Don’t Compare Yourself To Anyone

So I had my metabolic fitness test on Wednesday with Laurent Bannock and Lindsay Holden from Guru Performance.

I was going to tell you all about it today but I only got the results last night and I need to look at them and interpret them properly before I report back to you. I will do this for Tuesday without fail

In the mean time, I am going to talk about something I have been meaning to mention for a while and just recently I have seen it cropping up quite a lot.

If you have been eating poorly and not been exercising enough there is a fair chance that you have accumulated some extra body fat over the last 3 months, 6 months or a lot longer in many cases. It has taken you this time to get out of shape so it would be unwise to think that you can get in shape overnight.

I often see clients that want results like, yesterday! I admire the goal and determination but you have to be realistic and trust the fact that this can take time.

EVERYONE has a different starting point when they embark on any fitness regime so again, its unwise to compare yourself to anyone especially your friends.

Yes, we get some amazing testimonials from people all the time that train for just 6 weeks and the body fat just melts of them and I can see where the frustration lies, but you have no idea where that person is when they enter the gym and you have no idea how their or your body will work and respond to exercise.

Every body is completely different. We have different metabolic rates, different skeletal frames and the make up of our muscle fibres and genetics are as individual as our finger prints.

Some build muscle quicker than others and some store fat just by thinking about that doughnut.

The human body is a vast, complex piece of machinery with thousands of chemical and hormonal processes taking place every second.

Everyone has a different lifestyle, which may consist of certain work and family constraints.

Everyone has a different level of commitment and a desire to change.

There are so many factors that may determine the outcome of your training and nutrition, it would be unwise to believe in the notion that one size fits all. With this in mind, try not to compare yourself with anyone but yourself.

Focus on what needs to be done and what your trainer/nutritionist has asked of you.

Quite a few of you reading this today will have trained with Tom or myself in the last few years but many of you won’t have. Assuming you have had a PT or have used a PT at some point, you have paid him or her to get you a result. He/she should be well trained or at least we hope they are. They are the expert and you have gone to them for their help and expertise.

If you are asked to write a food diary because it’s the only way to see what you are doing, then please write the food diary, however busy you are. Diet and nutrition play an extremely important role in your results.

The point I am making is that you have to trust the process and be aware that results will come at the speed at which they come. This we have no control over. Work on your nutrition, your sleep habits, your training and your overall lifestyle. Trust your trainer and the advice you are given and do not try to reinvent the wheel. It’s the little things done every day that bring change and create results.

I love this quote from Aristotle. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” 

Habits, good and bad will determine how you shape your life.

Make wise choices when it comes to your nutrition and exercise and work on this every day. I promise, you will be amazed at the results you can achieve.

Have a great weekend and look out for my fitness results on Tuesday.

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