As part of Brookings Best Gym we are always helping clients all over the country and many times clients are frustrated with their situation and results. Due to this we are always looking for new ways to help our clients and learn/educate ourselves. Well I had one of those learning moments today. A good friend in the industry (17years) that lives in the far Northeast of the United States had some great comments to a person that was frustrated online. I loved it so much I had to pass it on! These items clicked and it hit home for so many people I was thinking of in my heart.
The client was feeling very frustrated on their results and progress 22 days in to a program. They were down 8lbs, then gained 3 back and then gained a few more back.
Here is what he posted
I’ve been coaching for 17 years now, and what you just described is not only the most common point of frustration for anyone trying to lose weight, but I believe one of the biggest contributors to the obesity epidemic as we know it today. Let me clearly outline the problems you have right now.
1. Your using the scale to measure progress. Please understand you MUST NOT continue to do this if you ever want to succeed. The correct way to lose fat is by replacing it with lean muscle. If done correctly you are not going to see big changes in the scale until much…much…later in your journey, but first….you have to EARN those changes. You must measure progress with small daily victories along with changes in how you feel, your energy, your productivity, and how your clothes are fitting. When fat loss is done correctly, the only accurate way to measure progress is done by a measurement of inches, body fat percentage, and lean body mass. Even though most diet programs use the scale..I know, but that’s exactly why dieting doesn’t work. This is not a diet, but a lifestyle.
2. You’ve clearly set unreasonable expectations for yourself. Lasting change does not happen fast! The Total Transformation Challenge (TTC) is just your first step in the right direction. Your goal during the TTC should be to lay the foundation that will support your fat loss goals long term, IF you stay consistent with it long term.
3. Your comparing yourself to others. Doing this is a recipe for disaster, we are all very different. Use what others have accomplished as motivation that success IS possible, but you must stay true to your own journey.
4. There are no magic pills. Advocare has the best products on the planet, however where you are today is a direct reflection of your dietary choices until now. You must journal your food and have a professional help you make sure you are doing what’s necessary for change to occur. Also remember that the workouts you’re doing only account for about 10% of success. It’s 90% what you’re eating.
5. Attitude. One of the biggest things that stand between you and success is frustration and doubt. Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. I’m more than willing to chat with you more, don’t hesitate to inbox me. Keep your head up!
Chris G – Personal Trainer
Chris has some great words of wisdom. Granted they aren’t the easiest to hear or what most people want to hear….but he lays it out in love and straight up.
I have heard, do hear, and will hear many things that these 5 items can apply to throughout my career in the fitness industry. Those things aren’t necessarily bad…just need some coaching, teaching, tweaking, and mindset adjustments to help make the client the most successful they can be.
Yours in health,
Eric Peterson, MS, CSCS