Weight Loss is NOT a Priority

survivalApproaching the end of January is a great time for reflection. Did I stick to my resolution this year or am I getting tripped up again? If your goal was to lose weight and tone up, you may be wondering why your body is not responding as you feel it should. You may start wondering if you’re ever going to lose the weight. And then, all of a sudden what you’re feeling becomes your reality.

Well what if I told you that you weren’t losing weight because while it may be a priority for you, it’s not a priority for your body?!?!  Yep, not even a mild concern. What your mind wants and what your body needs are two very different things. Your body knows one thing: SURVIVAL!

Here’s what I mean: You woke up at 5am today after going to bed after midnight again. Not because you weren’t tired but because you deserve it and it’s a fair trade considering you’re back to eating clean again, not to mention you’re super sore from boot camp last night, etc, etc. So in essence, you’re sore, tired and hungry. The last thing on your body’s mind when it’s in this environment is weight loss; it’s simply not a priority. 

The lack of sleep and recovery, compounded by soreness perceived as an injury, combined with limited calories puts your body into survival mode by conserving energy.  And while this may sounds like a great time to chug down an energy drink or take a diet pill to reinforce your efforts, let me assure you, your body has everything it needs to be successful. What you need is patience, strategy and consistency.  Prioritize your rest, keep movement healthy and nourish your body with quality food.   

When you give your body what it needs, it will sustainably give you what you want. 

Your Program is Actually Mine Too

7868374_sAs a young trainer, my clients’ programs looked exactly like my own: moderately heavy weights, lifted slowly and repetitively until failure, repeat. This approach was well suited for my personal goals which were to build as much lean muscle as possible. In hindsight, I see that while my intentions were good, the environment I placed my clients in was not ideal for their goals, for their individuality.

At the time, I thought it was in everyone’s best interest to build lean muscle to engage their physique, enhance their metabolism and bring a little sexy back. While the message was good, it was the method that needed to be varied. Little did I know then that the type of lifting I was primarily exposing my clients to was very isolated in its approach. What I mean is that we would train upper body today, lower body tomorrow and a separate day for arms and abs. Also known as bodybuilding, this type of lifting makes for a very rigid posture over time. And given the majority of people I saw had sedentary jobs and lifestyles, the last thing they needed was more immobility coming from their program with me.

What I’ve learned is that I still can, and must, have the same approach for every one of my clients. That is to identify their unique starting point then create a program that keeps them moving forward without injury or boredom. So, you and I may both want to build lean muscle but since you’ve pulled your back out every year for the last 10 years and I’ve actually broken my neck, we probably need to take a slightly different approach to reaching the same goal. Be sure you align yourself with someone who can appreciate your goals from your unique perspective.

Change=Belief=Change

changeChange is easy, change is hard, change is change. Call it what you will but the biggest dilemma in change management is belief.  If you don’t believe you can change, then the change is unlikely to be accomplished and less likely to be sustained.  If you want a change, BE the change by thinking the change and acting the change.

Telling yourself over and over that you can do it is not good enough because it is your subconscious that makes the majority of your decisions, not your conscious mind.  The only way to change your subconscious beliefs are through consistent actions that align with your desired change.  BE the change.

Let me leave you with this: “By doing what you’ve never done, you become someone you’ve never been!”

The Mind Filter

unconbrain21k“I gave into holiday food and haven’t worked out in two weeks. I gained back four of the six pounds I just lost. But you know I have willpower and I’m not eating as much as my friends and I’m getting tired of this whole process.”

This was a difficult conversation to overcome our first day back in session. My client was frustrated to say the least.    

To me, the problem was obvious; this isn’t an exercise issue, this isn’t a diet issue, this is a mindset issue.  Her negative self talk lead to self destructive behaviors and right back to where she was before the holidays; comfortably disappointed with being THE SAME!  

My client is far from alone in this struggle. For so many folks, it is much more comfortable to follow the same path we always have, even if that path leads us right back to where we started.

So what can you do to overcome this urge to stay still?  Install a Mind Filter.  This is something you place between your ears that makes you aware of what you tell yourself about yourself. It is highly sensitive to limiting beliefs that can derail your efforts to reach your fullest potential.  

Realize the majority of decisions you make come from your subconscious. And regardless of what you say you want to do, you’re ultimately going to do what you feel you’re truly capable of doing and sustaining.  

Mind filters can be purchased for FREE and have a lifetime warranty to ensure what you say, how you think and what you do connect. Give it a try!

Mindset Over Matter

At the New Year’s Eve party I attended, it seemed everyone was wishing for 2013 to end.  Whether it was a death in the family, sickness, divorce, losing a job….the list went on and on. In fact, I didn’t hear much good news from 2013. All this talk made me start to reflect on my own goals and experiences during the past year. I quickly realized there were a variety of things that I wished hadn’t happened BUT they didn’t define my year. I was able to take the good with the bad and I chose to keep a positive perspective.

2013-2014

I tried to engage those around me at the party to consider the whole picture by intentionally recalling the good times — to help keep it all in perspective.  For the woman whose loved one passed on, how awesome the memories were, the quality of the time spent and how the loss of someone significant reinforces and strengthens our love for others close to us.  For the woman who had surgery, how amazing it was she recovered so quickly, had a team of doctors to offer her the best care and has tremendously improved her quality of life when compared to the last five years.  For the guy who divorced, how amazing his family has been in supporting him, how having 13 years with someone will be with him forever and how these unfortunate situations help us learn from our past and make better decisions moving forward.

I’m not sure I helped anyone figure things out but I was happy I could be a friend who listened, helped them see their situation from another point of view and perhaps gave them some hope for 2014.

So my first post of the year has nothing to do with fitness but instead everything to do with mindset.  As we begin 2014, may you set your mind to see things in a way that makes the world seem a little brighter.

Strength

I can confidently say that I’m stronger and healthier because of Condition for Life. My sessions with Mike are enlightening and make me so much more aware of how I use my body in day-to-day activities. Mike’s work on my body always makes a positive difference in the way I feel. My training sessions with Michael are never predictable and always fun and challenging, leaving me feeling energized and strong. It’s a friendly and comfortable atmosphere that I’m so glad to be a part of!

– Lauren Forney

 

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Mindset Over Matter

2013-2014

At the New Year’s Eve party I attended, it seemed everyone was wishing for 2013 to end.  Whether it was a death in the family, sickness, divorce, losing a job….the list went on and on. In fact, I didn’t hear much good news from 2013. All this talk made me start to reflect on my own goals and experiences during the past year. I quickly realized there were a variety of things that I wished hadn’t happened BUT they didn’t define my year. I was able to take the good with the bad and I chose to keep a positive perspective.

I tried to engage those around me at the party to consider the whole picture by intentionally recalling the good times — to help keep it all in perspective.  For the woman whose loved one passed on, how awesome the memories were, the quality of the time spent and how the loss of someone significant reinforces and strengthens our love for others close to us.  For the woman who had surgery, how amazing it was she recovered so quickly, had a team of doctors to offer her the best care and has tremendously improved her quality of life when compared to the last five years.  For the guy who divorced, how amazing his family has been in supporting him, how having 13 years with someone will be with him forever and how these unfortunate situations help us learn from our past and make better decisions moving forward. 

I’m not sure I helped anyone figure things out but I was happy I could be a friend who listened, helped them see their situation from another point of view and perhaps gave them some hope for 2014. 

So my first post of the year has nothing to do with fitness but instead everything to do with mindset.  As we begin 2014, may you set your mind to see things in a way that makes the world seem a little brighter.