We had the good fortune of connecting with Tonya McRee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tonya, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
How important Health Coaches are for a variety of issues of health and life. People have a tendency to think in terms of only nutrition, weight loss, and exercise. There are so many other areas in ones life to consider, stress management, financial concerns, addiction, life altering health events, relationships and many more. All of these areas are considered “Health”. Living a healthy lifestyle encumbers more than food. What I want people to realize is that once they start to make positive changes in one area of their life that is out of balance, it’s natural to want to make changes in the other areas. It’s a natural progression to becoming the best version of oneself. This is called the wheel of life. I use it to assess a clients life, we decide where to start and what areas will follow. They make simple changes over time and once they recognize that these changes are achievable, it becomes a desire to make adjustments in other areas.
I have heard it said that because people feel ashamed of not accomplishing goals or caring for themselves they hesitate to work with a coach. There should never be shame, because a coach doesn’t judge. We are there to provide resources, support and knowledge for the individual to make the changes that they desire, or need. Coaches do what they do because they love helping others.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I decided to name my business Whole Body Health 4 Life because health is about the entire person and it’s something that adjusts and improves as our life grows. I’ve worked with many individuals who are dealing with a variety of health issues, or addictions. In the beginning it was challenging to start a coaching practice while working full-time, my schedule made it difficult to find the times to see clients. Once COVID hit that all changed. People opened up to virtual appointments and it’s been a true blessing. hI have defiantly learned to think outside of the box, the sky is the limit on what can be achieved in helping others. I meet individuals where they are and guide them to grow from there.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
That would depend on the time of year. If the weather is warm, going on a hike is defiantly at the top of the list, St. Mary’s Glacier is always a winner. In the winter, well Colorado has some of the best skiing. Winter Park, Keystone, or Copper Mountain are always a people pleaser. I love many of the restaurants in The Highlands. Linger has a great menu and the fact it was once a mortuary is just crazy, and a fun story. Park Burger is great for gourmet hamburgers and pretty low-key.
Pearl street in Boulder is always a win, Boulder has changed a lot and people seem to be drawn to it. Spavia is one of my favorite spas to visit.
Downtown Golden is always fun, even touring Coors. I have had great success with people visiting the brewery.
Colorado Springs has a lot to offer and it’s always beautiful to visit Garden of the God’s, the Seven Falls and have lunch at the Broadmoor.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I defiantly recognize Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and the wonderful curriculum Joshua Rosenthal offers. The school is amazing and educates their coaches with a thorough look of the entire persons life. I knew that I wanted to help people to make changes in their life, I’m grateful to learn that it is achieved by looking at the entire person. My son, Evan was so supportive throughout my education process and working a full-time job. He knew that becoming a Health Coach was very important. That being said he was willing to be my test client for the entire year of my education.