Stop Trying and Start Training…

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Question: I am trying to lose weight but seem to be getting nowhere quickly. No matter how many classes I take or how much cardio I do there is no change on the scale or even in how my clothes fit. I am completely frustrated and am ready to just say forget trying to do this at all. Do you have any suggestions to help me get some results before I quit?
Answer: What you are doing really may not be as important as what you have said in your short message. You made reference to the fact that you are “trying” to get in shape. Well, I ask you the question, “Are you trying or are you training?” If you are “trying” as you mentioned then your workouts are too random preventing them from being consistent enough to see real results. If you are “trying” then your food selections are reactive rather than proactive which means that you have not prepared meals in advance but are eating whatever you “feel” like eating instead of the foods that will get you results. If you are “trying” then you stroll on the treadmill at too low of an incline, if at all, watching whatever is on the television instead of pushing yourself by walking at as high an incline as possible without holding on determined to get that last bit of weight off.
“Trying” in this case means that you are giving it your all as long as it isn’t too hard or as long as anything else doesn’t get in the way. The opposite of “trying” is “training” which is to go in with a plan and execute that plan to the best of your abilities. Looking past the current physical condition you are in and circumstances you face to see the end results clearly in your mind. As you focus on that end by taking determined steps to reach it, your body, which is controlled by your mind and will, begins to change. As those changes become clear and the results of your work begin to take shape, your will becomes more entrenched to continue no matter how difficult the day may appear. Old, destructive, non-productive habits will end and new healthy habits will grow into a lifestyle of confidence and empowerment. New challenges will frequently arrive to test you but you now have the tools from this successful challenge to tackle other issues as you move actively through your life instead of reactively. Right now, you appear to have all the tools necessary to have this success. You just need to incorporate a plan and your willpower to succeed.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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