Oftentimes on our journey toward healthier living we are faced with choices, two doors, if you will. Behind one door is a path that leads us closer to where we want to be, and the other door leads us in the other direction. When confronted with these choices, or doors, I would suggest there are three possible courses of action.
By far the most popular choice, because it is the easiest. Change is difficult. Remember back to science class, where we learned Newton’s laws of motions? The first law went something like this - objects at rest tend to stay at rest. Sounds more like the first law of why I have no energy and two chins! Reminds me of something that Einstein said - "Nothing happens until something moves". I think we can agree that "Do Nothing" is not particularly helpful to reaching our goals.
Reinvent the Wheel
Ahh yes, we all like to be innovators. I can figure it out by myself, we say, how hard can it be? Well to be blunt, how are you doing with that? How long have you been trying to lose the weight, or gain the muscle, or eat a healthier diet on your own? Yes, there is a tremendous amount of information out there, just Google "weight loss" and you will come up with about 71,500,000 results. I am not sure how many calories you can burn by reading, but you are going to be there for awhile. It think it was Vince Gironda who said "If you could do it yourself, you would have done it by now". Which leads me to:
Ask someone who knows
It really can be that simple. Ask someone who has been there, had success, and knows how to communicate that success to you. Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, wrote "There is nothing new under the sun", and that is a fact. We all learn from someone. That being said, there are better ways to do things, and more efficient ways to get things done. I don’t know the first thing about fixing a car engine, and if I tried I would probably do more harm than good. Your body is a whole lot more complicated than the most exotic sports car. Doesn’t it make sense to seek someone out who knows how to tune your body for peak performance?
Remember Newton's law? We didn't talk about the second half - Things in motion tend to stay in motion. Once you make the choice to get moving, it is easier to stay moving. In fact, once you build up momentum, you are unstoppable! I would urge you to make the choice, get the help you need, and get moving today!
About Dean: Fed up with the way he looked and felt, Dean Carlson decided enough was enough. After wading through the conflicting diet and fitness information, and through much trial and error, he found himself 80 pounds lighter and with a new outlook on life. His desire to help other people get healthy and fit without going it alone led him to start Cr8 Health & Fitness, where he shares his knowledge and passion for fitness with others looking to get off the diet roller coaster.
Dean is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association.