Look. Here's the truth. Very few people on earth actually want to work out. Very few people eat foods they know are not good for them "for no reason". (There's always an underlying reason). Very few people take ownership of the fact that their lifestyle choices are the reason for their poor health. Very few motivated people know what to do when they get to the gym. Very few people set realistic goals. Those are the reasons people give up their resolutions mid-february. It has less to do with your will power and more to do with the fact that the odds are stacked against you.
STEP 1: ACCEPT THE SUCK
First, accept the fact that you are going to have to get uncomfortable. Physically, mentally, and maybe even emotionally. Accept the fact that this is going to be hard and may take a long time. Accept the fact that you'd rather be eating pizza than salads. Be willing to get to the bottom of why you eat how you do and be ready to find a professional who can help you address emotional eating if that's a problem for you. All of that is going to suck at first, but accepting the suck has to be the first step.
Go head... take a deep breath right now, and accept the suck.. I will wait.....
Congratulations! Step 1 is done. You will repeat step 1 every day, sometimes several times a day until it becomes second nature. This is the only way to embrace the grind of daily workouts and eating daily nutritious foods.
STEP 2: OWN YOUR CHOICES
This is crucial so read carefully. You can not change what you don't take responsibility for. You have to own it and be honest with yourself. Now read even more carefully.. DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP OVER YOUR CHOICES. This is counterproductive and does't create an environment of learning and change. You've got to be honest with yourself from a place of love.
STEP 3: GET HELP
Even the most self-motivated people don't actually know how to workout for specific goals or eat for weightless in a way that's sustainable. Every advertised workout plan is "THE BEST PLAN EVER" and every diet is "LIFE CHANGING". That's a bunch of crap. The messages you're getting from Planet fitness to Crossfit and from the Keto followers to Paleo lovers are that their way is the only way. Complete lies based on selling memberships and products. Case in point. If you've heard of the Ketogenic diet, you've probably heard you can eat as much bacon, butter and cheese as you want. LIES! You can't eat large amounts of those foods in the name of a "Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet and lose weight or maintain. You will likely hit a wall at some point and shove as many carbs as you can in your mouth (this is called a binge and can bring serious physical and emotional consequences). Does this mean Keto isn't good for you? Maybe, maybe not. It does mean that you should find what works for you under the help of a professional who can guide you and tell you the truth whether it's Keto, Paleo, Whole 30 or whatever.
From Beachbody, to crossfit to Planet Fitness.. there are so many confusing messages about working out. If you've tried more than 1 program and didn't get results, then it's time to get expert programming designed specifically for YOU. If that person isn't me, find someone who's qualified to assess you personally, help you address any movement dysfunction and who can build you a plan that helps you reach your specific goals. I have nothing against any of the mentioned programs, however those are not for everyone. I know people who do crossfit with great success. I know more people who've gotten injured doing crossfit and who've been emotionally damaged from the program than those who've had great success. That raises an eyebrow for me. If that's the route you go, proceed with caution. Globally advertised programs that come with expensive shakes also raise eye brows as those programs are missing crucial pieces of the exercise science puzzle and chances are selling those expensive shakes are probably not going to bring you "financial freedom".
When it comes to the opposite end of the spectrum, Planet Fitness... you should know they intend to collect your $10 a month and hope you don't actually come. They do, however have very nice equipment...just don't fall for the pizza Fridays. They're purposefully sabotaging you to get you frustrated so you stop going...but they know you will never cancel that $10 monthly membership. Brilliant business model. Horrible for the consumer who get's caught in the trap, but great for the consumer who realized the trap and uses Planet Fitness' low cost fee to get access to great equipment. I have many clients who have memberships there who access their MRPT workouts in the app while at Planet Fitness. But I always warn people and make sure we are setting the expectations appropriately.
If you do one of the above mentioned programs and have had success, I congratulate you. I'm not criticizing those programs, but I am giving people who haven't found what works for them perspective. If you need that perspective take it from someone who's been in the business for 7 1/2 years, who walks the walk, who is highly educated in weight loss, functional movement, corrective exercise and strength & conditioning and works in the field all day every day. People like me...we know a few things and we will help you set realistic goals that set you up for success, not failure. We will assess body type, genetics and other factors to help you navigate roadblocks. We have a profound understanding of the SCIENCE of exercise and ART of coaching.
Do not listen to the advice of friends who aren't experts and watch out for people pretending to be experts. If a friend can't seem to get their health, weight and fitness under control, then they won't be able to help you to make lasting change. This is the unfortunate truth.
Do you have questions on where to start? Do you have roadblocks you'd like to discuss? Hit me up. If I don't have the expertise to help you, I will find someone who does.