Where Did Spring Go (and other bits and bobs)

Thursday it was in the 60s on Cape Cod. Friday we had a Nor’Easter. And we have another one forecasted for Tuesday of this week. Welcome to spring in New England 😂

Things that are going really remarkably well right now: my experiment with decisiveness and Jen Sinkler’s #30daysofKBs. Me being decisive has tapped into my natural resiliency and shown me that I’m more flexible than I give myself credit for. This reminds me of this meme:

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Kettlebells have been my favorite training tool since I was introduced to them 5+ years ago so when Jen Sinkler announced her latest challenge, I instantly committed. Even the muscles between my ribs are sore. If kettlebells are also your favorite, head over to her site and sign up for her emails.

Since this week holds Saint Patrick’s day, I’m making corned beef from scratch using this recipe. I’m starting the brine tonight. And because I also have boneless short ribs to use, I’m making this Curried Beef Stew as well, which I’m very much looking forward to. The short ribs and the brisket came in my Butcher Box subscription, which I’m finding to be very much worth the investment.

That’s about all I have for you today. I hope you enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!!

All About That App

This week I’m sharing apps that I use that have been beneficial in habit formation and my overall wellbeing. Most of them are free with upgrade potential and all are available via iTunes. I don’t know about Android compatibility, unfortunately.

  1. Momentum: this is a habit tracker. Well, you can track anything in it, but I use it for three specific habits: meditation, writing, and movement. It’s free for up to 3 habits, upgrading gives you an unlimited amount of items to track. What I particularly love about this app is the reminders. I have it set to remind me at 8 PM if I haven’t done my three habits. It actually saved me last night as I’d forgotten to get my movement quota in.
  2. Calm: this is my meditation app. I only use it as a timer which is free. The guided meditations are a paid upgrade. What I like about it is that you can set a theme which has background noise (I like rain). This is beneficial for those of us auditorially hyperactive as it masks life noises such as dryer buzzers, cars driving past with loud music, or the neighbor’s dog barking incessantly.
  3. MyFlo: a friend of mine just introduced me to this app, which is menstrual cycle tracker. This was $1.99 and it’s been totally worth the cost. It was designed by a fellow health coach and the insights have been really interesting, even for someone who studies hormone balance. One of the neat functions is that you can add your partner to it so that he is alerted to how you’re doing. If you have a super supportive partner, this could be really nice. Did you know that ALL women once they hit 35 are considered to be perimenopausal? I didn’t.
  4. Fitocracy: this one is a free fitness app with an accompanying website. I use both. It’s just a great way to track what, specifically, you are doing for exercise and it assigns points, kind of like a video game, which is nice if you’re a gold star collector. I’m still tickled when I level up and it’s neat that it notifies you when you’ve hit a PR. It’s also social so you can do challenges with your friends if you’re into that sort of thing.
  5. Spotify: Okay, this really isn’t habit related, but I REQUIRE music for many things. You can use it for free (with ads) but I highly recommend upgrading.
  6. Mint: Cleaning up my financial house has been something I’ve been working on diligently since last August and I could NOT do that without a budget and financial tracker. I check in every single morning which helps me stay in integrity with my spending and keeps me from burying my head in the sand when it gets tight.
  7. Thyme: this is a free timer, designed for cooking. It has 5 timers you can run simultaneously which is nice when batch cooking.
  8. Ibotta/Ebates: cash back on stuff you’re going to buy anyway? Yes, please.
  9. OurGroceries: I’ve been using this one for years, including when I had an Android phone so I know it’s available on that platform. It’s a grocery list that can be synced to the website AND it can be shared with family members, which is nice. Two things I’ve learned not to do is shop hungry or shop without a list.
  10. Evernote: I use this for many things including writing, to do lists, and saving articles/recipes. It’s a very useful tool. They’ve changed the pay structure for this recently so now you can use it on two devices for free. I’ve yet to max out the allowable storage per month – you’re allowed to store a certain amount each month new, not in total – which is better than some other cloud storage services.

That’s all for now. Have a great week, everyone!

Hello 2017

“Who do you look up to? Who leads a life that you find interesting?”

