Monday, July 30, 2012



A Question of Change
If you’re serious about changing your body, and more importantly, keeping it that way, below you’ll find some relevant, valuable and potentially-transformational questions. They are the type of questions that I ask anyone who comes to me for coaching in this area. Keep in mind that transformation lives in the doing, not just the knowing, so if you’re in need of a physical overhaul, or maybe just a few minor modifications ;) , take some time to answer the following thoughtfully and courageously.

  • What do you want your body to look, feel and function like one year from today (be specific)?
  • What do you need to do practically, to make your goal a reality?
  • What happens once your motivation subsides (it will)?
  • What happened last time you tried to change your body?
  • Why and how will it be different this time (if nothing changes, nothing changes)?
  • What’s your optimal exercise strategy (based on your genetics, age, goals, fitness, injuries, etc.)?
  • What’s one simple thing (that will make a difference) that you can change today?
  • What happened over the last 365 days (with your body)? Why?
  • Are you genuinely prepared to do the work (and to keep doing it), or do you just like ‘the idea’ of a different body?
  • Do you need to change your relationship with food? If so, how?
  • Do you have an accountability system? If so, what is it?
  • When it comes to the practical change-your-body variables (food, lifestyle, exercise, time management), what are your ‘non-negotiables’?
As I’ve said many times before on this site, when we ask better questions and we’re genuinely committed to change, we make better decisions, do better things, produce better results and our reality shifts.

Statistically, we know that, despite their conversations, declarations and intentions, most people won’t improve their health or fitness over the next year. Some will, most won’t. Of course, they can change and they want to change, but sadly, they won’t. Like the majority of our ever-expanding population, some will continue to get on and off the weight-loss merry-go-round, all the while complaining about their genetics, the weather, their sore ankle, their limited time and their exhausting schedule.

And then they’ll wake up and it will be July 2013.

So let's see...

  • I want my body to look presentable in all situations, feel tighter (not like I have width), and function so that it does everything I ask of it (which thankfully it does at the moment)
  • I need to eat better
  • I find ways to justify going off-track
  • I felt very optimistic about the track I was on when I was on it, when I was aiming for my goal. Negatives though: I felt self-conscious about people noticing the change. To me, that's kind of like pointing out how bad I look, rather than a compliment
  • Hmmmm
  • Weight lifting... sadly my current gym is not so well set up for weight lifting. They do cardio and resistance, but not actual weights. And I don't often get pushed to lift/move heavier...
  • Today? Go to bed at a reasonable hour
  • I gained over 10kgs back, that took me 6 months to lose. Why? Because I aimed to be presentable by my birthday and I achieved that
  • I'm worried I think I just like 'the idea'
  • Yes I think I do. I have learned I don't really like to eat full meals. I like to graze throughout the day, which lends itself best to junk food. If I don't graze, I skip meals. That means I starve and then eat whatever is around and justify it mentally by being starving
  • No I don't. Should I have and accountability system??
  • My not negotiables... no weighing of food. Maybe every once in a while, but not long term

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