The 21st of September was quite a special day for me. It marked ten years since I became a personal trainer and weight loss coach in Birmingham. After realising that 94% of all businesses fail in the first 10 years, this marks an important milestone for me. Over the last ten years I have learnt some valuable lessons about both myself and fitness in general.
The first lesson is all about consistency. At my women’s only bootcamp in Harborne, one thing I am very focused on is creating a program that encourages consistency. If you are reading this and you are struggling with your fitness levels and/or weight loss, chances are it’s because you haven’t been consistent. In my last ten years of doing what I do, the most important value I have picked up is the value of consistency. My advice to you when it comes to keeping fit and healthy is to find something that you can stick at for at least 6 weeks. The reason for this is that humans tend to form new habits over 40-60 days, so six weeks should cover it. Once you hit six weeks, you will have formed new habits and then it’s easy to stick to the program for the long term.
The second important lesson is about perspective. It’s so easy to compare yourself to others, and this has got worse with the popularity of social media. If you look hard enough, you will find someone thinner, fitter and doing “better” than you. The problem here is a lack of perspective. If you consider the facts based on your life and situation, chances are you are doing better than you think you are. The only person you need to compare yourself with is the person you were YESTERDAY. I work with several women who have exercised regularly for years, However, this puts them in the minority and not the majority. I must remind them of this when they get a bit demotivated. The (sad) truth is that not many people exercise regularly so if you are doing this, give yourself some credit!
The third most important lesson I have learned is the necessity of recording your progress. This should be with food, exercise and income. There is an expression which reads “what gets measured, gets done” this is probably the most important thing I can teach you. I have met loads of women who think their diet is fine, but they are still overweight. The truth is, if you are overweight, you are eating more than you should be. If you don’t know what and how much you are eating, you are always going to struggle. One of the key things I teach all the women in our program is the importance of tracking and awareness. This is one of the most liberating things you can do. People get very emotional when it comes to weight loss and fitness, and this can cause big problems. When we are emotional, we make bad decisions which include eating too much and not committing to exercising. If you have evidence of what you are doing, this can help you to manage your emotions and get back to the facts. This sounds simple but weight loss, when done right, is simple. The more evidence you have, the simpler it gets.
The final thing I wanted to say is this, never get too excited when things are good and don’t get too upset when things are bad. As they always say, time heals all and with the right perspective you can stay calm and in control. This is not easy, but it can be simple. I have faced some massive challenges in the last ten years, and I have also had some great successes. Both have come and gone, and I am still here and doing okay. Remember it will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay? It’s not the end.
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