These are questions I asked my 15 year old son on the way home from Christmas with my extended family. Of course, because I was asking him these questions, I had to consider it for myself.

There are many people I admire, whether it be for their professional success or how they show up in their personal lives. But the common thread throughout is this: they are UNAPOLOGETIC. They do things their way, no matter what the naysayers might think, and they show up, every single day.

Here’s the asterisk to that: just because I admire someone doesn’t mean I should do things the way they do them. Have you ever heard the saying “trying to fight a square peg into a round hole”? That’s exactly what it feels like when I try to do things someone else’s way.

Modeling yourself after someone doesn’t mean making yourself a cookie cutter copy. It means you look at their process. It means you look at what, specifically, draws you to that person. For me, it’s that these people are unapologetic and authentic that stands out.

Here’s a really good example: there is one woman who, when I look at her life and her business, I think “I want that”. I am not remotely like her. I’m an introvert, she’s an extrovert. She is supremely confident in her place in this world, her purpose, and who she wants to show up as. She is willing to look fear in the face and push forward anyway. I have those possibilities within me, as do you, but they’re still pretty buried beneath years of “be quiet, you’re too much, who do you think you are”. I find it very helpful to participate in her programs, listen to her podcast, and pay attention, not to WHAT she’s doing, but WHO she is as she’s doing it.

I feel it important to note that I’m not paying attention to WHAT she is doing because I don’t want to BE her. I’m NOT her and therefore shouldn’t do things the way she does. I don’t want to be anyone other than who I am, unapologetically and authentically, and this is something I’ve struggled with since I started coaching because I naively surrounded myself with loads of resources wanting to tell me exactly how to build my business and exactly how to run it. It all felt wrong and inauthentic and forced and I very nearly threw in the towel.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be making some changes to this site and to my social media accounts. “What Health Coaches Eat” is going away in favor of a more authentic URL, as much because health is about so much more than just food as because I have found “What Health Coaches Eat” to be a bit constricting (not something I’d considered when I so enthusiastically bought the URL and built this site around it a year ago). This will also allow for evolution: the evolution of my message, the evolution of my style of coaching, and the evolution of my products and services.

If you follow me on Instagram (@barbara_g_hyatt), you may have seen my post about my intentions for 2017: clarity and ease (not to be confused with “easy” – for me this means that I stop fighting what is). The coming changes are in alignment with these intentions and my hope is that with these changes, my role in all of your lives will also bring clarity and ease.

I’m ready for 2017, are you?

Well, Hello There!!

Hi…

Remember me?

I’ve been MIA, I know. I’d apologize but that would be disingenuous.

About a month and a half ago I hit a wall. I’ve been working 2 jobs since July, something I’m very much not used to, and my self-care when down the commode. It’s actually only been in the past 2 weeks that I’ve figured out why I nearly imploded.

I’m an introvert. I got peopled out. I also am constantly pushing myself to expand, seeking out new ideas and concepts, seeing what fits for me and what doesn’t. After nearly 2 straight years of this pushing, I hit saturation and went into deep self-preservation mode.

When your bestie is sending you text messages like “hello, anyone home” you know something is up. So I had to peek my head out and recognize that I had to do something about how I was operating – less self preservation and more self care.

I also realized I hadn’t called my parents in weeks and my mother was probably going out of her mind. So I stopped what I was doing and sent her a text message with a brief explanation. I still owe her a phone call but a little attention to her needs (to know that I’m okay) actually benefits me.

One of the biggest realizations I’ve had has been around all the things I’ve been doing to building my coaching practice. I’m not someone that likes to be told what to do. I’m also someone that doesn’t do things the way everyone else does them and yet I’ve spent the past year trying to do what everyone else has been doing and hating every second of it. I actually nearly threw in the towel.

So now I’m going to do things my way. Maybe it will work, maybe not. But here’s the thing: I guarantee that everything I produce going forward will be completely and utterly authentic.

I’m not going to sit here and make promises to post every week, email my subscribers every week, write recipes, post tips, or produce amazing freebies. I’d love to create SOME structure, but I’m still figuring out what that looks like so I refuse to promise something then change my mind. Any structure that shows itself will come organically and I sincerely hope you all are down for some spontaneity.

