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Health and Wellness Coaching

Julie Browning, Certified Health and Wellness Coach
through WellCoaches School of Coaching.

Are you wanting to make some changes to the way you are living, but have trouble getting started or to keep it going? Do you like the sound of having a coach serving as a creative and thoughtful partner along for the journey?

I am a wife and mom, and the owner of Breakaway Training: a business that provides coaching services for endurance athletes. Since 2001 I have been helping runners, cyclists and triathletes reach their athletic goals. Over the years my approach has evolved into a more holistic approach to fitness and health that includes clean eating, mindset, mindfulness, rest and recovery. This is what led me to pursue a Health and Wellness Coaching Certification through Well Coaches. I'm interested in what wellness means to people and thoroughly enjoy partnering with them to explore ways to achieve their individual wellness goals.

What does wellness mean to me?
Quality sleep, quiet reflective time, solid relationships, a strong and functional body, and clean eating. When these pieces are in place it allows me to have the energy and ability to be a present and engaging wife and mom, and competitive mountain biker.

Wellness mean different things to different people. There are many factors that can influence your personal well being and given that many areas of our life and well being are intrinsically intertwined, your coaching journey will take a whole person approach and may include:

  • Diet and Nutrition,

  • Activity and Exercise,

  • Stress Levels,

  • Quiet time,

  • Mindset,

  • Mindfulness,

  • Sleep quality,

  • Relationships,

  • Work life satisfaction,

  • Income and money management,

  • Attitude and outlook,

  • Sifting through chaos and clutter,

  • Spirituality, etc.

A Health and Wellness Coach is not an expert or educator. We are not going to tell you what is best for you, what to do, or what to eat. Nor are we therapists or counselors. We help clients and patients to discover their own path to better well-being.

The coaching process I use is centered on a client-based wellness vision, in which you set realistic and attainable 3-month goals and design weekly goals (or action-oriented experiments) - the small steps that will help move you towards your wellness vision.

I assist clients in achieving their wellness vision by using mindful listening, reflections and inquiring questions. This helps clients to uncover what is important to them and discover their strengths, clarify their values, and identify their motivators.  We brainstorm possibilities, focus on successes (looking at what is working, or has worked, instead of focusing on what doesn't) and harness strengths to overcome barriers to support the wellness vision. This process has proven to be highly successful in helping clients navigate from where they are now to where they want to be.  WellCoaches report that 70% of 3-month goals are achieved using this approach.

Coaching is just as effective over the phone as in person, if not more so. The phone allows for a deeper listening. And the convenience makes it easier for clients to commit to and keep appointments. We don't even need to be in the same city or time zone!

The end result of Health and Wellness Coaching can lead to increased personal responsibility, self motivation, self-confidence, the ability to self-discover, and increased self-efficacy. It leaves clients feeling they are in control, with a sense of accomplishment, and they have strategies to fall back on to help overcome future challenges.

A Health and Wellness coach can help you to:

  • Follow through with things that you may have started but can't quite finish on your own

  • Get more out of your life and work

  • Start a journey of positive lifestyle changes that you have been putting off

  • Regain control over your health and wellness and enhance well-being

  • Achieve a higher level of gratitude, satisfaction, happiness, and self confidence

  • Develop skills to help you keep moving forward by yourself.

Lifestyle behaviors affect our wellness, and today people are struggling to making changes or having a hard time making them stick, despite knowing that falling back on old habits is adversely affecting their health and wellness. Why is this?

  • Telling people that they need to change the way they are living rarely results in lasting sustainable change.
  • Information overload has never been greater.  With so many health and wellness guidelines, services and products available, it is increasingly hard to create and initiate our own wellness path. It leaves people confused and ambivalent.
  • In our everyday lives we are pulled in many directions. Many of us are losing the ability to be mindful and present, and we end up operating on autopilot.  It is hard to change a behavior if we're not present and aware. It is easy to see obstacles, and our wellness isn't made a priority.

Attempting to change lifelong habits amid all this information clutter and confusion can be a daunting task.  This is where Health and Wellness Coaching comes in.

How does Health and Wellness Coaching work with me?

Should we work together? Let's find out. Shoot me an email and let's find a time to chat to see if we are a 'good fit' for each other.

Once you decide you're ready to move forward:

  • Read my 'Welcome Packet'. Sign the agreement and return it to me.
  • Complete a character strength assessment.
  • Fill out a well-being assessment.
  • Schedule your first coaching session. This session can be in person or over the phone. The first session lasts 60-90 minutes. During this time we will develop a personal wellness vision, with 3 month goals and weekly goals.
  • Subsequent ongoing coaching sessions are 30-45 minutes each week, once every 2 weeks or once a month. This is a time to review progress towards your vision and goals, explore and resolve pressing issues, and set goals for the following week.
  • Thank you for taking an interest in Health and Wellness Coaching and for considering taking the first steps towards improving your well being. I'd love to come along on the journey with you.


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