There are a handful of successful people that I admire, and aspire to emulate.
One of them is Seth Godin. (if you don’t know of him, Google “Seth’s Blog”)
Yesterday he shared a story on his blog with an amazing lesson that really stuck with me, because it reminded me so much of how it applies to the fitness world.
The story, in a nutshell, was about a person who looks up a recipe, follows it but makes some on-the-fly substitutions or changes and then says “the recipe didn’t work” when the final product doesn’t turn out as desired.
Seth’s point was that it’s fine to be creative and add your own touch to things, but perhaps it would work better to just follow the damn recipe as listed first…
...get a good understanding of how it’s supposed to go, and then make some edits or changes.
The quote at the end is what’s been playing over and over in my head:
In the age of unlimited access to recipes, the hard part about getting good advice isn’t getting it. It’s following it.
I think this lesson is SO applicable to fitness and weight loss.
It’s sooo easy to get advice and information on exercises, recipes, workouts, etc. that can assist with weight loss, getting toned, gaining muscle, and looking & feeling better.
The difficulty lies not in being able to access this information.
In fact, I just Googled “workout for fat loss” and got 155,000,000 results.
The trouble, however, is in following the advice / information.
This is the #1 reason people struggle to lose weight.
They either can’t stay motivated or focused enough to follow the plan for more than a few days or weeks.
They “follow it” but with lots of edits / changes / their own approach.
And, when things don’t work out the way they want, they blame the program.
They yo-yo, get frustrated, and ultimately give up.
Being able to properly follow advice / information is critical for fitness success.
And, you don’t have to do it alone.
If you’re sick of trying and failing, make the commitment to do it the right way.
Invest in a Coach who not only gives you the advice / info (that’s a no-brainer), but who helps you to follow it every step of the way.
In my opinion, the support, accountability, and motivation from a Coach is far more valuable than the sheet of paper they hand you with a workout plan on it.
If you’d like help with the follow-through, simply email me: michelle@lucky13fitness and let’s chat about how I can help.