I will be the first to admit that i am NOT perfect. I also have made excuses for my actions and sometimes inaction. It’s always easy to place the blame somewhere else, or on someone else. Taking responsibility and being accountable for what you say and do are sometimes quite hard. It’s also something that comes with “adulting”. And again, sometimes having to act like a grown up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It takes a conscious effort to hold yourself accountable. You realize that you’re an adult when no one is waking you up for work. Hear that alarm going off?? It’s all you. You make the choice to get out of bed, get through your morning routine, and get to work on time (and hopefully presentable). No one is going to do it for you. But one of the best parts of adulting is that sense of pride you get from knowing you completed a task, paid your own bills, or whatever else adults do- WITHOUT ANY HELP OR HAVING SOMEONE TELL YOU WHAT TO DO.
Ok, so what does this have to do with fitness and nutrition? This is a blog for that stuff, right? Well, it has a lot to do with your personal fitness and nutrition goals.
Here’s the thing. You can hire someone (me, Joe Schmo, some big name in the industry) to tell you what to eat or how to work out. You might think that you’ve won the battle because you hired a coach. You’re gonna make changes and get results. ABSOLUTELY NOT. You’re sadly mistaken if you think that is all it takes. Here’s the real deal… your coach should be giving you the tools you need to get your own results. S/he isn’t gonna shed that weight for you or lift those dumbbells for you. And in case you’re getting confused- that’s the accountability and responsibility I’m talking about. Have you ever heard the saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”? Well, it perfectly fits the point I’m getting at. Your coach, your mentor, your personal trainer – they can all lead you to the gym or the kitchen…but what you do with the tools they give you is ALL YOU.
So before you dish out money for a coach, you need to take a step back and ponder what your goals are and how much time/energy/effort you plan to put forth. You will only get out of your plan what you put into it. You will not see any results if you aren’t putting any work into the plan a coach has laid out for you. And here’s a little secret- they’ll probably know if you aren’t using the “tools” they gave you properly. The whole point of hiring a personal trainer or nutrition coach is to hopefully make changes to your body, right? So if your progress photos don’t seem to be progressing, or the scale isn’t budging, or your clothes aren’t fitting differently then you should probably have a little come to Jesus with yourself before you start looking elsewhere to place the blame. Simply paying someone some cash for a plan isn’t going to do a thing for you. You’re paying for their knowledge, that’s it. Your results? They’re your’s for the taking. But you’re going to have to work for it. Be honest. Be responsible for your own actions. And BE ACCOUNTABLE. The only person you’re cheating is yourself. Your coach is getting paid whether you make changes or not. Might as well get your money’s worth.