Mary was excited.
She signed up for Personal Training and Nutrition Coaching. She was ready for a change and felt she’d found a good fit with this new trainer and gym.
The day she was supposed to start, she wasn’t feeling well. Mary didn’t want to cancel, because she was excited to start, but she also didn’t want to risk anyone getting sick. She pushed her starting day back a week.
A couple weeks later, she’d had a session or two, and she was starting to feel good. Then, she had to miss another workout because her son was sick.
Ug. Life was really starting to get in the way. She still wanted to do this, but was starting to feel frustrated by having to miss workouts.
A month went by and Mary was making it to the gym and eating better. But now she had to take a trip for work. She’d be gone for a week. Another missed session, and eating was going to be tricky since she wasn’t in control of her food.
Sigh. Maybe this whole thing wasn’t such a good idea. She’d been so ready to start, but all these things were getting in the way.
Mary wrote her trainer an email, apologized but said she was going to put things on hold for now. It just wasn’t a good time.
A year later, Mary never did get back to training. She hadn’t lost the weight she had wanted to last year, and now had five additional pounds.
Mary was frustrated and felt sluggish. She contacted a new trainer. Maybe she needed a different approach.
Mary signed up for a new program. She had her first session and it went great. She was ready to really do this!
The next week, her dog had to be rushed to the vet for surgery. She had to miss her session.
Ug. Maybe this wasn’t a good time after all ….
Does this sound at all familiar?
Have you ever started a diet or workout program only to get sidelined by work, kids, pets, illness etc.?
I can’t tell you how many times I have had a new client sign up for in-person or online training and literally come down with sickness in the next week. (It happens so often I am starting to wonder if it isn’t psychological!)
While these setbacks can be frustrating, they are temporary. They don’t mean you should give up on your program altogether.
In fact, has there ever been a time in your life when you did not have unexpected things come up? What about expected things? We all have work, home, family, and other commitments. There is never a time when you have nothing else going on.
If only we could all take three months off, go to the “Biggest Loser” ranch and focus 100% on our diet and exercise, we could all lose weight, right?
But even if you could do that, you would come home and back to all the things that got in the way before. You’d have to try to maintain this weight loss in a totally different environment.
There would still be missed workouts and dinners out, birthday parties, illness, long work hours, and so on.
Life is always going to happen.
There is never a perfect time.
In fact, if you wait for the “perfect” time, you will never start.
If you never start, you will never change.
Part of changing your life and body is about learning to apply new habits to life. If you can maintain them even when things are a little crazy or busy, then you’ll succeed.
Even if you have to push the pause button, take a week off or miss a workout or two, your goal doesn’t have a dead line. You can simply come back to it and press on once things are better.
Losing the weight and keeping it off takes a true lifestyle change. There is no temporary fix. This means your workouts and eating habits are going to have to co-exist with all of life’s other stuff.
There is no perfect time, except for right now.
Life is going to happen. If you wait for it to stop, you’ll be out of time.