The other day a client told me she just couldn’t give up ice cream at night. “I just can’t do it… and I don’t think I should have to.” She said.
My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t want to give things up, but they want major changes in their bodies. This lady is the same as those who tell me all the time how they want six pack abs, but won’t give up sugar in their five coffees a day. Something isn’t lining up here.
People love telling me their fitness goals, and then follow it up saying they don’t want to change things, and that “life’s too short” to not enjoy the things they want. Or they say, “I want a life!”
This is exactly the same as saying, I’m not saving for my retirement because life is too short and I want to spend all my money now. Or saying I’m not saving some money for my rent, I’m just going to spend it all because life is too short to worry about rent. And I’m sure everyone would agree those are crazy comments.
Everything in life is about giving up one thing, so you can do something else.
If you get in a relationship you technically are giving up dating other people so you can date just one. But you don’t think of it that way. You think, this person is amazing I want to just be with them. But really you are giving up dating other people.
Fitness is no different! Don’t fall in the trap of feeling like you shouldn’t change your habits but still get results. Results come from making changes! You need to commit to your goal, just like you would in a relationship; and that means giving up things.
When you do the changes you want will come quickly!
Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.