When it comes down to it, there’s not much to getting and staying in shape.
You don’t need that fancy piece of equipment. You don’t need the perfect diet plan or macro split.
You simply need to:
- Move around regularly
- Pick some stuff up and put it down occasionally
- Get plenty of sleep
- Nurture your relationships
- And “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” ~Michael Pollan
Ok, so “simply” might not have been the best word. Truth be told, implementing these “simple” ideas into every day life often proves much more challenging than one might anticipate. Of course, you know this already.
How many times have you signed up for a gym membership that got used less than 10 times during your year contract? You had access to all the fancy equipment, so why didn’t you get into shape?
Time. Certainly that was it. If only you had the equipment at home…then, you could definitely get in a daily workout. So, you bought the (treadmill, eliptical, free weights, Thigh Master, Total Gym…or whatever your “perfect” home gym consisted of) and put it right in front of a TV so you could be entertained while getting your daily burn. How’d that work out?
So, maybe it wasn’t the time factor. Maybe it was just not knowing what to do, or not wanting to do the same thing every single day. Insert P90X or Insanity…problem solved!! Erm…maybe not? That DVD collection sure is a great dust collector, though!
It seems like you’ve tried EVERYTHING. Maybe working out just isn’t for you.
How about working on your nutrition instead? A quick Google search for the “best diet” reveals over 900,000,000 results…a little overwhelming, but you can do this.
This “macro counting” thing seems to be all the rage right now. It’s more accurate than counting calories, and you can eat anything as long as it “fits your macros”. MyFitnessPal downloaded; tracking begins.
A week in, you’ve become a bit neurotic in your game of Macro Tetris. You’re overwhelmed and not even enjoying food anymore (well, except for that bowl of ice cream that you decided to leave out of your tracking…they did teach in nursing/pharmacy/medical school that if it’s not recorded, it didn’t happen right?).
On to the next thing…how about Paleo? “Did our paleolithic ancestors take their coffee with honey or agave?” you wonder, as you bake up a batch of Paleo-compliant brownies. Man, you’re really crushing this thing! A week with no bread, beans or white potatoes has you down 6 pounds!! Time to celebrate with a “cheat meal” of pasta!! And…there are those 6 pounds again. Seriously, you can’t even LOOK at a “cheat meal” without gaining weight. Might as well just eat what you want.
Does any of this sound familiar? This is my story, but I imagine yours may be similar.
The good news though, is that there is a happy “ending” to my story. And if your story is similar, there can be a happy “ending” to yours too!
Shortly after my Paleo debacle, I found a gym that changed everything. Now, I know I said gyms aren’t a necessity; I meant that. It wasn’t the gym itself, or even the training that changed me. No, it was the culture in this gym – the support, the cameraderie – that transformed my mindset about what it meant to be fit.
It wasn’t an overnight change, but after about 8 weeks, I was hooked and never looked back.
I was hooked on the exercise high I got after every workout. I was hooked on the high fives. I was hooked on being surrounded by people demonstrating what I wanted to become. I was hooked on seeing myself evolve to become more like them every time I went to the gym!
After about 6 months, I was hooked enough that I wanted to start eating better so I could continue to see improvement in the gym. But, this time, I took a different approach. With the education, support and encouragement from my Tribe, I changed my eating habits, rather than going on a diet. Again, change took time…but, this time it stuck.
You see, you don’t need a gym and you don’t need a diet to become the fittest you’ve ever been. What you DO need, is support. And the best way to get that is to surround yourself with people living the way you want to live and doing the things you want to do!
When asked to describe Jubilee, members almost always refer to the “family feel” of our gym. No one ever mentions anything about the physical facility. Because it’s not the equipment that makes Jubilee what it is; it’s the people. It’s the supportive members and coaches who create an environment where failure struggles to exist.
I invite you to see what you’ve been missing all along so that you can finally make the real lifestyle changes you want to make. Get started by scheduling a FREE HELP SESSION with me today!
I want to help!