Diabetes Brief Coaching Demonstration
Hey guys. Welcome to the Saluber Coaching Show. Helping you make wellness a priority. My name is Dr. Matthew Blaylock, and in today's episode, we're going to be starting a new series on brief coaching. In previous episodes, I've talked with you a lot about what is wellness coaching and what are the benefits for you and what the process of coaching is like. But, starting today, I want to give you a few demonstrations of what a coaching session with me would be like. Now realize that this brief demo is only going to be five or ten minutes and a real coaching session would be somewhere between one to two hours. So, it's definitely going to be very quick, and in a real coaching session, would go a lot more in-depth. But, I want to give you a feel for how the wellness coaching process can help facilitate you to reach your wellness goal. Now the topic for today is going to be diabetes.
Diabetes is a problem that a lot of people are facing in the modern world today. It's one of the biggest health care costs that people face today. And, it's something that, for the most part, is preventable. Apart from type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is mostly affected by lifestyle choices. There's a lot of things that you can do in order to prevent type 2 diabetes which is far and away the best option. But, if you have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there are lots of options you have – lots of changes you can make to your lifestyle – in order to best control the situation that you're presently facing.
Setting a Clear Goal
So as we begin, the first question that I will always ask is, what specifically do you want? What is it that I can help facilitate you with? Do you want simply to decrease your blood sugar level – you just want to see the number decrease from maybe 160 back down to 120. Is that your primary goal? Is that the only thing that you really want to see happen? Do you want to change your eating patterns? Maybe you have some uncontrolled eating patterns, and you would like to change to a healthier diet – eating more vegetables, eating more fruit, getting away from some junk food. Maybe you would like to start an exercise program. Exercise is one of the best things you can do to help increase insulin sensitivity in your body. Something as simple as walking every day for 30 minutes. What is it specifically that you want? Without a specific goal in mind, it's going to be very challenging for you to reach your goal. So, I encourage you to think through specifically what do you want.
What’s In It for You
Then, once you think about what it is you want, why is that important to you? What difference will it make for you? What is the benefit for you? What's in it for you? You need to have some form of motivation in order to reach this goal. Once you clearly define your goal, what is it that's going to help push you and what is it's going to help pull you along the path so that you can reach that goal. What's going to help you stay focused on continuing the process until you reach that goal? What is the motivation that you have in order to reach this goal? Is it so that you can stay healthy? Is it so that you can prevent disease? Is it so that you're going to be around for your family? Is it so that you can continue to pursue your goals in life – pursue your dream, your vision. What is the motivation that is going to help push you and pull you along to reach this goal?
Now, once you are aware of your motivation, what is the benefit not just what you get out of it but what's the cost? What is this choice going to cost you? Every time you say yes to something, you have to say no to something else. If you commit to eating fruits and vegetables, it means you're going to have to cut out eating some junk food in your diet. What is the cost if you commit to starting an exercise program and walking to improve your insulin sensitivity? That's going to cost you maybe time sitting in front of the TV and watching. Or, maybe it's going to cost you the time that you usually spent taking a nap. There's always going to be some cost associated. So, what is this choice going to cost you? If you pursue this goal, is it worth it to you? Are the benefits going to outweigh the costs?
Once you've decided, yes the benefits are more important than the cost. This goal is something that I want to pursue in my life. This is the thing that is truly important to me right. Then you need to have some kind of a plan. That plan is something that's going to help you move from point A to point B. If here's where you are, you're currently struggling with keeping your blood sugar in control, and you want to have a stable blood sugar less than 120. Then, what is the path that you need to take to get there? Those are the plans, the steps, that you need to take. And, what is it going to take for you to make that plan? What is the first step that you need to take? What's the next step that you need to take after that? The idea is you need to have some kind of idea in your mind before you begin moving. Ready, aim, fire is the appropriate order. When you say, ready, fire, aim – you aren't preparing ahead of time for some of the obstacles or some of the challenges or some of the difficulties you may face. And that, many times, will cause people to stop in the middle of the process because they didn't plan ahead.
Once you have this plan in mind, then, what is it that you need to do today? What's the first step? You already made a plan of here are the steps, here are the stages. Now, what is the first action you need to take today? Do you need to throw out the junk food in your cupboard? Do you need to go buy a pair of walking shoes? Do you need to go buy a blood glucose monitor? What is it that you need to do? The first action today that will move you towards the goal that you want to reach in your life.
Once you take that action, how are you going to know that you're moving in the right direction? What is going to be the proof? What's going to be the evidence that you are moving closer to your goal? Yes, you can measure your blood sugar, and you can see that it's decreased. You can see maybe that you drop some body weight. You change your diet, and you decrease body weight. Maybe you can measure your waist, and you can see that you're losing some inches. Maybe when you start walking up a flight of stairs, you don't get winded. Whatever the proof may be for you – you need to have some clear evidence so that you know that you're moving forward in your goal.
Now, the challenge will always be, how do you continue through this process? This process is not something that is going to be finished in one day or one week or one month. It's something that's going to have to be a lifestyle choice. Just as your lifestyle choices have gotten you to this point. Now your lifestyle choices can bring you to a new point. The choices are yours. And, that's one of the things that coaching can help you do. It will help you make the choices that will move you forward in the direction that you want to go. The process of facilitation is making that process easier, more efficient, and faster so you don't have to waste a lot of time and energy in order to get your goal.
This is just a short example with the case of diabetes. If you are currently dealing with diabetes and you have some questions, let me know in the comments down below. I will help coach you through the process in order to reach the goal that you want. Let me know, what is your goal? What is your motivation? What's your commitment? What's your plan? What is your evidence? With those couple of things in mind, you can begin moving forward. Let me know, and I will assist you through the comments down below. Until we meet again, my name is Dr. Matthew Blaylock. Be strong and live well.