hey, guys! i am jetting off to costa rica tonight! eeeep—super pumped. i have some guest posts lined up for while i am away. i have a wide variety of topics that several fabulous ladies have shared. i hope you enjoy reading them all!
first up is michelle. she is in the process of becoming a certified health coach and offered to share some information on the process and experience. enjoy!
Hello! My name is Michelle and I am a newbie blogger (but long time blog reader) at Eat Move Balance.
A few things about me:
- I am 32 and live in a suburb of Chicago
- I am a high school mathematics teacher
- I just got married last summer
- I adore Colorado, and try to visit every summer
- Since college, I have been interested in all things health and fitness
- Working out is my favorite time of day. Strength training, yoga, biking, and . . .
- I love to run—when my body lets me . . . I’ve had to work through a few injuries
- I enjoy cooking wholesome meals, usually keeping it simple. Sometimes I like to experiment. And luckily, my husband, family and friends don’t mind taste-testing.
So, I’m in the midst of making some major life changes. And I’m so excited!!!
I’ve made a hobby out of educating myself on all things health and fitness (to read why, see “About Me”). When I’m not teaching calculus, I enjoy reading current studies about nutrition and various reviews on fitness trends. I like experimenting with different foods in the kitchen and have enjoyed reading healthy living blogs to know there are others with the same interests as me. Friends and colleagues often come to me for advice on healthy food choices and questions regarding fitness. I love it!
One day I found myself researching various nutrition programs and wondering if it might be something I’d like to pursue. I threw the idea out to my husband and a close friend. Half expecting them to think I was crazy, I found myself giddy with excitement that they were both more than supportive. I have spent a huge amount of time towards earning a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a master’s degree in Teacher Leadership and National Board Certification. I knew I didn’t want to stop teaching. But I was being pulled to do something to fulfill my passion for healthy living!
This isn’t about a new career. It’s about studying health and wellness combined with my desire to help others. I began looking at certification programs, but nothing caught my eye. That is, until I came across the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
They offer a year-long program to become a certified health coach. A health coach is “a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices.” They guide people to find what works for them so they can become their happiest, healthiest self. Students in the program learn about pros and cons of numerous dietary theories and holistic approaches to overall wellness. This was right up my alley! It was as if someone was whispering in my ear: You could be good at this.
So, I registered! It was a bit scary, but I am thrilled with my decision. I am currently 5 months into the program. Like any distance-learning curriculum, you get out of it what you put in. Let’s just say I jumped in—both feet—and am taking advantage of all the resources I now have at my fingertips. Besides watching or listening to multiple lectures on my iPad every week, I am in contact with other students around the world through online forums and social media. In addition, there are about 12 other students in the Chicago area that I have met and interact with on a regular basis. There’s a lot going on, but it’s all incredible.
Most people are curious as to what I will do with this certification. There are so many options!!! Personally, here’s what I envision:
- Offering wellness classes on a variety of topics (this is already in the works!)
- Helping teenagers and young adults understand nutrition and it’s impact on wellness and lifestyle.
- Working with individuals that are looking for guidance on how to improve their health and quality of life.
I am truly energized by what lies ahead. In the meantime, I have been inspired to finally create a blog of my own! My goal is to be a resource for healthy recipe ideas, fitness tips and general well-being. Eat Move Balance.
I am really happy with my decision to follow my heart. It was a bit scary at first, but the support from family and friends helped me get past my fear. You know—the voice in your head that says, “This is crazy”, and “What are people going to think?”
Have you ever experienced a desire to do something others might think is crazy? Did you act on it?