If you’ve been following my blog, you know this week is all about turning good intentions into good actions. Every day I am tackling one out of five common obstacles that causes our fitness to stop with good intentions. Today it’s all about the person who really wants to lose weight, but they just think they are a lost cause and there is no hope. Let’s dive in to scenario #3…
I see this all the time. A person is “too fat”, “too out of shape”, “too old” or “too broken” to start working out. Well, tell that to Gail Griesemer, one of our members who has spina bifida and is bound to a wheel chair. (click on her name to read her story). I probably have a member that has beat every excuse you could ever come up with – old age, medical issues, missing limbs, insane work schedule, cancer, brain damage (ha! – no I’m not talking about your mentally disturbed friend haha) – Seriously, Steve’s even training an 83yr old man right now that is in the middle of chemotherapy. So now, what was your excuse again? That’s what I thought.
Unfortunately, many people think they are a lost cause. They subscribe to this way of thinking, fully believe they just have to accept their situation, and they think they just have to live with the consequences. They feel like they’d get in shape IF they could, but they truly don’t think they can. Most of the time, they are wrong.
Solution: This person needs to realize it is NEVER too late. There is always something someone can do to make improvements and get healthy. People, who are in this type of situation, actually can’t afford NOT to workout – they just don’t know how to work around their obstacles. This person would greatly benefit from hiring an expert trainer to work with them, teach them and encourage them.
This Week’s Mantra:
You’ve probably heard the saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”, well so is the road to obesity. There are many people who have the best intentions to get fit, but they just don’t follow through. Why? While I know there are many reasons for people’s inability to turn their good intentions into good actions, I want to tackle 5 of the most common problems. Each day this week I will post one problem and one solution.
#1 Can’t Get Started: All Talk No Do
This person talks about it often, but that’s about it. They may even subscribe to every diet and fitness magazine and health blog. Getting fit is at the top of their mind, but at the bottom of their to-do list.
Maybe, despite all their reading, they still don’t know exactly what to do. Maybe they don’t know how to start or maybe they are just not ready. Whatever the case, they probably have many excuses of why they haven’t been able to do it.
Sadly, people around them will get frustrated because this type of person is often cranky, uncomfortable, and complainy. It’s like their body is tired of being overweight, but their mind isn’t actually ready to make the decision to lose it. Therefore, they are in a constant fight – and everyone around them suffers from the internal squabble.
Solution: This person needs to listen to their body and do what they know they need to do to be happier and healthier. They need to quit procrastinating and making excuses, and except the responsibility for their actions (or lack of). If losing weight is really important to them, they need to make it a priority in their life and move it to the top of their to-do list – because it isn’t going to happen on its own. This person should join a gym, have accountability and may need to even hire a trainer to get them started, since they haven’t been able to start on their own. The most important step for this person is the first step.