Making changes.

In the fitness world, we talk a lot about losing weight.  There are TV shows that focus on helping people lose weight to be able to change their lives.  There are countless magazines, books and literature that focus specifically on that subject.  I myself, have focused on that topic, mainly because of the fact that the majority of our population is either over weight or obese.  So, naturally, we talk about it.  But what about those that cannot gain weight?  Those that are working their tails off just to gain a few pounds.  There is a friend of mine (we will call him Brian, because, well, that is his name).  He was always really thin and tall.  One day he decided that he wanted to start putting on weight and gain some muscle.  So, his approach was to go to the local fitness center and hire a personal trainer.  His first assignment:  EAT!  Because he was thin, and his goal was to add muscle, he needed to start consuming a lot of calories in order to give his body the food it needed in order to add those muscles.  Even though his task was to eat a lot, the body still needs to have the proper nutrition in order to gain strong lean muscle and not start gaining body fat.  Those of us that are trying to lose weight, can easily get an attitude towards those trying to gain weight.  But we have to remember, they are struggling too.  Changing habits are not easy.  No matter if your goal is to lose weight, or to gain weight, there are habits that have to be changed.  That is one of the reasons why I love this industry so much. Every body is different and each persons needs are different.  There are no “cookie cutter” answers to health.  We all have to figure out what works for us.  I am still trying to figure out what works for my body, just as you have to figure out what works for your body.  This is not an easy task.  It requires each of us to actually write out what we eat; how much we eat; when we eat it; how did it make our bodies feel after we ate it; how did it impact our energy level.  These are all very important pieces of information to have when we are planning our goals. (I have created a workbook that has these tools incorporated in it, please contact me if your interested in that workbook)  Life is all about each of us being willing to make the changes needed in order to meet our individual goals.   No two people are alike, and so we all need to look at what works for us.  That too, takes effort.  Believe me, when we put in the effort, the rewards will certainly be worth the time we put in!

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