. When I realized the power of listening, I started using active listening in my personal life. You start to realize that people may not need your opinion or your advice. They simply needed someone to hear them.
  • Changing your life takes a village. I always encourage my clients to tell everyone they know that they are working to become a healthier version of themselves. Losing weight is hard, and requires support. I provide my clients with lots of support and encouragement, but I'm not with them 24/7. Everyone needs a tribe of supporters and encouragers! I was hesitant to tell people about my dream to become a health coach because I already work full-time in PR. But once I started sharing my goals, I received so much love and support. I also started to receive more opportunities.
  • Celebrating successes is part of the journey. Throughout my journey with IIN and starting my health coaching business, I realized that I often accomplish something then move on to the next thing. I don't always take time to celebrate. I'm celebrating my graduation from IIN with a facial and massage (a gift from the BF), a pedi with my mom and a sushi dinner with the BF. I've also been thinking of gifting myself with a MantraBand as a reminder of my journey. I realized that it's also important for my clients to celebrate their successes. When you are changing your life, you deserve to celebrate!

If you want to find out more about health coaching, contact me for a complimentary consultation at sarasweetsuccess@gmail.com.

If you're interested in becoming a health coach, you can learn more about IIN here. If you have questions about IIN, feel free to email me!

Are you a health coach? Please share what you've learned through health coaching!

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