This week at work we are preparing for a big weight loss challenge that our company puts on to help inspire members to get into the shape they’ve been wanting to do for years. It’s huge three-month event with a $10,000 grand prize and after seeing a few of these throughout my employment, it never fails to amaze me the kind of remarkable changes the every-day person will make when they are ready for the commitment. As a trainer, it is inspiring to see our clients transform inside and out before our very eyes. Unfortunately, we do see many people who enter this challenge just as excited and motivated as the “winners”, but never seem to make it past a couple of weeks or pounds to then enter the next challenge, diet, or work out fad with the same enthusiasm and the same results. (repeat cycle for this rest of their life)
Where do they go wrong?
I constantly meet with people who want to change their health and bodies and for some reason they believe they can do it themselves. I don’t mean any disrespect when I say this, but really?!
Let’s think about this for a second…
You dislike your body, you’re overweight, your body hurts when you wake up up in the morning and suffer random aches because of “old age”, you’re on medication to live longer or close to it…and you believe you can change all your “bad” habits over night and make this radical change? You’ve spent your entire life creating the body you currently have. If it was so easy to wake up in the morning and go to the gym then why haven’t you done it already? If it was so easy get rid of all the sugar in your diet or strip yourselves from carbs then why haven’t you done it already? If your solution to your weight problem is taking Zumba class four times a week and eating Greek yogurt and granola as your breakfast and a salad for dinner, then why haven’t you freakin’ done that already?
Because it is NOT that easy and (most likely) the radical plan of action you created is not realistic or sustainable. I call it “radical” because going from the couch to the gym 5 times a week is an extreme change for most people. You live a busy life with work, family, school commitments, not to mention the social life that you don’t want to give up as (you shouldn’t have to) and there is a high chance you dislike working out. We live in a world where our health takes a back seat and everything else in our life comes first. When the reality is we can’t do any of these things in our life without our health unless you strive to suffer forever.
So, I ask again…if changing your health and fitness was that easy then why haven’t you done it already?
This isn’t being said with the intention of making anyone feel bad or incapable of standing on their own two feet. I believe that at some point you will do this on your own, but right now, in the infant stages of your health and fitness journey you need someone to help you because it is NOT THAT EASY! Some people need help in accountability and motivation, while others just need some education to make the right choices. Some people need all of the above just to make it through the gym doors and that is okay.
Think about your fitness goals and be honest with where you are currently at. Take a second to look at the big picture; what has been standing in your way all these years? What kind of help do you really need? And when you decide to enter a new challenge, set a new years resolution or consider spending a shit ton of money on a new diet fad, put some thought in to the realistic obstacles that will challenge you to make changes and find a place or a person who can help you overcome them when they occur, because they will.
Motivation only lasts so long when you are in the same body two days later.
I know some of you are thinking that you have to spend a lot of money on a trainer to see success. And yes, it’s not a secret that trainers cost money and it would be wonderful if we could all afford a trainer. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that you may need to invest in your health and use some of your financial resources. If you can’t squeeze a dime out of your current budget then it doesn’t mean you’re shit out of luck. What it does mean is that you are going to have to get creative and do some research to see what is available to you. Either way, changing your life now requires time and money. Do you want to spend money now on preventive health or would you rather save up your Starbucks pennies for reactive health care? The choice is yours and when it’s time the change will happen and you will be ready for it.
Whether you decide to set your new fitness today or next year, I just ask you take the time to get real with your expectations and know what it means to accomplish the goals your goals.