I’m Coach Amy Gearin and I’ve been coaching with Stay Fit Mom for the past 6 years. May 31, 2022 I completed my last client check-in as I plan to now devote my full attention to my family and dental practice. Tracy and Krista asked me to give my final pieces of advice as well as the highs and lows of coaching to the community and I’m happy to do so, as it has been such a big part of my life since 2016.
First, I’d like to say what an honor it has been to be part of this program from the very beginning. We started with a beta test group of 12 clients, and since Stay Fit Mom has served thousands of women through 1:1 coaching. It has been wonderful!
Not only do we get to help our clients become the best versions of themselves, but we also learn so much about ourselves as coaches through this intimate process.
Let’s start with the very few lows, so we can end on the high notes!
Sometimes listening to other people’s issues gets heavy, especially if you have a client that has a negative attitude. If you’ve ever been a mentor, a teacher, or a healthcare provider trying to help other people with their struggles can weigh on you at times, especially when there is a lack of consistency and they aren’t getting the results you both would like. Please remember that your coach is an actual person. There are no robot coaches at Stay Fit Mom. We are all people with our own set of balls we are juggling: nutrition, fitness, personal life, career, and spiritual lives. Our coaches are taking time from their lives to help serve you and they are doing it with a willing heart and desire to help you be better.
Now onto the highs.
For every negative that happens with coaching, there are a dozen (if not more) positives. There’s nothing better than listening to your NSV’s (non-scale victories). We love watching a client emerge from the mental battles that they’re no longer prisoners to. As coaches we’ve worked with clients that have been through the toughest of times: the death of a family member, a sick child, an unexpected diagnosis, cross country moves, job losses, divorce, heavy life hardships, and walking through the trenches with our clients is what makes us family. What a blessing to know that you trust us with your highest highs and your lowest lows. There are women in this community that will be lifetime friends to me.
Below are some of the things I want to impart on you one last time.
1. Taking control and accountability of your nutrition and fitness gives you power. If we could hand this out to everyone easily, we would solve a lot of problems in this world, but it’s nothing somebody can give you. It’s something you have to do for yourself. When you decide to own your nutrition decisions and be accountable for them, it Gives. You. Power. You learn so much about yourself. And this has nothing to do with being perfect, because that doesn’t exist. This is all about honesty. When you’re honest with yourself and accountable for your actions, you begin to feel more grateful for the things that you do have (a strong, miraculous body) and the things that don’t matter so much (being the weight you were 20 years ago), begin to fall away. Becoming more in tune with your body (learning how to fuel it properly and exercise it) can truly be life changing. This truth is undeniable as we’ve seen it happen time and time again.
Learning what makes your body work, helps you gain acceptance and appreciation of your body. You treat it better, you love yourself more. Your physical and mental health is better.
Everybody joins this program for different motives. Those motives may be wanting to lose the baby weight or fit into a smaller pant size, going on a trip, etc. but what you get out of it is so much more. By learning to count macros, you learn self mastery, self control and apply it to other areas of your life. We want you to be mentally and physically well for the long run. For. Life. This helps you build a hedge of protection against sickness both mentally and physically. And that matters so much more than the skinny pants that are hanging in your closet!
I’m going to miss this community so much! I will still be your fiercest cheerleader, because the coach lives inside me. You’ll be able to find me in the Ninja Insider group. Thank you for everything these past 6 years. You have truly added to my life. This isn’t goodbye but see ya later!