Wellness Coaching: It’s Not all About Diet and Exercise

Catha Pavloff is a certified wellness and life coach based in McLean, Virginia for Goose Creek Coaching. Catha works with her clients to help them achieve healthier and happier lives. Catha is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching program and is a registered yoga teacher. Catha focuses on the interplay between work-life balance, personal achievement and leadership at home, work and other areas of life. Catha is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients in her McLean, Virginia office.

Wellness Coaching: It’s Not all About Diet and Exercise


Did you know that about 97 percent of people who try to get into better shape through diets and exercise return to their original state within 2 years?

Why is this so? 

The term for this is “adherence”, or rather, the lack thereof.

Many reasons contribute to the problem, not the least of which is that our society expects quick fixes and magic pills, which simply do not work in the long run.

I prefer to approach wellness from a much more holistic and individualized perspective. I avoid terms such as “diet”, “exercise” and “weight loss”. To me, these words connote negativity and even deprivation. I believe wellness includes nutrition, physical activity, sleep patterns, stress management, professional fulfillment, personal relationships, and spirituality or faith. To achieve wellness, we must have relative balance in all of these areas. My job as a wellness coach is to provide you with the tools, support, empowerment and encouragement to help clients achieve this balance.

This takes commitment and time. In fact, even though the coaching relationship is relatively short, wellness is a lifetime commitment.  This is why I take time to understand who my clients really are and base their treatment on not just who they think they should to be. Together, as coach and client, we can discover the interplay between thought patterns, feelings, actions, and results.

Clients, armed with the knowledge of who they are and what they want to change, work with me to set goals that are measurable and meaningful, yet also realistic, achievable and, most importantly, sustainable. These goals may include shedding pounds, creating healthier eating habits, becoming more physically active, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, sustaining supportive relationships and even developing a stronger faith or spirituality.

Inevitably, there will be highs, lows and in betweens. We learn the most from our setbacks, plow through them and learn from them, get back on track and move closer towards our goals.

The result? Clients better understand themselves. They feel and look healthier and are better equipped to handle stress. Their personal relationships are stronger. They make fewer illness related visits to the doctor and are less reliant on drugs. Best yet, maybe they become a better role model for their children and an inspiration to others. But, most importantly they achieve a lifestyle that they can sustain and enjoy.

If you would like to know more about how wellness coaching has helped others and what experts have to say about wellness coaching, read an article by clicking here.

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