The longer I work in the health and fitness industry the more I am convinced that if you want success, you must be willing to slow down the process by which you will become fitter. Our society has conditioned us to think that we can achieve a lot in a very short amount of time and when that does not happen, we quit.
In the hunting world we accept the fact it will take 4 ½ to 5 ½ half years to grow a mature buck but we won’t give a new workout or nutrition plan two weeks if we do not see immediate change. It doesn’t make sense. There is no such thing as an overnight success and it is silly to think one can undo years of lifestyle behaviors in a few weeks and not struggle.
Case in point, we are in the second go around with an online coaching client who double dips as a salesman during the weekday and a guide for an outfitter in Northern Missouri on the weekend. When we worked with him the first time, he was successful to the point where eating right and exercising became hard. Then he quit.
This isn’t the first time he as quit a lifestyle modification. Work, kids and life always got in the way and it appeared he would continue down that road until a well-timed hunt allowed us to take the relationship to the next level.
In a snow goose spread in Northern Missouri I got to know John a little better and hear first- hand his struggles with his health, fitness/nutrition and weight gain (the birds weren’t working so we had a lot of time to talk). Hanging out chatting in a layout blind I learned:
Like many of us, he wanted to start something but really had no idea where to start. After I got home from my hunting trip (it yielded three Canada Geese and many new friends) I gave him a quick call to see if he was ready to begin a new journey and surprisingly, he said “yes.” I also knew what we needed to do to help him have success!
I am the professional coach and personal trainer. I already know what a prospective client needs to do before we even have a conversation but despite what many believe, my job is not to tell people what to do. Shocked?
Let me ask you this question: Do you like to be told what to do? Me either.
John’s second journey into online coaching began with a simple question: What do you think you need to do to improve your health?
Kind of weird that the coach who is being paid to coach is asking the client for the solution, huh?
John thought for a second and came up with a few strategies that would work for him. Together, we selected one strategy: eat breakfast.
As a salesman he is up early and on the road so I recommended Wilderness Athlete’s Meal Replacement:
I suggested he start by drinking a shake five days a week. Once he mastered breakfast he added another strategy (walking ten minutes three days a week) and followed that up a few weeks later by packing healthy snacks for when he is on the road.
I spoke to John just yesterday and not only has he done a great job of assimilating these strategies into his life, he has made choices on his own that have fast tracked his success. The highlight of the call was learning he is down 16 pounds!
This was not an overnight process. It started in January and it wasn’t until the last few weeks that the number of strategies he had implemented combined at a level that caused weight loss.
Could he have lost those 16 pounds faster? Sure he could but this was a process he helped create at a pace that fit his lifestyle and readiness for change.
At this rate, we should start to see John’s success speed up rapidly because as fitness improves so does the ability to burn more calories when he exercises. He is now making good food choices the majority of the time and feels really good about what he is doing; mentally and physically. In his words, “I’ve bought into the process.” He is genuinely excited about the results he has achieved and gave me a list of goals he wants to accomplish.
Are you struggling? Maybe the answer in what you want to accomplish or the strategies you intend to use to get there. Maybe, you just need to slow down.
If we can be of assistance we would love to coach you to the next level.
To learn more about online coaching email Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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