I am convinced that more and more people in our generation (20 – 50) and generations past (60 +) could benefit from some type of coaching either: life coaching or wellness coaching…

Wellness coaching model is based on the transtheoretical model (TTM) — currently, the most popular stage model in health psychology (Horwath, 1999) — has proven successful with a wide variety of simple and complex health behaviors, including smoking cessation, weight control, sunscreen use, reduction of dietary fat, exercise acquisition, quitting cocaine, mammography screening, and increased condom use (Prochaska, et al., 1994) [1] [2]. Based on more than 15 years of research, the TTM has found that individuals move through a series of five stages (precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance) in the adoption of healthy behaviors or cessation of unhealthy ones. TTM research on a variety of different problem behaviors has also shown that there are certain predictors of progression through the stages of change (e.g., Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983), including decisional balance (Prochaska, 1994); self-efficacy (e.g., DiClemente, Prochaska, & Gibertini, 1985); and the processes of change (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983).

Most Biggest Loser contestants  are between stages 3 to 4 but most likely ‘4’.

The Stages of Change

The TTM (for review, see Prochaska & Velicer, 1997) explains intentional behavior change along a temporal dimension that utilizes both cognitive and performance-based components. Based on more than two decades of research, the TTM has found that individuals move through a series of stages—precontemplation (PC), contemplation (C), preparation (PR), action (A), and maintenance (M)—in the adoption of healthy behaviors or cessation of unhealthy ones (Prochaska & Velicer, 1997).

1. Pre-Contemplation is the stage in which an individual has no intent to change behavior in the near future,usually measured as the next 6 months. Precontemplators are often characterized as resistant or unmotivated and tend to avoid information, discussion, or thought with regard to the targeted health behavior (Prochaska et al., 1992).

2. Contemplation stage. Individuals in this stage openly state their intent to change within the next 6 months. They are more aware of the benefits of changing, but remain keenly aware of the costs (Prochaska, Redding, & Evers, 1997). Contemplators are often seen as ambivalent to change or as procrastinators (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1984).

3. Preparation is the stage in which individuals intend to take steps to change, usually within the next month (DiClemente et al., 1991). PR is viewed as a transition rather than stable stage, with individuals intending progress to A in the next 30 days (Grimley, Prochaska, Velicer, Blais, & DiClemente, 1994).

4. Action stage is one in which an individual has made overt, perceptible lifestyle modifications for fewer than 6 months (Prochaska et al., 1997).

5. Maintenance: these are working to prevent relapse and consolidate gains secured during A (Prochaska et al., 1992). Maintainers are distinguishable from those in the A stage in that they report the highest levels of self-efficacy and are less frequently tempted to relapse (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1984).

The TTM uses the stages of change to integrate cognitive and behavioral processes and principles of change,including 10 processes of change (i.e., how one changes; Prochaska, 1979; Prochaska,Velicer, DiClemente, & Fava, 1988), pros and cons (i.e., the benefits and costs of changing; Janis & Mann, 1977; Prochaska, Redding, Harlow, Rossi, & Velicer, 1994; Prochaska, Velicer, et al., 1994), and self-efficacy (i.e., confidence in one’s ability to change; Bandura,1977; DiClemente, Prochaska, & Gibertini, 1985)—all of which have demonstrated reliability and consistency in describing and predicting movement through the stages (Prochaska & Velicer, 1997).

Wellness Coaching is health and fitness training for the mind and body. You must focus your mind before you can focus on your body. Once you believe it, you can achieve it and everything else will follow.

Before you go on another quick-fix or yo-yo diet; Before you buy another bottle of over-priced, over-hyped diet pills; Before you start doing long, mind-numbing cardio workouts; Have you ever considered why you have failed? Poor genes, Too busy, Not even close – Before you give up or spend any more time and money – Wellness Coaching is the solution you have been searching for and to get more information about our Wellness Coaching services and how it can change your life.

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Christy is a Certified Wellness Coach and has a passion for empowering and educating individuals. She has over 10 years experience in the Health and Wellness industry and continues to pursue health and wellness activities through weight training, aerobics, and dance. Connect with us on our Google Plus Page Active. Healthy. Well.