One Size Does Not Fit All for Weight Loss and Fitness

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Exercise gadgetHow many times have you fallen for these promises?

  • Just take this pill once a day and you’ll be thin just like our marketing model!
  • Just eat this diet the way we have written it for you and pounds will melt away like magic!
  • Just buy this fitness gadget and you’ll look like you spend 8 hours a day in a gym!

It’s okay.  You don’t have to share your answer and there’s no need to feel embarrassed or think badly of yourself if you’ve taken a turn or two around the merry-go-round with marketing ploys like these.

I’ve been there a time or two myself.  I’d start with one and then bounce to another.  I’d get bored or distracted, give up and slip back into old habits and gain some weight back.  Or worse; gain it all back and then some.

Never did the products work as well or as easily as they were advertised to work.  And, for a lot of them, they only worked as long as you continued to shell out bucks to buy them and take them.

Doing ResearchEventually, I figured out I needed to do research for me and solve things for myself.

I realized there’s only one way to get off the merry-go-round and find a strategy that works for me.  I had to create a plan tailored made for my needs, my likes, and my goals.

I had to combine many different strategies and I had to be willing to try something else or something new if I got stuck at a plateau, because it meant my strategy only was good enough to get me so far but no farther.

I had to learn what healthy eating looked like so I could make permanent change instead of change that lasted only as long as I stayed on a special diet or took a certain product.

I had to learn how to do fitness without becoming hungrier than ever.

And when all else failed, I had to figure out my issues with lack of sleep, stress and anxiety, because they play a very important role in your ability to lose weight and get fit.

So how do you figure all of this out for yourself

Your plan has to know your starting point.  It needs to know your physical limitations.  It needs to know your dietary limitations, too.  It needs to allow for your personality to shine through.  It needs to know where you hope to end up.  And you need to know if your expectations and goals are realistic!

With all the confusing and conflicting information available out there, where do you begin and how do you make sense of it all?

You could spend years trying find the information you need to figure out what works for you.  Many people get frustrated with this approach and surrender to a life of year-after-year of decreasing quality of life as their weight continues to increase and their health declines.

Don’t let that be you.  There is a better way.

Get guidance

coachingWhether you choose me or somebody else, the best way to gain the knowledge you need is to get it from somebody who has been there and found a way out.  Find somebody who has taken the time to get the proper education so he or she can guide you on your journey.

You need a mentor who can assess your limitations, mark your starting point, understand your goals and then help you develop your plan and gain the knowledge and skills you need to make the plan work.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~Chinese Proverb

Oh, and I’ll show you how to cook that fish, too!  😀

The point is, you could run to a registered dietician and have a diet plan created for you, which you’ll resent and get bored with and eventually abandon, or you can acquire the knowledge and skills you need to make your own choices every time go grocery shopping.

The same with exercise.  Where do you start?  If you do no exercise now, what’s safe to try so you don’t end up injuring yourself?  How do you add exercise without freaking out, because you feel like you want to eat more after you start?

You could go to a gym and have a physical trainer show you how to use a handful of machines before he walks away, or you can gain the skills to create your own plan.  You can discover how to balance your eating with your physical activity.

A coach who believes and lives by the philosophy of the above Chinese Proverb, will help you find which skills and knowledge you need.  He or she will help you make assessments to create a plan of attack.

He or she will guide you to challenge one or two old habits at a time so that the changes you make stick and last a lifetime.  He or she will be there for moral support and for tips when you get stuck.

Doesn’t that sound like more fun and more useful than going it alone or having it handed to you?

Your Turn.  In the comments below, name one thing you wish a coach could help you with?

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