Something I’m crystal clear on is the value of my time so the way I schedule so the way I charge for my time is changing.

It absolutely kills me that anyone would want and/or need my help and not feel as though it was something they could spend money on. However, my time is at a premium. It cost me time and money to earn my certification. I’m not just someone proclaiming to be an expert on this or that – I’ve actually trained and studied for this. With those two things in mind, I’m introducing a pay what you can option with a minimum of $25 per session. That’s only $5 more than your standard copay, the cost of a fancy coffee at your preferred coffee house and less than the cost of a cocktail. I’ll work on getting this set up this week, but if you want to schedule time with me in the mean time, shoot me an email and I’ll get you on the calendar.

Coming up: Discipline has been front and center for me recently, prompted by my own coach, so I’ll be writing about that with some premium content on that subject for my email subscribers. I also am considering featuring pertinent articles, perhaps once a week or so.

Interested in seeing what I’m eating, how I’m moving, or what’s inspiring me? Make sure you’re following me on Instagram (@barbaragraceeats) and/or Facebook (/whathealthcoacheseat). Sometimes there’s overlap, but not always, but don’t feel like you must follow me on both platforms. And if you want to make sure you’re actually seeing what I post, due to their darned algorithms, the more you engage with my posts, the more of them you’ll actually see. Please, don’t turn on notifications though. They’re obnoxious. I’ve actually just turned off notifications for all social media outlets myself and its liberating.

Until next time!

What’s New & Good: June 2016

What's New & Good

Ah June, the first month of summer. The kids are out of school, strawberry season has come and gone (I forgot to make strawberry shortcake!), and it’s now prime bug season. 🐝🐞🐜🕷🐛

As you may have noticed, the timing and title of this feature has changed, for the better in my opinion. This month I’d like to introduce to you the concept of “wins.”

A win is exactly what it sounds like – an accomplishment, something that went exactly the way you wanted it to, something lovely that is unexpected, things that are going, well, GOOD!

This is more than just a gratitude exercise. It’s appreciating and what you appreciate, APPRECIATES! I’ll be going further into depth on this concept for my email subscribers. If you haven’t signed up yet, you’re missing out.

So without further ado:

  • No more freebies. Earlier this month Steph Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo posted to her Instagram feed that people don’t value “free.” This created a ginormous shift for me around what I place value on and my own value in this world. This was the focus of one of my emails out to subscribers – and I’ve only begun scratching the surface.
  • I’ve begun the 100 push-up and 200 squat challenges and found that I’m quite a bit stronger than I’d initially thought. Why push-ups and squats? For a couple reasons, actually. The first is that these two movements are key to our ability to pick ourselves back up when we fall. As we get older, our ability to do so dictates how long we can safely live alone. As an extremely independent woman, the idea of having that independence curtailed due to my physical capabilities gives me the heebie jeebies. The second reason is because they are two of my favorite exercises.
  • I’m still reading Brené Brown’s Rising Strong and it has repeatedly broken me, in the best possible way, particularly about need and asking for help. This is really a must read. As a matter of fact, I’ll be handing off my marked up copy to my 15 year old son to read when I’m finished. It’s that important.
  • I’ve finally published a book of my poetry. No, I won’t be directing you to it as I’ve written it under a pseudonym – as much for my own privacy as it is for the other parties alluded to in my writing. But I’ve been playing small about it for quite some time, so this is a big personal win for me.
  • I had beer, a REAL, not gluten free, beer. And the consequences were minimal. I won’t lie, I’m ecstatic about this. The ONLY thing I’ve really truly missed since needing to eliminate grains from my diet has been beer. I LOVE good beer, particularly Belgian wheat beers and oatmeal stouts. I’ve had 3 solid years of consciously working at healing my gut so this is excellent news for me. But there WERE consequences, so there will be no free for alls. There is still work for me to do, I’m just over the moon that the occasional beer can be in my future, provided I’m mindful of what my body is telling me.

So tell me, what’s new and good with you?