The front page article in Monday’s edition of the Health section of the LA Times, titled Build A-Team, addresses the number one excuse most people have when confronted with the question of why they do not lose weight. While it comes in many forms, that excuse sounds something like ‘I can’t lose weight because… I don’t have a trainer/personal chef/inspirational figure/etc like movie stars or cast members of The Biggest Loser’.
Apart from the obvious problem of pointing outwards to describe one’s shortcomings as opposed to taking responsibility to enact change, a much larger problem exists that I believe needs to be discussed. And that is the issue of confidence. For some reason, people feel as though they themselves cannot possibly have what it takes to achieve a-rockin’ physique and even more important, sound health to go with it. The strange thing is; they’re right. Let me explain.
There is no person on the planet that has the capability of using only their body and their mind to actually change their physique or make their body healthy. That is truly impossible. We’ve lost sight of the fact that we don’t need to actually make the change ourselves, we just need to find the best way to eat healthily and the most effective way to workout given our schedules, then just do it.
So what it really boils down to is this; Do you have the confidence in yourself to find out the right answers that will get you from point A to point B? Because the answers are out there, according to the article:
Amassing a cadre of experts is not only possible, it can also be affordable. No budget for weekly visits with a personal trainer? Work with one over the Internet to achieve those exercise goals. Can’t afford one-on-one sessions with a registered dietitian? Get all the basics of healthy eating, along with practical advice, online. Need emotional support? Find people who understand your trials and tribulations in a nearby Weight Watchers meeting or on a message board.”
The only problem that I have with this article is that they don’t define what personal trainers, registered dietitians, and support givers actually are. They are resources. Period. And resources don’t win wars. I don’t care how good a personal trainer is, in the end, it all boils down to the individual. The truth is that these resources simply help people realize that it is possible for them to lose weight. That’s the secret behind successful people. They understand that most people simply overuse the word impossible because their fear doesn’t let them see all the angles.
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