It’s not easy being lean

In the grand scheme of fitness professionals, I am not the leanest, but I’m not by any means fat. I know exactly what I need to do to lean down, but it’s just not my priority right now, because it means less food and as any of my clients will tell you, I love food! But I also don’t want the unfit masses to think that all slim people and just naturally slim. Yes, some people find it easier to maintain a lower level of body fat. But more often than not, the simply have naturally healthier eating habits. Their portions are naturally smaller, they never jumped on the comfort eating band wagon and snacking just isn’t a part of their lives.

Then there is the other lean folks out there. These guys like me grew up with unhealthy eating habits. Loving parents who didn’t know better, some who still don’t. They picked up all the bad eating habits they could and suddenly woke up fat and miserable. These poor people, like me, have had to face the hard truth that we did this to ourselves and we are the only ones who can undo it. We have to work hard to undo each bad eating habit. To retrain our brains and then stick to it though thick and thin.

It’s not easy being lean, so stop telling yourself that it will never be you, because everyone else is naturally slim. Stop thinking that everyone else has found it easier than you. It’s simply not true, so suck it up and stop being a lazy ass. It might seem tough, but trust me its completely worth it.

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It’s not about perfect.

I find it constant source of both amusement and sorrow, when people say they are not in good enough shape to workout, or they are not fit enough for the gym. It’s like saying you’re to hungry to eat or too hot to put on the air conditioning. The simple situation of being “not in good shape” or “not fit enough”, are easily fixed, by getting off your butt, getting out of our own way and doing something about it. You dedicated a lot of time getting yourself into your current shape, you need to put some effort into getting yourself out of it.

For me a large part of the problem, is unrealistic expectations. This image that you are either as you are or perfect, and if you don’t reach perfect you have failed. Health and fitness is NOT and I repeat NOT about being perfect. We need to stop comparing ourselves to tightly toned, gym geeks, on Instagram. These people have dedicated their lives to looking a certain way, you have a job, kids, hobbies, a dog, a social life and you don’t want to give up everything you enjoy. They have chosen how they look over these things and that is there choice. But just because you don’t look the same doesn’t mean you have failed.

Just like its crazy to think that you are failure if you are not perfect. It is also crazy to wait for the perfect moment to start getting fitter. The perfect moment doesn’t exist. Getting started is tough, but once you take the leap its done. I get so many people contact me, asking all the right questions, saying they are ready to get started and then, oh, wait, work got a little busy, the husband bought a dog, the daughter started dance classes. You will be no use to anyone without your health and certainly no use to anyone in the ground. So start looking after yourself now. Stop waiting for perfect.