Does the health & wellness community really care about health & wellness?

I don't want to be a health and wellness coach anymore. I'm over it. I've been feeling this way for about a year now and I've finally made the decision to close my doors.

Back in 2013, I was so happy to receive my certification after 4 long month of classes, an hour-long written test and a verbal assessment of my coaching skills with an experienced coach. I was ready to start helping people get healthy and lose weight. Back then, I thought those 2 things were one and the same.

Now I want to give it all up. And by 'it' I mean my association with the health and wellness industry. When I first started to get frustrated with health and wellness I thought it was because there had been some dramatic shift in the industry-that something had significantly changed since I hung out my shingle and started accepting clients.

After some reflection, I realize it's NOT the industry that’s changed, it's me. I'm the one who's different.

Can we talk about personal responsibility?

Have you ever read an article online about body acceptance/fat acceptance, then wander (against your better judgment) down to the comments section? 

 

It's a mistake I keep making over and over again.

 

Anyway, during the 2 minutes or so that I can stomach the negativity, I see a barrage of insults and fat jokes laced with "Take responsibility for your health!!" comments.

 

Let's be clear:

My body has always known the truth...I just wasn't listening

When I look back at my history of dieting and weight loss obsession, I realize: 

 

I have 2 decades of experience ignoring my body's signals.

I was skilled at drinking club soda when my taste buds really wanted a full-sugar Coke.

I chewed gum when instead of the slices of pizza I actually craved.

I was a master at pushing through the knee pain from too many jump squats, convinced that it could be overcome if I just flipped the switch to 'beast mode'.