The following blog is a pretty honest account of what I see on a daily basis. I don’t intend to offend, however it is an accurate account of where a lot of people are in terms of their own responsibility toward their health and wellbeing. In all the years that I have been working as a Personal Fitness Trainer I have heard many excuses about why people can’t, won’t, couldn’t or almost do or did. The excuses still happen and it never ceases to amaze me what people come up with in order to shift the blame and avoid personal responsibility for pursuing the goals that they had set out for in the first place which is usually to lose weight, get fit and improve their health and wellbeing. On the other hand I have seen and continue to see many people who turn up at each session to put in 110% and achieve amazing goals and ‘get the job done’ despite the ‘speed humps’ life throws at them. As you can imagine, this is so rewarding for both me and my clients.
What is it then that makes some of us successful and some not so? I do believe that in order to achieve anything whether it is to get to one’s goal weight or to build a certain amount of wealth you must have a plan. You must be clear with what you want to achieve. It is well and good to want to have a lot of money, however it is not going to happen just by wanting it! Wanting and doing are completely different things…. I can always tell the people who think I am going wave a magic wand and it will all be fine….Boy, do they get a surprise when they find out there is actually some effort to put in to create the change…
The excuses range from work commitments to not enough time in the day. There is a lot of truth that we are more time poor than ever before, however, I work longer hours than most people I know and run a busy business. If I don’t exercise, my health declines and I am not on top of my game. This is a personal choice for me and one that I choose because my health and my wellbeing are everything and without these core ‘essentials’ I don’t function optimally and leave myself open to becoming sick and of no use to anyone. The irony is that the excuse makers are usually the people who catch every bug going around. This may sound harsh, however, in my experience it holds very true indeed.
Today more than ever before there is myriad of information and misinformation on the topics of fitness, weight loss and wellbeing. Many people read too much of both and have in their heads what they think is the correct formula to get to their desired goal only to become totally overwhelmed and in turn stay the same never achieving the results they set out to. The formula is very, very simple. Eat less crap and eat more whole foods – translated, this means eating more lean protein and decrease your processed carbs and add in some essential fatty acids. Add to this exercise EVERY day no excuses and guess what? You WILL see results. Do you really think it is possible to eat ‘really well’ yet be overweight, have no energy and have a multitude of health problems? You would be surprised at the people who tell me exactly this and yet are not in good shape. This is where a good reality check is in need.
I have heard all the excuses come thick and fast – “hormones, not enough time, children, work commitments, weather, child hood issues, and unexplained pain”….the list is endless and exhausting. If only people could spend more energy on actually doing rather than making excuses and be in the ‘present’ rather than the ‘past’ there would be more results and less unhealthy overweight disappointed individuals.