As trainers, we hear it all. I can’t tell you how many excuses clients have given me as to why they didn’t or can’t reach their fitness goals. I’m here to call bullshit. Reaching your fitness goals IS NOT EASY. If it were easy, we’d all look and feel our best all of the time. I know it isn’t easy because I have been there. I was 100 pounds overweight myself, and I was sick, and I was exhausted. All. The. Time.
So here are my top 5 excuses that I hear from people, and the top 5 that YOU may be telling yourself daily, that prevent you from reaching your health and fitness goals:
- “I don’t have time to…. (workout, meal prep, log my food, etc).” Well I’m here to tell you that none of us have time, and yet some of us still get the job done. I am a full-time mom of 2 kids under the age of 3, a writer, a business owner, a wife. BUT I still make time for the gym and I set myself up for a successful week by meal prepping ahead of time and logging my food to track my macros. I don’t have time either. However, my goals are a PRIORITY. So rather than saying you don’t have time, try saying “it isn’t a priority.” Maybe this will help you change your mind and realize that your health should be a priority; then you will make the time necessary to do so.
- “I have (insert health condition here).” I have thyroid issues or I have a serious injury or I have lower back pain or knee pain. I know people will send me hate DM’s for this one. Yes, you may have thyroid issues. Yes, you may be in serious pain or have a serious injury. You may have a serious heart condition that prevents you from exercising strenuously. These are all very real and valid things that may HINDER your ability to lose weight. However, be your own advocate. Talk to your doctor, find something that works for you. Maybe it’s medication. Maybe its a different diet. Maybe its dialing down your workouts and making them less intense. Doing something is better than doing nothing, folks. So I will say it again: be your own advocate for your health.
- “I travel a lot for work (or just in general).” And? I’m waiting for more of an explanation here. I never get one. Traveling shouldn’t stop you from reaching your goals. In fact, we wrote a whole blog about it that can be found here: https://uniqueperformancegym.com/uniqueblog/ You can pack heathy meals and snacks and you can work out with little to no equipment. This is NEVER an excuse. Even on vacation, you can still enjoy yourself and vacation prepared. That means eating and drinking in moderation. That means exercising in that hotel room or the hotel gym, or better yet, on the beach or hiking a mountain.
- “I want to be able to enjoy myself out to dinner, or at a party, or at a work event…” You get the idea. Many clients are afraid to not partake in drinking alcohol or eating junk food at parties and events because of what others will think. Who cares? Who cares what people think of you! Be proud of the fact that you’re taking steps to better yourself and your health. You don’t owe anyone any explanations. Additionally, maybe you’re not concerned with what others think and maybe you want to be able to indulge a little at your company party or at a friend’s wedding. Fine! Please do so! We want you to live your life and enjoy living it! However, if you’re going to eat foods or drink beverages higher in calories at any type of event, then PLAN AHEAD! Eat meals and snacks rich in protein and low in carbs and fats throughout the day so that you can enjoy a more calorically dense meal later on. I do this all the time. If I know that my husband and I are going out to dinner and I want a burger and fries, then I log that burger and fries in MyFitnessPal ahead of time and I plan the rest of my day around that. It usually means I eat less carbs and fats and more protein leading up to that meal. If you need help with this, reach out to us. We offer macro and nutrition coaching and we can help you enjoy food, but still reach your fitness goals.
- “I don’t have the money to… (join a gym, hire a trainer, hire a nutrition coach, etc.” This is the most common excuse we hear. I get it. Money is tight for most people. However, have you ever sat down and written out how much money you spend on little things each week like eating out, that Starbucks latte, that chipotle meal at lunch time, that afternoon pick me up caffeinated drink? These things all ADD UP! For some, they are spending $500/month (roughly $15-$20/day) on stuff like this. That is A LOT of money! I encourage you to take a look at where your money goes. If you cut out some of these things, then you CAN afford a trainer (like me 😉 or a macros/nutrition coach or that $40/month gym membership. Make sense?
So there you have it, folks. 5 excuses you NEED to stop telling yourself as to why you aren’t reaching your fitness goals. We all want to look and feel our best, so PLEASE stop telling yourself these things and preventing yourself from being the best version of yourself that you can be. If you’d like to chat more about these, message us. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Rochelle Sonberg (@rdsonberg)
Owner, Unique Performance