"Our habits and the way we think are truly hard-wired over time," Vieira explains. "Our goal through 'Living in Progress' is to help a person create a whole new layer of wiring when it comes to managing a chronic illness or other health issue. We help you to develop a entirely new way of thinking about this part of your life."
Vieira's current clients include individuals who are now more successfully managing weight loss, nutritional habits, coping skills, stress management, sobriety from past addictions, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, depression, eating disorders and cancer. Coaching can be done face-to-face or over the phone, as Vieira works effectively with people across the country.
The "Living in Progress" approach starts with looking deeply into the person's habits, attitude and relationship with their health concern or chronic illness. From there, Vieira creates a personalized road map for successfully integrating health management into daily life – with a specific focus on achievable goals. Vieira applies these principles in her own daily life, as a person with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease.
"There is a huge gap between what we learn in the doctor's office and what we're able to do on our own," explains Vieira. "Trying to manage a chronic condition or illness is so overwhelming and it's so much more complicated than simply following doctors' orders. 'Living in Progress' helps individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds apply proven methods of self-management to potentially life-altering diagnoses."
Vieira's background as a competitive powerlifter with 14 national, drug-tested records, and her training as a life coach from David Rock's cognitive-based training program, "Results Coaches," has propelled her into helping people ease the overwhelming burden of managing a chronic illness or significant one-time or ongoing health event.
Vieira has worked mostly with Type 1 diabetics through HealthCentral.com's website for young adults, www.diabeteens.com, where she writes and provides advice as an "Expert Diabetes Patient." She's also served as a counselor for an annual diabetes camp for teenagers in Fairlee, VT funded by the American Diabetes Foundation, and she serves as a mentor in Burlington, VT's Spectrum Mentoring Program for young people with diabetes. Individuals interested in Vieira's approach can follow her via her blog (www.living-in-progress.com), Twitter (@gingervieira) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/gingervieira).
"If you are facing daily responsibilities of managing an illness or you're trying to make significant changes in your lifestyle to improve your health, this method of coaching will change your life," promises Vieira.