Ever look at a fitness professional and think it just comes easy for them? Maybe they are no different than you.

Ever look at a health or fitness professional and think it must just come easy for them? Maybe they don’t have to work as hard at it as you do? Well you’re wrong, it doesn’t come easy. At least, it doesn’t come easy for me.

I struggle with depression, I struggle with fast food, and I struggle with too many nights of 2 or 3 beers. It is not easy for me to be healthy. I went from working out 5-6 times a week in June and July to a halfhearted workout once a week in August and September. I burned out. I got injured. And since then I have been eating whatever I want, whenever I want.

The end result:

I have become depressed.

The reason I want to share this is to humanize myself and as a result maybe it will change the way you look at yourself.

It’s HARD for me to exercise. It’s hard to be disciplined and commit. It’s hard to turn down Culver’s when it’s right there. (Seriously, it’s always right there when I don’t need it!) Also, “want a beer?” “Yes I do.” I always do.

It’s easy to look at a fit person and think it must come easy for him or her. But what you are seeing when you see six-pack abs or rippling biceps is often the result of years of hard work and years of disciplined decisions. Indeed, years of limiting foods that person may love, years of saying yes to a workout when their body or mind screams no.

I probably have a faster metabolism than some of you, but that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle with with my drive, discipline, or motivation.  I get down sometimes. I sometimes reach for a beer or a donut when I feel down. I know it’s not right, but it’s easy and it feels good – at least temporarily, until the next fix. What I’m saying is I understand the problems others have with their relationship to food and exercise because I have the same problems.

When was the last time you really felt like yourself? I have not been myself the last two months. Not at all.

If you’re feeling down on yourself, that’s not you. That’s something standing in the way of you being you. 

It’s hard work to be healthy. The good news is when you’re in the middle of a good program, it gets a lot easier. The trick is to be in the program as long as you can, and when you fall off of it – get back into it as soon as you can and limit the downtime or find a new program.

We aren’t all fitness automatons. We aren’t just machines that automatically pump iron and eat healthy. I just want to share this in hopes of inspiring you, that absolutely anyone can take control of their health. And it’s okay to have weaknesses. It’s normal and human. But absolutely anyone can have discipline. The discipline muscle is the most important muscle to learn how to exercise. It’s okay if you don’t have much discipline, but practice what you do have. It’ll grow. Once you can flex a little discipline in your life, you can do just about anything.

See you in the weight room friends. Keep working hard. You never know who you might be inspiring.

Certified Personal Trainer

One Comment on “Ever look at a fitness professional and think it just comes easy for them? Maybe they are no different than you.

  1. I love this Mark, and it’s very real. I don’t know that it comes easy for anyone, just some are more dedicated than others. I’ve talked about it before, motivation and dedication are very different things. Sure some are genetically elite and in a sense it’s easier, but they still have to do the work. I’m sorry you are having a tough time right now, but we both know it won’t last. Once you get back in the game you’ll remember just how great it feels. You’ll remember how much better it feels than the taste of anything you crave. It doesn’t take long to get it back, you just have to force yourself to do what you don’t want it to. Soon after you’ll want to again. As we both know, you won’t regret it. It’s the only way to get yourself out of a funk!!!!

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