“My job requires that I be physically fit, so it became a serious issue when I could no longer meet annual fitness testing requirements following development of a serious medical condition that was misdiagnosed for more than 2 years. By the time I obtained a proper diagnosis and treatment, my general health had declined significantly, I was unfit, and I had become obese.
I didn’t make any progress towards preparing for and successfully completing my annual physical fitness test in a previous coaching experience. I immediately began making progress when I began working with Cheri and, after many years of frustration, I not only met the minimum fitness test requirements (level 1), but for the first time in my life, I was able to complete level 2. And a few days after my test I ran a 5k! I’m excited to see the weight loss results when I step on the bathroom scale and to now share my new running habit with my 10 year old daughter – we will be participating in a 10k race tomorrow. ☺
I initially worked with a coach in 2009, a year after getting a proper diagnosis and treatment, to help me prepare for and pass the annual fitness test. We spent a lot of time talking about the goal, but we never got to the action or implementation phase during six months of weekly coaching calls! It seemed to be a case of ” paralysis of analysis.” I came away from that coaching experience not only frustrated by the lack of progress but, worse, having increased self-doubts and self-loathing.
Working with Cheri was a much different experience.
Fast-forward to summer 2013 and I’m still unfit, obese and needing to pass get back in compliance with fitness requirements for my job when I came across a workplace seminar by Cheri about how to make goals become a daily habit. I was blown away by what I heard that day. What most intrigued me was that Cheri spoke about the dilemma I had been living with for years – constantly “thinking” about the dreaded fitness requirements but not making any progress towards really restoring my health and fitness. I could tell that she gets the fact that determination is a necessary but insufficient ingredient to satisfying a goal. Cheri explained how the brain works and how it may sabotage efforts to change – and I recognized that what she was describing the inner battle that had been holding me back from meeting my fitness goal for so many years.
I immediately thought, this is someone who can help me get out of my own head and actually help me change for good. I was pleased that this turned out to be the case.
A key piece for me as was the emphasis on making incremental progress. Taking baby steps reduced the feelings of overwhelm and quite literally took away the excuses not to move forward. I could no longer tell myself “I don’t have time to run” because I was only going around the block! For once, I was not starting at the goal on day one and assuming I would just change!
Checking off The Habit Tracker was my favorite part. I had done a lot of goal setting related to health and fitness, but keeping my goals at my bedside and reviewing them daily with clear incremental weekly habits and goals was what did it for me. This kept me focused and more likely to exercise because I was reminded every day why this was important to me. The Habit Tracker turned out to be a tool that intercepted the negative self-talk that had repeatedly been tripping me up. This tool was especially invaluable to me on those days when I was feeling tired and consumed with meeting my day to day responsibilities.
Cheri is energetic, very positive, and a real doer. She doesn’t just talk about it all, she really walks the walk.
After really struggling to achieve my fitness goal for many years, it is remarkable now to look back at how simple the steps were to implement and how easy the process became
By the time I started working with Cheri, my self-confidence had been shot and the annual fitness test seemed an insurmountable challenge. Had I not seen her talk, I might not have committed to the coaching sessions. But, I could tell that Cheri had a unique understanding of how to form and sustain habits and I was excited to start working with her right away.
If you’re ready to commit to change, and you can’t seem to just put one foot in front of the other, I suggest that you begin by contacting Cheri to set up a free consultation so you can review how her coaching program might benefit you in reaching your goals. Because she has multiple packages, you could set up just a few sessions to get your feet wet and see how Cheri is truly different.”
Sandra, Cleveland, OH