Hello. My name is Spencer Smith.
I haven’t always been a health and lifestyle coach. In fact, there was a time not too long ago where I was overweight and heading down a path towards type 2 diabetes.
In mid-2018 I was not in a good place, physically or mentally. I was deeply in debt following the collapse of a business and costly court case that had dragged on for 2 years. In addition, my relationship had failed and I was experiencing depressive episodes and a general feeling of self-loathing and self-pity.
So how did I cope with all this?
That’s right, I drank and ate my way through life. I was drinking almost a bottle of wine a night, over eating as well as eating the wrong foods, all as a way to self-medicate and cope with the stress in my life. The alcohol and food gave me a temporary reprieve, even though I knew it wasn’t a long-term solution to my problems and situation.
I peaked at 91kg, some 10kg above my normal body weight.
I had heard about dexa body scans which accurately measure body fat, bone density and other variables. I was curious about whether I was damaging my body by leading the life that I was. A scan revealed I was accumulating too much body fat around my waist which can be seen by the yellow around my waist, hips and surrounding my internal organs.
I learned that this internal fat, around the liver is called visceral fat and is a good indicator for the onset of type 2 diabetes. In fact, the reading from the dexa scan report indicated I was bordering on the pre-diabetic range.
At 91kg I had a BMI of 28 which put me in the overweight range but more of a concern to me was I had tipped over the recommended fat mass in the “R1” waist (visceral fat) region.
This was a shock to me. Even though I knew I was drinking and eating too much I had always been in good physical health generally. But this was the first time I was facing a lifestyle related disease if I didn’t take action soon.
So, I decided enough was enough. Enough with dwelling in self-pity. Enough with the excessive drinking. It was time to work on my mental and physical health and undergo a transformation.
The first action I took was engage a psychologist to help me on the mental health side of things. I knew that until I got my head right there was not much point in trying to improve my diet and give up alcohol. She was great, she helped me re-frame my situation and over several months I had shaken the blues and was motivated once again to rediscover my life and purpose.
With my head in the right place, I was now in a position to work on the next hurdle – alcohol.
After months of attempting to quit with no success, on 14th December 2018 I went cold turkey. I joined an online supportive Facebook group and took the 28-day challenge which I completed even though it was the festive Christmas season. That’s right, I didn’t drink all through Christmas and it was the first dry New Years Eve ever for me! I decided to keep going and made it to 90 days alcohol free and then 6 months alcohol free.
My next challenge was to lose the excess body fat around my waist and reduce my risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and host of other possible diseases that come with carrying excess body fat.
In January 2019, after already losing a few kilos from not drinking, I decided to try intermittent fasting and follow Dr Michael Mosley’s The Fast 800 method, 800 calories per day and fasting for at least 12 hours.
It worked, and I lost 6kg in 6 weeks and 6cm off my waist!
I am now at my ideal body weight of 80kg and feel like a new person. Losing 6kg symbolised much more than just losing body fat, it represented to me psychological baggage which I had been carrying around for far too long.
Having completed my own transformation of the mind and the body, I became inspired to study and become a health and lifestyle coach so that I can help others achieve similar results for themselves in my 12-week Total Body Transformation program.
I love what I do and there is nothing more fulfilling for me than to see my clients have major breakthroughs around their health and wellness and to become their desired self.
Chronic disease and the health system
The health system is in crisis. The health system is equipped to deal with acute trauma, but is lacking and ill-equipped to deal with certain chronic illnesses, or lifestyle related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, angina, alcohol dependence and the like.
Conventional medicine is reactive, ie wait for symptoms to occur, visit your primary care provider who in a 15-minute consultation will prescribe you with medication to treat the symptoms and not the cause. GP’s don’t have the time to thoroughly examine and determine the root cause of disease. Most lack training in diet and nutrition and are influenced by Big Pharma to prescribe the latest fix all drug.
Have high blood pressure? Some GP’s will prescribe high blood pressure medication without deep diving in to the root cause of the high blood pressure.
Have high cholesterol? Some GP’s will prescribe you with cholesterol lowing drugs rather than be curious about what is causing the high cholesterol in the first place.
The good news about lifestyle related diseases is that with the right support and guidance they can be totally reversed and patients can come off their medication. One of the biggest challenges a GP faces is patient compliance, meaning patients not following through on instructions around dietary and lifestyle changes. This is where a health coach provides a valuable service and work hand in hand with GP’s.
As a trained and accredited health coach, I can take you on a 12-week journey of transformation, to coach you in new health promoting habits and unlearn health destroying habits and behaviours. The probability of making long lasting and permanent changes is greatly enhanced with a health coach by your side.
So what are you waiting for? Change for Life!
“A Health Coach is not just someone who coaches on nutrition. A Health Coach is someone who inspires aliveness across all areas of someone’s life”
What is transformation?
Transformation is simply the process of change.
It takes time to undergo a life changing transformation, to reverse the symptoms of chronic lifestyle disease by changing habits and behaviours that lead to weight loss and blood work returning to normal levels. It takes time to give up smoking, an unhealthy alcohol dependence or ween yourself off sugar to get your blood sugar levels under control.
Self-sabotage is where we sub-consciously undermine our progress towards achieving a goal. Tackling a change by ourselves invariably results in self-sabotaging behaviour and reverting to old habits. The most rewarding part of being a health and lifestyle coach is helping a client cross the chasm of self-sabotage. Recognising why self-sabotage occurs and developing skills to overcome it is the real key to permanent and long lasting transformation.
Click here to find out about my Total Body Transformation 12 week, signature program and see how I can help you become the best version of yourself and lead a happy, healthy and prolonged life.