You are not a Beautiful and Unique Snowflake

The sooner you stop thinking you are, the better.

I have been a personal trainer for almost 8 years now and believe me, I have heard every excuse under the sun. Too tired, too old, too full, haven’t eaten, too busy, too early, too late, too hot, too cold, don’t feel well, I forgot my shoes, I forgot, I’m too sore, etc. etc.


Excuses do nothing except stop people getting the results they want. After a while all a trainer hears is “I am not really committed”.

A common misconception is that if you tell your trainer what you want and you pay them, then these results will magically happen. If it doesn’t happen, it must be the trainer’s fault. People need to take responsibility for themselves and their choices.

Most of my clients come to me for weight loss. This inevitably means looking at their diet. Things I hear constantly are “I just can’t change my food” or ” I needed a treat”. Why can’t you change your food? Do you have no arms to prepare your food? Do you have no voice to say what you would like to eat? Or do you just not want to? “Oh they gave me my eggs on a piece of bread.” So take the eggs off the bread. It’s not Rocket Science.

You are the master of how you look and feel. The single most important exercise for weight loss is the plate to mouth curl. Giving up bad food is not hard. Being homeless is hard, suffering from a degenerative disease is hard. Giving up bread is not.

You Deserve This!”

Now for the idea that you need/deserve a treat. “You deserve this” is a statement we are bombarded with on TV and social media. Why do you deserve that chocolate, or doughnut, or beer? Someone living in poverty deserves that doughnut. Not you. All the treats that you “deserved” are what got you to this point in the first place. Your body deserves to be treated with respect. Not turned into a junk food tip.

We have turned into a soft culture where we want instant gratification and don’t want to work hard. We believe the world owes us something, that we are special and deserve things when we really don’t. We let ourselves think it is ok to roll over instead of getting up to train. We wrap ourselves in cotton wool. If something is hard, we just give up. Oh and then we reward ourselves later for trying something hard.

Finding reasons to not train will only make you weaker. Finding reasons to eat treats will only make you fatter. If you really mean it, and you really want to lose weight, get stronger, feel younger, have more energy then HARDEN UP!

Get out of bed, put down the doughnut and train hard. Spend time in the gym when you don’t want to, don’t eat the hot chips when you do want to. Build some character and become the person you want to be. Anything really good takes sacrifice. I have been healthy and fit and I have been the opposite.

Healthy and fit is better.

Lift Hard, Build Fitness

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