I am re-energizing this blog by asking everyone at Therapy Solutions to write about something. Katie was the first brave soul to step forward and she has in a big way. Katie Klute is a wellness coach, personal trainer and extraordinary individual. She joined TS to help make the vision a reality of helping people transform their lives through the experience of good health and wholeness. I think after reading this you will see that she could help you with your life goals. Or maybe someone you know. Your first visit with her is a free consultation, how can you lose? Please sign up at http://www.cenestherapeutics.com.
I believe my journey to become a Wellness and Nutrition Coach started many, many years ago. It isn’t as though I woke up one day and said ‘today I’m going to become a Wellness Coach.’ If only life’s decisions were that simple right?
At the ripe age of 13 I allowed anorexia to enter my life and at 15 bulimia. I won’t rehash my experience in this article except to say that I was one of the lucky ones. I had years of therapy and then one day decided ‘enough is enough.’ It occurred to me that I was extremely tired, wanted to know what life was like eating right and exercising. The idea of those two additions to my life terrified me but I certainly wasn’t happy where I was. So – I thanked my therapist and took a step forward which quite frankly, was also straight out of my comfort zone.
Now, to be fair and brutally honest, it didn’t happen quite as smoothly as I just made it sound however, eating to nourish my body and including exercise was exactly what my life was missing! I learned that in the midst of self-doubt, I really am strong; physically and mentally and am worth taking care of myself.
I share this with you because I want you to understand I’ve ‘been there and done that before’. I lived a life that was lacking in nourishment and exercise. I never say to a client ‘I know exactly what you mean’ or ‘I know how you feel’ because I don’t – no one does. But I do know what my experience was, how it felt to live within my very unhappy skin; like I was failing at everything I attempted. I know how I felt to step outside of my comfort zone when it came to nutrition and exercise AND most importantly, I do know how it feels to be on the other side! Food is fantastic and exercise makes me feel alive!
When I decided to start the wellness program I did it because I wanted to learn and understand the tools needed to help others. Not only those with eating disorders but the many, many people who truly don’t know how to eat correctly and are terrified of exercise. It also allowed me the opportunity to spend time with my clients establishing their personal goals and how to overcome potential obstacles.
I now get to talk about the importance of nutrition and the really fun part; what does exercise look like to the client? Many people think wellness, nutrition and exercise means eating from a meal plan and requiring a gym membership. Not the case! Wellness is what YOUR life looks like in its happiest state, nutrition is understanding what our bodies need in order to function correctly and to feel good and exercise is what we make it- no gym required (unless that is part of your goals then we’ll certainly include it.)
I love what I do. It offers great opportunities to meet people in various parts of their lives. It continues to challenge me to learn more so I can offer more. Most importantly, it allows me to be a part of another person’s adventures as they step outside of their comfort zone and start living the life they truly deserve and desire.
I look forward to working with you –
Health, Wellness & Nutrition Coach, IAWP & NAFC
Personal Trainer, ISSA