Being in this business has its pros and cons and it’s not always an easy business to be in even though, some people think that trainers simply count reps for their clients and they could probable ‘just go lift weights’ by themselves. There is so much more to it than that and yes, science. Of course, then those same people end up never reaching their goals, not being consistent, getting injured, and being so frustrated they give up too soon. The key to any successful weight loss program is consistency.
Before I start with a potential client I do a consultation with the person to gauge their level of commitment, to see if we are a good fit and, see if they have realistic goals. Their goals will range from losing fat, gaining muscle to getting more energy, sleeping better, balancing mood, sculpting their bodies or getting ‘healthier’ overall. And, I of course do believe them because I’m sure they must be telling me their deeper truth during this talk , their personal frustrations and often times the deeper emotional part of simply being unhappy with themselves. At this point if we are a good fit I get really excited knowing I’ll be able to guide them on their health and fitness journey.
The first 2-4 weeks are usually pretty great. Some of them will give me a food log and do the homework I give them and some will struggle with this a bit but since they are trying and focused, I’m patient and understanding. I don’t want them to feel bad because the truth is there is also a fair amount of deeper emotional and mental issues that they may be dealing with too but again, the key here is consistency, not to give up when things get harder on that deeper level.
Pushing through that superficial point of good pain or the ‘burn’ from exercising to that deeper place inside where that inner strength comes to the surface can be quite challenging for people. There can be inner turmoil and self-worth issues from childhood to be dealt with that the pain of the program can bring up. Regardless of these possible set-backs and obstacles the key to any successful weight loss program is consistency. I reiterate this point a lot because I’ve seen so many people start a program with determination but drop off when things get too tough.
Consistency is the key even when it’s uncomfortable from that deeper place you may want to avoid. Consistency when you’ve got too many obligations at home to deal with. Consistency when you want to skip your workout because you’d rather sleep that extra couple of hours even though you’ve already slept enough. Consistency when you’ve got a little sniffle that you think might lead to a cold but really is just a drip from an allergy or, possibly food. Consistency when you are being lazy. Consistency when you are moody. Consistency when you think you can’t find time because of work but in reality moderate exercise is 2-3 hours out of your entire week of 110 hours of wake time, that’s very little. Consistency when you are ‘hangry,’ whatever the excuse you create in your head the key to a successful weight loss program is consistency.
I hear all of these excuses and more. And truly, I just don’t get it I don’t understand how people can tell me that they want one thing and then do another or, simply not do what it takes to reach their goals…the ones they say they want so badly. I think about this problem and wonder where it stems from. Is it an issue that comes from our instant gratification type of society? So many messages come across to people from the media outlets about losing weight in 2 weeks or, gaining muscle in ‘just 5 days’ that people think this is true and that they don’t have to do any work to get ‘there.’ It’s sad. Most things in life worth having is attained by working hard for it because that also creates strong character and inner strength in a person. Have people forgotten what hard work is? Are we such a coddled people that less and less people work hard to reach their goals but instead are scheming for that easy way around it?
Or perhaps, another possibility is that everyone is just too ‘busy’ and worn out but, creating a healthy lifestyle with exercise will help. Over the years all of my clients, friends and family members often times feel much better overall when they start their programs. They lose some weight, their clothes fit better, their energy is improved, their sleep is better, they are more productive, their mood has improved and so much more as long as they stay consistent. I’ll say it again the key to a successful weight loss program is consistency and, there is no way around that in the long term.