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How to Stay on Track and Avoid Discouragement When Progress is SLOW

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by megan dahlman
June 21, 2022

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She lived in fear for years. Her chronic pain and ongoing health issues dictated what each day looked like, but just like so many of us, she still allowed her self worth to be tied to how much she was able to accomplish in a day. But her big breakthrough didn’t happen until she realized that she didn’t fit into a standard formula for health and fitness, and her journey from one week to the next was going to look a lot different than everyone else around her.

I’m excited to introduce you to Heather Thomas, a mom that I’ve had the opportunity to coach for the past two years. Today, we’re chatting about her cardio days and fear of strength training, the comparison game, and how she had to work hard to get her highs and lows to level off so she didn't feel like she was on a roller coaster. The coolest thing is toward the end we talk about what she can actually accomplish today...which is so awesome.

You’re going to love this! Let’s dive in.

Here are a handful of questions that I had the opportunity of asking Heather in this interview: 

Hey, Heather, welcome to the podcast! One of my greatest joys as your coach, is to watch you FIGHT to prioritize your health, when all the odds have been stacked against you, literally.

You’re a very busy, homeschooling mom of two kids and live in a pretty extreme climate. Those things alone would be enough to deter anyone from making their health a priority on a regular basis. But that’s not all - you’ve also had to endure a lot of unique personal health challenges as well.

  1. Can you give us an insight into what some of your biggest health challenges have been?

I’d love to know more of your story and background. Two years ago, you began coaching with me, but before then.

  1. What was life like for you back then?
  2. What did you really struggle with in the past?
  3. How did you mentally feel about your body? What things really discouraged you?
  4. When you finally committed to begin your fitness and nutrition journey with me, what did you expect that journey to look like for you?

Since joining the program and looking back over the past two years:

  1. What was something you had to realize right away? How did you have to change your expectations of a linear journey?
  2. Your health conditions tend to dictate what you can do. Tell us about some of the mindset hurdles you’ve had to overcome because of this? Does the comparison game ever get to you?
  3. How do you feel about your body right now?
  4. How have you felt your heart and mind change the most? How has God been speaking to you the most over the past couple years?
  5. Practically speaking, what’s something that you can do right now that you couldn’t do a couple years ago that makes you the most proud?

If you could write something on a billboard for her to drive past everyday and read, what would it be?

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