Question: Who is the intended audience?
Answer: The book is written exclusively for moms.
Q: What is the book about?
A: After almost 20 years of working exclusively with moms, I noticed that their challenges fell within one of six categories (nutrition, fitness, emotional, stress control, relationships, spirituality). Those categories gave birth to the Lifestyle Fitness Program where each mom works on a specific plan designed to overcome her unique challenges in the areas of nutrition, fitness or wellness. When mom works on areas where her greatest obstacles are, she can slowly chip away at what’s preventing her from feeling, looking and living her best. She becomes empowered and inspired as confidence and self esteem grows.
Studies found that moms need certain criteria for success; small, manageable goals, support from other moms and a positive role model they can relate to. The book is designed to give mom everything to ensure success. The mom chooses which program to work on depending on her unique obstacles (whether it’s in the areas of fitness, nutrition, stress control, etc.). She reads a short chapter within that program on a topic she feels needs work. She then enters one of six message boards corresponding with the book to find support/camaraderie with moms working on the same obstacles. After a week of incorporating her new mini goal into her lifestyle along with getting the necessary support from other moms, she emails me for accountability, validation and acknowledgment. It’s what makes private coaching so successful and now any mom can enjoy that same luxury.
Q: Why are you the best person to write this book?
A: I’m a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Nutrition and have specialty recognition in areas of weight loss and weight maintenance. I’m a certified Personal Trainer and hold two certifications in pre/post natal fitness and nutrition. I’m a Whole Health Coach-a life coach with a health background, trained to understand how your lifestyle creates health and wellness or illness and disease. Besides my credentials and experience in working with moms for nearly 20 years, I’m a mom of 4 who’s managed to find the balance between motherhood and womanhood. I’ve also been branded “The Mojo Coach” because once moms began working on their lifestyle issues (emotions, stress control, relationships and spirituality) in addition to their fitness and nutrition, moms began to feel fit, healthy and happy in all areas of their life. They began to “get their mojo back” and started calling me “The Mojo Coach”.
Q: How is this book different from other books on this topic?
A: There are many books which give great ideas, advice and suggestions. This book assumes that mom is the expert, not the author. I may have information but mom knows where her greatest obstacles are. That’s why she doesn’t start from beginning to end, following along with a plan I construct. The book is designed to be as unique and individual as she is. Some moms need to start with nutrition, others with emotions, others with fitness, etc. It’s a way for mom to take back the controls and prevents her from handing over her power to yet another “expert” which keeps her powerless and filled with self doubt.
There also is no other book which encourages such interaction from reader to reader and with the author herself. If the mom is willing to do the work, I’m willing to encourage, reward and validate her efforts along the way as a way to keep her motivated and on track.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about this book?
A: Two other parts of the book make it unique. One is my charity program and one is a Pay it Forward Program. Each month, 50% of any profit I make goes to charity. I choose a “Mom of the Month” or “M.O.M” who’s made the most significant lifestyle changes (for her). Besides recognition in my monthly newsletter, the M.O.M. has an additional reward of deciding to which charity my monthly profits go. All moms reading the book and using the message boards are eligible for the monthly reward. The charity program is a useful tool showing mom the global impact of her efforts along with being a great way to show her children the positive role model she’s becoming.
The Pay it Forward Program is at the end of the book. Once mom has completed the program, she feels happier, more satisfied, more enriched, empowered, confident and strong. She’s ready to “pay it forward” because she’s so much more complete and has so much more to give. She’s feeling the effects of her growth and willingly wants to share that feeling with others. She also realizes that through her own growth and development she can have a positive reaction and impact on those she chooses to touch.
Debi Silber. MS, RD, WHC is a Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, Whole Health Coach, President of Lifestyle Fitness, Inc. and author of: The Lifestyle Fitness Program: A Six Part Plan so EVERY Mom Can Look, Feel and Live Her Best (recommended by Parenting Magazine, 4/08). She’s been branded “The Mojo Coach” because she inspires and empowers overweight, overwhelmed and unfit moms to “get their mojo back” through gradual, lifestyle change. For more on the Lifestyle Fitness Program, please visit: http://www.lifestylefitnessinc.com or http://www.themojocoachblog.com. To join Debi on a free, live teleseminar, please register at http://www.askthemojocoach.com