As a trainer I am often giving advice. I generally have an opinion on most things fitness related…are they valid?  I hope so!   One of my guiding lights is Dr John Beradini, who runs a company called Precision Nutrition based in Toronto (www.precisionnutrition.com). He was recently chosen as one of the top 20 most influential trainers in North America by Livestrong. He has a lot of awesome stuff to say…if you haven’t seen the information they are putting out, then maybe you should! So, what I’m saying is that I get my advice from the best possible sources, and I would like to pass that on...

I have first hand experience in confirming that all the stuff Dr. Beradini says, works. For the past year, I have been on a Precision Nutrition programme working with a PN professional who has been coaching me on exercise and nutrition.  The information provided and the knowledge of these people is amazing!  I have walked this walk, done the courses, sat the exams, and completed my certification! 

Seeing as how I like giving out advice, it’s so satisfying when someone listens to and acts upon it! One of my longer term clients has been on a 4 year journey of weight loss and subsequent maintenance (we are currently running her story elsewhere on the blog), its inspirational to say the least!!  The reason why I mention this particular story is this… THEY(SHE) LISTENED TO AND TOOK THE ADVICE  ( THAT SHE WAS PAYING FOR). This however meant that they actually had to confront the truth, face up to some cold hard facts and deal with them.  

A long time ago I worked with an excellent trainer who told me, after another frustrated outburst from yours truly,  that “some people say they want tolose weight and other people lose weight. There is a difference between wanting to and doing it.”  I felt deflated, I was naïve….didn't every one who toldme they wanted to lose weight actually want to do that? Wow, a big head game for me. What was I missing? What was I doing wrong? People werefailing to reach their goals and I was responsible...this didn't fill me with happiness, at all.

Roll on 5 years…a lot of reading, a lot of training and a lot of research later and then BAM this conversation happened today with a Behavioural Therapist. I was moaning (not for the first time) that clients didn't seem to be listening to " advice". I was given this thought….Did I know someone who rode a motorbike? (this is close to my heart as last year I lost a wonderful mentor in a bike accident) Did I think they knew the dangers? Of course they do,  I replied. Why then do they still do it when they know the danger? Good question. They enjoy it despite the risks, I replied.  The therapist then added to force the point right home that despite the risk, they think “it will never happen to me.”  People don't want to confront the truth despite overwhelming statistical evidence and they don’t want to accept the reality. That, she said, is what I had to accept and deal with on a daily basis . Clients just don't want to be honest. I hear it all the time….”my diet is great I just can't believe I am putting on weight,”  “it’s not the food, it’s my thyroid,”  “I am just so busy,” “I have so many social events this week.”  

At the end of the day, the responsibility of your health comes down to you. It’s time to take responsibility for your own actions. No one has a gun at your head forcing that pizza down your mouth…you choose what you eat, what you do, how you do it. Take a look at yourself…what do you want as your legacy? Are you happy with what you see?