I have two words that most commonly come up when I am training someone, helping with their diet, or coaching them.
There is no secret potion, no magic pill, and no easy path to success, unfortunately. There is no get rich quick scheme that works well, and there is no lose weight fast scheme that works at all. The two things that have to happen in order for you to do well in life, and to do well in your health goals are firmly pitted in consistency and patience.
One example that I love is the one with my mom. Many years ago she was having problems with her thyroid, her overall health, and wasn’t enjoying what she was seeing in the mirror. She came to me for a consult, which, I was happy and humbled to give. When we were done, I wrote up her plan, gave her my thoughts, and went over what I thought would work best for her, her lifestyle, her existing ailments, and how to get her where she wanted to be. In person, she loved it. She thought it would be great, however, in practice it didn’t exactly go as planned.
In fact three years went by before she decided to make a concrete change and not just dabble in my plan here or there. Now, let me say I don’t blame her at all. I get a lot of push-back from clients who want to change, but aren’t ready to just yet.
Change is uncomfortable, change is no fun at times, but change is necessary for growth. In my mom’s case when she started to follow my plan, stayed consistent, and had a little patience she reached her goal and then some.
I am astonished at what my mom has been able to do all by herself. She had my eating plan as a blueprint, but make no mistake about it she did it all on her own. I was not there force feeding her meals, cooking up healthy food, or telling her to do this and not that. That was all her. She became very consistent with her cardio and working out, and to this day has had a workout group every Wednesday night at her home without fail. I have trained this group for so long, I have lost track of how long we’ve been together. But my best guess is between 4-5 years. 4-5 years of weights and cardio blasts, and they keep coming. That right there is consistency, and a phenomenal amount of patience.
The last piece of this healthy puzzle, has to do with how to stay consistent and patient. You can only stay consistent and patient for so long before things start to get boring. Even as a personal trainer, my workouts get boring at times and I will change it on the spot if I’m not “feeling it” that day. So the final piece is to have fun with it!
Your workouts should be tough, they should make you sweat, you should get your heart rate up, you should do them at least three, if not four days a week or more, but they should be something you actually start to look forward to. I personally am a big fan of leg-day. I love the effort I have to put in, I like lifting heavy, and I like feeling like I’m getting stronger. That to me is fun. The follow-through of actually pushing that weight, doing the movements that I don’t like to feel that way is not so fun. But the after effect most certainly is. You have to someone like to carve out that piece of time in your day to do something to get your heart rate up. If you don’t like being inside, or hopping on a piece of cardio inside, get your butt outside.
If you don’t like lifting try something that you actually enjoy doing like taking your dog for a walk, going to walk shelter pets on your lunch break, enjoying a nice bike ride, renting a kayak at your local river, trying something new like water-skiing, finding your nearest trampoline park and going to town. Whatever it is that you decide to do, just get moving. As a personal trainer, my best advice is to just move your body. Go dancing, build something, do lawn-work, play with your dogs, get a game of basketball going, take up tennis (even if you’re horrible at it like me).
But get moving often,
Get moving consistently,
Have some fun with it,
and with a little patience, some changes will start to happen.
Nothing happens overnight, so give yourself a break, eat great quality foods, move your body, and enjoy.
As always, keep working hard!
Megan Williams Training