Why choose Your Path Personal Training?

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
~Maria Robinson


Maybe your doctor told you that you need to make a change. Maybe you're obese. Or you have high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, or diabetes. Or depression. Or all of those things. Your doctor says you need to watch your diet and exercise, but you have no idea where to start. What should you do?

Maybe you've tried to get fit and lose weight before, but it didn't work. You tried a program, lost some weight… but now you've gained it all back. And then some. Is there anything that really works?

Maybe you are sick to death of hearing all about the latest diet craze. No carbs. All carbs. Low fat. More healthy fats. More protein. Which way is the right way?

Forest path

Did you choose this path?

Maybe you're fed up with it all. You've given up, and feel like you're lost. Imagine that your life is like a long hike on a path through a forest. You've followed the markers and signs the best you can. Sometimes your stress level has been so high you couldn't even stop to read the signs, you just picked paths at random. Sometimes you don't even remember choosing a particular path, one day you just look around and find yourself somewhere down this path. You have tried to find your way. Signs point in all directions. A doctor says take this medication. A diet blog says to eat these foods. How can your find your way?

Maybe you saw something on TV that you want to try. The latest celebrity trainer's book and exercise video. The diet guru's new plan. They make huge promises. But in reality, all they are going to do is try to sell you a program that follows their path. There are many different paths that people will try to sell you. The latest diet pill. The greatest piece of workout equipment that has ever been sold on TV infomercials. Gastric bypass surgery. These are only promises. They are all trying to sell you on their path. They promise that their path is the best way through the forest. How many times have you heard the promise…"Take this pill, eat what you want and how much you want, and you will still lose weight"? (1)

Maybe you want to go to the gym and hire a trainer. But what should you look for in a trainer? With all due respect, unless the trainer has personally struggled with being lost, he or she may not be able to comprehend your struggle. You're lost in the forest, but the petite 20-yr old who barely sets foot outside the gym probably can't even locate your forest on a map. They have found their own path in life, but their path is not necessarily your path.

The easy fix is not going to work.

Somewhere between 5%-20% of people who undergo gastric bypass surgery gain back a significant amount of the weight they lose. (2) At least one of the former winners of "The Biggest Loser" have gone home and gained back their weight. (3) Despite these setbacks, we still think—"oh, if I could only get that piece of home gym equipment / afford those pre-packaged meals / get on that TV show / work with that celebrity trainer—then I could do it." We think the answer is outside of us.

I'm going to make a radical proposition. The key to finding your way in the forest is not a piece of workout equipment, or a celebrity trainer, or a plan of pre-packaged meals. Consider Oprah Winfrey. She had all the resources in the world at her disposal—a home gym, a celebrity trainer, and personal chefs… everything she needed. She lost the weight, but even with all the resources in the world, she gained it back. (4) If there was one single diet or exercise program that guaranteed success for everyone, researchers would have found it by now. It's not out there. Here's the radical proposition: there is no one single diet, meal plan, or workout that works for everyone. You have to make a change, try it out, and find out whether it works for you. And if it doesn't work, make another change. And another. The power to change is not in a piece of workout equipment or anything outside you-- it's in your mind and in the choices you make. Every day you can make a fresh choice that leads you down the path to weight loss and a healthier life. You can make that choice in any moment. You can make that choice right now. Every day you are presented with a multitude of opportunities to transform yourself. What will you do when you get up in the morning? What food do you choose to eat (or not eat) for lunch? Every one of those choice points is a potential transformation.

My Path

This is my path- what does yours look like?


Change is possible. However, the only thing that can change you, is you changing yourself. The answer is inside you. How will you transform yourself today?

When you are ready to make a change, let's find your path. I won't try to force you to follow my path. I'll walk beside you on that hike through the forest— and help you find your own path.

Change is hard. It can be scary. But it's the only way.


Sources:

(1) "Red Flag: Bogus Weight Loss Claims," Federal Trade Commission. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/redflag/falseclaims.html; For example: "Dietary supplement maker to pay $5.5 million to settle FTC false advertising charges," Federal Trade Commission, July 14, 2010. http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/07/iovate.shtm

(2) "Carnie Wilson's War: Weight Gain after Gastric Bypass," ABC News, March 13, 2008. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Fitness/story?id=4444057&page=1

(3) Eric Chopin, Season 3 winner of "The Biggest Loser." See Discovery Health channel documentary, "Confessions of a Reality Show Loser."http://health.discovery.com/videos/health-promos-confessions-of-a-reality-show-loser.html; "Best Life Week Follow-Ups," The Oprah Winfrey Show, January 12, 2009. http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Biggest-Loser-Weight-Gain-Confession-and-Oprahs-Thyroid-Cure/1

(4) "How Did I Let This Happen Again?" O, The Oprah Magazine, December 11, 2008. http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Oprahs-Battle-with-Weight-Gain-O-January-2009-Cover; Video: "Oprah's Weight Gain Confession," December 11, 2008. http://www.oprah.com/health/Oprahs-Weight-Gain-Confession; Bob Greene, "Oprah's weight loss confession," The Oprah Winfrey Show, January 5, 2009. http://www.oprah.com/health/Oprahs-Weight-Loss-Confession/1; "Oprah's New Shape: How She Got It" O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2003. http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/How-Oprah-Got-In-Shape-In-2003.