“I’ve lost 10 pounds, but I can’t lose anymore weight”, “I want to workout, but I have a bad back”, “I lift heavy, but I’m not getting any bigger”, are some typical issues patrons share with me. When I give them some suggestions, all too often, not only do they disregard my advice, they come back to me with the same problem! [Cue eye roll] Don’t be that guy (or girl)!
I understand that talking about your problems can help you cope at times. I’m more than happy to be there for anyone who needs an ear. It can be very comforting knowing that you have someone who you can talk to. After all, sometimes all that you need is a good pep talk to get you back on your feet. However, if you find yourself constantly asking others for help on the same issue, you may be missing something. Is what you seek a resolution to your problem, or to feel like you are doing something about your problem? Take a moment to think about that.
Simply talking about your problem will not solve your problem. You must take action! Start by making small changes to your routine for a greater chance at success, versus making a huge jump that may be overwhelming. While there are many things in this world that are out of our control, what we eat, what time we go to bed, how we spend our free time, how we treat ourselves and others are all within our control.
If you feel that you have been trying your best to make a change and have been unsuccessful, then it’s time to speak up. Just make sure that when you seek help from a trainer, or a trusted fitness professional, that you are prepared to hear something that you have not already thought of. Be ready to do something that you have never done before, to see results that you have never seen before.
You are the only one who is holding yourself back. Stop looking for shortcuts, magical beans, or excuses. Start to put yourself in action, remain confident in your abilities, and always keep an open-mind. You got this!