I went to the gym today with my wife and a bunch of her girl friends were already there so I decided to join them in a bungled TRX class. There were six of us altogether. One laughed the whole time, a second worked out consistently, the next one took no crap from the squatters (seriously, I don’t think anyone left from the previous class), another wasn’t happy about the whole experience, and the fifth was ready to kick someone’s a$$. I did my best to work out, figure out what our instructor wanted us to do, and then finally took over instructing the class without him feeling like I was taking over.
Work It Into Your Plan
So, what does this have to do with bacon? Well, my wife’s friends want to get the bikini body by summer.
“Ok,” I said, “we can do that.”
One immediately chimed in and said, “But, I’m NOT giving up my wine!” And then she laughed. I knew she was serious.
I told her, “It’s ok, we’ll just work the wine into your plan.”
Work it into your plan? What kind of trainer would say that? Me. The kind of trainer who wants to help you succeed. I believe anything can be worked out (within reason). Can’t live without chocolate? Ok, we’ll work it into the plan. Bacon? Ok, we’ll work that in for someone else. Cheese? we’ll come to an agreement. Again, the key word is we can work it in within reason.
Now, before the trolls come out and flame me to death, here’s my disclaimer: I will say that some trainers are purists and don’t want their clients to eat anything unhealthy. Some people would call them bullies or unrealistic. Some people feel such trainers just don’t care about them. BALONEY!
I don’t believe that one bit so let’s stop the name calling. In my opinion, trainers who want abstinence from unhealthy foods and habits don’t preach this way of living because they don’t care – as a matter of fact they actually care too much. They want the best for you. They want you to succeed. And they know how many of us poison ourselves with unhealthy foods and sedentary lifestyles. They are trying to save your life!
Only problem is most people won’t go all out and live the healthiest life they can live. So, I walk the line and help people improve. Many times people make their own choices to live healthier lives because they begin to enjoy the way good eating and exercise makes them feel. I’ll take what I can get and meet people at their level of readiness. You’re fit and ready to take it to the next level? Awesome let’s go! You’re a fragile egg who’s just getting started and is afraid of failing? Ok, take my hand and walk with me. Whatever your level, we’ll meet you there.
Three Things To Succeed
So, you want a bikini body? Ok, let’s come up with a plan. Something realistic based on your desire, level of commitment and level of experience.
- Decide what you want
- Decide when you want it
- Decide what you’re willing to give up to get it
Me? I enjoy many foods… both healthy and unhealthy. I enjoy a good bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. I’ll have one this coming Sunday. Organic eggs, organic bacon, organic cheese, organic bread, organic butter. I’m down five pounds and I intend to keep going. I allow myself one cheat meal per week and one day in the middle of the week where I eat 500 calories above goal. Keeps my process going and doesn’t put my body in starvation mode. Based on my history (and a few other things) this process serves me well. My personal diet and fitness plan doesn’t work for everyone, but that’s why everyone needs a custom plan. There are just too many factors like tolerance for being uncomfortable, level of desire, physical activity readiness, overall health, physical limitations, dietary concerns, health concerns, health risks, health history, exercise history and so many others. Have a conversation with your coach and find out if a trainer is right for you. We’re available for free consultations at Out Run Your Fork.
Who am I to judge other people. It’s my obligation to inform people of the pitfalls of unhealthy living, but it’s not for me to decide their goals. I do what I have to do in order to help people win at whatever level of fitness they desire. I figure better health is better than poorer health.
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