Real Women, Real Lives
Who inspires you? Who do you use as your motivator to get things done or to make valuable changes to your life?
There are thousands of women who stimulate our need for greatness. They appear on our television and movie screens, we listen to them on the radio, or we read their encouraging stories in articles or books. It’s easy to put a celebrity on a pedestal and desire their lifestyle, skillset and strength of character, but we don’t need to turn to the glossy magazines, or the big screen, to find inspirational women who can motivate us to succeed. They live next door, work alongside us, and talk to us at the supermarket.
The Real Women, Real Lives feature highlights the incredible individuals who have succeeded on their chosen path, or turned misfortune into positivity. Ladies who have conquered illness or gone above and beyond to help others, and made a difference. Women who have stepped out of their comfort zone and launched a business, or ventures that have an impact on their environment, or community.
These remarkable women are your friend, co-worker and neighbour and I’m delighted to be able to share their stories with you.
Today, I am delighted to invite busy women’s Health Coach Abby Booth to share her story.
Tell us a little about you and your story.
Hi, I’m Abby Booth, a certified Health Coach, Mum of a little boy who is 3 and Founder of Vitality Health Coaching. I help busy women, in particular Mums, to lose weight without dieting, depriving themselves or feeling hungry no matter how busy they are or what they’ve tried in the past.
In my former life I actually spent 12 years working for a chocolate company so ironically I am now helping people to lose weight when I spent years helping them put it on!
What’s your biggest dream in life?
Right now it’s to make my business a huge success that allows me financial freedom as well as the freedom to spend time with my Son around his schooling when he starts – big ask I know! I see so many Mums struggle with what to do childcare wise and living such stressed lives I decided when I was made redundant during my maternity leave that I would create my own rules.
Starting my own company and retraining has been tougher than I expected. I used to be responsible for a business worth tens of millions and thousands of people but actually running one small business yourself is even harder!!
My dream is to be able to work when it suits me, to have the money to enjoy life and to give something back in helping other busy Mums to improve their confidence. Normally women come to me to lose weight but when we start to dig a little deeper they soon realise that they’ve been putting themselves last all these years and actually making themselves a priority again, with a little help, can completely change their lives. That’s what gets me up in the morning.
If you chose a power word for this year what would it be and why?
Progress… I always say to my clients ‘Progress over Perfection’ and the same goes for me. Whatever we do in life is a journey and although I help clients understand this in relation to their health journey, I’m realising it too with my business journey…. it’s all progress and it’s important to stop once in a while and recognise how far you’ve come.
Who inspires you and why?
My son. He makes me a better person. He gives me a reason to be happy, to love, to look after myself and more. He is always happy (aside from a few 3 year old tantrums!) and he makes me smile and laugh every day.
Also my Husband. He is very calm and logical so when I have one of those tough and emotional days he is brilliant to just talk to and he always makes me sense and gives me permission to do whatever I need to do to make it right again without any pressure. It’s his biggest endearing feature and one I’m so thankful for when I have one of those days!
What, in your experience, motivates you best? Can you give an example?
So many things! Day to day I love exercising. I never thought I’d say that in my sugar-addicted past when I used to drive to the gym and nap in the car park before driving home! But I love making it part of my morning routine and it sets me up for the day.
I also love travelling and new places. Whenever my Husband and I get time off from work we go somewhere. I love our home but am hugely inspired by new places and new people. I was very lucky when I was growing up that I got to visit some fantastic places with my parents and this helped shape me so I want this to be a part of my son’s life. At age 3 he has already been on an aeroplane 22 times!!
What actions/events/environments would adversely affect your motivation? Can you give an example and how you coped?
Starting my new business has been tough! Last Christmas I truly thought about throwing it all in, but I believe in talking to people when I have a problem rather than bottling it all up. I spoke to my husband and my business coach who both gave me supportive words and actions to help me get back on track.
I am also, like most people, not a huge fan of the short dark days of winter and count down the months for them to be over. Getting out with friends, having something to look forward to and getting fresh air always help.
How do you ensure that your personal level of motivation is high on a daily basis?
One thing I’ve learnt in recent years is about being really clear what your dream or vision is for yourself – whether that is your health & weight, your career, personal life or whatever. Without it there is little to keep you on track. Each day I think about why I’m doing what I’m doing and then most nights I write down a few things that I am grateful for that day, however simple. This really helps me to go to sleep in a positive frame of mind and content with what I have.
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or grab your free Happy Healthy Waistline Starter Kit here.